Wednesday Videos from Kentucky Performance Products: Doug Payne … the Busiest Man at The Fork?

Doug Payne had a busy — and successful! — weekend at The Fork at Tryon, Presented by Lucky Clays Farm.

Doug and Quantum Leap, a 7-year-old RPSI gelding (Quite Capitol X Report to Sloopy xx, by Corporate Report xx) he owns with Susan Drillock, finished 7th in the CCI4*-S. The horse made his CCI4*-S debut at Carolina, adding 3.2 time penalties to finish 20th, and had a solid weekend at The Fork at Tryon, adding 12.4 cross country time faults to their dressage score of 37.8. Watch them tackle the track:

He led the CCI3*-S division from start to finish with Starr Witness, an 8-year-old Dutch mare (Chello II x Carmen, by Veneur) owned by Laurie McRee. “She was on her toes,” Doug says. “She was very, very good.”

The pair scored a 27.6 in the dressage, show jumped clear, and posted the fastest cross country time in their division, collecting 5.6 time faults. The ground was on the wetter side, Doug says, so he kept it conservative where the ground was undulating and didn’t go full out. “I had to move along, though, because I think it’s going to benefit her … I’m going to press her a little bit more so that she becomes more comfortable with not necessarily speed and jumps, but galloping better.”

Doug finished 4th in the CCI3*-S with Cascor, a 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Catoo x Lovely, by Stauffenberg) owed by Stephen Blauner. “He jumped great and was super brave out there,” Doug says. “He trucked around. He doesn’t have the biggest step in comparison to the other two. He’s a little bit shorter strided, but he makes up for it in that he doesn’t pull at all, you don’t have to set him up, he’s very uphill, balanced, and quick. So he handles it very well.”

Doug also finished 4th in the CCI2*-S division with Baymax, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ars Vivendi x Olympics Corner, by Olympics Lux). Here they go:

Doug praised the Capt. Mark Phillips designed course: “It was a tough track, there was a lot to do, and a lot to look at, I think the horses finished stronger, better, and more confident because of it. And there’s certainly going to be a better standard for other things this spring.”

On top of having five horses in the international eventing classes, Doug squeezed in some jumper classes, which were being held simultaneously with The Fork.

Many thanks to Sarah Madden for assistance with quotes for this story.

Other riders we feel utterly exhausted for: Liz Halliday-Sharp, who had seven entries, and Will Faudree, who had six. We hope they all took a day off when he got home! Go Eventing.

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