Earlier this month, five-star eventer and Olympian Boyd Martin taught a show jumping clinic at Wheatland Farm in Purcellville, Virginia where he guided participants through a series of exercises designed to improve rideability. By riding three verticals separated by five strides on alternating bending lines, riders have to be accurate and patient while the horses have to be listening to the rider and quick on their feet. Martin added to the exercise by asking riders to continue to an oxer-to-vertical line on six strides which required riders to ride forward to the question. Then, he reversed the exercise so riders would first jump a vertical-to-oxer line on six strides and then have to collect to approach the bending vertical line.
Martin is one of the world’s leading international event riders and has enjoyed international competitive success at every five-star in the world. Martin has also represented the United States in two Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games, and one Pan American Games. He has consistently been at the top of the FEI world rankings for over 10 years and has been on every U.S. Championship team since changing his citizenship in 2010.
All horses who presented this morning at the final horse inspection at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event were accepted, but one notable horse wasn’t presented. D.A. Duras, Jacqueline Mars and Debbie Adam’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Numero Uno x Medoc) was withdrawn by Lauren Kieffer before the horse inspection. The pair were sitting in third place in the CCI4*-L so their withdrawal moves up the majority of the division.
The scoreboard was kept working at full tilt on cross-country today at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International as 24 of the 41 CCI4*-L starters picked up some sort of jump penalty on Derek di Grazia’s course. The leader position changed several times throughout the afternoon as 15 penalties were handed out by the ground jury, but Waylon Roberts and Lancaster kept their slate clean to take over the top spot.
Derek di Grazia’s cross-country courses at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International is the setting for all the action today in Elkton, Md. Here is what you need to know to follow along:
With 70 percent of the scores coming from the second day of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships, the 4- and 5-year-olds had a big moment in front of them to impress the judges Chris Ryan and Sally Ike. The horses were judged over a set of show jumps (15 percent) then moved directly into the cross-country portion (30 percent) before finally showing off their gallop and earning an overall score for their jumping (15 percent) and general impression (10 percent).