In the words of the current leader, Kristi Nunnink, Ian Stark’s cross-country course set you up for success, “It was time for R-Star to go a little faster and this course and the footing set you up to do that. Over the years course designers have asked some tricky questions and sometimes caused backwards riding, but Ian’s course allowed you to ride forward at every fence.”
Kristi added only 4.8 time penalties to her leading dressage score of 50.6 aboard her own 11-year-old Holsteiner mare R-Star (Riverman x Marisol) today. The pair were the second fastest of the day.
“I was very happy with my ride – I was able to go really fast for me, and my mare jumped everything really well so I was happy,” said Kristi.
The max height and width, ditch and brush proved to be influential test of the day as three of the 13 pairs came to grief there as Kristi explained, “It was really big, and that was a pretty hard question because you have a really big ditch and a really big fence and a really big drop to then a very technical question, so it would have surprised me if it didn’t cause any problems.”
Katherine Groesbeck and her own Oz the Tin Man blazed around the cross-country course today in their first CIC3*. They finished closest to optimum time adding only .8 penalties to their dressage score of 55.6 barely losing out on the lead.
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“I always love riding Ian’s courses because you can just keep kicking to everything,” continued Katherine. “There were tough questions but there is nothing trappy that gets your horse backwards so it makes for a pretty positive feeling by the end of the course.”“I had a plan to go out of the box forward and not pick at my horse,” said Katherine. “And he took me around that course like he had been doing it for years. I was really thrilled with how bold he was to every question. “
Katherine and Kristi both need to leave all of the rails in their cups tomorrow if they want a chance at taking home the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Trophy.
Jolie Wentworth and Tracy Bowman’s GoodKnight rose from fifth place to third with only 6.4 time penalties added to their dressage score.
“The flow of the courses were spot on and you had to be bold so your horse gets more confident and I think everyone is learning better how to do that,” said Jolie.
The nine remaining horses and riders will jog up before the ground jury tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM before jumping in the main arena at 3:00.
Rebecca Farm was abuzz today with riders competing on all four phases of Endurance day. The Training three-day and Novice three-day riders wound their way around the farm on Phase A and C before heading out to the steeplechase track decked out with beautiful fences.
Endurance day proved to be very influential and shuffled the results quite a bit. In Training Three-Day A Pam Fisher and Rigby rose to the top of the leaderboard on a 31.1 while in division B, Erin Kellerhouse rode Laurel Ritter and Mary Jo Bennett’s Raffaella into the lead on a 28.9.
The overnight leaders in the Novice three-days were able to maintain their top positions after Endurance day and heading into tomorrow’s show jumping.
The small Advanced division unfortunately became even smaller after cross-country with only two riders finishing the course successfully. Geriann Henderson and Kingslee and Heather DuBois and Every Wish are the last two standing strong heading into the show jumping.
The CCI2* was the first division out on course this morning at 7:30 AM and started the day out well with five of the six pairs coming home double clear. Tamra Smith and Krystie Bush’s Top Secret held onto their overnight lead, but unfortunately Tamra broke her leg falling off Rafflasia Z in the CIC1* so will be unable to complete the competition with Top Secret and contest the win.
The CIC2* was not as successful as only half of the riders are still in contention due to two withdrawals and two horses refusing to jump into the water complex. Emilee Libby and Nonsensical rose from third to first with only 2.4 time penalties added to their dressage score.
The CCI1* and CIC1* divisions finished out the afternoon with Jennifer McFall and High Times leading the CCI1* and Hilary Bates at the head of the CIC1* with Cassiopeia.
View the complete results from today here: http://eventingscores.com/eventsr/rebecca/ht0712/
Rebecca Farm will be running three rings concurrently tomorrow from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM as all 26 divisions have their chance to show jump.
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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