It was a beautiful sunny weekend in Coatesville, Pennsylvania for the 2019 edition of Plantation Field International. With 53 starters in the CCI4*-S, it was the largest division Plantation Field has seen at that level in several years. Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights ultimately walked away with the blue ribbon on a final score of 30.3 after one of just two double-clear rounds across Mike Etherington-Smith's cross-country course on Sunday.
Making the time proved to be the ticket to the top of the leaderboard today at Plantation Field International in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, with only three of the 53 horse-and-rider combinations in the CCI4*-S coming in under optimum time.
Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy (Azamore x Slamy) put in a double clear round over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course to move into the lead in the CCI4*-S at Plantation Field International in Coatesville, Pennsylvania and sit on their dressage score of 29.5 heading into the final phase of competition tomorrow.
“They are the Best. Volunteers. Ever,” said Bonnie Kibbie, volunteer coordinator for Plantation Field International, the event that’s often referred to as the "Best. Event. Ever." Plantation Field International is on September 18-22 in Unionville, Pennsylvania and this year, the event has a total of 218 competitors but will see even more volunteers.
Less than a month ago, Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights (BFF Incognito x Let’s Get it Right), her 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale gelding, placed second in the CCI4*-S at Great Meadow International. Now, they stand poised to improve their performance, this time at the Plantation Field International Horse Trials in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, as they sit in the lead of the CCI4*-S after dressage on a score of 26.3.
Nestled in the hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, The “Best. Event. Ever!” also known as Plantation Field International is celebrating 12 years this year. Competition gets underway bright and early tomorrow morning with dressage for the CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S A division. The CCI4*-S and CCI2*-S B division will perform dressage on Friday.
The 12th annual Plantation Field International Horse Trials and Country Fair will take place September 19-22 at the historic Plantation Field in the horse country of Unionville. This year organizers are teaming up with Taylor Harris Insurance Services, Victory Brewing Company, and the Chester County Food Bank as well as numerous members of the Unionville and Kennett Square communities to bring spectators a classic country weekend.
The Plantation Field Horse Trials are held four times a year in April, May, June, and September in Unionville, Pennsylvania (Area II). The horse trials in April, May, and June offer Beginner Novice through Intermediate and the International Horse Trials in September offer CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI4*-S divisions. Plantation Field also hosts several schooling events every year.
In a dramatic cross-country finale, Buck Davidson cemented himself a double CIC3* winner at Plantation Field International Horse Trials, leaping from 14th straight to the top with Maya Simmons’ Archie Rocks. Davidson won this even last year with Sherrie Martin and Carl and Cassie Segal's Copper Beach. "Now I just have to win three times in a row, right?" he joked.
While Chris Barnard’s technical show jumping course shuffled much of the CIC3* leaderboard, Phillip Dutton rose above it, jumping clear with Dr. Kevin Keane’s Sportsfield Candy to hold his division lead.
U.S. Team riders fresh from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are dominating the standings at the 11th Annual Plantation Field International Horse Trials with Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, and Lynn Symansky leading the CIC3*, CIC2* A, and CIC2* B divisions, respectively.