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.”
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.