Monday, September 23, 2013

Woodstock Continues Success at Plantation Field International!

Once again Plantation Field International put on a spectacular show this past weekend, being graciously hosted by our friends Katie and Cuyler Walker, who continue to set the bar with attracting fabulous sponsors, prizes and a record number of entrants.

Woodstock has 5 horses competing this weekend, with three in the 2* (Frankie, Dday and Classic) and two in the 1* (Wallaby and Bennett).  All the horses rose to the occasion this weekend, scoring in the 40's in dressage and jumping like stars.

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.
Fernhill Classic

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!
Frankie, owned by Steve and Karri Guy, continues to prove his reliability at the 2* level, jumping like a cat around cross country, where I allowed him to pick his pace and run without pressure, saving the accelerator for our next challenge at Fair Hill International. Finishing 11th wrapping up a very successful weekend in the 2*!
Our younger horses stepped up to their first run at the 1* level, and did not disappoint! Woodstock Wallaby, a 6 year old Irish Sport Horse owned by Mark and Linda Ledray,  scored an impressive 42 in dressage at his first 1*.  He jumped around a very technical show jumping track designed by Marc Donovan, before adding just a few time penalties to his cross country and finishing 12th out of 56 competitors.
Woodstock Wallaby
Woodstock Bennett, owned by Curran and Margy Simpson, stepped up to his first 1* like a seasoned campaigner, finishing 2nd on his dressage score of a 40.10, proving that at the age of 6, he has a real upper level future.  
Woodstock Bennett
The record number of entrants and increasing sponsor and spectator presence is a reflection of the efforts of everyone involved.  I want to thank again all of my owners, sponsors and team members who rallied to make this another great event for Team Woodstock.
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. 

  ~ Ryan  

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