This big, solid corner has been a permanent fixture at Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Ga. for as long as I can remember. Used alone or in various combination set ups over the years, it has seen thousands of horses and riders between its flags.
The structure made an appearance on the John Williams designed Preliminary course this weekend in sequence with a cabin several strides before. The fence jumped beautifully, with nearly every horse and rider keeping a steady forward stride from the cabin to a perfect shot at the corner.
Poplar’s resident trainer and flying Dutchman Werner Geven came first and second in the Open Preliminary division with Christy Edwards’ Reddy or Not and L’Avventura, owned by Launa Desportes, respectively. Both mares went double clear on cross country in their maiden Preliminary attempts to finish less than one point of each other on the leaderboard.
So now it’s time to play Who Jumped It Best? Pick which Preliminary horse and rider give the best overall impression over the iconic Poplar corner.