Marc Donovan’s show jump course settled out the top spots after yesterday’s three-way tie. Allison Springer & Arthur, Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair and Emily Beshear & Shame on the Moon all sat on a 43.10 after two very competitive days of dressage in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at the Cloud Eleven/Gavilan North Carolina International CIC & H.T.
Donovan’s show jumping course kept all the three-star riders on their toes as they twisted through the Carolina International Stonehenge complex, which they will run through again on tomorrow’s cross-country course.
Springer and Arthur were the first pair to take the ring today and they made sure to give the other leading ladies no breathing room by laying down a double clear round. The 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse by Brandenburg's Windstar redeemed himself with a bold, forward round after some spookiness in the dressage yesterday.
Maya Black and “Cody” unfortunately added 8 penalties, moving them to 18th place at the end of the day. The gelding has historically been a cross-country powerhouse here at the Carolina Horse Park, having double clear cross-country rounds the last two years, so we expect the pair will give it all they’ve got tomorrow.
The last of the trio to go, Emily Beshear & Deep Purple Eventing's Shame on the Moon (Sonset Sieger x Indy), performed a lovely technical round, but managed to add a single time penalty, which just bumped them to the second place position going to cross-country.
The top ten saw a few rails throughout the afternoon, which made way for Buck Davidson and Carl and Cassie Segal's Ballynoecastle RM. The 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse by Ramiro B jumped from ninth to third after adding no penalties to their dressage score of 47.
Allison Springer & Arthur
On Arthur’s Double Clear Show Jumping…
“It’s always a funny day when Arthur’s my only clear round. He was really wonderful. I felt pretty tired and groggy [from the pollen] today, so I didn’t feel like I gave my horses their best rides. It was sort of like the dressage where I’m like, ‘ah that felt awful,’ then I watch the video and he looked really good. I was proud of him.”
“I thought it was a really good course. It was pretty challenging, but I think our show jump courses should be tough. It’s good for us we’ve got to up our game.”
On Preparing for Rolex…
This, I’m hoping, is our best prep for Kentucky, so I want to have a really good round. It would be really great to win it, but most importantly this is my shot to have my best lead up for Kentucky. I’m not going to be going slowly for sure I’m going to gallop on. I’m looking forward to a good Kentucky.
On Her Relationship with Arthur…
We’re like an old married couple. He’s such a sweet horse. It’s always fun riding him. He’s in all his glory here. He’s had little kids visiting him. It’s very sweet. He loves the attention.
Emily Beshear & Shame on the Moon
On the Time Fault that Bumped her out of First….
“I’m trying not to be concerned about [the time fault]. Finally, this year feel like I’ve got a good plan going. She feels like she’s really starting to come into her own in the show jumping, but we’ve changed a lot in the last month as far as my warm up and how I’m riding her in the ring. I was really focused on trying to keep that in perspective the whole way around. I honestly think the time fault came because she got really spooky headed to fence 4 through the Stonehenge, so I just let her take her time. I think if I would’ve pushed here there should would’ve gotten a bit tense.”
On “Delta’s” Progress…
“She’s developed a lot. She’s only 10 this year, and I feel like there’s still so much more that we can built on. She’s the first horse I’ve had that every goal we’ve made she’s met or exceeded. It’s rare, and I don’t have many that I get to ride at that level, so it’s really nice to have one as good as she is."
On Today’s Course…
"That is typical Marc Donovan he tests you in every way possible. To me that was good. He asked a lot of different questions. For me it tested me to have good reactions, so I was happy for the test."
On What’s Next…
"My plan is to have this as my last run before Kentucky. I think the [cross-country] course is very impressive but for a horse that you’re heading to Kentucky with, I think it asks a lot of the questions that we’re going to have to answer."
Buck Davidson & BallynoeCastle RM
On Making Up For His Rail At The Wellington Eventing Showcase...
"He was fantastic – he jumped great. He really likes jumping on grass. I was going to be darn sure that I wasn’t going to have the last fence down. Poor thing, I think he couldn't breathe I squeezed him so hard at the last fence. It was a good lead up to my mini-golf match this afternoon."
On Ian Stark's CIC3* Cross-Country Course...
"I really like how much galloping there is.There is the trakehner to the water that isn’t so easy, but I feel like it is a nice galloping course and it isn’t overly big or overly tricky, but there is plenty to do out there, so it should be an exciting day tomorrow."
On "Reggie's" Rolex Plans...
"I will know a lot more after tomorrow. As long as everybody is healthy I guess that would be the plan. Just see what is the best fit for him and talk it over with Carl and Cassie [Segal]. Right now he feels great, and if everything goes according to plan tomorrow and at The Fork, we will push on."
About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series
Qualifying for the 2016 Adequan USEA Gold Cup began last fall with the Richland Park Advanced & CIC3* (MI), Aspen Farms Advanced (WA), Plantation Field Advanced & CIC3* (PA) and the Woodside International Advanced & CIC3* (CA) and features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced Horse Trials and CIC3* levels. The final will take place at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, September 1-4 in Tryon, North Carolina. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money and thousands of dollars in prizes in the Adequan Advanced Division and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion.
The 2016 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many loyal sponsors: Adequan, Standlee Forage, Nunn Finer, Nutrena, Merck, Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, Pyranha and FITS.
The PRO Tour Series consists of 13 premier destination events in the United States and Canada, featuring the best riders and most entertainment. Riders and Horses are awarded points on the PRO Tour Rider Leader Board and PRO Tour Horse Leader Board.
The Professional Riders Organization would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2016 PRO Tour Series: KER Optimum Time, Tex Sutton, Triple Crown Nutrition, and SSG Riding Gloves.