It was a personal best of 22.5 that edged Katherine O’Briens’ Carlevo to the front of the Stable View Spring CCI4*-S class after the first phase. Piloted by Buck Davidson, the 16-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Eurocommerce Caresino – Ramatuelle, by Levernois) is long established at the four-star level having campaigned at this caliber since 2015.
Carlevo consistently posts a sub-30 result on the flat, but this is the lowest score he’s received since his last personal best in 2018 at Millstreet where he had a 23.5.
The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver stands in second with Liz Halliday-Sharp. The 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer – Kylemore Crystal, by Creggan Diamond) earned a 23.5, which is also a top recorded score for this entry.
The veteran combination of Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg are third at this stage of the game. The 16-year-old Trakehner gelding (Windfall II – Thabana, by Buddenbrock), owned by Christine, Thomas and Tommie Turner has a score of 24.4, despite a bout of excitement in the extended trot.
Liz pops up again in the top five with Miks Master C. The 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Mighty Magic – Qui Luma CBF, by Flyinge Quite Easy 958), owned by Debbie Palmer and Ocala Horse Properties, is fourth on a score of 24.5.
U.S. Team stalwart Phillip Dutton holds fifth place with his longtime partner Z, a 15-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca Z – Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z), on a score of 26.5.
Now we turn our attention to this afternoon’s show jumping phase. Be sure to check back here to see how this class shakes up, and in the meantime you can get a first look at tomorrow’s cross country track at this link. Go eventing.