James Alliston and India McEvoy’s Jumbo’s Jake are within striking distance of clinching the Adequan USEA Gold Cup victory at Twin Rivers Horse Trials. With less than a rail in hand, the seasoned duo will head into the last phase of competition tomorrow hoping they can rely on experience to secure a victory and the Gold Cup Series points. Alliston, showed confidence in McEvoy’s bay gelding, and hopes the stars are aligned in their favor Sunday in Paso Robles, CA, saying, “Jake is familiar with this track and was great today. He is traditionally quite careful in show jumping, but even the best horses can have a rail every once in a while, so we will see.” James also sits fourth on this other Advanced ride Parker, who is less than two rails outside of first place.
Sandra Donnelly is right on the heals of the overnight leaders, as they head into the final phase of competition. She and her long time partner Buenos Aires sprang up the leader board with the only double-clear round on cross-country, moving from seventh to second place after day two. The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced Division will conclude at Twin Rivers Sunday afternoon, and with the top five riders, extremely close together, it should come down to the wire.
The Intermediate course shook things up in the standings for riders, as some experienced technical eliminations, and others encountered a bit of trouble but rewarded those who conquered the course with a double clean. The top ten horses drastically changed from day one, however one thing remained, leader Lauren Billys and her own Ballingowan Ginger sitting atop the division.
Lauren gave her mare the ride she was hoping for as their final preparation before heading to the Pan American Games to represent Puerto Rico in just a few short weeks. With a rail in hand going into stadium, Billys will look to stay on her dressage score of only 28.4, sitting in front of Natalia Gurmankin and Hail II. Pam Fisher and the lovely stallion Sea Lion round out the top three in the Intermediate division, moving themselves all the way up from a tie for eleventh place, with only .08 time faults tacked on to their original score.
Show Jumping is set to start Sunday morning at 8:00am with the Preliminary, Intermediate, and finally to conclude the day, Advanced horse and riders will take the stage. Beginner Novice through Training competitors will have their chance on the cross-country course.
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