Originally, Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Ga. had schedule the weekend’s FEI divisions to show jump today and run cross country tomorrow, but due to inclement weather incoming on Sunday, the organizers opted to run both jumping phases for the FEI divisions today. Show jumping for the CIC3* begins at 8:30 with a quick turnaround to cross country at 11:00.
The course is designed by Poplar Place Farm’s longtime designer Tremaine Cooper and built by Tyson Rementer, whose work is well recognized in the many intricate wood carvings found on course. Rob Mobley is also on site this weekend helping with course prep and maintenance.
The track well utilizes Poplar’s rolling terrain, switching back over the property several times but giving horse and rider plenty of time to stand up and gallop. The Advanced follows the same track as the three-star with some differing technical elements noted in the gallery below.
Three of our top four after dressage are entered at Rolex Kentucky: Overnight leader Katie Ruppel and Houdini (though her name is not yet listed on the entries, she has sent one in), Nilson Moreira da Silva and Muggle, Sara Murphy and Catchascatchcan. They’ll all be looking to jump clear of course, but we may see a shake up in the leaderboard in they opt to give their horses a quiet, easy run.
Stay tuned for more from Poplar Place Farm!