Who Jumped It Best? Carolina International CIC3*

“You’re going to sit back and ride this confidently, or you’re going to cry for your mommy.” That was course designer Ian Stark’s advice for negotiating the huge log drop at the Ship’s Quarters water complex at Carolina International.

And the riders did sit back and ride, but whether your horse dropped in quietly or launched up and out, the key was to quickly organize for the B element, a big brush corner at the top of a mound. It was a test of bravery, communication and good footwork, and it was an awesome complex to sit and watch.

Check out these seven CIC3* competitors and decide which horse and rider pair present the best overall picture. Then vote in the poll below for who you think jumped it best.

Carolina Links: Website, Final Results, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Instagram

Will Faudree and Hans Dampf. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Daniela Moguel and Cecelia. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Allie Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Erin Sylvester and Mettraise. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.