Phillip Dutton Takes CCI** at Jersey Fresh

 
Olympic veteran Phillip Dutton jumped from fifth place to first with a flawless performance on Sportsfield Candy in the final show jumping phase to win the CCI** at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, presented by BW Furlong & Associates on Sunday. Dutton and his Irish Sport Horse also had a clear go on the cross country course on Saturday to finish on their dressage score of 48.8 penalties. “He was good, he’s a really careful horse,” said Dutton of the 9-year-old gelding. “He needed to do a CCI** for qualifications.  I’ve had him at CIC*** all spring so this was a step down a little bit from what we have been doing, but I think it was a great experience for him. I am pleased for the horse in particular because he is quite talented.”
 
Holly Payne Caravella and Bruisyard Hall were second with 50.3 penalties. This is the first CCI2* for the Thoroughbred and Payne Caravella was thrilled with his runner up finish.  “He is definitely still a little green but he was super. I couldn’t be happier,” said Payne Caravella.
 
Will Faudree and Hans Dampf were third with 51.4 penalties. “He felt great this weekend. I’m starting to figure out how to ride him in the show jumping, which has been a little bit of a struggle this Spring. We’re starting to have a line of communication,” said Faudree. “He’s a phenomenal horse. He’s an incredible jumper, he’s very competitive and he’s very earnest about everything that he does. I am trying to solidify the partnership because I think he will be a very valuable horse for the US in the future.”

Lexi Scovil and Charleston VI knocked down a rail giving her a final score of 52.7. Tamra Smith and Lagos star were in third after cross country, but had two knockdowns and finished sixth with 55.1 penalties. Payne Caravella had a chance at the win with a dressage score of 46.3, but had a rail moving her behind Dutton with one left to go. As the overnight leader, Frankie Thieriot-Stutes was the last to go and had one rail in hand to claim victory, but she had two rails down at the triple combination along with two time faults to finish fifth on Chatwin with 54.5 penalties.

Kurt Martin and DA Calimero. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Kurt Martin had an almost flawless performance on DA Calimero to win the CIC**. The pair entered show jumping in 14th place, but after going clear they moved up to 9th going into cross country. They just missed a double clear incurring 0.8 faults for going just two seconds over the optimum time on the cross country course to finish with an overall score of 52.4 penalties. “I thought he was really great and he really listened the whole way,” said Martin. “He went really well and flew around and didn’t have a bad fence. It was a great ride.”

William Coleman dropped down to second on Off the Record incurring time faults in both show jumping and cross country for second place on 52.5 penalties. Lauren Keiffer had a rail down on DA Duras in show jumping, moving them down to 15th place, but their double clear on the cross country course, catapulted them up to third with 54.9 penalties.

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