While Chris Barnard’s technical show jumping course shuffled much of the CIC3* leaderboard, Phillip Dutton rose above it, jumping clear with Dr. Kevin Keane’s Sportsfield Candy to hold his division lead.
First in the ring, Dutton sailed around the course, making Saturday’s test seem deceptively easy with the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Condios x Angel of Harlem, by Cruising). They remain on their dressage score of 29.7, which gives the pair six seconds of breathing room on Sunday’s cross country.
“He jumped great — he always does. The course had quite a few shorter distances for him, and being a 17.2 hand horse, that was a little bit of work for us both. He doesn’t ever want to hit a rail, so it’s just a case of trying to get him there in the right balance, and he will do his part,” Dutton said.
A clear round boosted Will Faudree and Pfun into second. Jennifer Mosing & Sterling Silver Stables’ 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Tadmus x Celerina, by Cento) carries a score of 32.3 into the final phase.
“People always say you have a once in a lifetime horse. I had that with Antigua (Faudree’s 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games Partner). Karen Stives said, ‘Don’t expect the next one to fill their shoes,’ but Pfun is very special for me,” Faudree said. “I’ve known him since he was three. There’s always been something special about that horse. He was excited to be back in the big ring. It’s really fun to have him back — no pun intended.”
Mara DePuy piloted Congo Brazzaville C from fifth to third after a faultless show jump round. The 11-year-old KWPN (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Mexico M, by Highline) owned by the rider, David Regamey and Mary Clark Regamey, sits on a score of 32.5.
The CIC3* division sets off on Mike Etherington-Smith’s cross country course Sunday. As of press time, ride times have not been confirmed, but will be available on www.plantationfieldinternational.com.
Anna Loschiavo produced one of four double clear cross country rounds in the CIC2* A division to win the class in the final phase aboard Melanie Loschiavo’s Spartacus Q. She and the 9-year-old Hanoverian (Soleil Q x Laura Q, by Loerke) finished on their dressage score of 28.
“He’s a cross-country machine which has been really fun. He’s unique because he’s got a huge stride, but he’s also easy to compress which you don’t always see,” she said. “Time tends to be a factor here, but he has been feeling phenomenally fit. He kind of blew me away out there because of how fit he is and how easy it felt. He’s so educated now, taking things out of an uninterrupted stride. I think something that saved time was just being able to ride pretty direct, precise lines.”
Kristen Bond was second with Liz Bond’s Enough Already. She and the 10-year-old KWPN (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Zandora, by Landor S) finished on their dressage score of 28.7.
Traveling from California, Emilee Libby and Jakobi, a 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Ustinov x Expression, by Coriano) owned by the rider and Linda Libby, took third after a two faultless jumping efforts on a score of 29.2.
Returning this year to defend their title, Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play closed out a wire-to-wire win of the CIC2* B division. The Donner Syndicate’s 10-year-old German Sport Horse (Condors Champion x Roxana, by Radscha) finished just three seconds over the time to add 1.2 time penalties on cross country for a final result of 24.2.
“He’s a pretty amazing galloper. I wasn’t really trying to chase the clock, and used the good footing to my advantage,” Symansky said. “He always looks for the flags. He’s pretty easy to ride on cross country. He’s genuine, and loves the job.”
Faudree finished second aboard Caeleste, an 11-year-old Holsteiner (Contender x Happygolucky, by Luckylionell) owned by Jennifer Mosing & Sterling Silver Stables. The duo had a double clear round to finish on 25.8.
Boyd Martin and Club Contessa’s Contessa were third. The 9-year-old Holsteiner (Contender x Veritas, by Esteban) picked up 2.4 time penalties for a three-phase score of 27.6.
The one-star competitors were the first to set off on cross country this morning. Mike Pendleton and Sarah Pyne lead the split divisions. Pendleton took over the lead of CIC1* A with Stephen Blauner’s Carlsburg, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Puissance x Flame and Passion, by Cruising) after adding nothing to their 28.20-point score. Overnight leaders Pyne and her own Quintessential, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Vriend x Touchdown Lady, by Touchdown) are still out in front of the CIC* B division after a foot-perfect cross-country run. They carry 24.3 points to Sunday’s show jumping finale.
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All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.