Will Faudree and Andromaque made a very tricky CIC3* course look easy in their final prep run before the Saumur CCI3* and came home clear with the fewest time penalties of the division to hold their lead at Jersey Fresh International. We didn’t see any double clear trips in the CIC3* — though we saw 12 of 18 with no jumping penalties — and Will’s four time penalties will give him a rail in hand going into the show jumping tomorrow. Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda had a fantastic clear trip and came home with 5.2 time penalties to move up to second place, while Marilyn Little and RF Demeter’s very fast, clear trip and six time penalties moves them all the way up from ninth to third place. Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot hold fourth place with a clear trip and 12.4 time penalties, and Marilyn Little moved up from 11th to fifth place thanks to a clear trip and 6.8 time penalties with RF Black Pearl.
As has been the theme of the day here at Jersey Fresh, both questions in the Jersey Shore water complex continued to present challenges for the CIC3* group. The tricky brush line into the water, which was numbered 9AB on the CCI3* course, made an encore appearance for the CIC3* riders, this time as much later in the course at 17AB. Phillip Dutton and Crackerjack were the only pair to have a runout there for the CIC3* group, although it rode very sticky for many pairs. Rachel McDonough and Irish Rhythm — who had the second fastest trip of the day with 4.8 time — and Werner Geven and Vilas County both took the option at this fence. Julia Wendell and Cavendish had a very scary fall jumping into the water at 17A, and she went airborne in dramatic fashion before landing in the water. Cavendish took off for a joy run around the horse park while Julia sat in the water, OK but startled. Both Julia and Cavendish are fine.
While Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti had a beautiful trip through 17AB at the Jersey Shore, the horse jumped very reluctantly into the water at 22B, and Jessica retired him on course before attempting 22C. Phillip Dutton had trouble at the same combination, falling from Pancho Villa and taking a swim in the water as the last pair on the CIC3* course. Today has just not been Phillip’s day, as he also fell from Fernhill Fugitive in the CCI3* group earlier today. Hayley Parker and Pigrela Des Cabanes were the third and final fall of the CIC3* group when they parted ways at fence 15, the Cordwood. Nicole Parkin and Lexus were the only other pair to have trouble on course, and they retired after one stop at the coffin combination at fence 10ABC. It’s been a very exciting day across the country so far at Jersey Fresh, and the CIC2* division is underway now. Stay tuned for much more from Jersey Fresh!