Sally Cousins Takes Home MCTA Advanced Win + Other Scores

Sally Cousins and Abecca GS. Photo by Jenni Autry. Sally Cousins and Abecca GS. Photo by Jenni Autry.

There’s no rest for event riders, as many regrouped this week to compete after just finishing up at Rolex last weekend. The Advanced group at MCTA featured two Rolex riders: Sally Cousins and Colleen Rutledge, who finished first and second aboard Abecca GS and Escot 6, respectively.

Sally led from start to finish, earning a 31.1 in the dressage aboard the McCue’s Trakehner mare and adding just 10 time penalties to their overall score on cross country. This is the third Advanced run for Abecca GS, who most recently finished sixth at Fair Hill.

Colleen stayed in second for the weekend, picking up four penalties in the show jumping and adding 4.8 time on cross country to finish on a 48.6. Colleen is prepping Escot 6 for his first CCI3* at Jersey Fresh next weekend, and this weekend’s result should have Colleen feeling confident going into Jersey.

Wrapping up the top three in the MCTA Advanced are Babette Lenna and Little Oliver. These two have been competing together at the Intermediate and Advanced level for quite awhile now, and they did pick up a 20 on cross country but will likely still be pleased with their overall result.

MCTA: Live Scores


Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett took home the top placing in the Intermediate at MCTA, which was quite competitive after the first phase when many pairs dipped into the 20s. Ryan and Woodstock Bennett were one of just four pairs to go double clear in the show jumping, which was rewarded with a move up to first place. A clear cross country with a handful of time assured them the win.

Early leaders Courtney Cooper and R Star picked up four penalties in the show jumping, which dropped them down to second place, but they laid down one of the fastest times of the day on cross country to finish strong.

Paige Crotty and Cooley Dawn Raid round out the Intermediate top three, also putting in a double clear effort in the show jumping and picking up just a bit too much time to hold themselves in second. This is this pair’s second Intermediate together and they improved from an eighth place finish in their debut at the level. Well done, Paige!

Screenshot_2In Texas, Margaret Stocker and Second Hand Rose won the CIC2* at Greenwood, moving up from second with a clear cross country and the only double clear show jumping round of the division. This is Margaret and Second Hand Rose’s debut at the CIC2* level, so we’re sure they’re enjoying a well deserved celebration this evening.

In second place in the CIC2* are Lida McAllister and Flagmount’s Harmony. This was also a debut for this Texas based pair, who have enjoyed success at the Intermediate level before moving up to the FEI level. These two added four penalties in show jumping and 5.6 time on cross country to finish on a 71.8.

Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sea Accounts finish out this small division, taking the lead after dressage but running into a bit of trouble in the show jumping and cross country. Ellen remarked on her Facebook page that she and the Thoroughbred stallion owned by Cynthia Debracy had a disagreement on speed on cross country — clearly the horse is quite fit, which is definitely a plus!

Greenwood: Live Scores


Finally this weekend, Arden Wildasin and Il Vici picked up the win in the Open Intermediate at Poplar Place, moving up from fourth place with the fastest time on cross country. This pair most recently finished 7th in the CIC* at The Fork last month.

Nilson Moreira da Silva and Muggle also enjoyed a move up, from fifth to second, thanks to a quick footed cross country round. Muggle has had just a bit of time off since finishing fourth in the CIC3* at Poplar earlier this spring, and this weekend looks to be a strong performance for this pair.

William Hoos and Brookfield Cult King were good for third place in this division, holding the early lead but picking up 11.6 time on cross country to drop two places. William and Brookfield Cult King last completed the CCI2* at Ocala International last month.

Poplar Place: Live Scores