Coleman Claims the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC** at Stuart
Victor, NY, USA
by Amber Heintzberger
"It was a nice course," said Coleman. "The terrain made it a little bit more difficult. Richard Jeffries does a nice job. We're lucky to have him designing - he has high standards and we need that."
Coleman's next event with K. du Manoir is in the advanced division at the Adequan USEA Gold Cup event at Millbrook (NY) in two weeks, then he hopes to compete at Fair Hill this fall.
New Jersey rider Holly Payne and Madeline, owned by Jill Gordon had one rail down and dropped from second to fourth place, making room for Corinne Ashton and Dobbin to finish second followed by Jan Bynny and her newly acquired horse Syd Kent. Laura VanderVliet finished fifth on Warrie Hill.
Martha Griggs and Gregory, owned by Susan Lang, were the top finishing Canadian combination in the CIC**. A double clear round moved the big grey gelding up from fourteenth to finish in tenth place.
Bynny, who had already won a division of preliminary earlier in the day with Dario, was obviously pleased with her new horse too. She had even more reason to celebrate when her old standby Task Force won the Open Intermediate. The pair had one rail down, but they could afford it. Luck was on their side, as "Jedi" rubbed a few rails but they stayed in the cups.
Australian Boyd Martin went clear with both his horses, August Vettorino's Match Play and Sindurra P-L's Neville Bardof. Martin, who works for Phillip Dutton, also finished sixth in the CIC** on Risk Taker, owned by Mardie Faucette.
"It was a big, tough, technical course, together with uneven ground and an unusual ring shape," said Martin, who has ridden nine horses successfully at the four-star level, so he speaks from experience. "All of these factors made it tough. The jumps were big and square and you needed a horse with plenty of scope to ride those lines."
Cayla Kitayama, who is coached by Phillip Dutton as well as Boyd Martin and his wife Sylva, finished fourth riding Esker Riada, the horse that Werner Geven rode for the Netherlands at the WEG in Aachen last year. Kitayama, a California rider who is currently a student at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, bought the gelding last fall and this is her first year competing with him.
Lillian Heard and Anything But Ordinary were fifth followed by Kelli Temple, the highest placing Canadian in this division, on Carl Bouckaert's Magenta. While the lovely Irish mare had a good start to the event, taking second after dressage, she had both her front shoes sucked off in the mud on cross-country yesterday and time faults dropped her to fifth. One rail today left her in a final sixth place.
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