Equilume sponsored rider Phillip Dutton topped the CCI3*-S division at Fair Hill over the weekend riding Fernhill Singapore, an 11-year-old Dutch gelding (Singapore x Riedellia, by Animo) owned by Ann Jones, Thomas Tierney and David Vos. The pair, who finished 5th at the Fair Hill International CCI4*-L last fall, added just two cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 22.5 for the win.
Phillip had four horses in the division: Sea of Clouds finished 9th, Fernhill Pickpocket finished 18th, and borrowed mount Tsetserleg was among several horses seen cantering casually around cross country to finish 24th.
“Fair Hill ran a great competition this weekend,” Phillip recapped on Facebook. “The CCI3*-S was a very useful fitness and training run for my three horses and Boyd Martin’s Tseterleg, and happily Fernhill Singapore ended up coming out on top. The additions and improvements made to the Fair Hill International make it an incredible venue — it’s really very exciting for our sport. Everyone seems to be getting the hang of the not-so-new COVID guidelines by now, and it’s encouraging to see the eventing community work together to keep our sport going as safely and sensibly as possible. Our heartfelt thanks to the organizers and volunteers, and we look forward to returning next year for the inaugural 5*.”
Other five-star notables in the CCI3*-S: Lauren Nicholson with Landmark’s Monte Carlo picked up 20 and time to finish 35th, Will Coleman and Tight Lines took their time to finish 26th. Lillian Heard was 5th with LCC Barnaby, Lauren Nicholson was 4th with Vermiculus, and Ariel Grald was 2nd with Leamore Master Plan.
More in the Intermediate divisions: Sharon White and Cooley on Show won Intermediate A, second to herself and Cooley Quicksilver. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night were 3rd. Meg Pellegrini was 11th with RF Eloquence, with whom Ellie MacPhail O’Neal completed Kentucky. Liz also won Intermediate B with Deniro Z. Buck Davidson took a spill from Jak My Style. Lynn Symansky won a division of Preliminary with her 2019 Pan Am Games mount RF Cool Play.
Speaking of five-star horses, we’d be remiss not to mention that Otis Barbotiere, who in 2012 finished 3rd at Kentucky and was Boyd Martin’s Olympic mount, was spotted in a Training division with Mia Mata Blake. Since we saw him last, at Luhmühlen in 2014 where he finished 15th, Otis went into the show jumping world and we’re glad to see him back on course at age 18. Mia and Otis have done a couple events this summer and we wish the best of luck in his eventing encore!
Area II eventer Emma Hinke captured tons of CCI3*-S footage while out volunteering — we’ll have her cross country reel featuring the brand new course posted later this afternoon so keep an eye out for that! You can find video recaps of other big events Emma has attended on her YouTube channel, along with videos chronicling the training of her OTTB gelding.
You can view complete Fair Hill results here.
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