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Pollard and Icarus Fly to Win at Jersey Fresh
Allentown, NJ, USA
by Amber Heintzberger
Michael Pollard (USA) and Icarus
Though he could afford a rail, he left them all in the cups and a double clear round secured the win in the CCI*** division for Michael Pollard and Icarus at the Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event in Allentown, NJ today.

"My horse jumped great today, he was very careful. My main goal coming here was to get him qualified to do a four-star, so I took the pressure off myself a little bit and he jumped everything well. Great to jump the second to last and know I had a rail in hand but he jumped them all well," said Pollard.

Jan Byyny and Waterfront were close behind in second place, followed by dressage leader Leslie Law (GBR) on Guy and Beatrice Rey-Herme's Selle Francais gelding Fleeceworks Mystere Du Val in third, with one rail down that did not affect his placing. Law also placed 13th on Carl and Cassie Segal's Irish gelding Private Heart.

Byyny was also looking for a four-star qualifying score for her horse and was relieved to obtain it this weekend. She pointed out that she won Jersey Fresh on Task Force and placed second on Waterfront a few years ago.

In the CIC*** Boyd Martin (AUS) also jumped double clear riding Kate Dichey's bay Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred cross gelding Belmont. It was one of four double clear rounds that Martin rode today: he also finished fourth on Rock on Rose, owned by Bruce Davidson, in the same division, second on his own Shatzi W in the CCI**, and sixth on Ron and Densey Juvonen's Dutch Warmblood gelding Remington XXV in the CCI***.

"The main goal bringing Belmont here was to get a good result for his sale," said Martin. "I'd love to work out a way of keeping the ride on him because I think he's got a genuine chance of making the WEG team for the United States next year. I'm trying to do the best by Kate trying to sell him and at the same time find someone to help me keep the ride on him."

Mara Dean and High Patriot also jumped clear but added one time fault to finish second, followed by Tiana Coudray and her 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Ringwood Magister.

In the CCI** Emily Beshear on Here's To You and her student, Young Rider Kate Samuels on Nyls du Terroir, took the top two placings followed by Boyd Martin and Shatzi W in third.

"My horse does a lot better in small spaces; he tends to over jump and sometimes it's hard for me to keep him in a package," said Beshear. "Whether I do it right or wrong though, he seems to be just fine. This was an open flowing course with some tight combinations."

Beshear, 32 of the Charlottesville, VA area has a six-year-old son, Nicholas, and said she also feels like a mother to the many teenagers who ride at her barn, so her win was a nice Mother's Day gift to her. She also said that she hopes winning at such a big event helps put her barn on the map. "We've had off and on success but this is a big accomplishment," she said. "Kate's horse is doing his first two-star, these are both horses we have brought along and I think it says a lot about our training program."

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