Leaders Change At Fair Hill

Dressage leader Serna O'Hanlon now in second after xc
Credit : Shannon Brinkmann Photos

Sunday 15 October - 04h44 | Press release

Leaders Change At Fair Hill

Spectators and competitors enjoyed a thrilling day of cross country at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event where international pairs battled Derek di Grazia's challenging track. Colleen Rutledge took over The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI*** Eventing National Championship with Covert Rights, and Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Syrius kept their lead of The Dutta Corp./ USEF CCI** Eventing National Championship.

 - Leaders Change At Fair Hill

Colleen Routledge , now leading
Credit : Shannon Brinkmann

A fast cross country round awarded Maryland-native Colleen Rutledge and her own Covert Rights the top position in the CCI*** division. The 11-year-old Thoroughbred Cross remains on his dressage score (39.8) after a fault free performance.
"He gets every gold star I could possibly give him. He saved my butt when I got us into trouble, and he was foot perfect at ninety percent of the course," she commented noting that she had experience on her side with four-star partner Covert Rights. "Luckily I know that he's got the experience behind him. He's already done two four-stars. He reads the fences. He's so much more mature now, and he's so much more experienced now where I could just gallop down and see the stride from six strides away and attack the fences. That was probably one of the most fun cross countries that I've had in a long time."

Overnight leaders Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High finished four seconds above optimum time to drop them into second place. John and Judy Rumble's 14-year-old Canadian Sport Horse picked up 1.6 time penalties to sit on a two-phase result.

William Coleman and The Conair Syndicate's Tight Lines leapt from 13th to third after an incredible effort across country. The 10-year-old Thoroughbred continues on a score of 46.3.
"He never lacks run or gallop. He's just an animal out there. It was a hard course but thought it as a proper test. I think it's a testament for the cross-country riding in this country," Coleman commented. "It was a difficult three-star, and I've ridden a lot of three-stars around the world and I would put Fair Hill at the very top in terms of difficulty."
Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Warmbloods' Sunsprite Syrius were the first combination to come home clear within the time on Saturday's cross country. The 9-year-old Trakehner gelding made quick work of Derek di Grazia's course to remain on his dressage score (40.9) going into Sunday's show jumping finale.

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