With Daylight Savings Time beginning in the wee hours of Sunday morning, the sun had just barely risen prior to the start of the final horse inspection here at Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida.
The CCI4*-S horses were presented first to the ground jury of Vanda Stewart (IRL), Jane Hamlin (USA) and Bobby Stevenson (USA). All horses that presented were accepted, sending 19 on to tackle Chris Barnard’s show jumping course.
Jacob Fletcher did not present Fletcher Farms’ Atlantic Domino, who sat in second place in the CCI4*-S after cross country and was one of only two horses to make the optimum time yesterday.
Following Atlantic Domino’s withdrawal, overnight leaders Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High are now the only pair remaining in the CCI4*-S with a two-phase score in the 20s, topping the leaderboard on 26.8. They can afford to have one rail down and exceed the time allowed by five seconds in show jumping and still take the CCI4*-S win.
Clark Montgomery and The Caribbean Soul Syndicate’s Caribbean Soul now sit second in the CCI4*-S on 32.9, with Hannah Sue Burnett and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot in third on 35.2.
It’s a hectic morning here at Red Hills, with Preliminary show jumping underway while the CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S horse inspections are still underway.
Show jumping is taking place with the following division order and start times: Open Preliminary at 8:30 a.m. EST, Preliminary Rider at 9 a.m., Open Intermediate at 9:35 a.m. EST, Advanced at 10:50 a.m. EST, CCI4*-S at 12 p.m., CCI3*-S at 1:15 p.m. and CCI2*-S at 3:20 p.m.
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