September 20, 2013--Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot lead the Advanced dressage on a score of 27.5 at Plantation Field Horse Trials after the first day of competition. Thursday saw the entire Advanced division complete their dressage tests, as well as about one-third of the larger CIC2* division.
Burnett and Harbour Pilot, owned by Jacqueline Mars, represented the United States overseas at the Saumur CCI3* in France earlier this year and most recently placed fourth in their Open Intermediate division at Richland Park last month. With prestigious wins like last year's Fair Hill CCI3* title under their belt, Burnett and Harbour Pilot will be a pair to watch this weekend.
Allison Springer and Copycat Chloe, owned by the Copycat Chloe Syndicate, sit just behind Burnett and Harbour Pilot in second place on a 29.7. Springer has been forging a partnership with this mare since she took over the ride earlier this year, and they performed a fluid, relaxed test today.
Lauren Kieffer and Team Rebecca's Veronica are holding third place on a 30.0, yet another solid dressage test in their 2013 repertoire. This pair won the CHC International CIC3*, Jersey Fresh CIC2* and Ocala Horse Properties CCI2* earlier this year and are a formidable team with a definite chance to clinch the win this weekend.
In the CIC2*, Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa took a commanding lead as the final pair to go today, scoring a 35.6 to hold a substantial 10-point margin over second-placed Sharon White and Don Sheffield. Martin acquired Pancho Villa, owned by the Pancho Villa Syndicate, earlier this year and said the partnership remains a work in progress.
"Things are just starting to click with him," Martin said. "I've been slowly figuring him out, and today I felt like I was beginning to find all the buttons. I'm hoping to keep building a partnership with him in anticipation of Fair Hill next month.
"I think he will be a big-time horse in the future," Martin said. "I have a wonderful syndicate behind him, and I'm hoping for a good showing this weekend. I won't be going all out on cross country since we're still new to each other, but I do plan to go quicker than I did at Richland."
Sharon White and Don Sheffield, who led after the dressage in the Bromont CCI2* earlier this year, hold second place in the CCI2* with a 45.6, while Ryan Wood and Frankie sit in third overnight on a 48.1. The remainder of the CIC2* division will ride dressage starting at 8 a.m. Friday morning.
The CIC3* dressage begins at 8 a.m., with Jimmie Schramm and Bellamy kicking off the festivities. Hailed the "Best. Event. Ever," Plantation Field Horse Trials is poised to become one of the premier CIC events in the country. Boasting a new warm-up ring with Tapeta footing, Plantation Field remains committed to providing the best-quality competition possible for horses and riders.
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