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Byyny Stays on Top with a One, Two Finish at the Jersey Fresh
CCI***......Hans Gerling reports from Allentown, New Jersey
PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Mosser and Close the Deal at Jersey Fresh CCI***
Photo (c)2006 by Lake Polan
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Allentown, NJ - June 6, 2006 - Jan Byyny made her first win at the
CCI*** level a memorable one by capturing first place on Task Force and
second place on Waterfront. Byyny, who was already sitting in the top
two places after stellar cross-country riding, stayed in front today
with two solid show jumping rounds. Riding Waterfront first, Byyny
jumped one of only two double clear rounds. Although she had already
secured the win, Byyny looked even more determined when she rode into
the ring on Task Force. Despite a single dropped rail and two time
penalties, Task Force stayed a fraction of a point in front of his
Bonnie Mosser and Close the Deal also held their overnight position to
finish in third. Close the Deal ("Bob") showed no effects of his speedy
round on Saturday, and had just one unlucky rail. Mosser looks to have a
solid backup to Jenga, and both of these horses may compete overseas
Jen Libby's mount Draco looked greatly improved during his round, and
despite two rails, stayed in fourth place. John Holling had some
compensation for his Rolex troubles and stayed in fifth place with two
Samantha Taylor and Livewire were the top placing Canadians in seventh.
With some improvement in the dressage ring, this talented pair could
finish even higher next time. Molly Bull had some compensation for her
Rolex disappointment with a tenth place finish. Michael Pollard and
Voltaire had looked impressive all weekend. However, Pollard will have
some work to do in the show jumping if he wants to trouble the leaders
Although not finishing in the placings, Laine Ashker did a professional
job in guiding Frodo Baggins, a New Zealand Thoroughbred that appeared
in the Lord of the Rings movies, through his first three-star.
Cayla Kitayama and Docksider had nowhere to go but up following their
dressage phase. However Kitayama's long time partnership with Docksider
was evident as they climbed up to 12th place following good jumping
Missy Ransehousen must have been disappointed when her horse Critical
Decision failed at the final inspection. This excellent show jumper
certainly could have climbed up the leader board from his overnight 11th
Mara Dean's struggles with consistency continued following a stop on the
cross-country and two rails in the show jumping ring. However, if this
pair can find key to success, they will become unbeatable in no time.
Like the CCI***, the CCI** saw few dramatic changes from the overnight
leader board. Kate Ditchey looked relaxed and professional and jumped a
double clear round to win the division by over five points. Wendy Bebie
motored around the show jumping and had on rail, but still finished in
the runner-up position.
Phillip Dutton also had a single rail and finished in 3rd with Tru Luck.
Kristin Bond, who jumped a clear round at Rolex, managed to repeat that
feat by jumping one of five double clear rounds. Bond switched overnight
positions with Becky Holder, after Holder also had a round reminiscent
of her Rolex experience. However, Holder is probably the hardest working
event rider on the circuit, and her spring show jumping woes will
Craig Thompson jumped a good round with Orion to move up to 8th
following a conservative cross-country round. Kim Severson must have
been kicking herself for her stop on Saturday. Her one rail round today
meant that she would have squeaked ahead of Ditchey in the final
The CCI** and CCI*** divisions at the Jersey Fresh Three-Day continued
the trend of the 2006 event season, which so far has been surprise
finishes. With new faces appearing in the final standings, this season
continues to be the most exciting one in many years.
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