After the first horse inspection held yesterday, 45 of the 46 pairs presented to the judges will move forward with competition in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star CCI5*-L starting with the dressage phase today. In addition to the CCI5*-L, CCI3*-L competitors will also put on their dancing shoes as well as the Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championship competitors.
Allison Springer and the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Vandyke (Vancouver x Shannondale Willow) will be the first to kick off FEI competition at 8:03 a.m. in the CCI3*-L. A total of 25 three-star horses will do dressage today with the final CCI3*-L pair of the day, Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Cox’s 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Zick Zack (Blue Hors Zack x Mercedes) entering the arena at 11:25 a.m. The remaining 25 CCI3*-L pairs will make their way down the centerline starting at 8:03 a.m. on Friday.
In the CCI5*-L22 pairs will come before the judges with Buck Davidson having the honor of being the first five-star rider to compete at the Maryland 5 Star aboard the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding Carlevo (Caresino x Ramatuelle) owned by Katherine O’Brien. They will set the standard for the week’s five-star showdown at 1:03 p.m. Davidson will also close out the first day of CCI5*-L competition with Kathleen Cuca’s 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Jak My Style at 4:27 p.m. Starting at 1:03 p.m. on Friday the final 23 CCI5*-L entries will wrap up the dressage phase of the five-star competition.
The first of the YEH partnerships to go before the judges will be the Irish Sport Horse gelding Fernhill Domino (Sligo Candy Boy x Unbelievable Cappolla) owned by the Fernhill Domino Syndicate and ridden by Ryan Wood. They will start the 2021 YEH Championships with the dressage and conformation phase at 8:00 a.m. The pairs competing in the 4-year-old Championships will then go on to the jumping and galloping phase starting at 10:30 a.m. with owner/rider Carleigh Fedorka’s Thoroughbred gelding Resurgent (Sky Mesa x Galloping Aim) being the first to go. A victor will be crowned in the 4-year-old Championships at the end of the day today, who do you think it will be?
While the 4-year-olds will be crowned this afternoon, the YEH 5-year-old Championships will begin their weekend with dressage this afternoon, but will not finish out their competition until tomorrow. The first horse to be presented to the judges in the 5-year-old dressage and conformation phase will enter the arena at 8:00 a.m. That honor goes to Linda Hudson’s Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley On A Quest (Ramiro B x Beyond Rubies) who will be ridden by Catherine Pournelle. The final rider to go today in the 5-year-old class will be Ivie Cullen-Dean riding her own Warmblood gelding Redfield Splash of Cream (Canabis Z x N.J.H. Van Der Meet) at 3:27 p.m. YEH Championship action will resume on Friday, with the jumping and galloping phase which kicks off at 8:00 a.m.
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