A quick scan of Liz Halliday-Sharp‘s recent record shows a dizzying collection of first, second and third place finishes — she is currently the top rider in the country on USEA’s leaderboard with 262 points, after all.
Liz seems to have produced the magic formula to get her whole string to peak at the same time, and this weekend at The Ocala International Three-Day Event was no exception. She held both first and second place in the CCI3*-L from post to pillar.
This weekend’s big equine winner is Pru Dawes’ Flash Cooley a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse (CSF MR Kroon X Castlefield Ruby). “Casper” didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend to finish on his dressage score of 23.8.
In similar fashion, stablemate Cooley Quicksilver, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer X Kylemore Crystal, by Creggan Diamond) owned by the The Monster Partnership also achieved an FOD on a penalty-free score of 27.3.
Bentley’s Best moved into fourth after a double clear show jumping with Jessica Phoenix in the tack. The Bentley’s Best Group’s 12-year-old Trakehner earned a final result of 29.2.
Lesley Grant-Law and Lady Chatterley, an 8-year-old Holsteiner (Connor 48 x Jucy, by Mytens xx), jumped clear for fourth place with 30.1 penalty points.
This three-star class is brimming with talented jumpers as 15 of the 29 finishers managed double clear rounds.
Chris Barnard’s show jumping track changed the look of the CCI2*-L division where Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi emerged as the winners.
Jacqueline Mars’ 8-year-old KWPN (Alicante HBC x Second Floor, by Faram) made skillful work of all three phases, adding nothing to his dressage score of 27.7 in his FEI debut.
Another double clear round bumped Will Coleman and Teresa Loughin’s Cooley Mahgeeta, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Master Imp x Kilnamac Misty, by Clover Hill), to the second place finish on 28.4 points.
Just 0.4 show jumping time penalties put Kyle Carter behind Will, but he still managed an impressive third with Gaillard Lancer in the 45-entry division. Brandon Blackstock’s 8-year-old KWPN (Diarado x Urlanta, by Flemmingh) now boasts two top three finishes at this level after today’s result of 28.5.
Caroline Martin and her Cristano Z were fourth on a score of 29.3, and Liz Halliday-Sharp was fifth with Pru Dawes’ Duiske Abbey on 29.5.