The 2014 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International concluded this afternoon with the show jumping phase for the CCI** and CCI*** national and international competitions. Jennie Brannigan (West Grove, PA) and Cambalda (owned by Nina Gardner) were sitting in second place going into show jumping and jumped clean, putting the pressure on over night leader Boyd Martin and Master Frisky. Martin and Master Frisky dropped one rail and added two time faults to their score moving Brannigan into the winning spot to earn both the Fair Hill Bronze (overall winner) and Gladstone Trophy (Highest placing U.S. rider).
Colleen Rutledge of Frederick was the only Maryland entry in the three-star this year and she had a stellar finish to the competition with her homebred Covert Rights. The pair jumped clean and added only one time fault to its score to finish in 14th place overall. Fifty-three combinations started the three-star last Wednesday with the first horse inspection. At the end of the competition, 37 completed.
In the CCI**, it was Julie Richards (Newnan, GA) who took home the win aboard Asta Cooper’s Urlanmore Beauty. The pair jumped clean and moved up one spot after Victoria Jessop (GBR) and Desert Mystery dropped two rails to move down to seventh place.
Marilyn Little, also of Frederick, jumped double clean aboard RF Quarterman, owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc., to move up three spots into third place and become the highest placing Marylanders to complete the two-star. This year’s two-star saw a record number of entries with 113 combinations presenting to the first horse inspection last Wednesday. Seventy-one pairs completed the competition, including seven from Maryland.