October 2016 Issue - page 1

Vol. 23 No. 10
Our 23rd Year
October 2016
(Continued on page 33)
LANC., PA 17604
Equine Health Care Issue!
By Leslie Threlkeld
Upper-level event riders
from around the country travel
to Unionville, Pa. to compete at
the Plantation Field International
Horse Trials and Country Fair, but
this year three local riders bested
a competitive field of entries.
Team USA’s Rio Olympic
Team members, Phillip Dutton, of
West Grove, Pa., and Boyd Mar-
tin, of Cochranville, stood on the
podium as the top finishers in the
CIC3*. Dutton won first and third
riding Mr. Candyman and I’m
Sew Ready, respectively. Martin
was second on Cracker Jack.
After a top finish at Galway
Downs last November, Dutton
thought he had a “world-beater”
on his hands with Mr. Candyman
but the horse hasn’t had the best
year due to Dutton’s focused
preparation for the Olympics.
“Now is his turn,” Dutton said.
Mr. Candyman, owned by
Ann Jones, Bridget Colman, Car-
oline Moran and Tom Tierney,
was placed second behind his
stablemate I’m Sew Ready after
dressage and show jumping. A
fast, clear cross country round
moved them up to win.
“I couldn’t be more pleased
with what he did this weekend.
It raises my hope for him. He’s a
horse that is quite quick to lose his
confidence and I have to be sure I
do a good job to keep him confident
all the way,” Dutton said. “Hopeful-
ly he will have a good performance
at Fair Hill International [USEF
CIC3* Championship in October]
and build on it better than I have
done so far this year.”
Dutton led the 33-horse field
with I’m Sew Ready, owned by
Kristine and John Norton, for
the first two phases of competi-
tion, but without the intention of
running quickly on cross country,
they picked up time penalties that
dropped them down to third.
Olympic Eventers Triumph at Plantation Field Horse Trials
Dutton won the Carolina
International CIC3* with I’m Sew
Ready in 2015 while his usual
rider Kristin Bond was pregnant
with her first child. Kristen is
expecting again and so “Jack-
son” returned to Dutton’s barn
only days before Plantation Field
began. Despite having less than a
week to get reacquainted, Dutton
and Jackson performed beautiful-
ly in all three phases.
Martin and Lucy Boynton
Lie’s Cracker Jack were clear and
fast on cross country, producing
one of only four rounds in the divi-
sion without jumping or time penal-
ties, moving them up from seventh
after dressage to finish second
overall. Martin hopes to travel with
“Crackers” to France this fall to
contest the Etoiles de Pau CCI4*.
Lauren Kieffer, a third mem-
ber of Team USA at the Rio Olym-
pics, won the CIC2* with Jacque-
line Mars’ homebred Landmark’s
Monte Carlo. Allison Springer
and Lord Willing led the CIC*-A
division from start to finish, and
16-year-old Haley Carspecken won
CIC*-B riding her own True Grace.
Advanced Division
Erin Sylvester, of Cochran-
ville, Pa., led the Adequan USEA
Gold Cup Advanced division
from start to finish with Frank
Macentee’s Paddy the Caddy. The
Irish Thoroughbred has struggled
with nervousness at events despite
schooling well at home, but at
Plantation Field, a venue charac-
terized by its vibrant atmosphere,
something was different.
“He was super calm on
Wednesday. There was no reason
for it, but he was ready to perform
and so nice to ride. When he is
relaxed he wants to show off in
the ring,” Sylvester said.
Sylvester and “Paddy” took
the lead early on and celebrated
a clear show jumping round. On
the final phase of cross country,
Phillip Dutton finished first in the Plantation Field three star with Mr. Candyman, above, and third with Kristine Bond’s I’m Sew Ready.
Dutton’s Olympic teammate, Boyd Martin, took second place with Cracker Jack.
Photo credit: Leslie Threlkeld
Pennsylvania Equine Council
fall newsletter … pg. 34-35
More trouble (and a possible fix) with
revised racing law … pg. 4
Mattais Tromp wins the $25,000
Devon Fall Classic .. pg. 28
…and much more!
Equine Health Care, Nutrition
& Therapy feature … pgs. 14-24
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