Apr 30, 2022

Double Clear for Dan Kreitl and Carmango to Lead the CCI4*-S at LRK3DE

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
Dan Krietl and Carmango. USEA/ Meagan DeLisle photo

Derek di Grazia’s CCI4*-S track proved that three-day events are not just a dressage show. A total of 47 competitors went out Saturday morning to tackle the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*-S cross-country course and only one competitor put in a double clear round – Dan Kreitl and Carmango, a 9-year-old Westphalian gelding (Chirivell x Taramanga) owned by Kay Dixon.

Kreitl shot up the leaderboard as he was 11th after dressage and now, after cross-country he is the overnight leader going into tomorrow’s show jumping on a score of 29.0. “It was a super fun course. It was only his third four-star, and the same for me, as we just moved up to the level. He’s super honest and does his job the best he can. He was trying to read every question. It was super fun, probably the most fun cross-country course I’ve done,” said Kreitl.

Dan Krietl and Carmango. USEA/Meagan DeLisle photo.

“I went out of the start box with my foot on the gas, and that was my plan to try to get ahead as much as I can. I didn’t get ahead so, I just kept on kicking. He’s a fast horse. On the galloping fences I didn’t try to slow down too much, I tried to find them right out of stride and keep it efficient and smooth.” Kreitl was efficient as he was the only one to make time out of the 47 competitors in the CCI4*-S.”

The Indiana native moved up to the Advanced level this year. “Me being new to the level, I have a good coach, Sharon White coaches me. I always hope he’s fit enough but, he had plenty left in the tank so I feel really happy and confident about that. It was the first time at this level that I’ve come out trying to make the time, so it was really fun,” said Kreitl. “It was a hard course and we’re tired, but he felt like he could have definitely kept going.”

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. USEA/Meagan DeLisle photo.

The first pair out of the start box was Liz Halliday-Sharp on Cooley Quicksilver (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal) an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the Monster Partnership. The pair put in a clear round only adding four time penalties to sit in second on a score of 29.7. Rounding out the top three is Phillip Dutton on Quasi Cool (Quo Vados I x B-Estelle ) an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Caroline Moran.

Phillip Dutton and Quasi Cool. USEA/Meagan DeLisle photo.

The CCI4*-S will resume with the final horse inspection at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday where 30 pairs will present in front of the Ground Jury.

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