Apart from two holds for rain, local lightning, and with additional thunderstorms in the forecast, precipitating an early close, it was business as usual as Stable View continued with the USEF/USEA Stable View Spring Horse Trials and Adequan/USEF Youth Team Challenge in Aiken, S.C. As a result of the delays, the remaining CCI2*-S and CCI1*-S show jumping will be held over until tomorrow. Saturday will also see all four divisions compete in cross-country. After six weeks with no measurable precipitation, the cross-country courses will be in excellent condition.
Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, Phoebe and Michael Manders and Jacqueline Mars’ 16-year-old Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold x Richardia) jumped a clear show jumping round to hold onto the CCI4*-S lead on a 21.7.
The rest of the field shuffled a bit as rails fell on Chris Barnard's course and Phillip Dutton and Z moved up from fourth to second place. The 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca x Bellabouche) owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Anne Jones, and Caroline Moran, is currently sitting on a 25.6.
Buck Davidson was sitting in overnight second on Carlevo, but the pair had two rails down to drop to 13th, however, it opened the door for another one of his mounts, Erroll Gobey, to move up into the third spot. Cassie Segal, Natalie Sandler, and Lisa Darden's 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cassini II x Ulla II) moved from sixth to third on a 27.3.
In the CCI3*-S, the overnight leaders withdrew before show jumping which opened the door for everyone to move up a spot. Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley, Lesley Grant-Law and Stephen Brown's 10-year-old Holsteiner mare (Connor x Juicy) added nothing to their dressage score of 29.4 to take the lead.
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and her own Cooley HHS Calmaria, the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Cyrano 145 x Chester Lass) added just 0.4 time penalties to take over second place.
Tim Bourke and Lennard, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Likoto XX x Ronja) owned by Kristen and Mark Anderson, kept all the rails up to move from fifth to third on a 30.8.
The CCI2*-S finished their dressage this morning and Alyssa Phillips and her own Cornelius Bo, a 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Concours Complet x Charlotte) were able to hold on to the top of the leaderboard on a 27.5. While all CCI2*-S competitors were supposed to show jump this afternoon only 14 of the 63 entries were able to before the rain delay. The rest of the division will jump in the morning before heading out to cross-country. The updated ride times can be viewed here.
The CCI1*-S competitors had their turn in the dressage ring today and Phillips added another top spot to her weekend. She scored a 26.5 with her own 7-year-old Mecklenburg gelding, FE Celestino (CE-Matin x Antigone), who was the 2019 USEA Young Event Horse East Coast 5-year-old Champion. FE Celestino is making his FEI debut this weekend at Stable View.
Stable View is hosting the first Adequan/USEF Youth Team Challenge of the year. Area I is currently leading the CCI2*-S Challenge while Area II has a strong lead in the CCI3*-S Challenge.
At the second-to-last of 40 efforts, "I thought, 'This is actually happening,'" said Amber Levine of a faultless finish with Cellar Farm's Cinzano today to stay on their 31.5 lead going into show jumping tomorrow morning in the Twin Rivers Spring International CCI4*-L. The Jeffs Hot Tub Waves complex at 19 a/b was the awkward exception to a Hugh Lochore-designed course that otherwise "rode great" for the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) in his long-delayed debut at the level. An entirely new portion of the course around the racetrack featured a series of bright-white painted obstacles, but nothing distracted Cinzano's "tunnel vision for those flags." Levine expects a similar game attitude tomorrow and has a rail to spare.
Black stallion antics after the CCI4*-L jog inspection yesterday were not a preview of Cinzano's dressage test today. "When you are riding and working him, he's all into what you are doing," says Amber Levine, who owns the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) through her Cellar Farm. A 31.5 dressage test puts them atop a field of four, three of which, including Cinzano, are first-timers in the division in Paso Robles, California.
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The Chattahoochee Hills H.T. is hosting one of three CCI4*-S divisions this weekend across the country and with 34 entries they have the largest turnout as riders prepare for their spring CCI4*-L and CCI5*-L goals. The facility in Fairburn, Georgia is running seven events in 2021, but their April event is the only one offering a CCI4*-S.