Judges Chrystine Tauber and Jimmy Torano called back 25 riders to ride off in the second round of this year’s Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals. Fourteen obstacles (there are two combinations) make up the second course.
The first fence is the former fence 10 (narrow wooden coop) and has been expanded to a coop of standard length, and enhanced with a back rail to create an oxer. Riders canter five strides past the in-gate to fence 2, situated on rail. It is a post-and-rail-type vertical.
Competitors will ride a four stride bending line from fence 2 to 3 (a birch oxer) and then ride three strides to another post-and-rail vertical.
A right hand turn takes them down to a white-railed vertical flanked by stone pillars, at the far end of the ring, and the former fence 11 will serve as this round’s fence 6, but will be jumped the opposite direction, off a rather tight left turn from fence 5.
7 A and B (former 6AB, but jumped the opposite way) arrive after a rollback to the right–and the combination is still set as an in-and-out.
Fence 8 is in the same spot as last round’s 3A, but it is built from the skinny white picket fence gate with an added back rail to become an oxer. After a bending line of four strides, fence 9 (in former fence 4’s location) is a skinny and airy vertical of green rails.
The triple oxer (formerly fence 9 from the preliminary round) serves as the tenth obstacle, and rider must rollback to the left–most will opt to do an inside turn in front of the coop–to meet fence 11, which served as the initial fence on the first course. Four strides to 12 A and B, the final obstacle, another in-and-out.