Lynn Symansky headed out to the barns, microphone in hand and cameras in tow, to catch up with the leaders after dressage and cross country at Millbrook for PRO. Going into show jumping this afternoon, Laine Asher sits in first with her longtime partner, Anthony Patch. Laine is defending her title here and has her eyes on the AECs in September.
Laine commented that she was quite nervous at the beginning of her cross country ride, but that “Al” listens to her “almost too well,” resulting in a clear ride with a handful of time penalties.
Phillip Dutton sits in second and third with Fernhill Cubalawn and Fernhill Fugitive, respectively, both of which are prepping for the CCI3* at Blenheim in a little over a month’s time. Phillip wanted to give both horses a good run this weekend, saying that there was no sense putting them on a plane if they weren’t absolutely ready for Blenheim.
Buck is lying in fourth after cross country with Jersey Fresh CCI3* winner Copper Beech, who is young but showing more and more maturity at this level. Buck said that “Sean” went around cross country just as well as he ever has before, so he was pleased with the horse’s efforts so far this weekend.
Many thanks to PRO and Lynn Symansky for the behind the scenes chats with the Advanced leaders. Show jumping will begin this afternoon, so stay tuned for much more from Millbrook.