The Fork CIC-W*** Begins With a Tie
Norwood, NC, USA
by Amber Heintzberger
Photo: Anthony Trollope/StockImageServices.com
This season will see 19 qualifying events, in 12 countries in the lead up to the FEI World Cup Final in Europe. Holling, 30 became the first FEI World Cup™ Eventing qualifier winner of 2007 when he jumped one of only twoo clear stadium rounds in the final phase at Red Hills in Tallahassee, Florida in March. There Holling, 30, riding Lion King ll, on whom he finished 16th in the 2006 FEI World Cup™ final at Malmo (SWE), rose from third pllace after cross-country to win on a final score of 52.
Winsome Adante is best known for his domination of the Rolex Kentucky three-day event, and is sure to give Lion King II a run for his money this weekend.
In the CIC*** former skier Bonnie Mosser, who made a successful Burghley debut last year on Jenga and finished fourth at Red Hills in March, took the lead riding Merloch, a horse that she only recently acquired from Young Rider Alexandra Zavoyna. Merloch won individual gold for Zavoyna at last year's North American Young Rider Championships and he has been proving himself a good match for Mosser with a successful spring season under their belts.
"He felt really good in dressage," said Mosser. "My other horse, Close the Deal went early in the morning and was a little on the muscle, but he should go well in cross-country tomorrow." Mosser said that the cross-country looks a little smaller than last year, but then grinned and added "I guess I've been around the world a bit since then!"
Kim Severson and Tipperary Liadhan are placed second in the three-star followed by Karen O'Connor and the crowd-pleasing pony, Theodore O'Connor with 49.7. Canadians Penny Rowland on Windswept (50.0) and Mike Winter on Kingpin (52.5) round out the leaders in that division.
In the Advanced horse trials, Leigh Mesher and My Beau have the lead on a jaw-dropping score of 27.1, with Nathalie Bouckaert and Icarus close behind on 29.6. John Williams and Sloopy are third with 32.1.
Cross-country begins tomorrow with Open Intermediate. The first horse will be on course in the CIC-W*** at 12:38pm and after those 36 competitors complete the course, the CIC*** begins at 2:35pm. The event is combined with the BB&T Outdoor Heritage Days presented by Southeastern Materials - A Celebration of the Sporting and Outdoor Lifestyle, so a good spectator turnout is expected. Complete Results will be available at www.forkstables.com.
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