Allie Blyskal-Sacksen grew up just five miles down the road and used to hack around the Fair Hill property, so winning the two-star with Sparrow’s Nio was a dream in the making since she was 8 years old.
All the horses presented today at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill international passed the final horse inspection. In the two-star, Ryan Wood's Frankie was held, as was Hallie Coon's Namasté, but both passed upon re-inspection. Charlie Plumb withdrew Ard Denzil.
In the three-star, Werner Geven's Vilas County was held, but he passed upon re-inspection. Susan Beebee didn't present Wolf.
Have a plan, but don’t be wedded to it was the message of the press conference as the leading three- and two-star riders gathered to discuss why they ended up on top of a leaderboard that experienced a huge amount of shake-up in both divisions at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.
Jennie Brannigan didn’t dare to presume she’d put in a winning test when she left the ring on Cambalda, but her score of 42.6 took the three-star lead at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International ahead of Doug Payne on Crown Talisman (43.6) and Katherine Groesbeck on Oz The Tin Man (44.0).
Brannigan’s secret weapon for getting ready for Fair Hill this year with “Ping”? Her job galloping race horses for Michael Matz at the Fair Hill Training Center just around the corner.
You’ll normally find Jacquie Brooks piaffing and passaging her way through the Grand Prix as she represents Canada in pure dressage, but this weekend, she’s standing ringside and helping the eventers put that extra polish on their tests. So the Chronicle caught up with her to learn a few tips for many eventers’ and event horses’ least favorite phase.
Horse inspections are ulcer inducing no matter how sound your horse is. It’s a living nightmare to arrive at the three-day after spending countless dollars and hours preparing only to be eliminated or encouraged to withdraw before you head down centerline.
But that’s exactly what happened to six horses in the two-star at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International (Md.). The ground jury of Judy Bradwell and Robert Stevenson sent them to the holding box, and associate member veterinarian Denys Frappier advised them to withdraw after examining their horses.
“I’m in a wonderful situation being shacked up with a dressage rider,” announced Boyd Martin at the press conference after taking the lead in the CCI** aboard Pancho Villa on 41.4 at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.
He was referring to his wife, Grand Prix rider Silva Martin, who taught “Pancho” the elements of passage in order to create even more suspension in a horse naturally gifted with swing and suspension.
In the wake of news that Clifton Promise, Jock Paget’s Land Rover Burghley CCI**** winner, tested positive for reserpine as well as Kevin McNab’s Burghley ride Clifton Pinot, we did some research on the drug.