Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy in Sweet Spot Heading into Morven Park CIC3* XC

Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Two-thirds of the Morven Park CIC3* have already come and gone, with Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy claiming the lead heading into cross country tomorrow. The pair scored a 29.6 in dressage and added nothing in the show jumping, their eighth consecutive jump fault free show jumping round at the level.

The 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Condios x Angel of Harlem, by Cruising) owned by Kevin Keane has been knocking at the door of a three-star win all year, finishing 2nd in the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh, 5th at Great Meadow and 4th at Plantation Field. Caroline Martin and The Apprentice are nipping at their heels, though, in 2nd on a 30.7, after a couple post-show jumping withdrawals shuffled the top of the leaderboard. Will Faudree and Pfun were 2nd and Matthew Flynn and Wizzerd were tied with Caroline for 3rd, but both have withdrawn before cross country to save their horses’ lungs and legs for Fair Hill. Rounding out the new top three is Michael Nolan with SBT Good Guy on a 33.3.

Maggie noted that Caroline and The Apprentice have historically been very quick across the country at this level — might we see them give the leaders chase tomorrow? We’ll soon find out!

Will Faudree and FRH Ramona lead the CIC2*-A division after show jumping on a 33.2; Matt Brown and Big Berry lead the B division on a 31.4. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border head up Advanced horse trials after show jumping on a 33.2, while the Advanced Championships division is led by Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play on a 25.9.

There’s lots of activity afoot at Morven, with some 400 entries competing. Two CIC1* divisions kick off tomorrow as well as Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trials divisions. That’s it for your quick and dirty Morven Park Friday roundup. We’ll report back with our first batch of winners in hand tomorrow!

Of note, Morven Park is hosting an open cross country schooling day on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The courses will remain set from the weekend’s competition. The cost is $50/horse and rider, with registration upon arrival. Must have current paper Coggins and 2018 Hold Harmless form. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Morven Park International Fall Horse Trials: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

CIC3* Top 10 After Show Jumping: 

CIC2*-A Top 5 After Dressage:

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