Becky Holder had a phenomenal day during the cross-country portion of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series CIC3* at Richland Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She and Can't Fire Me blazed around the course, adding just 4 time penalties to maintain their lead with a score of 40.3. Sixteen-year-old Courageous Comet looked as young and fresh as ever; he added just 1.6 time penalties and sits in second with Becky on a 44.2.
Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Eagle moved from fourth after dressage to third, adding 0.4 time penalties. Jan Byyny and Inmidair dropped from second to fourth with 5.2 faults, and Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM round out the top five, maintaining their post-dressage position on a 48.2. Holly Payne and Phillip Dutton posted the only double-clear rounds in the division; Holly vaulted from 17th to eighth, and Phillip and Mighty Nice moved up two positions to sixth.
The final horse inspection for the CIC3* and CIC2* begins at 7:30 Sunday morning. The Training and Novice divisions show jumped today and will run across the country tomorrow while the upper levels compete in their final phase.
See complete results and keep an eye on the live scoring during the final phase of competition at this link.
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|Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series CIC3*|
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Boyd Martin and the 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Crackerjack skipped around the CIC2* cross-country and added only 0.4 time penalties to their dressage score to maintain their lead. They will enter the show jumping arena with a rail in hand ahead of Jessica Phoenix and Erodium. For the top ten competitors in this division, the scores are very close, and a single mistake in the final phase will be costly.
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Michael Pollard and Shoensgreen Hanni gave themselves plenty of breathing room with a 26.3 in dressage, so the 7.2 time penalties they picked up on cross-country did not affect their position in the Advanced A division. They remain in first place with a significant lead over Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda, who moved up from fifth to second with a quick, clean round. Daniel Clasing and Houston were on form across the country and moved up from sixth place to third with just 5.2 time penalties.
|Advanced A Cross-Country|
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Kristin Bond and Are You Ready were the fastest pair in both Advanced divisions, and they now lead the B group after cross-country by nearly ten points. Mara DePuy and Fun Maker dropped from first to fourth due to time penalties, but Buck Davidson and Mar De Amor moved from fourth to second. Eliza Farren and Bantry Bays Dublin jumped all the way from eighth place to third.
|Advanced B Cross-Country|
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About The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series
Now in its ninth year, the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is an exciting format of competition and entertainment for U.S. Eventing, encompassing seven of the top eventing competitions from around the U.S. where the best of the best vie for prize money, trophies, and the title of Gold Cup Champion.
Winners of each of the seven Gold Cup events across the country take home a trailer-load of prizes for their achievements. Winners receive an Adequan USEA Gold Cup Trophy, $500 in prize money, 7-dose box of Adequan, $200 Point Two Gift Certificate, and $500 worth of Nunn Finer Products. Second place finishers also take home a 7-dose box of Adequan and a $100 Point Two Gift Certificate.
The overall Adequan USEA Gold Cup winner will receive a hefty check for $20,000, an official Gold Cup Champion Jacket, and a huge trophy at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention. The Reserve Champion receives $1,500 worth of Nunn Finer Products and a Gold Cup Reserve Champion Jacket.
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