Boyd Martin Masters MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Cross Country
Sunday, June 9, 2019
The MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Three-Day Event saw another stellar day of top-level competition in the Eastern Townships of Quebec at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.
When the dust settled on cross-country day for the top class, the CCI4*-L, it was Boyd Martin in first and second. Martin's first to go, On Cue, a 14-year-old Selle Francais mare (Cabri de Elle x On High) owned by Christine Turner added just 1.6 time penalties to finish the day with a score of 32.30 and hold on to her second place position. Martin's second mount, Ray Price, was in fourth heading into cross-country, but took over the top spot with one of only two double clear rounds. Ray Price, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Raise A Stanza x Fair Fiona W), owned by the Ray Price Syndicate sits just 0.10 points ahead of his stablemate.
Martin said of Ray Price “He’s a lightning fast horse. He’s a work in progress. He’s obviously a favorite of mine as I bred him in Australia and rode his mother and grandmother.”
Speaking about preparation for coming to Bromont CCI Martin said: “He did not give me the best feel at Jersey [Fresh CCI] and my coach, Phillip Dutton, gave me three or four good cross-country schooling sessions and it made an incredible difference.”
Fifteen of the 24 starters ran into trouble on Derek di Grazia's cross-country course, but all the riders and horses are reported to have walked away safely.
Dressage leader in the CCI3*-L U25 section, Alyssa Phillips, added just 1.6 time penalties to finish cross-country on a score of 27.3 with Oskar. This allows her one rail going into Sunday jumping ahead of Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz who sit in second with a score of 33.2.
Phillips, who is originally from Texas, rides with Coatesville, Pennsylvania based top rider, Jennie Brannigan. Oskar, is a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Coriando x Nicole) owned by the rider and Julie Phillips.
Of the cross-country, Phillips said, "It went really well, I'd had a lot of input from the other girls on the team and you know Leslie had told me some things."
The Leslie that Phillips was referring to is Leslie Law who is coaching her team at Bromont as part of USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge.
Team Erik Duvander took over the lead today on a score of 89.5 while Team Leslie Law sits in second on 114.2
Alexandra Knowles and Business Class - 28.7 (2nd - CCI3*-L)
Kimmy Cecere and Landmark's Monaco - 32.1 (3rdT - CCI3*-L)
Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire - 32.1 (3rdT - CCI3*-L)
Kylie Lyman and Xuanatu - Eliminated (CCI3*-L)
Alyssa Phillips and Oskar - 27.3 (1st - CCI3*-L U25)
Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz - 33.2 (2nd - CCI3*-L U25)
Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima - 53.7 (16th - CCI3*-L U25)
Cosby Green and Highly Suspicious - Eliminated (CCI3*-L U25)
Vermont's Kylie Lyman and the 12-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding, Da Vinci Code (Master Imp x Clovers Appollo) owned by Joan Nichols added nothing to their dressage score of 28.30, rising to the top in the CCI3*-L when the overnight leader, Elinor O'Neal and Zick Zack picked up some time penalties.
Sondra Shantz of Napanee, Ontario riding her own 9-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare Unique (Fuhler x Abydos Maya) added nothing to move up one spot to lead the CCI2*-L field of competitors. Shantz bought Unique as a 2-year-old and has brought her up the levels.
Maintaining his lead and adding zero cross-country penalties in the CCI2*-L U25 section, Michael Pendleton and Boyd Martin and Stephen Blauner’s 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Carlsburg (Puissance x Flame and Passion) sit on a 30.30 going into Sunday morning.
Last to go today was the CCI3*-S, another great round for Boyd Martin who incurred just 2.4 time penalties riding his own and Windurra, LLC's 10-year old Thoroughbred gelding, Barry.
Watch some of Martin's cross-country thanks to David Frechette: