The 11th running of Plantation Field International has ushered in the first glimpse of fall weather here in beautiful Unionville, Pennsylvania. For those of us who came directly to Plantation Field from Tryon, the cooler weather is a welcome respite from the blistering heat and humidity last week in North Carolina.
While we have battled dry weather in the past for this event, steady rainfall leading up to Plantation Field, plus even more rain in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, has given us superb footing. Jamie Hicks and the Embree brothers meticulously care for this ground throughout the year, and those of us who live in the area are supremely lucky to have such a special piece of property right in our backyard.
Mike Etherington-Smith has upped the ante in his fourth year of designing the CIC3* course. You can scroll fence-by-fence through the course in the photos below. The course was built by Eric Bull, Tommy Neneman and Dylan Barry and has some seriously cool woodwork — check out the trakehner at fence 20! Janine McClain, Karen Carski, Ami Howard and TJ Costa decorated the course, which is beautifully presented with autumn flair.
There are 35 total jumping efforts on the 3,850-meter course. The optimum time is 6 minutes, 54 seconds. Five pairs caught the optimum time in last year’s running of the CIC3*, but we typically see fewer pairs beat the clock each year. Click here to read about the speediest combinations in this year’s CIC3* field.
With heavy rain predicted for Sunday, Plantation Field officials elected to move all of CIC2* cross country to run on Saturday. The schedule for CIC3* cross country also has been adjusted for Sunday. The CIC3* division will run in two parts, with the first half running from 10:30-11:50 a.m. EST, followed by the second half from 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST.
USEF Network will stream CIC3* show jumping today from 1:35 p.m.-3:40 p.m. EST, as well as CIC3* cross country tomorrow. The highly anticipated Real Rider Cup will also be aired live during the lunch break tomorrow. Click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage of Plantation Field so far. Go Eventing.