Ryan Wood Clinches Jersey Fresh CCI3* Win
In a nail-biting finish to the CCI3* division at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, Ryan Wood clinched the title with a solid show jumping round aboard Powell on his dressage score of 46.00. “He warmed up great, went in there, and jumped his heart out,” Wood said. “I wasn’t preparing too much for it, I was just going to go out and do the best I can.”
Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow broke their tie for second place, earning the slot in the finish on 46.30. Martin, however, found it difficult to be too excited. “For me, it’s a very hard event to celebrate,” he commented. “Yesterday was one of the worst days I’ve ever experienced in eventing. I was thrilled with my horse, but it’s pretty hard to punch the air and yell and shout, just because it’s been an absolute miserable weekend.”
Canada’s Jessica Phoenix rode an impressive round—full of vocal encouragement—to move her and Bentleys Best from fourth to third place overall on 49.20. “I’m really, really proud of that horse,” she said. “He’s a green horse, and this weekend he really felt like he came into his own. He put in three solid phases, and he couldn’t have picked a better weekend to do that.”
Phillip Dutton finished in fourth and fifth place on Z and Indian Mill with a 54.30 and 54.90, respectively; Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless earned sixth place on 54.90; Colleen Loach rode Qorry Blue D’Argouges to seventh on 56.20; Caroline Martin and Spring Easy finished in eighth place with a 56.80; Julie Richards and Sandhills Brillaire rode to ninth place on 56.80; and Will Faudree and Celeste rounded out the top 10 on 57.40.
As a final nod to a sad weekend at Jersey Fresh, a tribute to Philippa Humphreys, who died after a rotational fall on the cross-country course yesterday, was held before show jumping commenced.