Ryan Wood Holds Onto Jersey Fresh CCI*** Lead
Day three of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event saw Ryan Wood of Australia hold onto the lead in the CCI*** following cross country. Woods rode Powell to a two-day score of 46.0 penalties despite incurring 2.4 time faults. “He was awesome. He saved me in a couple spots around the course. He’s a big horse and he’s got a massive stride. He was quite good on his minutes,” said Wood of Powell on his first CCI*** cross country course.
Riding in reverse order of merit in the final phase, Wood will be the last to go in show jumping on day four. “I’ve never been in this position before. I’m pretty happy to be going for the win and I’ll just do my best and see what happens.”
Tied for second place are two US Olympic veterans; Boyd Martin riding Welcome Shadow and Phillip Dutton with Indian Mill. Both jumped clear and within the optimum time to stand on their dressage scores of 46.3 penalties going into show jumping, the final phase of the competition.
Jessica Phoenix of Canada also went double clear on cross country and is now just a rail away from the top three, moving up from her ninth place dressage score on Bentleys Best for a two-day score of 49.2 penalties. Kim Severson rose from 13th to 5th on Fernhill Fearless, also going double clear with 50.9 penalties, and Lauren Keiffer went from 15th to 6th on Meadowbrook’s Scarlett to enter show jumping on her dressage score of 51.3.
The CIC divisions concluded on Saturday with the show jumping phase taking place in the morning and the cross country occurring in the afternoon. Kylie Lyman won the CIC*** on Sacramento with a faultless show jumping phase and 3.6 time faults on the cross country course to finish on an overall score of 55.9 penalties. “We are thrilled with him,” said Lyman of the Irish Sport Horse. “He’s just gotten better and better as he went. It’s been really exciting to have him and to get to continue on with our partnership.”
The 1.2 time faults that New Zealand Olympian Joe Meyer incurred going cross country left him in second place on Southpaw for a final score of 56.0 and third went to Matthew Brown and Talking Point BCF with 57.6 penalties.