The three- and four-star tracks at Jersey Fresh International will boast a “new” course designer as longtime builder Morgan Rowsell has taken the reins with former head designer Capt. Mark Phillips staying on as the Cross Country Course Advisor. The course builder here since the event’s inception in 2003, Morgan now takes on the exciting task of making the track his own. His course design can also be found at Rocking Horse, Seneca Valley and ESDCTA, among others. You can read more about Morgan’s career here. He’s a busy guy and his dedication to Jersey Fresh is evident in his involvement – he’s also co-organizer this weekend alongside the hardworking Jane Cory.
Cross country will kick off this morning at 8 a.m. EST with the CCI3*-L division, followed by the CCI4*-L starting at 11:15 a.m. EST. The Short format horses will show jump this morning before tackling cross country later this afternoon. To view today’s schedule, click here.
Many thanks to Elisa Wallace as well as Zach Brandt and Audrie Stanka for providing a glimpse at Capt. Mark Phillip’s CCI4*-L track at Jersey Fresh this weekend. Take a look in Elisa’s latest vlog – she narrates the walk with some insight on how she plans to ride the questions and you’ll also be able to see her minute marker placings:
And here are some fence photos (many thanks to Zach, Audrie and Elisa for supplying!) to get more of a feel for what Capt. Phillips is asking of horses and riders tomorrow:
Lastly, here’s a map of the track the riders will be running tomorrow. It’s a 5700 meter track with an optimum time of 10 minutes even. You can also view course maps for the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L and CCI3*-S here.