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Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister Win at Jersey Fresh
Allentown, NJ, USA
by Amber Heintzberger
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Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister
Tiana Coudray reaped big rewards for her cross-country journey from Ojai, CA to the Horse Park of New Jersey. A knockout dressage test set them on the right track and Coudray and 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Ringwood Magister stayed focused all weekend to win the Jersey Fresh CCI3* over the weekend. Coudray, 22, Carmel Valley, CA led the competitive division with 20 entries from start to finish. The rewards were even better since Coudray, who was USEA Young Rider of the Year three times, has trained "Finn" up the levels herself under the tutelage of Bea and Derek diGrazia.

Coudray and Finn recently won the Galway Downs CIC3* in Temecula, CA so they were primed for success this weekend.  It was their first time completing a CCI3*, since they withdrew from Bromont last year after a slight injury and then withdrew from Fair Hill last fall because of torrential rainfall. Now she feels that all of the time she spent protecting her horse from hurting himself has paid off. Since there isn't a spring CCI3* on the West Coast, Jersey Fresh has been their goal for some time now.

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Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda
With a dressage score of 36.8 they were miles ahead of fellow Californian Alexandra Slusher in second place with 53.6. Coudray jumped around clear and added just 4.8 time faults on the hilly and physically demanding cross-country course, and had one rail down in show jumping for a final score of 45.6. Meanwhile Slusher retired after two stops on cross-country. Kristi Nunnink, also from California, who took a crashing fall at the Rolex Kentucky three-day event just two weeks ago, retired Corner Street as well, forfeiting her third place position.

Phillip Dutton and Jan Byyny's Inmidair moved up from ninth after dressage on a fast and clear cross-country to finish second overall. In fact the only four horses to go double clear cross-country were able to fill in the four places behind Coudray's winning score.

Dutton also won the CIC3* division riding Ann Jones and Rebecca Broussard's Truluck, a bay Thoroughbred gelding who was his partner in winning individual silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games (Brazil) and fourth place at the 2009 Land Rover Burghley CCI3** (England). Truluck is a strong candidate for the World Equestrian Games. With two strong jumping performances under his belt, Dutton just has to get the gelding's dressage more polished.

Imtiaz Anees (India) had the lead after dressage in the CIC3* but took a fall at the main water complex. Horse and rider were both fine after the fall. Canadian Peter Barry and Kilrodan Abbott were third after dressage, went clear cross-country and had one rail down to finish second overall.

It was a good weekend for True Prospect Farm: Dutton's student and employee Jennifer Brannigan won the CCI2* riding Cambalda. Brannigan recently sold the Dutch Warmblood gelding to Dutton's longtime horse owner Nina Gardner, who plans to keep Brannigan in the saddle. The pair was second after dressage to James Alliston on Jumbo's Jake by only two tenths of a point. They posted one of only four double clear rounds cross-country, taking the lead when Alliston had a refusal, then jumped clear on Sunday to secure the win. Doug Payne finished second riding the 13-year-old Irish gelding Happy Valley followed by Joelle Baskerville on Malibu.

Brannigan commented on her recent blog, "This sport is a hard one where hard work and determination come into play, but without people willing to believe in you and stand behind you, it makes it really hard to get to the places that you want to go. Not only does Nina owning Ping secure that this amazing horse will stay in my life, but it also opens the door for me to find a nice young one to come up the pipeline."


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