While the booming Florida season is starting to wind down, the west coast is just getting started. It was a full weekend from start to finish — Here’s what happened across Ocala Winter II, Pine Top and Copper Meadows Winter H.T.
Both Ocala and Copper Meadows hosted Advanced combined tests. Alexa Lapp and Cambalda made their debut at the level as a pair and won with a dressage score of 31.5 and one rail down. Rebecca Hoos and Little Cruz were second, and Nita Sanfilippo was third with Alarmabull. Keep an eye out for these pairs this season!
On the west coast, heartthrob Mai Baum was the CT winner with Tamie Smith in the tack. He jumped clear and added .4 pesky time penalties to finish on 22.4. Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo had a successful outing for second place to finish on 35.6 after having one rail down. This was their final California competition before they head east once again for the Kentucky CCI5*-L.
Back in Ocala, Kylie Lyman and Xuanatu won the Intermediate Horse division. With the fastest cross country trip of the group, this pair added only 3.2 time penalties to finish on a score of 34.6. Buck Davidson, who was tied with Kylie for first after dressage, finished second with Victor B Z (49.4).
Heather Jane Morris turned the leaderboard around in the Intermediate Rider division. Riding Jos UFO De Quidam, Heather climbed her way from fifth after dressage to win the class after a clear show jump and 6.8 time penalties. Jackie LeMastus was second with Indian Mill.
The World Equestrian Games combination of Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus topped the Open Intermediate. “Bug” had another successful outing in a season where Lauren says he’s really maturing. He added 1.6 cross country time penalties to finish on 36.4. Ashlyn Dorsey came second with Stakkato II (38.2), and Leslie Law was third with JKF Vogue (38.5).
Olivia Loiacono-Putrino piloted her Waterford to win the Open Intermediate division at Copper Meadows. Adding 11.2 time penalties on cross country landed had them finish on a score of 36.9. Second place went to Megan Sykes and Classic’s Mojah who had 13.2 cross country time penalties added to their result. Phiero SR claimed third with Bunnie Sexton in his debut at the level. Finishing cross country on the exact same time as your winners, they closed the weekend on 49 points.
Katie Lichten and Caitlin Silliman were the big winners at Pine Top Farm.
Cross country time penalties shuffled the results in the Intermediate Rider division, but Katie and RF Luminati held their wire-to-wire lead to finish at the top on a score of 43.5. William Kidwell and Tremolo laid down the fastest ride with only 1.2 time penalties, and for this they were rewarded with second place (44.7). The Litchten family dominated this class with Katie’s sister, Maddie Lichten, finishing third with Yarrow (48.7).
Caitlin and Ally KGO topped the Open Intermediate from start to finish as well. They were the only Intermediate pair to finish on a sub 30 score (29). Boyd Martin was second with Tsetserleg after having one rail and 2.4 time penalties.