A year ago, eventer Reagan LaFleur started her career in law, and because of her new professional time constraints, decided to hand the reins of her own Larcot Z over to Will Coleman. Now one season later, Will and the 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (L’arc de Triomphe — Kocote de la Londe) have cashed in on their partnership, claiming a win in the Stable View CCI3*-S.
Reagan produced “Dwight,” aptly named after the character from The Office for the natural middle part of his forelock, through the two-star level. “I bumped him up did his first intermediates last year,” Will said. “He’s a really attractive horse — beautiful type, like a real blood type and a great jumper.”
He earned a 30.5 on the flat, with a score of nine for his final halt. A fault-free show jumping and just 8 cross country time penalties gave the pair a winning result of 38.5. Will was especially proud of the up-and-coming horse considering the deluge of rainfall he faced in addition to Mogie Bearden-Muller’s cross country track.
“It was just raining so hard. I could barely see I felt like I needed windshield wipers for my eyeballs,” Will said. “I think he was backed off by the ground. The ground held up really nicely, but it was still soft and kind of squishy. It just made the jumps maybe feel a little bigger, and he’s quite a careful horse so it was a good experience for him. He was really honest everywhere. I really can’t fault him.”
The LaFleur family have given their blessing for Will to continue campaigning Dwight for now, and he says he’ll aim for a spring three-star long, but hasn’t narrowed down yet exactly which one he’ll chose.
With 23 starters, only two came through the finish inside the time: Doug Payne and Waylon Roberts, who finished second and third place, respectively.
Doug piloted his and his wife’s 8-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Quite Easy — Avalon) to a second place finish on a score of 43.5. Only one rail in yesterday’s show jumping was added to their final result. A promising member of Doug’s string, Quiberon was bred in the U.S. by Didi Callahan.
Canadian rider Waylon Roberts finished third with OKE Ruby R, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Namelus R — B. Termie R 6) owned by John Koppin, Michelle Koppin and Waylon, on a final score of 46.
North Carolina-based Ariel Grald picked up two wins in both the Advanced and the CCI2*-S.
It was her World Championships partner Leamore Master Plan who took top honors in the Advanced after braving nearly the worst of the weather across both jumping phases. Annie Eldridge’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Master Imp — Ardragh Bash) has had a quieter spring following their 11th place finish at Pratoni, only so far running a combined test in the Carolina International four-star, but this weekend he stretched his legs for the first time adding 6.8 time penalties to their final score of 37.5.
Buck Davison was second with Erroll Gobey, who will be the pathfinder at the upcoming Kentucky CCI5* on a score of 44.
Australian transplant riding under the New Zealand flag, Hayley Frielick was third with her Dunedin Black Watch. They cruised to add 20 time penalties which included adding the third four-star corner which was not flagged for the Advanced course as an extra bonus fence.
In the CCI2*-S, Ariel’s partner In Vogue topped the leaderboard. Top Run Equestrian’s 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Future Trend — Ballymolloy Holly Hock) finished on her dressage score of 24.8.
“She’s owned by one of my best friends Claire Williams. We bought her during COVID as a 4-year-old from Ireland [off] videos. Bought the horse for Claire, and we’ve sort of shared the ride she you know, has a busy, real person job. So I take her for a little while and then Claire rides are a little bit, so she’s kind of bounced back and forth. But unfortunately Claire got hurt skiing this winter, so I’ve been riding her all winter,” Ariel said. “She’s just really, really cool. The more you do it, the more she steps up, and she’s actually getting quite hungry to go do the job. She’s just getting better and better.”
Lucia Strini took top honors in the Open Intermediate with DHI Kevin G, an 8-year-old KWPN (Dakar VDL — Varia) owned by Plain Dealing Farm, on a score of 37.7.