It’s always a quick turnaround between the first CCI5* of the year and, for East coast riders at least, the first CCI4*-L of the year. Typically held on Mother’s Day weekend in Allentown, Nj., the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day event commences today with all pairs in the Long format divisions presenting for the ground jury consisting of president Bobby Stevenson, alongside Christina Klingspor and Peter Gray (Mark Weissbecker and Helen Brettell are the ground jury for the CCI3* divisions).
We sadly do not have a reporter on the ground this year, but we’ll be doing everything we can to bring you updates remotely. This is the final Olympic selection trial and while many decisions were likely solidified at Kentucky last month, we may see some stellar performances this weekend that elevates a hopeful into a contender. You can preview the entry list in drawn order here.
We’ll see a handful of pairs rerouting here after tough luck at Kentucky as well as quite a few pairs who were seen in the inaugural CCI4*-S at Kentucky last month, so it may feel a bit deja vu keeping up with the action in New Jersey this weekend. Also featuring on the entry list are some pairs making their CCI4*-L debut – Jersey Fresh is always a big mark on the spring calendar as those not aiming for a five-star often earmark it as their big goal for the early season.
Dressage begins bright and early tomorrow at 8:20 a.m. with Allie Knowles and Business Class kicking things off in the CCI4*-L. The CCI3*-L also begins tomorrow with Boyd Martin and Wabanaki first down centerline at 8:20 a.m. We’ll see the Short format divisions start their competition weekend on Friday.
The First Horse Inspection this afternoon was mostly uneventful with just one horse, Sydney Shinn’s Paprika, held but passed upon re-inspection in the CCI3*-L jog. Here are a few glimpses at the early action from social media. Stay tuned for more from Jersey Fresh!
Accepted at Jersey Fresh!
– Carla Abramcheck’s Quality Time in the 4*L
– (Pic 3 from left) Lisa Takada’s Monbeg…