The 18th annual Jersey Fresh International (JFI) gets underway this afternoon at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, N.J. The CCI4*-L is the final selection trial for the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this summer so all eyes will be on the stacked field.
The 2020 edition of Jersey Fresh was canceled due to COVID-19 so the last running was in 2019 when Fylicia Barr came out on top with Galloway Sunrise. The pair made their Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event debut last month so will not be back to defend their title.
Buck Davidson has more Jersey wins than any other rider. In 2005 Davidson won the first Jersey Fresh CCI3* (now CCI4*-L) with Hyperlite, he won it again in 2014 aboard Copper Beach, and in 2015 with Ballynoe Castle RM, and will return this year in the class with Sorocaima to try to make four wins. Phillip Dutton has two Jersey wins on his record (2012 with Mystery Whisper and 2017 with Mr. Candyman) and is entered this year with Sea of Clouds. Boyd Martin won in 2018 with Long Island T and will try to tie Dutton’s win record this year with Luke 140.
Mr. Candyman, who won in 2017 with Dutton, is entered this year with his new owner, Alexandra Baugh.
With 55 entries this is the biggest field since the level debuted at Jersey Fresh in 2005. In 2019 there were only 18 pairs in the CCI4*-L.
Nineteen horses are making their CCI4*-L debut: Business Class, Claus 63, Diamond Duette, Electric Lux, FE Coldplay, FE Golden Eye, FE Mississippi, Flower Girl, Global Ex, Let It Be Lee, Monbeg Myth, Ms. Poppins, Oskar, Prophet, Riviera Lu, Sorocaima, Trendy Fernhill, Truckee Bash, and Vermont.
Nicole Aden, Meaghan Marinovich Burdick, Erin Renfroe, Dana Cooke, Alexandra Baugh, and Natalia Neneman are all attempting their first CCI4*-L.
Alexandra Knowles and Tamra Smith tie as the busiest riders in the CCI4*-L with three entries apiece.
Andrew Temkin is the technical delegate for both four-star divisions and Gale D’Amanda-Fox is the technical delegate for both three-star divisions. They will be assisted by Rick Caldwell.
The judges for Jersey Fresh are the same as the Kentucky Three-Day Event judges. For the CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L, Robert Stevenson is the president with members Christina Klingspor and Peter Gray. For the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S, Mark Weissbecker is president with Helen Brettell as member.
Morgan Rowsell is the cross-country course designer and is being advised by Capt. Mark Phillips.
Chris Barnard will design the show jumping course.
The 2021 prize money breakdown is: CCI4*-L: $15,000, CCI3*-L $10,000; CCI4*-S $4,000; and CCI3*-S $2,000.
The event will be permitted to welcome spectators. For further information on changes to the USEF COVID-19 protocols, please click here.
Tickets will be available at the gate or online. More information regarding online ticketing is available here.
Wednesday, May 5
2:30 p.m. – First Horse Inspection (CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L)
Thursday, May 6
8:00 a.m. – Dressage (CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L)
Friday, May 7
8:00 a.m. – Dressage (CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L)
10:45 a.m. – Dressage (CCI4*-S and CCI3*S)
Saturday, May 8
8:00 a.m. – Cross-Country (CCI3*-L)
9:30 a.m. – Show Jumping (CCI4*-S)
11:15 a.m. – Cross-Country (CCI4*-L)
11:35 a.m. – Show Jumping (CCI3*-S)
3:15 p.m. – Cross-Country (CCI4*-S)
4:30 p.m. – Cross-Country (CCI3*-S)
Sunday, May 9
8:00 a.m. – Second Horse Inspection (CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L)
Temecula, Calif.—March 31—Sunshine was Friday's first star at Galway Downs International after Thursday's long afternoon of heavy rain, and Tamie Smith ended the day in her same starring role with the first, second, and third spots in the CCI4*-S after show jumping.
Myakka City, Fla.—March 30—At the end of the second dressage session in The Estates at TerraNova CCI4*-S, Will Coleman (USA) took the morning lead with a whopping 19.6 with the stunning Chin Tonic HS (Chin Champ x Wildera/Quinar Z). Coleman and the Hyperion Stud LLC-owned Holsteiner gelding won the Carolina International CCI4*-S two weeks ago.
Temecula, Calif.—March 30— "World class." That's what Galway Downs Spring International dressage judges Helen Brettell and Robyn Fisher said in unison of the two rides that put Tamie Smith in the one and two spots in the CCI4*-S after dressage.
Myakka City, Fla.—March 30—In the third year of hosting FEI three-day events and recognized horse trials, TerraNova Equestrian Center welcomes an eventing date to their busy spring competition schedule. Riders from all walks of life, Olympians to young eventers, flocked to TerraNova to experience the previous two fall three-day events. The addition of the spring date gives riders an opportunity to run an FEI event and horse trials before heading home after the winter season.
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