Fair Hill, MD - Spectators were greeted with crisp, fall weather Friday at the 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event. At the conclusion of dressage, Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High lead the CCI*** while Thursday's CCI** leaders, Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Syrius, keep hold of their top position.
Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High are winners of the first phase of competition in The Dutta. Corp/USEF CCI** National Eventing Championship. Owned by John and Judy Rumble, the 14-year-old Canadian Sport Horse earned a personal best score of 39.4.
"Foxwood High felt a little bit fitter in the ring today which was great because he put it to good use. Being that much older he's started to become more rideable in the ring, so I was pleased that he didn't let it get the better of us," O'Hanlon said. "In general the horse has just been leading up to this and I'm super excited to break into the thirties."
Second place belongs to Colleen Rutledge and her own Covert Rights, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred Cross, who earned a standout score of 39.8. "'CR' is really cool because he always feels good even when I'm wrong, so it's just amazing to ride a horse like that. He's my homebred and I love him to pieces," she said, though she admits she still strives for an improved test. "It's polishing the little details. It's getting his walk to be just slightly more relaxed. He tries so incredibly hard. He almost tries too hard to do what I want, and sometimes he needs to tell me no. That's what makes him just so amazing."
Buck Davidson and Ryan Wood share third place on a tied score of 40.3 with Carlevo and Powell, respectively.
The very last horse in the ring today, Carlevo proved himself to be the best of Davidson's three rides in this division. "He's sort of hovering always around 40s. He's very consistent. He's a beautiful mover. He's nice to ride in the arena, and he's just getting stronger and more mature as we go, so I was very proud of him," he said of the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Carlevo LLC.
For Wood, Powell's dressage success is celebrated, but not without looking forward to Derek di Grazia's cross country track.
"We got our personal best dressage score, so I'm very happy. He's a very nice horse. Really rideable in the ring and he's flashy and we were able to go through mistake free. To be able to perform like that is pretty exciting, but there's a long way to go. Cross country looks pretty challenging. It's relentless, and Derek [di Grazia]'s got questions going all the way to the end, so you're going to have to have a fit horse and stay sharp," Wood commented.
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