Temperatures were just above 40-degrees this morning as the final horse inspection began at the 2015 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International. Although one horse in the CCI2* and three horses in the CCI3* were held, all horses passed after being presented a second time.
In the CCI3*, the pressure was put on overnight leader Tamra Smith (CA) when Kim Severson and Boyd Martin both put in double clean rounds to move up in the standings. Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice jumped clean but had two time faults to move into second place. Smith and Mai Baum left all the rails in their cups, adding only two time faults to their dressage score to win the division. The pair finished the competition on a 40.5.
Marilyn Little (Frederick) riding RF West Indie, Lillian Heard (Poolesville) aboard LCC Barnaby and Colleen Rutledge (Frederick) riding Escot 6 all jumped clean and inside the time to move up in the CCI3* standings. Little finished within the ribbons in ninth place. Heard moved up into 20th while Rutledge finished in 30th place. Heard had seven time faults with FYI to finish in 28th place and with Arundel, she had eight jump and one time for 35th place. Savannah Fulton (Finksburg) completed her first FHI in 32nd place after having eight jump and one time faults.
William Coleman (VA) also had a fantastic run at FHI finishing on his dressage score of 42.5 to win the CCI2* division with Tight Lines. Phillip Dutton and Z jumped double clean to stay in second place. Former Marylander and Seneca Valley Pony Club graduate Matt Flynn jumped clean aboard Get Lucky to move up into third place.
Katie Wherley (Middletown) jumped a beautiful round with her own Mr Indiscretion having only the last rail down. The pair moved up into 22nd place in the CCI2* to become the top placing Maryland pair. Colleen Rutledge and Roulette had two rails down to finish in 23rd place. Tracey Bienemann and Geoni ended the competition with eight jump and three time faults for 37th place. Ema Klugman and Bendigo finished their first FHI with only one rail falling for 47th place. Danny Warrington (North East) and L’Alezane had 16 jump faults to finish the competition in 55th place.
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