When the dust settled after today’s show jumping phase at the
Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI and Horse Trials, presented by Lumbee
River EMC, Liz Halliday-Sharp was the new leader of the Setters’ Run Farm CCI4*-S with
Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill By Night (Radolin x Argentina XII), an 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. She jumped a fault-free round to move up one spot after
dressage and will be in a great position to defend her title on tomorrow’s cross-country course.
“[Fernhill By Night] was awesome today and I am really pleased with him. He went in and tried so hard. I thought it was one of his better rounds and he jumped really well. It is the perfect temperature for him being a bit colder today and I am looking forward to taking a crack at it tomorrow,” Halliday-Sharp said of her longtime partner.
Halliday-Sharp will set out tomorrow in pursuit of her title defense as the last rider to leave the start box to tackle Ian Stark’s CCI4*-S cross-country course.
“I am going to do my best to give him the best ride that I possibly can tomorrow. He has been here before and that will be really helpful. The waters are big and proper and it’s a big bold course,” Halliday-Sharp added about the cross country tomorrow.
Dropping one spot to sit second in the CCI4*-S is Phillip Dutton and Caroline Moran’s Carlchen (Clinton x Sunshine),
a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding. They just ticked one pole out of the cups and finished one
second over the time to add 4.4 penalties to their dressage score.
“Carlchen had a really nice round, just a bit of an unfortunate rail, but I am really happy with him,” Dutton said of his first CCI4*-S round with Carlchen.
Rounding out the top three in the CCI4*-S after the show jumping phase is Matt Flynn and
Kathleen and Patrick Flynn’s Wizzerd (Wizzerd x Amai). The talented 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood was
foot-perfect today and is sitting on his dressage score of 27.30 heading into tomorrow’s cross-country phase.
“Wizzerd jumped fantastic today. I was really happy that there was a good atmosphere with the tents and wind. I have been doing some practice at the new World Equestrian Center in Ocala and I think that was really good for him to get more exposure to the atmosphere,” Flynn said. “The course looks good. It’s big - not to be taken lightly,” he added about tomorrow’s cross-country course.
The top three in the Attwood Equestrian Services CCI3*-S remain the same after a tough show jumping phase that saw only 11 clear rounds. The 39 percent clear rate was down from the average of 48 percent that EquiRatings reported from the previous years. The top three after dressage all produced clears to hold their spots on the leaderboard.
Phillip Dutton and Caroline Moran’s Quasi Cool (Quo Vados x B-Estelle), a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding, continue to
hold the top spot on a 23.90 with Colleen Rutledge and her own C Me Fly (Cristallo II x Hera), a 9-year-old
Westphalian mare, sitting close behind in second on a 25.8. Liz Halliday-Sharp and The Stormwater
Group’s 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Stormwater (Camillo VDL x Thornfield Calypso) round out the top three on a score of 27.00.
“I thought Quasi Cool jumped brilliantly. He always jumps well, it is just about getting the right tempo in the ring,” Dutton detailed about his round on Quasi Cool.
The show jumping proved influential in the Breezeway Sporthorse and Diagnostic Clinic and Friendship Mobile Veterinary Imaging and Sports Medicine CCI2*-S as well. Andrew McConnon and D’Luxe Steel (Up To Date x Nicola D), a 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jeanne Shigo, jumped a double clear to move up from fourth after dressage to hold the overnight lead in the horse’s first CCI2*-S.
“Dean is typically a good show jumper but with the wind and the atmosphere and the jumps
being a bit bigger, I was interested in how he would respond. In typical fashion, he stepped up to
the plate and jumped a nice double clear. It is particularly fun to have produced him through the
levels and to have him feel so great at his first CCI2*-S is so rewarding,” McConnon said.
The CCI3*-S competitors head out on cross country at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, and the CCI4*-S is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. The CCI2*-S will wrap up the day at 1:45 p.m.. The divisions will run in reverse order of standing guaranteeing a thrilling finale.
Carolina International is also hosting Training through Advanced level horse trial divisions,
which got underway Friday with dressage and continue the competition Saturday over fences.
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After the cancelation of last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carolina Horse Park has rolled out even more improvements to the cross-country track and is debuting new complexes including Normandy Banks for all FEI levels in 2021. All competitors and officials have sung praises for both the footing and courses. Knowlbrook Farms has been crucial in land management developing the galloping lanes and providing extensive tree removal to ensure each and every course at the Carolina International has world-class ground.
Horse and Country TV is the official live streaming partner of Carolina International. In addition to providing wall-to-wall live streaming of all of the Setters’ Run Farm CCI4*-S, Horse and Country is also offering live and on demand coverage of the Attwood Equestrian Services CCI3*-S show jumping and cross-country phases. Visit https://horseandcountry.tv/en-us/ for more information.
Brant Gamma Photography is the official photographer for this weekend’s competition. Brant and her team will be on site all weekend to cover all the action. Riders can visit their tent located behind Barn A to purchase photos.
For more information about the event, visit www.carolinainternationalcci.com.
The Carolina International Organizing Committee was formed to build a world class eventing competition in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Leveraging local and national expertise and leadership, we will deliver an outstanding weekend of horse sport and entertainment for riders, owners, grooms, spectators, patrons and sponsors alike.
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This month we’re going to begin a three-part series on how to create positive riding experiences by making sure the words you say to yourself and the thoughts you think to yourself are positive. Referred to as self-talk, internal dialogue, or brain babble; the words you say to yourself can have a huge impact on your performance. In fact, your thoughts and voice are actually considered behaviors, and just like how positive physical behaviors (i.e. a balanced transition) can create success, your verbal behaviors can also accomplish the very same thing. So let's spend the next few months talking about how to talk to yourself!
Being spontaneous has paid off for Kevin Keane and Sportsfield Candy. “I bought him on a Wednesday and showed him on a Thursday,” Keane recalls about his first event with his Irish Sport Horse gelding, then 9 years old, at Plantation Field Horse Trials (Unionville, Pennsylvania) in September 2016. “I owned him for part of a day, and the next morning I showed up at a CCI and jogged him up for a two-star, and we went clean and clean and clean.”
THANK YOU to everyone who has already entered the USEF/USEA Recognized CDCTA Spring Horse Trials scheduled for Sunday, April 9 in Berryville, VA. We will continue to take late entries through Friday, March 24 using USEA’s Xentry system. If you still want to come compete, please enter! The late fee has been waived through Friday, March 24.