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Coleman Heads the Field at Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC** at Stuart
Victor, NY, USA
by Amber Heintzberger
Holly Payne (USA) and Madeline
Overnight leader Will Coleman and Tivoli Farms' K. du Manoir went clean and fast to stay at the front of the pack at the CIC** at the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials and Adequan USEA Gold Cup event in Victor, New York. Even though the nine-year-old Selle Francais gelding had not competed since May, he cruised around Derek diGrazia's cross-country course, adding just 2 time faults to his dressage score of 42.8. Coleman and K. du Manoir are currently tied for fourth in the Gold Cup Intermediate leaderboard, so a good placing at Stuart could put them at the top of the standings.

"My horse was a little cheeky but he hadn't been out since May," said Coleman. "I didn't run his legs off; I tried to take tight lines to make the time."

Holly Payne went clean and fast to hold on to second place in the two-star with Madeline, owned by Jill Gordon, on a score of 50.6. This is Madeline's first two-star and Payne said that she is pleased with the seven-year-old mare. "She's very quick," said Payne. "She's little but she likes to take control, and there were so many tight turns out there that she wanted to fight me a bit, but she was pretty good. You can't go out and have a hunter round."
Kelli Temple (CAN) and Magenta
Sadly, Canadian Michelle Mueller of Port Perry, ON riding Amistad (50.9) had some difficulties with the course, dropping to sixteenth place after a stop and 16 time faults, so Corinne Ashton and Dobbin moved up to third place with a double clear round. Jennifer McGuire and Prestigious now lead the Canadian contingent in 13th place followed by Martha Griggs and Susan Lang's Gregory in 15th. Gwen Lehari and Daniel are close behind Mueller, in 17th.

Jan Bynny and Syd Kent were clean and fast and moved up from fifth to fourth place after cross-country. Bynny also kept her lead in the Open Intermediate riding Task Force, who scored 26.2 in dressage, despite adding 3.6 time penalties, as well as maintained her lead in Open Preliminary A riding Dario. In the Open Intermediate Kelli Temple had 10.8 time faults with Carl Bouckaert's Magenta and dropped to fifth place. Kyle Smith riding Summer's Gift was the only competitor in this division to finish in the time allowed.

Australian Boyd Martin moved into second and third place in open intermediate riding Match Play, owned by August Vettorino, and Neville Bardof, owned by Windurra P-L. Martin is also fifth in the CIC** on Risk Taker, owned by Mardie Faucette. Both Match Play and Risk Taker are usually ridden by Phillip Dutton, who is currently competing for the US at the Pan-Am Games in Brazil.

Martin moved to Pennsylvania earlier this year to work for Dutton and said, "Phillip and Evie have gone out of their way to help me get started as a professional in the United States." He added, "I like eventing in the US; there is a high caliber of competition here - good courses on prepared footing and the best horses and riders."

Quebec rider Stephanie St. Pierre and Santo Domingo are tenth in this division and Kendal Lehari of Uxbridge, ON is 14th riding her mother Gwen's horse Understudy. Robert Holman and Catmandoo are 18th.

The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many sponsors:  Title: Adequan; Legacy:  Nunn Finer, Nutrena, and World Equestrian Brands; Contributing:  Cover-All, UlcerGard, and Wellpride; and Patron:  Back on Track, Mountain Horse, Ogilvy Horse, and Platinum Performance.

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