It’s a busy weekend for four-stars! Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia, Fair Hill in Maryland and Twin Rivers in California are all hosting CCI4*-S divisions, and Twin Rivers is hosting a CCI4*-L as well. It’s a lot to keep up with, but we’ll be bringing you daily updates from all three events.
Chatt Hills is one phase ahead of the other four-stars, having completed both dressage and show jumping phases. Liz Halliday-Sharp is out front with Cooley Quicksilver, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal) owned by The Monster Partnership, having moved from second after dressage into the lead when formerly first-placed Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus had a rail. They’ll have a narrow lead of 0.3 points heading into cross country above Alexandra Knowles with Ms. Poppins in second and Clayton Fredericks with FE Ophelia in third. Maggie has Cooley Quicksilver horse pegged as the division winner — check out her “By the Numbers” Chatt Hills prediction here.
Emily Beshear and Deal With It lead CCI4*-S dressage at Fair Hill in the nine-horse division. Emily and her own 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Medaglia D’Oro x Amada, by Unbridled) scored a 30.4, edging out Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me by a little more than a point. Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game round out the top three.
On other fronts, Jennie Brannigan and Connory lead the CCI3*-S on 27.8, followed by Cindy Anderson-Blank with MHS Cooley Vegas in second and Boyd Martin with Penhill Celtic in third. Martin Douzant leads the CCI2*-S with Frame Shamrock on a score of 28.0, followed by Charlotte Stillfried and Palma D in second and Lillian Heard with Chilly in third. The event is also running Training through Advanced horse trials divisions and an Advanced combined test, with a choice between 4* Test B and 5* Test B. Silva Martin is schooling Luke 140 in the former; Phillip Dutton leads the latter with Z, followed by Jennie Brannigan with Stella Artois and Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride with Favian.
How will the weekend shake out? Check out Maggie’s “By the Numbers” analysis here.
Twin Rivers is running two four-star divisions, both pretty fun-sized with a lot of the big players having headed east in advance of Kentucky: the 4*-L has four entries (check out Maggie’s “By the Numbers Preview” here), and the CCI4*-S has two.
In the long format, Amber Levine and Cellar Farm’s Cinzano, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta, by San Patrignano Corrado) have the dressage lead on a score of 31.5. Madison Temkin and Dr. Hart sit less than a rail behind in second, and Marc Grandia is third with Campari FFF.
Lauren LoPiccolo leads with itty-bitty CCI4*-S field after dressage with Diego, her own 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vingino x Twilight, by Kojak) on a dressage mark of 40.1. Twin Rivers marks their first CCI4*-S start, and we hope they’ll have fun out there — this pair has never had a cross country jump penalty, why start now? They finished 2nd in their Advanced move-up at Woodside last October, and warmed up to this weekend’s outing with an 8th place Advanced finish at Twin Rivers’ February horse trials followed by a third in the Intermediate at Galway a couple weeks ago. The other competitor in the division is Andrea Baxter with Laguna Seca, her own 2010 Holsteiner gelding (Indy 500 x Linaro), and they’re just a couple points behind.
End of day update: Lauren and Andrea switched positions after show jumping as Lauren had a rail. You can read Kim Miller’s Friday recap here.
Twin Rivers is the only U.S. event live streaming this weekend, so if you need your fix here is your hookup!