October 20, 2007
Cross Country Day
Prospect Farm Dominates Cross Country
Prospect Farm continued to dominate the Fair Hill International CCI*** after Saturday's
Cross Country - this time perhaps even more so than after Dressage.
maestro, Phillip Dutton, is in the first and third places with Mrs. Anne
Jones' The Foreman, on 42.40, and Acorn Hill's Woodburn. on 50.90. (Phillip
and The Foreman are pictured at the left at The Loons.)
assistant trainer Boyd Martin (AUS) is in the second and fourth places with Ying
Yang Yo and Neville Bardos. (Boyd and Neville Bardos are pictured below at
the left approaching the Terepin.)
icing on this triumphant cake is that Phillip's student Cayla Kitayama, a winner
of an advanced section at Morven Park two weeks ago is in sixth place with Esker
Riada on a score of 53.90.
were six double clear's over the Derek di Grazia designed Cross Counrty course.
Phillip had two of them. Boyd and Cayla each had one.
That gave True Prospect
Farm 66.6% of the double clears run on Saturday! (Incidentally, Boyd just missed
a double clear on Ying Yang Yo by one second for .4 of a time fault.) The other
two double clears belonged to Karen
O'Connor and Mandiba, in fifth place on 53.50, (Karen and Mandiba are pictured
at the right below at the corner after the Spring-
and to Canada's Selena O'Hanlon who rode Colombo to eighth place
O'Connor actually placed two in the top ten - Mandiba was fifth, up from fifteenth,
and Hugh Knows stood seventh, up from twenty-first, after Cross Country
there was definitely one bug-a-boo fence and that was number 18 - the double corners.
Becky Holder and Courageous Comet had a fall there resulting in Becky's being
transported to hospital by ambulance. (No up dated report on Becky's condition
was available at Press Time.) Melissa Hunsberger's Just Fun Stuff fell there and
was transported from the course by horse ambulance with a front leg injury. (No
up dated report on Just Fun Stuff's condition was available at Press Time.) Beyond
this several other horses had faults at Fence 18 including the maestro himself,
Phillip Dutton, who had a run out with Match Play II. (The actual total of faults
at Fence # 18 was 11 horses had refusals or run outs; there were three elimination
beyond of the above eleven horses who faulted.)
was asked what made this combination cause so much trouble. "I mis-read it
when I walked it. I thought it was a show jumping four strides. It rode
longer. The roping (in front of it) made it take a while to get it sighted.
"At the second hold (for Just Fun Stuff) there was talk of a shadow.
(The Ground Jury) put duck tape on it." (In the hope of making it more easily
was asked about Ying Yang Yo's show jumping ability. "He has had a quiet
year. He show jumped clear at Morven Park (two weeks ago). The object is to get
him balanced and sitting up."
Phillip commented on his stable's success,
"Boyd's worked hard all year. Cayla is in good shape - she's one of ours
and that's a new horse for her. Over all it was not a bad day!"
Top Ten after Cross Country in the CCI***:
Phillip Dutton, The
Foreman - 42.40 (FODS)
Boyd Martin (AUS), Ying
Yang Yo - 46.50 (.4 time faults XC)
Phillip Dutton, Woodburn
- 50.90 (FODS)
Boyd Martin (AUS),
Neville Bardos - 52.40 (FODS)
Karen O'Connor, Mandiba
- 53.50 (FODS)
Cayla Kitayama, Esker
Riada - 53.9 (FODS)
Karen O'Connor, Hugh
Knows - 56.90 (1.2 time faults XC)
Selena O'Hanlon (CAN), Colombo
- 59.80 (FODS)
Laine Ashker, Frodo
Baggins - 63.50 (7.6 time XC)
Kelly Sult, Hollywood
- 66.0 (3.6 time XC)
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Dutton and his daughter Olivia and Boyd Martin. Phillip and Boyd were, holders
of the first four places after Cross Country at Saturday's Press Conference.)
horsesfrom 66 starters (9.0%) ran double clears.
20 horses from 66 starters
(30.3%) completed the Cross Country with no jumping faults. (Donna Smith withdrew
Clifton Kudos due to her own illness on Thursday.)
horses from 66 starters (65.15%) finished the Cross Country.
horses from 66 starters withdrew on Cross Country.
horses from 66 starters retired on Cross Country.
horses from 66 starters were eliminated on Cross Country
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October 20, 2007
Defends Lead with The Foreman in the USEF National CCI*** Championship, Schmitt,
Groves, Wright and Poulin Lead National Driving Championships at Dansko Fair Hill
By Joanie Morris
MD The weather blew through the Mid-Atlantic region on Friday night and
cross country/ marathon day at the USEF National Championships at the Dansko Fair
Hill International boasted perfect conditions and terrain.
Dutton, the overnight leader in the CCI*** Championships had to wait until
the very end of the day to maintain his lead with Ann Jones The Foreman
and put on a cross country clinic with the 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. The
Foreman, who won the event in 2004, has had a somewhat quiet year struggling to
overcome a minor injury to a splint, but Dutton from West Grove, PA is
happy to have the veteran back on good form.
out and he wasnt quite as forward as I am used to with him, said Dutton,
who won two Olympic Gold medals. He hasnt run in quite awhile but
as the course went on he got more confident. I was down on the clock for most
of the course but I was able make up probably about 8 to ten seconds over the
last part of the course. Its nice to have Thoroughbred horse that can do
that. I think he needed the run.
Dutton and The
Foreman have one rail in hand over student Boyd Martin, finishing the cross
country portion on their dressage score of 42.4. Dutton is third with Acorn
Hill Farms Woodburn, who also was clear and under time, one of only six
on the day, on 50.9.
