Elizabeth Benson could only improve her hunter phase placing by moving up one spot, so she did just that. Finishing yesterday’s hunter phase of the Washington International Equitation Classic in second place, Benson, 17, entered the ring this afternoon after seeing 33 of her competitors tackle the jumper course set by Michel Vaillancourt, as the riders returned in reverse order. Her scores of 92, 91.5 and 87.5 gave her the round’s highest score of 90.33, and she sits in the top spot going into tonight’s work-off phase.
Shawn Casady only needed to see seven riders go before him to know exactly what he needed to do to win the hunter round of the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic. The 17-year-old rider from Midtown, Tenn., posted the highest scores of the day aboard Worlds Fair. His average mark of 87.66 sits just ahead of Elizabeth Benson (87). Last year's ASPCA Maclay Finals and Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals winner, Hayley Barnhill, earned an identical mark as Benson, but the tie-breaking procedures technically have her third.
Despite his name's likening to a cartoon character, Garfield was all business in the high performance hunter divsions at the Washington International Horse Show (D.C.), sweeping all the over fences classes and placing third in the under saddle. His work ethic earned him not only the division championship, but also the grand hunter championship.