It was a blustery afternoon on the first day of competition at the 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Maryland. Of the 66 CCI2* horses and 41 CCI3* listed on the draw order for the first horse inspection, one was not passed and three were withdrawn prior to the inspection.
The CCI2* competitors trotted up in front of the ground jury of Gretchen Butts (USA) and Peter Gray (CAN) and all were accepted. In the CCI3*, Mark Weissbecker (USA), Angela Tucker (GBR), and David Lee (IRL) accepted all pairs except for Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, who were sent to the hold box and not passed upon reinspection.
There were also three withdrawals prior to the first horse inspection: Business Ben, ridden by Allison Springer, and Military Mind, ridden by Whitney Maloch in the CCI3* and Cambalda, ridden by Alexa Lapp in the CCI2*. In total, 65 horses will move forward in the CCI2* and 38 will trot down centerline in the CCI3*.
Dressage competition for the CCI divisions will begin tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. in addition to the dressage and conformation phases for the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, which are running concurrently with the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event.
While you’re waiting for the competition to start, check out the Fast Facts for both Fair Hill International and the Young Event Horse Championships and check out the photo gallery from this afternoon’s first horse inspection!
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While Great Britain has a strong lead in the team competition at Tokyo 2020 after the second session of dressage, the USA has climbed up two places to ninth courtesy of Phillip Dutton’s score of 30.5 on Z.
The world number one Oliver Townend has put Great Britain in gold medal position after the first of three sessions of dressage at the Tokyo Olympics.
Second into the arena, Townend delivered an extremely accurate performance and did not waste a mark on the flea-bitten grey 14-year-old Ballaghmor Class to score 23.6 - the fifth-best mark by a British rider at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings.
It’s the turn of the world’s best eventing athletes to stand under the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games spotlight over the next few days as all but one of the horses presented at this morning’s horse inspection at Baji Koen Equestrian Park were confirmed for action by the Ground Jury.