November 2017 Issue - page 6

Page 6
November 2017
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
The show jumping phase
proved influential for CCI***
competitors at the 2017 Dutta
Corp. Fair Hill International
Three-Day Event, as the leader-
board shuffled to give Canada’s
Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood
High the win, with William Cole-
man and Tight Lines winning
the Dutta Corp./USEF CCI***
Eventing National Championship.
Meanwhile, Tamra Smith and
Sunsprite Syrius remained unaf-
fected by the challenging show
jumping phase for a start to finish
win in the CCI** division.
The event was held October
12-15 at the Fair Hill Natural
Resources Area in Elkton, MD.
It was a rollercoaster week-
end for Selena O'Hanlon as she
bounced from first to second and
back on top again with Foxwood
High, a 14-year-old Canadian
Sport Horse owned by John and
Judy Rumble. Ultimately, the
CCI*** win and $15,000 prize
was hers after adding three delib-
erate time penalties in Sunday's
show jumping to finish on a score
of 44.0.
"I'm super excited for this
horse at this level. It was a per-
sonal best all the way through. I
couldn't have asked for any more
of him," she said. "Today I got
a little worried. He started show
jumping by braille which leads to
rails usually, so I took the time to
have a clear round because that
was my goal and I'm glad it all
worked out in the end."
Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High lead the victory gallop following
the show jumping phase of the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International
Three Day Event. The Canadian rider had a personal best score with the
14-year-old Canadian Sport Horse.
Photo credit: Shannon Brinkman
O'Hanlon Claims Three Star Victory at Fair Hill International
O'Hanlon also received
The Linda Moore Trophy as the
highest placed foreign entry as
well as the Beale Wright Morris
Memorial Trophy as the leading
lady in the CCI***.
William Coleman, Char-
lottesville, VA, and Tight Lines
had a faultless show jump round
to finish on their dressage score
(46.3) as the highest placed
American pair.
"He was magic yesterday on
the cross country. I was thrilled
with how he ran. He made it feel
like it was well within his capa-
bilities, and today he just tried
his heart out." Coleman said of
the Conair Syndicate's 10-year-
old Thoroughbred. "I think the
horse's biggest attribute is that
he just gives 100 percent all the
time. He's not the simplest, but he
really tried. As long as you can
harness that the right way, you
can do some good things. We'll
just try to reproduce it now over
and over again."
A clear show jumping
round catapulted Boyd Martin,
Cochranville, PA, and Christine
Turner's Tsetserleg to third place
in the CCI*** for the Dutta
Corp./USEF CCI*** Reserve
Champion title. A score of 46.1 in
the dressage and 1.2 time penal-
ties on cross country gave them a
final result of 47.3.
"He's a newer horse for
me. He just doesn't wow you
at home, but when you get to a
competition this horse all of the
sudden grows to about 17.2, and
he jumps as high as you wanna
jump and moves like Totilas, and
we saw that this weekend at Fair
Hill," Martin said.
Aurelio Qunzanos and Jorge
Eduardo Mtz. Castrejon's Cece-
lia won the Welcome Here Farm
Trophy as the highest placed
American Thoroughbred mare.
Tamra Smith earned the Alex-
ander MacKay Smith Trophy
as the highest placed CCI***
competitor who has not yet com-
peted in a CCI****. Jordan and
Barbara Linstedt's tenth-placed
Revitavet Capato won the Best
Presentation Award, and Frank
McEntee's Paddy The Caddy
was the highest placed American
Thoroughbred.
Two Star
Tamra Smith's cross-coun-
try trip from California proved
successful as she completed a
wire-to-wire win of The Dutta
Corp./USEF CCI** Eventing
National Championship with
Sunsprite Warmbloods' Sunsprite
Syrius. The 9-year-old Trakehner
ended the weekend on his dres-
sage score of 40.9. A past CCI***
winner, Smith returned this year
with a string of new talent.
"I'm thrilled,” she said of
Sunsprite Syrius. “He was perfect
in every phase, and I couldn't
have asked him to be better. He
show jumped today like a million
bucks."
For Smith, a win like this
means even more for the horse's
owners, Pamela Duffy and Don-
ald Trotter of Sunsprite Warm-
bloods. "The owners have a fairly
small, medium breeding farm
in southern California, and Pam
is very diligent about breeding
the horses and what horses she
acquires for the sport," she ex-
plained. "It's been kind of a long
road to get here, so I'm thrilled
for them."
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