The final horse inspection for the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event took place bright and early this morning with the CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, and CCI4*-L all presenting for their respective ground juries.
The ground jury for the CCI2*-L, Peter Gray (CAN) and Nikki Herbert (GBR), sent Evita-Veron to the hold box and Kimberly Keeton chose to withdraw from there. Evita-Veron is a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Veron x Tomlow) owned by Keeton and Hope Thomas who was sitting in 52nd place overnight.
Sara Kozumplik Murphy did not present Edith Rameika’s Delta Queen, a 10-year-old warmblood mare, so 64 horses will show jump this morning beginning at 9:30 a.m.
All 27 horses were presented and passed in the CCI3*-L for the ground jury of Christian Landolt (SUI), Helen Brettell (GBR), and Gretchen Butts (USA).
Nilson da Silva did not present Rock Phantom, the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Spirit House x Ballycroy Rose) in the CCI4*-L. The rest of the division was accepted and 22 horses will move forward to show jump at 1:30 p.m.
At the second-to-last of 40 efforts, "I thought, 'This is actually happening,'" said Amber Levine of a faultless finish with Cellar Farm's Cinzano today to stay on their 31.5 lead going into show jumping tomorrow morning in the Twin Rivers Spring International CCI4*-L. The Jeffs Hot Tub Waves complex at 19 a/b was the awkward exception to a Hugh Lochore-designed course that otherwise "rode great" for the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) in his long-delayed debut at the level. An entirely new portion of the course around the racetrack featured a series of bright-white painted obstacles, but nothing distracted Cinzano's "tunnel vision for those flags." Levine expects a similar game attitude tomorrow and has a rail to spare.
Black stallion antics after the CCI4*-L jog inspection yesterday were not a preview of Cinzano's dressage test today. "When you are riding and working him, he's all into what you are doing," says Amber Levine, who owns the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) through her Cellar Farm. A 31.5 dressage test puts them atop a field of four, three of which, including Cinzano, are first-timers in the division in Paso Robles, California.
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The Chattahoochee Hills H.T. is hosting one of three CCI4*-S divisions this weekend across the country and with 34 entries they have the largest turnout as riders prepare for their spring CCI4*-L and CCI5*-L goals. The facility in Fairburn, Georgia is running seven events in 2021, but their April event is the only one offering a CCI4*-S.