The first CCI4*-L of the season is upon us with the start of the 17th annual Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event (JFI) this afternoon at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, N.J. There is no live stream, but you can follow the USEA for updates throughout the competition.
There are 133 total entries to see between the four divisions being offered at JFI this weekend. The CCI4*-L has 24 entries, the CCI4*-S has 32, the CCI3*-L has 18, and the CCI3*-S has 59.
Both the CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L are serving as selection trials for this summer's Pan American Games. All pairs wishing to be considered for the U.S. team must complete a selection trial and Jersey Fresh is the final opportunity in the country.
Four riders in the CCI4*-L are riding more than one horse in the division. Will Coleman will ride TKS Cooley and Off the Record; Boyd Martin is entered on On Cue and Contestor; Nilson Moreira da Silva is returning with Magnum’s Martini and Cash; and Allison Springer has two rides: Sapphire Blue B and Business Ben.
While none of the riders in the CCI4*-L are new to the level, all but six of the horses are, meaning 75 percent of the horses in the division have not competed at the CCI4*-L level before. Will we see a seasoned veteran on top of the podium at the end of the weekend or a CCI4*-L newbie?
Neither the 2018 CCI3* nor the CIC3* winners (Long Island T and Kyra, respectively) are returning to Jersey Fresh this year, but the winners of last year’s CCI2*, Boyd Martin and On Cue, are back to contest the CCI4*-L. On Cue, Christine Turner’s 13-year-old Anglo European mare (Cabri d’Elle x On High), has finished in the top three in seven out of 10 international starts.
Only two horses from last year’s CCI3* are returning this year to compete at the same level this year: Nilson Moreira da Silva with the MM Syndicate’s Magnum’s Martini (Magnum x Momo’s Girl), a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding, and the Phoenix Syndicate’s Cash, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Cash also competed in the CCI3* in 2017 as well.
Lukeswell finished 12th at the 2015 European Championships with his previous rider, Sam Watson (IRE). The 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Puissance x Gentle Servant) is now ridden by Hannah Sue Burnett and they are contesting their first long-format event together.
Four of the entries in the CCI4*-L are off-the-track Thoroughbreds: 10-year-old gelding Eye of the Storm (Olympio x Message of Honey), owned and ridden by Kim Liddell; Chase and Darcie Shipka’s 13-year-old gelding Palm Crescent (Quiet American x Edey’s Village), ridden by Meghan O’Donoghue; 14-year-old gelding Tag (Worthington Hills x My Panache), owned and ridden by Erin Pullen; and The Business Ben Partnerships’ 9-year-old gelding Business Ben (Artie Schiller x Min Elreeh), ridden by Allison Springer.
Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse, her own and Sherrie Martin’s 11-year-old Warmblood gelding by Kannan, are rerouting to JFI after their weekend at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event ended early. Martin withdrew Danger Mouse before cross-country after she fell from her first ride of the day, Islandwood Captain Jack.
Captain Mark Phillips (GBR), who took over the course design at JFI in 2017, is back again as the course designer for the CCI4*-L and CCI3*-S. The CCI3*-L and CCI3*-S are designed by Morgan Rowsell (USA), who is also the course builder and co-organizer of JFI.
Chris Barnard (USA) is returning this year as JFI’s show jumping course designer.
The CCI4* ground jury includes Ground Jury President Sue Baxter (GBR), Jo Young (CAN), and Wayne Quarles (USA). The CCI3* divisions are presided over by Ground Jury President Robert Stevenson (USA), Valerie Vizcarrando-Pride (USA), and Janice Conlon (USA). Jonathan Clissold (GBR) is the technical delegate, assisted by Gale D’Amanda Fox (USA) and Jennifer Franks (CAN), and Eileen Pritchard-Bryan (USA) is the FEI Chief Steward.
New this year, JFI is hosting a Preliminary Derby on Sunday, May 12 during the lunch break. The derby is sponsored by East Coast Equine Performance LLC and $2,500 in prize money is up for grabs!
Admission to the Horse Park of New Jersey is free for spectators on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday Admission are $10 each and can be purchased in advance online or at the gate.
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