Little and Kieffer Top Leaderboards After Dressage at Jersey Fresh
Sunshine and cool temperatures graced the Horse Park of New Jersey as riders in the CIC3* and CIC2* took center stage at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, presented by B.W. Furlong & Associates. Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous made their presence known in the CIC3* with a dressage score of 37.7. In the CIC2*, Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras claimed the lead in dressage to end the day with a score of 46.9.
Little and RF Scandalous, fresh off their CIC3* win at The Fork last month, produced a clean and precise dressage test in the Jersey Fresh International (JFI) CIC3* division. Little will head into Saturday’s cross-country phase with a useful lead of five points. Standing in second place is Philip Dutton with a new mount, Fernhill Revelation, on a 42.7. In third place is Jordan Linstedt with Revitavet Capato, just two-tenths behind, with a score of 42.9.
“She (RF Scandalous) was a little fresh this morning as she has been in Wellington all winter, so this is the coldest weather since last fall,” said Little. “She was very professional and was wonderful to ride in there today. It was a lovely presentation.” Reflecting on the cross-country course, Little noted, “She’s getting fitter now and is looking towards Luhmuhlen next month. After looking at the cross-country course here I’m glad she is getting fitter.”
In second place, Dutton commented on his new partnership with Fernhill Revelation. “He’s getting better all the time,” said Dutton. “He’s a good, big, loose mover with plenty of ground cover. I just need to get him a little more balanced in the ring. I’m excited about him.”
From Rolex Kentucky to Badminton and now at Jersey Fresh International, the ever smiling Kieffer bested the CIC2* field after dressage aboard D.A. Duras with a score of 46.9. Following Kieffer is Boyd Martin and Long Island T, who clinched second at the end of the day with a score of 47.0. Tied for third on a score of 48.3 are William Coleman riding Off The Record and Sara Kozumplik Murphy with Ruben D’Ysieux.
Kieffer has high hopes for D.A. Duras and was pleased with his dressage performance. “He (D.A. Duras) was really quite good”, said Kieffer. “He was really up this morning, the cold weather got to him. Hopefully he will keep getting stronger and stronger. He was good today.”
Finishing the day in second place, Martin provided insight into this this new partnership with Long Island T. “He is a new horse for me and this is our first attempt at this level,” said Martin. “It’s taken a bit to get the partnership together. He could potentially be a good horse for me with his flamboyant style in dressage. Sort of what we picked him for to get big scores in the dressage.”
CCI and CIC competitors will tackle the cross-country course on Saturday, May 13, starting at 8:30 a.m. This year the cross-country course is designed by England’s Capt. Mark Phillips.