Gearing Up for the Best. Event. Ever. at Plantation Field


SBF Cortez at Five Points. Photo courtesy Denise Lahey.

SBF Cortez at Five Points. Photo courtesy Denise Lahey.


We’re getting ready to head down the road to Unionville, PA for the Best.Event.Ever! Weather conditions have been good and the course looks great for this year’s Plantation Field International.


In the one-star I’ve got Master Eli, owned by his usual rider Phillipa Humphrey, who’s expecting her first child in November. I’ve been given a pass to keep Eli’s training progressing and he’s a top class horse that is closely related to two of my all-time favorites, Master Frisky and Trading Aces. He should be very competitive here this weekend.


McMann Himself is also entered in the one-star. He’s owned by longtime supporter Bonnie Stedt. Bonnie originally bought this horse from Europe for herself, but quickly discovered he has the power and scope of a Grand Prix show jumper, which can be hazardous around a Beginner Novice track! He’s a great horse who competed at this level years ago in Ireland. We’re giving Mac a whirl to see if he could potentially be a big-time horse.




Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin’s SBF Cortez is coming off a very impressive run at Five Points two weeks ago where he did his first Advanced in Southern Pines, NC. He’s a bold, keen jumper, still on the greener side of things, and 2016 will be a big year at this level while this weekend is all about getting him around safely and giving him a good education.


Steady Eddie, owned by Pierre and Denise, and George and Gretchen Wintersteen. Eddie’s been in fine form lately and I’m expecting this Australian Thoroughbred to be very competitive in the Advanced division. This is one of his final prep runs before the Fair Hill International CCI3* and I’m expecting a great performance from “The Eagle”.


Welcome Shadow, Craig and Gloria Callen’s Irish bred mare, is a former foxhunter who felt great in her first two advanced horse trials this year, at Millbrook and Five Points. She’s still a little bit green in all three phases but is improving with each outing. We need a qualifying performance so she can potentially do a CCI3* later this fall.


Crackerjack is the only four-star horse in my squadron this year. He’s owned by his breeder, Lucy Boynton, who originally had the horse with her son, the late Colin Davidson. Crackers is a bit of a wild man cross country but is starting to mature with age. I’ll be looking to put in a personal best performance at this level.


My final entry is Blackfoot Mystery, owned by the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate. This is our first big outing; he’s competed at this level with his previous rider, Kelly Prather. So far I’ve been impressed with Big Red and I expect he’ll put in a dazzling performance in all three phases which should place him in the top five if all goes well.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the week!



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  1. Excited to watch all your horses go this weekend

  2. Hope all your rides are top notch @ Plantation . Good Luck Boyd . Lots of Love Aunty Jan XXXX

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