Colleen Rutledge of Frederick rode her homebred Thoroughbred cross Covert Rights to an early lead in the CCI3* division at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International this morning in Elkton. She scored a 39.8 with the 11-year-old gelding and stayed in first until Selena O’Hanlon of Canada scored a 39.4 aboard Foxwood High.
Always the perfectionist, Colleen said of her ride, “I am moderately happy about the test. CR tries so hard to do what I ask him and in some ways, tries too hard. I could have ridden him out with his neck a little more in places.”
Colleen rode UNO in the CCI2* the day before to score a 53.1. After two days of dressage competition, she and the 11-year-old mare are sitting in 18th place. Just ahead of her in 17th with a 53.0 is fellow Marylander Savannah Fulton riding Brave New World. Savannah is also in 61st place in the CCI* with Esstoga Tune while her sister Grace Fulton is in 60th with a 66.7.
In her FHI debut, Tayler Stewart rode Ideal Contini to a 55.8 today and go into tomorrow’s cross-country course in 30th place. Fellow Marylanders Sydney Solomon is in 58th aboard Early Review C while Sarah Shearin is in 59th with Voltumo’s Evening Star.
Competition for both the CCI2* and CCI3* resumes Saturday morning at 9:30 am with the start of cross-country. Before the horses and riders hit the course, runners will be participating in the first ever FHI 5K, which will run along many of the gallop lanes.
The Young Event East Coast Championships wrapped up this afternoon with a record number of entries. Seneca Valley Pony Club graduate and former Marylander Matt Flynn had two horses finish in the ribbons for the 5-Year-Old championships with Get Wild in third and Get Out in fourth. Both horses are owned by Flynn Sport Horses, LLC, which he co-owns with his parents, who live in Potomac. Kim Severson (VA) won the division aboard her own Exclusively Cooley.
Kristen Bond won the 4-Year-Old championships riding her own Bea Ready. The Thoroughbred Point Nemo, owned by Rumsey Keefe of Sandy Spring and ridden by former Marylander Alyssa Peterson placed seventh.
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