Baughman Keeps A Cool Head For Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3*-L Victory

Oct 20, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Elkton, Md.—Oct. 20

Woods Baughman had only 1 point in hand heading into show jumping today at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3*-L, so the pressure was on.

But Baughman followed his coach Sharon White’s advice—“Don’t get weird.” C’est La Vie 135 didn’t touch a rail over Marc Donovan’s course to take the win.

“I was so happy when he made it over the last fence—I could finally breathe for the first time since yesterday afternoon,” he said. “He was a little tired this morning, and then I took him out and rode him this morning, and he snapped back to, and he gave me everything he had. When I got him on his afternoon he was just right there with me.”

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Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135. Lindsay Berreth Photos

Baughman, Lexington, Kentucky, has been partnered with the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Contendro I—Anette, Aarking xx) since he found him while working for Dirk Schrade last year.

“I didn’t like him too much at the beginning” he said. “I thought Dirk was joking when he said to buy him, but once I actually thought about it, he’s an amazing horse, and we’re actually quite similar. We both like to go and get a little big and jump. Once we got it to it we clicked right away.”

Canada’s Colleen Loach finished second with a clear round on Vermont, while Caitlin Silliman and Ally KGO finished third and earned the USEF reserve national CCI3*-L championship.

We’ll have much more from Fair Hill in the Nov. 4 print edition of the Chronicle.

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Woods Baughman had to share the news after his win with coach Sharon White standing by.
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Sharon White shared a moment with C’est La Vie 135.
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Canada’s Colleen Loach and Vermont finished second.

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Vermont got lots of carrots after his finish.
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Caitlin Silliman and Ally KGO finished third overall and earned the USEF reserve national CCI3*-L championship.
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Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing finished fourth.
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Kevin Keane and Sportsfield Candy finished fifth.
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Stephanie Cauffman and Chatsworth Third Revolution finished sixth.
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Megan Sykes and Classic’s Mojah were seventh.
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Jenny Caras and Trendy Fernhill were eighth.
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Maya Black and Miks Master C were ninth.
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Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way finished 10th.

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