The Open Intermediate divisions show jumped this morning, and Jessica Phoenix and Exponential and Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville are leading their respective divisions on scores of 31.3 and 26.3. In Open Intermediate 2, Jessie and Tucker jumped one of six double clear rounds in the division to slip past Will Coleman and Conair to take the lead. Will and Joey dropped a rail to lose their overnight lead after the dressage; they’re currently sitting in second place on 31.4. Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive jumped double clear to move up one spot to third place on their dressage score of 31.5. We saw fast rounds in this division, with just five riders picking up time penalties.
In the Open Intermediate 3 division, Sinead and Tate held their overnight lead thanks to a double clear show jumping trip. Meg Kep has been reporting via Facebook that Tate has been screaming in his stall all weekend; he’s clearly excited to be back out competing. Syd Kent is making his triumphant return to competition after a freak accident at Millbrook left him with a severe hoof injury last year. It’s a miracle he recovered so well given the severity of the injury, and he jumped beautifully today with Jan Byyny in the irons to remain in second place on their dressage score of 28.2. Colleen Loach and Long Island T round out the top three with a score of 28.9; they also jumped double clear, one of 10 pairs to do so. The entire top eight jumped double clear rounds in this division.
We also saw Phillip Dutton and Mr. Medicott in Open Intermediate 3. Phillip said yesterday that Cave was quite excited in their dressage test to have his season underway, and he had to do some creative riding to keep the lid on in the little white box. Cave looked equally elated today, but he listened well to Phillip and they jumped a lovely double clear for fifth place. The Open Intermediate divisions run cross country tomorrow, and I’ll be on the grounds again to bring you the exciting conclusion. I have tons of photos from both the CIC2* and Open Intermediate show jumping, and I’ll be uploading those to Facebook today. Also, don’t forget to check out Thehorsepesterer’s YouTube playlist. He has a ton of Advanced videos up from yesterday!