Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024

Fair Hill Tidbits

•    Canadian Rebecca Howard was the top-placed foreign rider in the CCI***, finishing ninth with Riddle Master (67.6), and the CCI**, placing third aboard Roquefort (61.8). And despite her position as the very last two-star rider to enter the arena, she also earned the award for the best dressage score—42.2.

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•    Canadian Rebecca Howard was the top-placed foreign rider in the CCI***, finishing ninth with Riddle Master (67.6), and the CCI**, placing third aboard Roquefort (61.8). And despite her position as the very last two-star rider to enter the arena, she also earned the award for the best dressage score—42.2.
         “I don’t think I’ve ever had two rails on him,” Howard said after finishing on Sunday. “But he was kind of a different horse today. He usually goes in a full-cheek twisted snaffle, but yesterday on cross-country the mouthpiece came apart from the cheekpiece. It actually really rubbed his mouth, so I had to show jump in a plain snaffle, and he was really strong.”
         Howard is part of a syndicate that owns half of the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, while her employer at The Fork Stables in Norwood, N.C., Jim Cogdell, owns the other half. “Rocky” competed up to a CIC** with Oliver Townend in Great Britain before being imported in 2007.

•    Callie Judy, Columbia, Mo., claimed the USEF National CCI** Championship for riders 22 to 24 years old. She finished ninth overall with Call On Me (70.0).

•    CCI*** winner Boyd Martin, who posted the only cross-country round within the time aboard Neville Bardos, did so with a pair of broken reins.
         “I realized my reins had come unbuckled at Fence 2, and I thought, ‘Bugger. Guess I better not adjust them for the rest of the course,’ ” he said.
         Martin also rode Densey Juvonen’s Remington XXV to sixth place in the same division (64.0), without any tack malfunctions.

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•    Bonsall, Calif., native Olivia Loiacono earned the Markham Trophy for the highest-placed young rider in the CCI*** and won the best conditioned horse award.
         Loiacono, who finished 13th overall in the division, nar-rowly escaped a trip to the tattoo parlor after the event. She had vowed to her fellow riders that if she finished in the top 10, she’d get a tattoo of a sandwich as homage to her horse, Subway.

•    Brittany Kart, Braselton, Ga., who finished 25th in the CCI** aboard Llewellyn, earned her division’s sportsmanship award for never complaining about the foul weather.

•    The competition paused on Sunday to honor U.S. Eventing Hall of Famer Gen. Jonathan R. Burton, who marked his 20th year as the Fair Hill FEI steward in addition to his 90th birthday.
         Longtime owner and eventing enthusiast Elkins Wetherill also celebrated his 90th birthday on Fair Hill weekend.

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