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Ashton Flies to the Top at USEF National CCI*** Eventing Championship;
Rosin Remains on Dressage Score and Continues to Leads CCI** at Dansko
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October 18, 2008
By Joanie Morris
Elkton, MD - The standings shuffled significantly both overall and in
the USEF National Eventing CCI*** Championship at the Dansko Fair Hill
International. Leslie Law (Great Britain) had been sitting in the top
position after the dressage with Mystere du Val but run outs at fences
10 and 12 meant that he walked off the course at the half way point. Kim
Severson, who had been the top-placed American after the dressage with
Tipperary Liadhnan walked home from the double corners at fence 18 after
a miscommunication led to a run out at the first element.
That left the door wide open for clean and fast rounds to move up into
the top placings. Corinne Ashton and Dobbin flew up to first with a
double clear round. They sit on 47.2, just .7 ahead of Will Coleman and
Fresh off a CIC*** win at Wit's End in September; Ashton understands how
lucky she is to have a phenomenal horse like Dobbin at this level.
"It's always good to be first even if it's just for a day," said Ashton.
"We've been partners for 10 years and he feels the best mentally and
physically that he's ever felt. This has been a bit of my nemesis, Fair
Hill. He was ninth here last year with a run out."
Ashton knows that she has a phenomenal athlete in the 14-year-old
Thoroughbred but as he is her only upper-level horse, their progress
hasn't been flawless.
"I have one horse at this level so it has taken me awhile to catch up
with him," said Ashton who lives in Princeton, MA. "The course compared
to other years, it always asks good, tough questions. It was hard in a
Ashton went 14th in the order, so she spent most of the day waiting to
see where the chips were going to fall.
"I was wishing time penalties on everyone else," she said of hoping
other riders would exceed the 10 minute optimum time.
Her wish worked on Coleman, who finished with two time penalties on
Twizzel to slip behind Ashton. Coleman is kicking himself as he knows he
could have gone quicker on the 13-year-old Wesphalian gelding.
"The CCI*** really slowed you up at the end," said Coleman, who lives in
Gordonsville, VA. "I was on my minutes until the end. The last minute I
was slower than I thought. You couldn't make up time that easily."
Twizzel had surgery on a cyst in his shoulder after getting hurt at Fair
Hill International in 2006. Coleman wasn't sure he would have the horse
back ever, but the surgery at New Bolton Center was a success and
Twizzel is back on top form.
"Twizzel is an amazing horse," said Coleman. "I honestly felt like I was
jumping around a Preliminary. I should have made the time, he was going
so fast in the beginning and he's a half-bred so I slowed down. I'm
really lucky to have him. He's a super star and he loves his job. If a
horse could smile he would have been showing his teeth when he crossed
the finish line."
Amy Tryon and Leyland were just two seconds over the time and slipped
into third place (48.2) on Elizabeth Nicholson's Leyland. The 8-year-old
Thoroughbred gelding gained confidence around the course and Tryon
echoed the sentiment of the rest of the riders in the praise of the
"He's matured," said Tryon. "He has a little bit of an ADD thing but
he's perfectly happy to jump anything in front of him. He's absolutely
100% genuine. I think he's gotten stronger. These horses gain strength
over years not months. It's a challenging thing to get an 8-year-old to
jump around at this level but this course made a better horse."
Tryon, from Duvall, WA is also sitting in sixth on Coal Creek.
Molly Rosin refused to relinquish her lead in the USEF National CCI**
Eventing Championships on Havarah's Charly. The 9-year-old Hungarian
Warmblood cruised around Derek DiGrazia's cross country course, starting
off conservatively and picking off the fences very confidently. The
impressive chestnut jumped beautifully around the track and Rosin added
nothing to her dressage score, finishing on 46.2, leaving her .4 over
Kelly Prather and Balinakill Glory, who also added nothing to remain in
"I thought the course rode fantastic, my horse was perfect and the
footing was great," said Rosin. "I thought it rode really well. It is
hard for me to compare as I haven't ridden a CCI** since (the NAJYRC) in
Havarah's Charly is owned by the Minyan Syndicate and came with Rosin
when she relocated from Northern California to the Fair Hill area. She
is based just over the border in Oxford, PA. Rosin appreciates Charly's
ability but has taken her time to develop a relationship with him. They
won the CIC** at the Plantation Field Horse Trials as their Final
"He's the best athlete I've ever come across," said Rosin. "He's a
phenomenal horse in every aspect but he's by no means an easy ride."
Prather made her trip from Bodega, California worth the miles with
Balinakill Glory. The 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse was retired on the
cross country last year in the CCI*** so Prather regrouped and went back
to the CCI** level - it paid off in 2008.
"She learned a lot and came off the course with a ton of confidence to
go on," said Prather of Andrea Pfeiffer's mare. "She came off ears
forward and looking to go on. She's not that old and I don't have that
much experience but this definitely gave her a ton of confidence."
Sinead Halpin and Manior de Carneville and Will Coleman and Nevada Bay
are tied for third, both had very positive rides on horses that look to
have serious potential for the future on 47.9. They jumped double clear
inside the optimum time of nine minutes to remain tied on their dressage
Halpin just returned from a stint in the UK working for William
Fox-Pitt. The experience and exposure returned dividends, and she picked
up a very exciting prospect.
"I got him in France last October, he severed his extensor tendon on
January 22 in June," said Halpin of the Cogdell Carriag Syndicate's
8-year-old Selle Francais gelding. "I ran him in two events and he
reopened the wound behind in June and had to have another month off. He
did Southern Pines and then qualified at Plantation and came here."
Halpin and Coleman both evolved in the Karen and David O'Connor's
program in Virginia and have a friendly rivalry despite the tie.
"Will was a bit closer to the optimum time than I was," said Halpin. "I
know I have a young and exciting horse. Will and I are good friends from
a long time back so its fun."
Nanki Doubleday bought Nevada Bay in England last fall for Coleman to
ride and the 9-year-old Dutch/Thoroughbred cross gelding has continued
to improve. Blessed with a tremendous length of stride and scope, he
cruised easily across the undulating terrain. Coleman and Nevada Bay had
a run-out at the Jersey Fresh CCI** in May but made amends today.
"The two star was as tough as a CCI** gets," said Coleman, who also rode
Cool Connection to 11th place. "The courses rode well, they weren't easy
-- in places you had to make a last minute adjustment and make sure your
horse understood the question. I was down on both horses early on by a
lot and I caught up. You had a good chance to make up time there at the
The horse inspection gets underway at 8 am beginning with the CCI**,
show jumping is expected to start around 10 am.
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