Fernhill By Night is no stranger to the top spot on the leaderboard after the dressage phase of an event and today’s CIC3* at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event fit right in with his tradition. A night of storms and a brisk morning (for Florida) made for some tense horses and only two managed to break into the twenties, but “Blackie” kept it together to earn a 27.2 with Liz Halliday-Sharp.
“We did our typical no warm-up and got him as hot as possible. He did drop me a little bit in the ring. He was very lazy as he can be, but it was still a fairly tidy test,” said Halliday-Sharp of the 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Radolin x Argentina XII) she co-owns with her mother, Deborah Halliday. “I think they are judging very tough today. I was disappointed with [my other horse] Deniro Z’s score, but I think he did go in and try and he is feeling very well and is excited to be at the party.”
Halliday-Sharp splits her year between England and the U.S. so has just arrived back stateside after the summer and fall abroad. “[Blackie] has been great – we are lucky to have such a great cross-country course at our place so he has had a bit of a tune up over there. He hasn’t run since Millstreet in August – we sort of preserve our runs since he is getting a bit older. That makes him fresh when he comes to the party which is where we want him.”
Halliday-Sharp has competed at the Ocala Jockey Club all three years of the event’s existence and praised the event. “It is amazing. I think the ground should be perfect and every year this event gets better. It’s like a mini European event really so we always try and make sure we can be here.”
Just a bit over two points off the lead is last year’s winner, Phillip Dutton, who has reunited with his longtime partner, Fernhill Fugitive. Dutton rode the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Lux x Barnadown Ramiro) for five years – including competing at four CCI4*s and the 2015 Pan American Games – but in 2017 Fernhill Fugitive went to compete with co-owner, Tom Tierney’s, daughter, Caitlin. Fernhill Fugitive has recently been sold, so Dutton is back in the irons for the new owner.
Sitting in third place is Felix Vogg and is 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games mount, Colero. Jurgen Vogg’s 10-year-old Westphalian gelding (Captain Fire x Bonita) scored a 30.8 which puts them less than a rail behind the lead.
The CIC3* will have a day off tomorrow before they tackle Chris Barnard’s show jumping on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and finish their weekend on the cross-country course on Sunday.
The CCI3* takes their turn in the dressage arena tomorrow beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!