Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive Win the Morven Park Advanced

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive at The Fork. Photo by Samantha Clark.

Phillip Dutton took the going nice and easy on Fair Hill bound Fernhill Fugitive at Morven Park today. Kate remarked yesterday about the ground being quite hard, and it seems that despite efforts to aerate, the ground dictated that riders take it easy on the time today. Sally Cousins and Westerly had the quickest time of the day, notching 10.4 time to jump from 15th to 3rd at the end of the day.

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Hannah Burnett and Harbour Pilot, shown here at Fair Hill, withdrew after show jumping. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Pau bound Harbour Pilot and Mr. Medicott were withdrawn after the show jumping phase. Phillip had said earlier this week that Mr. Medicott may not contest the cross country depending on the ground, and it seems that both Hannah and Phillip made the same decision to save their horse’s for France. Several other pairs also withdrew before cross country, including Phillip’s third ride William Penn, Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless, and Lisa Barry and F.I.S. Prince Charming.

Kate Samuels and Nyls du Terroir at Southern Pines. Photo by Samantha Clark.

EN’s own Kate Samuels led the Advanced Championships after show jumping, taking it easy on cross country to accumulate 11.6 time to maintain the lead. Doug Payne and Crown Talisman took second and Allison Springer and Copycat Chloe took 3rd, while Dana Widstrand and Relentless Pursuit had a fall on course.

Go Morven Park.

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