Phillip Dutton had to sit out last weekend’s Plantation Field Horse Trials due to an injury he picked up playing polo in a charity match on September 11. The time out of the saddle didn’t seem to affect his riding, however, as Dutton trotted into the lead today with Fernhill Singapore in the Stable View Oktoberfest CCI4*-S.
There is a field of 22 in the CCI4*-S and Dutton and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Singapore x Riedellia) were the only pair to break into the 20s. Owned by Ann Jones, Tom Tierney, and David Vos, Fernhill Singapore scored a 29.4 to lead the class.
“His tests are getting better every week, and I am really pleased with him,” said Dutton. “I definitely thought it was his best test to date.”
Boyd Martin rode both Fernhill Singapore and Z last weekend at Plantation but withdrew before the cross-country. Dutton said that he actually quite enjoyed watching Martin ride them. “Plantation has a good atmosphere and Boyd gave me good feedback,” explained Dutton. Dutton said that Martin had both his horses more forward in the canter than he might normally does which was interesting to see.
Dutton said that this will probably be Fernhill Singapore’s last run before the Fair Hill CCI4*-L, so is looking for a nice confidence-building exercise in all three phases.
Tied for second on a 30.4 is Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire, the 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Diarado x Lantana) owned by Carol Stephens, and Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection, the 15-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Naomagic I) owned by Mary Ann Ghadban.
Dutton’s World Equestrian Games partner, Z, sits in fourth on a 30.6. Owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Ann Jones, and Caroline Moran – Z is an 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca z Bellabouche).
Stable View has been putting a tremendous effort into preparing the footing for the cross-country course with constant watering and spiking and Dutton said he “is very appreciative of all the work that’s been done on the ground.”
The top seven riders are all within a rail of each other so there is a lot to play for tomorrow. The CCI4*-S show jumping begins tomorrow at 1:17 p.m. followed by cross-country at 2:47 p.m. Full ride times are here.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.
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It is with great disappointment and regret, which we know will be shared by many, that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Badminton Horse Trials which was due to be held “behind closed doors” between May 5 and May 9. This cancellation also includes the BE90 and BE100 Championships (May 4 and 5).