Throughout the weekend at The Fork, the scores in the CIC*** were extremely tight. Multiple three-, four- and even a five-way tie after dressage meant every rail and every second on cross-country would count.
The Conair Syndicate's Conair died following a fall on cross-country at The Fork Horse Trials on April 6.
Will Coleman was competing the 11-year-old Anglo-European gelding in the advanced, test A, division when they fell at fence 17AB, the Bridlewood Wine and Intersource Cheese complex of a table and a skinny wedge.
Conair and Coleman, who broke his collarbone, both got up and the gelding galloped around the field until he was caught and transported back to the stables for evaluation.
Will Faudree didn’t have the best of luck with Jennifer Mosing’s Pawlow last fall. As they jumped the last obstacle on the cross-country at the Aachen CICO*** (Germany), they fell on the flat, just yards from the finish.
Then in October, “Ernie” underwent his second colic surgery and missed the fall season.
Powderhound, a 15-year-old Australian Thoroughbred ridden by Andrew McConnon in the CIC** division at The Fork International Horse Trials, died on April 5 after collapsing while returning to the stables after completing his show jumping round.
The Fork released a statement explaining the incident.
When Boyd Martin handed over the reins of his new mount Shamwari 4 this weekend in the CIC*** at The Fork International Horse Trials to Phillip Dutton while he recovers from a broken leg, he had simple instructions. “Just jump around and don’t fall off!”
While Lynn Symansky might not have had the ideal lead-up to The Fork CIC*** with Donner, she gritted her teeth and laid down a double clear cross-country ride over Tremaine Cooper’s deceptively tough track to take the win.
Symansky hadn’t competed Donner for five weeks since fracturing her right pinky finger riding a young horse. “I was lucky there weren’t a lot of drops out there, and there weren’t a lot of places where I dropped my reins. I do notice it, but the pain isn’t bad; it’s just a little annoying,” she said.