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Tryon Delivers with a New Star at 2008 USEF National CCI*** Eventing
Championship; Prather Finishes on Dressage Score to win CCI**
Championship at the Dansko Fair Hill International
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October 19, 2008
By Joanie Morris
Elkton, MD - It's nice to be right about a horse, and Amy Tryon proved
to the world what she always knew about Coal Creek. He lived up to
Tryon's expectations when he jumped up from sixth after the cross
country to win the 2008 USEF National CCI*** Eventing Championship at
the Dansko Fair Hill International on the strength of his clear show
"He was fantastic, I was thrilled," said Tryon of Coal Creek. "He's kind
of an old soul. He's an introvert, he's one of those do-gooders, he
never does anything wrong. I've never doubted his genuineness or his
ability to try even though I knew he was short on experience."
In the 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding's first test at this level, Coal
Creek slowly progressed up through the standings to finish on top after
the three phases. Tryon (who also won the Jersey Fresh CCI*** in May on
Leyland) represented the US at this summer's Olympic Games, so Coal
Creek spent much of the year on the back burner - ticking over thanks to
Tryon's back-up team in Duvall, WA.
"We've all been in this sport long enough that we've been humbled by
it," said Tryon, who is a US Team veteran. "You don't want to let your
horses, yourself or your owners down. I couldn't be happier to have two
8-year-olds both winning a three-star this year."
Owned by Kathryn and Tim Sullivan, Coal Creek scored 47.0 in the
dressage, picked up four time faults on the cross country but jumped
around beautifully in the main arena over Sally Ike's show jumping track
to move up to the top of the leaderboard.
Ike's course proved troublesome for many of the competitors, especially
the last line which consisted of a triple bar, one stride to a vertical,
one stride to another vertical and then a bending line to a liverpool.
The middle element of the triple and the last fence came down
consistently all day. Five managed clear rounds.
Overnight leader Corinne Ashton, riding her own Dobbin, was one of the
many that was a victim of the last fence. They looked like they were
going to finish on their dressage score and take home the title until
the liverpool caught them out. But Ashton and the 14-year-old
Thoroughbred gelding still had their best finish to date, just behind
Tryon, on a score of 51.2.
"It's going to be a long ride home," said Ashton, who will drive back to
Princeton, MA tonight. "I'm a little disappointed, if I could do it
again, I would have found more room to the last fence. I was in a little
bit of a hurry to get to the finish line - it's hard to get everything
right over three days. I'm fine about being second but I'd be better
about being first. He looked after me, but it was so close."
Ashton only has this one horse at the top level of the sport. She and
Dobbin have progressed through the levels together and have finally
achieved the result Ashton always knew they were capable of.
"My plans are to go to Aiken in the winter," said Ashton of the next
step. "I'm going to escape from the cold for a couple of months.
Obviously we all plan to try to go to Rolex. I'd like to do it again and
I'd like to stay on next year."
Will Coleman was another who looked poised to jump a clear round on
Tivoli Farm's Twizzel. The 13-year-old Westphalian gelding jumped
impressively around the course, kicking up behind over the fences and
never looking in danger of getting near a rail. But they too were
victims of the liverpool, and Twizzel and Coleman (who also had two in
the top 10 in the CCI**) had to settle for third on a score of 51.9.
"The CCI*** course rode like a much more technical course," said Coleman
about comparing the two show jumping courses. "There were a few things
that were more related. Its different jumping a horse that has jumped
clean and fast around a three star versus one who has jumped clean and
fast around a two-star. In that respect it will always ride a bit
The Gordonsville, VA rider had to ride very deliberately in the show
jumping to compensate for how hard the horse was trying. He had the last
fence down in front, as Twizzel's effort behind made it difficult to
keep him careful in front.
"He was trying really hard behind around the course," said Coleman. "I
was having to hold him off the front rail more and more and I think it
was a snow ball rolling down a hill a little bit. It was hard to keep
his front end off the rails but I'm thrilled with him. He went really
well and he seems to have come out of it well."
Prather Rises to the Top of the CCI**
Kelly Prather chased Molly Rosin for three days in the USEF National
CCI** Eventing Championship and today - in the show jumping ring - she
finally caught her. The 24-year-old Californian rode the 9-year-old
Irish Sport Horse mare, Ballinakill Glory, to a foot perfect performance
finishing on her dressage score of 46.6. Rosin had a very expensive rail
on Havarah's Charly to wind up fourth, moving Will Coleman and Nevada
Bay and Sinead Halpin and Manior de Carneville to second and third
"My horse had a great go and it was really nice," said Prather, who
rides for Andrea Pfeiffer. "She jumped great and now we get to go home
and get ready for next year. She's a great jumper, every time she jumps
well it does a lot for my confidence."
Clear rounds were infrequent until the final group of riders. Will
Faudree jumped clear on Pawlow and set off a streak of five clear
rounds, Boyd Martin and Remington XXV followed suit, followed by Halpin
and then Coleman. Prather put her Fair Hill International demons to rest
after having trouble last year attempting her first CCI*** with
Ballinakill Glory after jumping immaculately throughout the weekend.
Prather has produced the horse from the beginning after finding her as a
three-year-old in Ireland.
"She had been sat on two days sat on when I got her," said Prather. I
was working in Ireland for two years and I found her there. Andrea
Pfeifer bought her for me, I work and ride for her."
The trip from California took two and half days, but after a two day
layover in Virginia, Ballinakill Glory was not worse for the adventure.
"Luckily she's a great traveler," said Prather. "Coming from California
where the divisions are tiny, it is a good challenge to come and ride in
these bigger divisions. I want to come out here and compete more - but I
Halpin and Coleman were both tied on a score of 49.7, but Coleman and
Nanki Doubleday's 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred cross were
closer to the optimum time on the cross country which broke the tie
after the both jumped clear over Sally Ike's course.
Coleman, who has done a lot of show jumping in his 25 years, liked the
"It was a good course, nice to see they build it to size," said Coleman.
"You hate a course that no one has rails on, a lot of the lines were a
little bit repetitive but there were some good questions."
Coleman and Nevada Bay have completed two CCI**s in 2008 and Coleman is
looking forward to moving the scopey horse up to the next level in 2009.
"I think he'll go CCI*** next year," said Coleman. "This was his first
year at Intermediate but I'd like to get him to a three star next year,
down the road we'd like to see him as a horse for the World Equestrian
Despite having to settle for third, Halpin was pleased with the result
in such a big field. 76 horses started the competition, and Manoir du
Carneville's future looked questionable in January when he sustained an
injury to an extensor tendon. The 9-year-old Selle Francais gelding (who
is owned by the Cogdell Carraig Syndicate) showed no ill effects of his
"It feels great to be third, you felt like anyone in the top 10 did a
really did a good job," said Halpin, who just returned home from more
than a year in England working for William Fox-Pitt. "I'm proud of my
horse, he was great. He got better and better. He always tries to be
careful but he's not always the most orthodox. He jumped the first fence
well and then got better and better. I got to ride a lot of horses (in
the UK) and so many different horses helped me in a pressure situation."
Halpin is back in Virginia where she works with David and Karen O'Connor
and is looking forward to rebuilding her training and sales business
with all the experience of her overseas trip behind her.
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