October 2014 Issue - page 6

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October 2014
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Pennsylvania Equestrian.
Maya Black and Doesn't
Play Fair stormed around Mike
Etherington-Smith's CIC3*
cross-country course to win at
Plantation Field International
Horse Trials in their first appear-
ance at the three day event.
Both are new to the three star
level. They completed their first
Advanced at Pine Top in Febru-
ary and have racked up impres-
sive placings ever since, most
notably a fifth-place finish at the
Bromont CCI3* in June.
Now they add a win in the
prestigious Adequan USEA Gold
Cup/PRO Tour Series to their
growing list of accolades after
jumping clear on cross country
with just 3.6 time penalties to
edge Buck Davidson and Copper
Beech by .4 penalties.
"It's my first time to Planta-
tion Field, and I've heard about
it for many years, of course, so
I feel lucky to be here, and it
definitely lived up to expecta-
tions," Black said. "It was quite
a wonderful venue, and they've
obviously put a lot of work into it
over the years."
Black said that after falling
at her last event at Richland Park
Trials, she didn't set out to win.
"Coming into the weekend, I
wanted to have a good, confi-
dence-building run for both of us
on cross country.
"I wasn't going out there to
make time, but I also wanted to
see fitness-wise where he was
with Fair Hill a month from now.
There are pretty good hills here,
and I wanted to let him run,"
Black said.
Buck Davidson had one
of two double clear trips in the
division with Copper Beech. He
also jumped clear with Bally-
noe Castle RM, who held the
overnight lead and picked up 7.6
time penalties to finish in third
After returning home from
the World Equestrian Games
earlier this month, where the
horse ultimately retired on cross
country, Davidson said Ballynoe
Castle RM was still raring to go,
so he made the decision to run
him here.
"I didn't kick him," Davidson
said. "If I had made the time, it
wouldn't have mattered. All that
matters is when we came to the
last fence, he had his ears up. He
had his ears up the whole way.
He's a competitor, and he loved
being here this weekend."
Davidson also had a good
day in the CIC2*, winning with
Be Mine on their dressage score
of 42.4 after jumping double
clear. The horse just started his
eventing career in January and
has proceeded to cruise through
the levels, winning the Bromont
CCI* in June and now taking the
win here.
"I will eventually pull the
reins back and not keep pushing
him," Davidson said. "We'll leave
him at Intermediate for a bit.
Mentally, I almost think life was
too easy for him (at the lower
levels). He's a beautiful mover;
Black Wins
Three Star at
Plantation Field
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