The final day at the 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in Elkton, Maryland began with a cold and windy final horse inspection for the remaining 48 CCI2* and 33 CCI3* competitors.
The CCI2* horses were presented to the ground jury of Gretchen Butts (USA) and Peter Gray (CAN) and all were accepted. Jan Byyny and Volcan de Caverie and Courtney Sendak and DGE TheManInTheGlass were both sent to the hold box but passed upon represntation. Jill Thomas withdrew OBOS Darko prior to the final horse inspection.
The CCI3* Ground Jury of Mark Weissbecker (USA), Angela Tucker (GBR), and David Lee (IRL) accepted all the CCI3* horses. Ashley Kehoe and Kiltealy Toss Up were sent to the hold box and then asked to jog twice upon representation but were accepted.
The CCI2* horses will begin show jumping over Marc Donovan's course in reverse order of standing starting with Cassandra Wallskog and Cooley Castle at 10:00 a.m. in the William duPont, Jr. Arena. Following the CCI2* awards ceremony, the CCI3* will show jump in reverse order of standing beginning with Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control at 1:00 p.m.
Need a refresher of what’s happened so far in the CCI2* and CCI3* at Fair Hill? Click herefor a recap of Thursday’s competition, click here to find out how thing stood at the completion of dressage, and click here to read about what went down on cross-country yesterday.
Check out the USEA Instagram Story for coverage of today’s show jumping competition!
When the overnight leader cantered into the show jumping arena at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and had the first rail down, Erin Sylvester knew that she had just clinched the CCI4*-L win. It isn’t just another CCI4*-L win though – it is a truly historic one as she and Paddy The Caddy, Frank McEntee’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Azamore x Slamy), will be the final names inscribed on the Fair Hill trophy.
All horses who presented this morning at the final horse inspection at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event were accepted, but one notable horse wasn’t presented. D.A. Duras, Jacqueline Mars and Debbie Adam’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Numero Uno x Medoc) was withdrawn by Lauren Kieffer before the horse inspection. The pair were sitting in third place in the CCI4*-L so their withdrawal moves up the majority of the division.
The scoreboard was kept working at full tilt on cross-country today at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International as 24 of the 41 CCI4*-L starters picked up some sort of jump penalty on Derek di Grazia’s course. The leader position changed several times throughout the afternoon as 15 penalties were handed out by the ground jury, but Waylon Roberts and Lancaster kept their slate clean to take over the top spot.