Marilyn Little Wins Inaugural Carolina International CIC3*


RF Demeter Returns to the U.S. in Top Form to Claim Her Season Opener. RF Quarterman Finishes Second in His Debut Event.
 
Wellington, FL - March 24, 2014 - Marilyn Little, U.S. Event Team Rider and International Show Jumper won her first event of the season at the Carolina International CIC3*, NC with Team Demeter's 12 year old Oldenburg Mare RF Demeter  (Rubin-Royal x Patricia).  The pair climbed from 8th place after dressage (46.2) to 5th place on the overnight leaderboard going into cross country following a clear show jumping round. It was the pace of the cross country and the mare's quality that prevailed when she returned inside the time (one of only two riders to do so) to win her first event of the season on 46.2.
 
Little was naturally delighted with the mare's performance; "This is an incredible beginning for our team coming into a very exciting year. Once again Demeter has shown herself to be an amazing competitor, regardless of whether the event is the first of her season or the last."
 
Raylyn Farms, Inc. & Michael & Pheobe Manders eight year old Wurttemburg gelding RF Smoke on the Water (Samos x Zuchtbuch Rapaula - Rapaulo) also finished in the ribbons in the CIC3* climbing from 22nd place after dressage with a score of 53.7 to finish in eighth place on 58.5.
 
"It was a thrill to have 'Smoke' back in competition, and though he was somewhat enthusiastic at the beginning of the weekend, his performance in his debut run for 2014 was brilliant," added Little.
 
The rookie of the team, Raylyn Farm's six year old Oldenburg gelding RF Quarterman by Quintender, took to his task like a seasoned campaigner and returned with the red ribbon following a 28.2 dressage and faultless jumping performance to finish on 30.3 in the Open Preliminary - B Division.
 
"RF Quarterman's finish in his first career outing was astonishing. To be so young yet so competitive and at the preliminary level without any prior experience speaks volumes about this horse's bright future in the sport. He is wise beyond his years, ultimately talented, and a delight to work with. I have no doubt he will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future on the international scene."
 
Little returned to Wellington to continue showing the jumpers at the Winter Equestrian Festival as that season wraps up before returning to North Carolina for the Fork Horse Trials and CIC 3* with 'Demi' and 'Smoke' on April 2-6th as part of their final preparation for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event April 24-27th. RF Quarterman and RF West Indie will also be competing at The Fork Horse Trials.




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