November 2016 Issue - page 6

Page 6
November 2016
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
The final day of competi-
tion for The Dutta Corp./USEF
Two- and Three-Star National
Championships took center stage
on Sunday, October 16 at Fair
Hill International. Winning the
Three-Star title from a field of
48 horses was Marilyn Little
with RF Scandalous. Little held
the top two spots on the leader-
board throughout the weekend
with RF Scandalous and RF De-
meter. RF Scandalous ultimately
won the National Championship
while RF Demeter took Re-
serve Champion honors. In the
Two-Star, Jennie Brannigan and
Stella Artois bested 43 compet-
itors with a foot-perfect show
jumping round to hold onto their
overnight lead and earn The
Dutta Corp./USEF Two-Star
National Championship title.
Little (Frederick, Md.) began
her successful weekend with
solid dressage performances
aboard both horses. On day one
of dressage, Little rode a focused
test with Jacqueline Mars, Robin
Parsky, and Phoebe and Michael
Manders' 2005 Oldenburg mare
RF Scandalous, who was fluid
and obedient throughout the test
to score 41.50 for the lead. On
day two, Little laid down another
good test with Jacqueline Mars,
Raylan Farms Inc., and Patrick
Witte's 2002 Oldenburg mare, RF
Demeter. Though a bit tense at
Marilyn Little finished first with RF Scandalous (shown above) and
second with RF Demeter in the three star division of the Dutta Fair
Hill International Three Day Event in Elkton, MD October 13-16.
Photo credit: Shannon Brinkman
Little Is Three Star Champion and Reserve at Fair Hill
times, the mare managed to earn
a 44.50, putting Little one-two
going into cross-country. RF De-
meter cruised over the Derek di
Grazia-designed course to remain
on her dressage score and take
over the lead.
A former Grand Prix level
show jumping rider, Little took
her time with RF Scandalous, as
the mare is relatively new to this
level, and added 4.80 in time pen-
alties to her score to sit in second
overall. RF Scandalous turned
in a foot-perfect show jumping
round on Sunday, though, to win
top honors in The Dutta Corp./
USEF Three-Star National
Championship with a score of
46.30. Little's second ride of the
day, RF Demeter, had an unlucky
rail, dropping the pair from first
to second, ending with a total of
48.60 and taking home Reserve
Champion honors.
"I really couldn't have had a
better day with those two," said
Little of her winning mares after
show jumping. "RF Scandalous
was lovely out there. She showed
what an exciting horse she is now
and for the future." Commenting
on her ride on RF Demeter, Little
observed, "I truthfully thought it
was Demi's weekend. It's just the
way the chips fell but she's just as
deserving and is truly an incredible
horse and partner, and has made
my time in eventing so special."
With rails causing prob-
lems for the top horse-and-rider
combinations, Hannah Sue
Burnett (Reddick, Fla.) piloted
Mary Ann Ghadban's Under
Suspection to a clean round to
move the pair up from sixth to a
third-place finish with a score of
49.60.
Brannigan Wins Two Star
In the CCI2*, Brannigan
(Kennett Square, Pa.) brilliantly
rode her own and Elsbeth Battel's
Stella Artois throughout the
weekend to win The Dutta Corp./
USEF Two-Star National Cham-
pionship on her dressage score
of 44.50. On the strength of a
double-clear cross-country round,
Brannigan moved up from second
going into Sunday's show jump-
ing phase. The 2008 Holsteiner/
Thoroughbred mare made light
work of the Sally Ike-designed
course to secure their title.
"With Toddie, (Stella Artois)
it's a connection," said Brannigan.
"I'm just thrilled. I had her overly
fit for this event. I'm so happy;
she jumped well. Even though I
was feeling nervous going into it,
she felt fit and ready to go."
Reserve Champion honors
went to Emily Beshear (Som-
erset, Va.) and Deep Purple
Eventing's 2006 Irish Sport Horse
mare Silver Night Lady. The pair
led after dressage thanks to a
brilliant test that earned a score of
43.00. Adding two time penalties
on cross-country, the pair slipped
to second, but maintained its po-
sition on the leaderboard with a
clear show jumping round to end
the weekend on 45.00.
Beshear commented on
her ride aboard Silver Night
Lady, "I'm thrilled mostly for
the group that's behind me, the
Deep Purple Eventing group. My
goal from the beginning was to
get a two-star qualifier done this
year. Coming here and finish-
ing second really helps to make
everyone realize the effort we all
put in. To me it's balancing her
out and keeping her focused in
the ring without messing with her
too much. She was jumping out
of her skin. I'm certainly happy
with that."
In third with a 45.80 was
Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) rid-
ing Jacqueline Mars homebred,
Landmark's Monaco, to round
out the top three in the Two-Star
National Championship.
Earning the USEF Develop-
ing Rider National Championship
as the top-placed rider in the
CCI3* that has not completed a
CCI4*, was Jenny Caras (Carters-
ville, Ga.) with her own Fern-
hill Fortitude. Chelsea Kolman
(Versailles, Ky.) and her own
Dauntless Courage won USEF
Two-Star Young Rider National
Championship while Matthew
Flynn (Reddick, Fla.) and Flynn
Sport Horses, LLC's Wizzerd
took the USEF Young Horse
National Championship.
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