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Boyd Martin Repeats Victory at Wellington Eventing Showcase
Allison Springer (USA) and her veteran mount Arthur took an early lead in the dressage phase with a score of 29.1. Buck Davidson (USA) and Ballynoecastle RM moved into the show jumping phase in second place, receiving a 30.1 in dressage, while Boyd Martin (USA), winner of last year’s event, sat in third place aboard Blackfoot Mystery with 30.6.
Competition continued with the show jumping phase Saturday morning, February 6 in the Global International Ring at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with the cross-country phase starting at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Martin and Blackfoot Mystery, owned by the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate, jumped to an early lead after going clear in the show jumping phase around the difficult track set by Richard Jeffrey. They continued fault-free on cross country to earn a double clear effort. The cross country track was designed by Captain Mark Phillips and was built by Eric Bull of ETB Equine Construction.
Colleen Rutledge and her impressive home-bred Covert Rights made another bold statement early in the season, adding this top finish to their list of accolades over the past two years. The 2006 Thoroughbred cross gelding (Black Fox Farm Incognito x Let’s Get It Right) has amassed two FEI CCI 4* finishes to its resume’ over the past two years, and the duo are headed to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day CCI 4*.
“The cross-country course was fabulous,” said Rutledge. “I was so proud of the way that CR went out and ran. The amount that he’s grown up since Rolex last year is just leaps and bounds. He’s a completely different horse. This was just fantastic to run on and the course was great. It asked some very good questions and for me, this was my horse’s first run of the year. It was a fantastic start, and I’m just thrilled with everything. I’ve had a great time and a great run.”
Daniel Jocelyn was one of two non-U.S. based riders representing New Zealand who made the trip to PBIEC to test the waters of the event. Tim Price also made the journey to Wellington to ride in the showcase. Both Jocelyn and Price were paired with two catch rides for the event. Jocelyn made the most of his time aboard Devil Munchkin, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Casiro I x Rhona), owned by Sable Giesler. Jocelyn had sat on the gelding just one time before entering the dressage ring on Friday afternoon. They added nothing to their original dressage score of 32.30 for third place.
Top 10 Results:
Blackfoot Mystery – Boyd Martin: Dressage 30.6; Stadium, 0 penalties; XC, 0 penalties. Total: 30.6
Covert Rights – Colleen Rutledge: Dressage 31.0; Stadium, 0 penalties; XC, 0 penalties. Total 31.0
Devil Munchkin – Daniel Jocelyn: Dressage 32.3; Stadium, 0 penalties; XC, 0 penalties. Total 32.3
Fernhill Fugitive – Phillip Dutton: Dressage 33.2; Stadium, 0 penalties; XC 0 penalties. Total 33.2
Ballynoecastle RM – Buck Davidson: Dressage 30.1; Stadium, 4 penalties; XC, 0 penalties. Total 34.1
Catalina – Jennie Brannigan: Dressage 34.3; Stadium, 0 penalties; XC, 0 penalties. Total 34.3
RF Demeter – Marilyn Little: Dressage 30.9; Stadium, 4 penalties; XC, 0 penalties. Total 34.9
Fernhill Cubalawn – Phillip Dutton: Dressage 31.4; Stadium, 4 penalties; XC, 0 penalties. Total 35.4
Arthur – Allison Springer: Dressage 29.1; Stadium 4 penalties; XC, 3.2 time penalties. Total 36.3
Novelle – Tim Price: Dressage 38.2; Stadium, 0 penalties; XC, 0 penalties. Total 38.2
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