Phillip Dutton was on the top of the standings heading into the jumping phases at the Stable View Oktoberfest CCI4*-S and while he went home as the winner it wasn’t on his overnight leader. Fernhill Singapore jumped clear in show jumping to keep his lead, but on the cross-country course he picked up 8.8 time penalties ultimately dropping to fifth place.
“I thought he show jumped beautifully, that was probably his best round,” said Dutton of the 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Singapore x Riedellia) owned by Ann Jones, Tom Tierney, and David Vos, Fernhill Singapore scored a 29.4 to lead the class. “It was certainly helpful watching Boyd [Martin] ride him last weekend and I think getting out two consecutive weekends has been good for.”
The time penalties that cost Fernhill Singapore the win came from trouble before Dutton even got out on course. “We misjudged our entrance into the cross-country start box, and I had a little trouble with him there so we wasted a bit of time there, but his cross country was good,” Dutton explained. “When I walked the second water I misjudged his stride length, so I added too much there but apart from that it felt like a perfect round. I could have gone a bit quicker I guess, but overall I was really pleased.”
While the penalties cost Fernhill Singapore from taking home the win, his stablemate Z, an 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca x Bellabouche) owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Ann Jones, and Caroline Moran was able to bring the glory for Dutton. “I thought Z show jumped really well. We know each other really well now so it’s pretty nice – I know how he’s going to think and I think he anticipates what I want as well,” said Dutton.
“Today was probably his best cross-country round ever, he was really good and it couldn’t be a better prep for him for Fair Hill,” added Dutton.
Dutton didn’t know that he was in first and second heading into cross-country, so that didn’t play a part in his decision to go for the time. “They’re both horses that galloping wouldn’t be their natural strength so getting them fit and learning to go fast is something that I have to work on [with them], so I wasn’t planning on just going really slowly, no matter where I was sitting. Plus the team here at Stable View have done such a great job on the footing with watering, spiking, and grass cover. Obviously, every time you go fast you run a slightly higher risk of injury, but today I felt that it was worth the effort.”
Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection, a 15-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Naomagic I) owned by Mary Ann Ghadban, missed their second CCI4*-S win in a row due to a handful of show jumping time penalties, so settled for second on a 32.00.
Sydney Elliott and Carol Stephens’ QC Diamantaire, a 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Diarado x Lantana) added one second of time in show jumping and 3.2 time penalties on cross-country to finish out the weekend in third place.
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).
At the end of a busy day wrapping up the dressage phase of The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day (FHI), two new riders took over the top of the leaderboards. Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville Z moved into first in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship with their 28.6, while Alexa Gartenberg and Louis M claimed the pinnacle position in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship on a 25.9.