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Plantation Field International


Photos by Amber Heintzberger

The 2019 Plantation Field International Horse Trials CCI4-S*, CCI3-S*, CCI2-S* were held September 19-22, 2019 at Coatesville/Unionville, Pennsylvania. This is one of four nationally recognized USEA Horse Trials held annually at the facility.

Dressage competition was held on Thursday Sept. 19 and Friday Sept. 20, followed by Show Jumping on Saturday Sept. 21 for the CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S divisions, and cross country for the CCI2*-S and CCI3*-S divisions. On Sunday Sept. 22 was cross country for CCI4*-S and show jumping for CCI2*-S competitiors. Find more information at: and at:

September 20, 2019 – Unionville, PA -- Colleen Rutledge of Frederick, Maryland took a commanding lead after dressage, scoring 26.3 at the Plantation Field International CIC4*-S today, Friday Sept. 20, riding Covert Rights, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Draft cross gelding. Boyd Martin of Cochranville, PA and Bonito, a Westphalian gelding owned by Stephen Blauner and Nancy Hathaway, were the second to last pair of the day to enter the arena, and laid down a 28.2 to claim second place. There are 57 entries in the CCI4*-S division.

Martin also competed two other horses, Z and Fernhill Singapore, for Phillip Dutton, who was injured in a charity polo match last week.

September 21, 2019 – Unionville, PA. Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy leaped into the lead today with a double clear show jumping at the Plantation Field International CCI4*-S. Overnight leader Colleen Rutledge and her 11-year-old Thoroughbred/Draft cross Covert Rights had one rail down on course (30.1), dropping them to third. Going into the ring Boyd Martin and Bonito, owned by Stephen Blauner, had the opportunity to claim the lead as their 28.2 could have bested Sylvester’s 29.5, but Martin watched it fly away as the gelding knocked two rails out of the cups and he plummeted to 15th place. Caroline Martin and her 11-year-old Danger Mouse climbed from fourth into second place (30.1). Boyd Martin had clear rounds with his other two entries and moved up to fourth riding The Z Partnership’s Z, and 7th on Fernhill Singapore, owned by Tom Tierney.

September 22, 2019 – Unionville, PA -- Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights galloped around clear and in the time to claim victory at the Plantation Field International CCI4*-S today, Sunday Sept. 22, 2019, on a score of 30.30.
 “He felt like a rockstar,” Rutledgesaid of the 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale cross.

Rutledge used Plantation Field as a fitness test before the Fair Hill International next month and he was one of only two horses to make the time around the four-star course.

Overnight leader Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy had a run-out on course, and added time faults to open the door for Rutledge to win. Sylvester was also held on course when Caroline Martin, who was placed second going into cross country, had a fall at fence 16, the double cabins. Boyd Martin and Bonito also parted company at the same fence.

Will Faudree, Southern Pines, NC moved up yesterday from 15th place after dressage, to 9th after show jumping, to a final second place overall with Michel 223, owned by Jennifer Mosing. Faudree and the 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding also blazed around the course clear and in the time for a final score of 33.40.

Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise, an 11-year-old American Warmblood mare that her mother found for $500 on Craigslist, claimed third place on 37.7.  Barr, originally from Western New York State, has been based just down the road from Plantation Field for the past six years.

Eight horses were withdrawn before cross country. Thirteen horses incurred jumping penalties on course, and Shannon Baker and Ballygowan Zeal retired on course. There were four falls on course today: Boyd Martin, Zoe Crawford, Caroline Martin and Shelby Brost. Caroline Martin was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Payne Caravella Leads Start to Finish to Win CCI3*-S
Holly Payne Caravella, Chester, NJ won the CCI3* with riding Charmking, an 8-year-old gray Holsteiner gelding on their dressage score of 26.1. Maya Black and Miks Master C finished second (31.1) and Boyd Martin and Luke 140 placed third (32.5). It was a big division with 75 starters, of which 56 completed the competition.

Canadian rider Colleen Loach won the CCI2*-S Division A riding FE Golden Eye on their dressage score of 21.50 followed by Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi (25.30) and Kurt Martin on 26.00.

In the CCI2*-S Division B, Michael Pendleton, who works as assistant rider to Boyd Martin at nearby Windurra USA claimed first through third places: Contaro, owned by Christine Haugh Turner (24.80); Miss Lulu Herself, owned by Bonnie Stedt (26.80); and Wabanaki, owned by The Dawnland Syndicate (31.0), respectively.

Photo of Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy copyright Amy Dragoo

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