Plantation Field International: Boyd Holds 1-2 lead in the CCI3*-S

Boyd and On Cue. Amy Dragoo Photo

PRESS RELEASE: Halliday-Sharp Leads CCI4*-S at Plantation Field International

 September 18, 2020 – Unionville, PA – Today wrapped up dressage at the 2020 Plantation Field International Three-Day Event Presented by Taylor Harris Insurance. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp of Lexington, Kentucky leads the CCI4*-S riding Deniro Z, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zapatero VDL x Zonne-Tred) owned by Ocala Horse Properties, on a score of 26.40. Phillip Dutton and Z are second (27.3) followed by Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam. There are 53 horses entered in the division, and Halliday-Sharp has two other horses at this level as well as one in the CCI3*-S.

“I was really happy with him,” she said of Deniro Z. “He always tries really hard. I was bummed to miss the first change; they’re historically hard for him and he’s been doing them well, but he anticipated. He tries a little too hard and gets sensitive in the ring and I always come out wondering if it was a good test because I have to ride every step.”

The pair is coming off a recent win at the Great Meadow CCI4*-S in Virginia, where they finished on their dressage score of 24.2. After walking the course designed by Michael Etherington-Smith and built by Eric Bull/ETB Equine Construction, she said, “The cross country is strong enough; Mike E-S builds a certain way and builds a strong course. I have three very different horses in the class and I’ll have to ride each one the way they want to be ridden.”

Cooley Quick Silver, owned by The Monster Partnership, is standing 12th on a score of 32.4. “He was a little naughty, but there were good parts too – the naughty bits were very naughty though, and that hit the score pretty hard,” she said.

“Overall I thought the judging was a little odd,” she added. “I was a little disappointed in it. With Flash Cooley, owned by Pru Dawes they were very hard on my little horse and he didn’t deserve the marks he got. I also had some confusion at the start: both rings had whistles to tell you when to enter, and the wind was blowing a gale and my back was to the judge, so I went in the ring on the wrong whistle and they gave me a -2. But the horse didn’t do a bad test and the score was horrifically bad.” Flash Cooley scored 36.5 to sit in 33rd place.

Cooley Be Cool owned by The Monster Partnership and Ocala Horse Properties is in 6th place in the CCI3*-S on a score of 26.20. “He was awesome,” she said. “It’s his third intermediate and his second three-star. He’s an awesome horse and I’m really excited about him. He tried really hard for me, he had a couple green mistakes but he’s an exciting horse for the future. The Monster Partnership includes Renee Lane, Rob and Chris Desino, my mother Deborah Halliday, and Ocala Horse Properties. Most of them are here this weekend, except for my mom, and it’s great to have them here.”

It was announced earlier this week, after a months-long contentious discussion with an eventing blog over the word “Plantation”, that Cuyler Walker, the owner of the property will terminate the lease to the organizers of the event. “This is my first time competing here and I think it’s a wonderful venue,” said Halliday-Sharp. “I think it would be a tragedy to lose it for US Eventing.”

Local rider and Plantation Field Equestrian Events board member Boyd Martin leads the CCI3*-S with Christine Turner’s On Cue and is second with the Long Island T Syndicate’s Long Island T.

Martin said, “It’s great to be riding and competing again. The past eight weeks I’ve been rehabilitating after some patch-up work on my adductor muscle. I chose to ease back in with On Cue and Long Island T. Both of these are seasoned 4-star horses and I thought I’d do the three-star and just coast around tomorrow’s cross country. They were both fantastic in the dressage; they’re experienced horses and it was an easy test for them. I also was fortunate to have my wife Silva riding them while I was recuperating. My staff has also been working hard and I’ve been fortunate that Peter Wylde has been jumping them for me.”

Martin said, “The cross country course looks beautiful. For me it’s going to be a sad day riding around this beautiful property for the last time.”

With Martin easing back into competition, his apprentice Mike Pendleton has a busy weekend riding a number of other horses for Martin’s business, Windurra USA. “Young Mike did a sterling job riding in the prelim, 2-star and 3-star divisions. He gave all the horses a good ride in the dressage and all the horses are in good shape for the run tomorrow as they prepare for their fall three-day events.”


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