I have a lot of respect for Woodburn,
said Dutton about the 11-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred. He galloped
really well and did the course pretty easily. He was maybe a little bit aggressive
at the jumps which is something Ill have to be working on. Overall I am
really pleased with him. Hopefully they will trot up well and Im looking
forward to tomorrow.
Going every other with Dutton
was his student/assistant Martin. Third out on course, Martin and
his own 10-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding Ying Yang Yo romped around
the track picking up .4 of a time fault to finish on a two day score of 46.5.
hasnt done a big course like that in awhile, said Martin about
Ying Yang Yo. He felt quite comfortable out there. The only hairy moment
was at the first narrow (fence 5) and he was a bit spooky. Other than that he
was a champion. He got bit tired at the end and I had to look after him a bit
and back off a little bit and unfortunately he picked up a time penalty.
(Boyd and Ying Yang Yo are pictured at the left jumping the first grass topped
house at the Dansko Village.)
Martin also sits
in fourth with another Australian Thoroughbred, Neville Bardos. With the less
experienced 8-year-old chestnut gelding, Martin added nothing to his dressage
score and moved from 11th after the first phase to fourth after cross country.
He was a little bit rank early on but after that he
flew round, said Martin. Hes a very fast horse. Hes
starting to feel more mature cross country and hes definitely a galloping
machine and he comfortably made the time. I never felt like I was pushing him
or riding him hard through the course
Gold Medal teammate from this summers Pan American Games, veteran Karen
OConnor, jumped up from 15th after the dressage to fifth with Joan Goswells
Irish Thoroughbred Mandiba on the strength of a double clear cross country round.
She also lies seventh with Hugh Knows. Young Rider Cayla Kityama splits
He has been such a special
horse to me and my whole team because he came from Ireland as an unbroken 4-year-old
and was bred by a very, very close friend of ours in Ireland, said OConnor
about Mandiba after he completed the cross country at his first three-star.
So its been a very special day for him. He stepped up to the plate,
hes only eight years old and he got tired at the end of the course, I dont
think hes ever been tired before but when I asked him he kicked right in
and finished inside the time and Im just over the moon with how well he
OConnor started riding 11-year-old
Hugh Knows in February, and this is the Irish breds first CCI*** as well. OConnor
broke her collarbone in September and missed a couple of events as a result.
dont know him at this level and hes only done two advanced for me
but he really is a horse that is going to shine over the bigger courses,
said OConnor. He has a huge engine and an enormous gallop and
tons of scope and as long I learn to stay out of his way I think he has a really
great future ahead of him. And by staying out of his way I mean to not ride him
like he is smaller than he is, hes a nice big horse.
jumped around on four horses, she picked up run outs on Allstar and Upstage
but feels fortunate to have a very strong group of horses in her string.
fun for me that I have such a range of horses, she said. I feel good
about tomorrow. I look forward to seeing how they are. They are good showjumpers
so I will keep my fingers crossed that they are not tired and jump the jumps and
keep the rails in the cups. Im optimistic.
Shuffle after Driving Marathons
The driving marathon got
underway in the morning and Lana DuPont Wrights course hosted plenty of
action and excitement.
Yesterdays leaders after the
dressage didnt fair well in the first marathon classe. Single Pony dressage
winner, Shelly Temple was eliminated for going off course which meant that
Sara Schmitts opening score of 95.59 was good enough to hold on for
Driving Batman, she blazed around the difficult course
and finished on a two day total of 147.99 which left her with a commanding lead
going into the third and final phase, the cones. She has been driving the pony
for three years and says that her navigator, Keith Haskell is a large part of
He was awesome today, said Schmitt
about Batman. I think the most difficult on the whole course was that there
were a lot of tricks, like making sure you didnt go through the gates backwards.
When you are going fast it is pretty hard to remember where youre going.
I wouldnt say he was spot on but because hes fast even making a few
minor errors he is fine. Im quite a bit ahead and Ive never actually
gone into the cones with such a lead so its going to be fun tomorrow. When
you go into the cones with two points in hand it is a lot of pressure, when you
go into the cones with 17 points in hand you can actually have some fun.
the Single Horse Championship division, Robin Groves has a much smaller
lead but sits atop the standings nonetheless. In second place after the dressage,
she actually finished third in the marathon with a score of 100.92, but her two
day total of 157.37 was good enough to bump her ahead of dressage winner Bill
My first hazard was lousy with my bad choice
of route but the rest of it was wonderful, said Groves. This
is his first time around this course with me and I have no complaints other than
I drove the first hazard abominably. He gave me all he had and was still running
at the end which I really appreciate.
Connemara gelding cruised around the course with relative ease defying his size
and although Groves appreciates her position after the two days knows that Sundays
cones will be challenging.
I have, maybe, one point
in hand and I have to say that my two strongest phases have already happened,
she said. I have no leeway but my groom is very good at keeping me an my
In the Pony Team Championship, Boots
Wright held onto her lead with another convincing performance with her team.
Sitting five points ahead of Lisa Stroud on a score of 166.55, Wright
will bring her Ocala based team into the cones tomorrow hoping to go three for
three of days of wining performances.
In the Pair Horse championship,
Larry Poulin snuck ahead of dressage winner Lisa Singer by less
than two points. Poulin, who is based in Massachusetts, scored 108.34 in
the marathon to finish on a two day score of 160.56.
activities get underway at 8 a.m. with the Final Horse Inspection and then the
cones portion of the USEF National Driving Championships. Show jumping for the
National Eventing Championships begins at 2 p.m.
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