Aug 21, 2021

RF Scandalous Maintains Her Lead in the GMI CCI4*-S

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. USEA/Kate Lokey Photo.

Half of the field had rails down in Chris Barnard’s CCI4*-S show jumping course today at the MARS Great Meadow International in The Plains, Va. The overnight scores were tight in top 10 after dressage, but clear jumping rounds won the day, and the leaderboard was loosened.

The top four scores in the CCI4*-S remain sub-30, and the overnight leader and reserves held onto their standings. Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous entered and left the arena on their overnight dressage score of 23.4. “Kitty felt like she jumped a lovely round, she was confident and rideable,” said Little of the 16-year-old Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold x Richardia) owned by Jacqueline Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders.

“There was one somewhat exciting moment when she jumped the Salamander Farms oxer, fence number eight, and eyed-in on the Mars double. She was trying to assure me she understood the plan and had it covered, so was understandably miffed when I kept insisting we turn right to jump fence number nine. Fortunately, she brought her sense of humor to the ring today and let me smooth things over. She always tries so hard and just seems to get better with age, but she absolutely jumps better when she’s in front of a crowd,” explained Little.

“She loves an audience. It’s fun to see her celebrate her clear rounds when she goes through the timers. She’s a very proud horse and totally deserves those moments,” said Little, who sits in a 4.6 lead over second place heading into tomorrow’s cross-country phase.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore. USEA/Kate Lokey Photo.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore were the overnight reserves, and also jumped double clear to remain on their dressage score of 28.0 in second place. The 12-year-old KWPN gelding owned by David Vos, Ann Jones and Tim Tierney was in the last group to jump, and will be putting the pressure on Little to complete tomorrow’s cross-country course without fault.

William Coleman and Chin Tonic HS (Chin Champ x Wildera) swapped places with Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus (Serazim x Wake Me Gently) after Jacqueline Mars’ Anglo-Arabian had one rail down. With Hyperion Stud’s 9-year-old Chin Tonic HS jumping clean, Coleman moved into third place, pushing Nicolson and the 14-year-old “Bug” into fifth. Coleman also earned a clear round aboard his 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Off The Record (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay), maintaining their overnight fourth place position.

Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS. USEA/Kate Lokey Photo.

While the top five after dressage remained rather consistent, the remaining scores in the top 10 rattled significantly, as clear rounds helped the combinations move up numerous places. Kevin Keane and his own Sportsfield Candy put in a double clear round, moving up from 16th place to sixth, and the trend continued for those who could best Chris Barnard’s CCI4*-S course. Phillip Dutton and Sea of Clouds (Malibu Moon x Winner’s Ticket) moved up from 17th to seventh, Kimmy Cecere and Jacqueline Mars’ Landmark’s Monaco moved up from 19th to 8th, Lillian Heard and her own LCC Barnaby moved up from 22nd to 9th, and William Coleman and The Conair Syndicate’s Tight Lines climbed from 23rd to 10th, all by putting in foot perfect rounds under the optimum time.

Horses and riders will tackle David O’Connor’s CCI4*-S cross-country course tomorrow beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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