In the final team outing before the 2019 Pan American Games, Boyd Martin & Tsetserleg showed scorching hot form, winning the Maryland International CCI3*-S from start to finish.
Boyd and the 12-year-old Trakehner gelding, who is owned by Christine Turner, closed out their wire-to-wire success with a clear show jump round and just 1.2 cross country time penalties for a final result of 24.1.
Looking at the rest of the team, horses and riders finished confidently with a few time penalties dropping them down the leaderboard.
Team rider Doug Payne claimed third place with his reserve horse, Vandiver, 15-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Debi Crowley, Jessica Payne, and Doug Payne. Two cross country time penalties were all that they added across the two jumping phases for a final score of 31.4.
Stablemate Starr Witness, an 8-year-old KWPN mare owned by Doug, Laurie McRee, and Catherine Winter, finished seventh. Their final score of 33.9 reflects a clear show jumping round and six time penalties on cross country.
Tamie Smith was 13th with Mai Baum on a score of 38.2. She and the 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Alex Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell had one time penalty in the arena and 14 on the cross country course — where “Lexus” lost both front shoes.
Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play were 15th in the division. he Donner Syndicate LLC’s 11-year-old German Sport Horse had an unexpected stop in the show jumping at a liverpool, but continued, adding 3.6 time penalties. He also had 6 penalties added on the cross country for a three-phase score of 41.9.
The reserve squad posted many favorable results. Will Faudree piloted Pfun were fourth. They only picked up 2 time penalties on Ian Stark’s cross country course for a final result of 32.5. Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus were eighth (34.1), Sydney Elliot and QC Diamantaire finished ninth (35.2), and Phillip Dutton finished 10th with Sea of Clouds (36.7).
Colleen Rutledge finished second with Covert Rights, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale who Colleen owns. Fourth after the first phase, the CR x 2 team were the only pair in the division to finish on their dressage score (26.3).
Maya Black and Miks Master C finished in fifth place (33.8) with 2.8 time penalties added. Caroline Martin was sixth with Islandwood Captain Jack on a score of 33.9 — a strong outing before they travel next to Aachen as part of the CCIO4*-S team competition.
Our traveling reserves, Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver are also running their final prep this weekend at Barbury International in the UK.
The Pan American Games will be held Aug. 1-4 in Lima, Peru. The U.S., Canada and Brazil are all seeking qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at the Pan Ams, and two team slots will be allocated to the nations that win team gold and silver. Following this final outing all team members including our traveling reserves will head to Stable View Farm in Aiken, South Carolina for the final training sessions.