The 2* was a hotly contested division with a record number of 70 entries. Fernhill Classic, owned by the Fernhill Classic Syndicate, had his best dressage to date scoring a 44, and ultimately finishing in 15th, proving his competitiveness at the international level.
Dday, owned by Curran and Margy Simpson, stepped back up to the 2* level, laying down a nece dressage test and cruising around the stadium and XC very consistently, to finish just in front of Classic in 14th place!
|Ryan receiving the 2nd Place award from Sally Glassman!|
I feel it's necessary that I comment on the problems the 3* division experienced at the water complex, which eventually resulted in the removal of that question from the course. 12 horses and/or riders fell in the 3 star which was over 25% of the starters on xc. Something should have been done after the second fall, the hesitation to react was a failure on behalf of the Ground Jury and the technical delegate. The horses that fell at the water were punished for doing their job. The FEI Code of Conduct, "the welfare of the horse is paramount", failed both the horses and riders in the 3* division.
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