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June 9, 2013

Coleman Takes Home A Big Win In The Omega Alpha Weekend Update

Will Coleman and Obos O' Reilly won the Volvo Bromont CCI***. Photo by Lisa Slade.

Will Coleman stuck to his Bromont traditions and finished the weekend with another win.

Coleman put in one of only two clean show jumping rounds of the division to win the Volvo Bromont CCI*** (Quebec) aboard Obos O’Reilly. This is the second time Coleman has won the CCI***, earning blue in 2010 with Nevada Bay.

"I’ve won two one-stars here and two three-stars. I’ve been placed in a bunch of two-stars," he said. "I do love the event. I love the way it’s run, and I love the people who run it. We always have a good time here. I’m not sure if there’s a great explanation. Some people have events that they tend to do well at, and this is one for me."

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High stepped up with a clean round to follow Coleman for a second place finish. After adding a rail to their final score, Sarah Cousins rode Tsunami to take third. 

In the CIC*** Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive held tight to their lead throughout the weekend to take home first place. The pair has their sights set on a three-star in the fall.

“His work is getting better and higher quality,” he said. “I was pleased with the dressage, but there’s a lot of improvement there. His cross-country was good without trying to go too fast. There are a few things I can work on with the show jumping, but I was really pleased with that as well.”

Canadian Jessica Phoenix rode to a second place finish with Pavorotti after putting in the only clean round of the division. Lauren Kieffer and R.F. Cosima followed in third after adding one rail to their overall score.

It was a busy weekend for Erin Sylvester who took home the win in the CCI** aboard Mettraise, as well as a second place finish in the CCI* with Paddy the Caddy. Sylvester and Mettraise began the competition in 12th place, quickly jumping to the top slot after cross-country.

Buck Davidson, who won the CCI* at Bromont in 2012 with Copper Beach, piloted Santa’s Keeper to a second place win in the CCI**. His other horse, Knight Lion, put in a speedy cross country which moved the pair from 20th after dressage to finish third overall. 

CCI* winner, Waylon Roberts and Yarrow added only one rail to their dressage score to finish the weekend with a 49.7. Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy followed with a close 50.1 just ahead of Mikki Kuchta and Calle (54.5).

Caroline Martin, seventh aboard Center Stage, was the top-placed young rider. 

In Tyler, Texas, Bonner Carpenter rode Basco to a win in the advanced/intermediate at the Texas Rose Horse Park Horse Trials (see results).

In the open intermediate, Mary Frances Cargile and Take the Mick maintained their early lead from dressage to win the division.

At the June Plantation Field Horse Trials in Kennett Square, Pa., Lisa Marie Fergusson took home a big win in the open intermediate aboard Feral Errol with a final score of 38.8.  

U.S. riders cleaned up this week at the Spruce Meadows National Tournament (Alberta). For the second year in a row, Kent Farrington and Uceko won the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix CSI-W 5*.

Reed Kessler and Cylana finished second just in front of Charlie Jacobs aboard Flaming Star.

Leslee Howard and Lennox Lewis 2 took their second win (2011) in the $175,000 Nexen Cup 1.60m Derby, and earlier in the week, Ashlee Bond piloted Cadett 7 to win the $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse 1.45m speed class.

Spectators flocked to Upperville, Va., to watch Angel Karolyi take home the $75,000 Upperville Jumper Classic.

Karolyi and Amigo didn’t have the fastest round of the afternoon at 47.8 seconds, but with the only clean jump off of the day, the pair clinched the top spot. Kyle Timm and Wadisson took second place with one rail and a fast time of 45.5 just ahead of Ramiro Quintana and Ziedento who also took down one rail (45.8). Only three of the 27 entries made it to the jump off and battled for first in the rain (see results).

In Saturday’s $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Inclusive and Tori Colvin took home top honors for the second year in a row.

In Saugerties, N.Y., Lillie Keenan and Pumped Up Kicks took home the prize at the $125,000 Purina Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson III (see results)

Other shows around the country include Germantown Charity (Tenn.) (see results) and the Showplace Spring Spectacular (Ill.) (see results).

In dressage news, Delaware Valley Combined Training Association at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md., hosted competitors from Training Level to Grand Prix. Lesley Kind and Time Lord took the win in the USDF Musical Freestyle with a 70 percent.

Rebecca Cord and Sombrero Do Top were the only competitors in the FEI Test of Choice Grand Prix and finished with a 70.1 percent.

In Prix St. Georges, Megan Mendenhall piloted Chavi to a first place finish (65.2%).