Two-thirty and Intermediate dressage is finished and the jumping is getting underway in the main arena (no longer the dressage arena). $15,000 in prize money will be won today in the two jumper classes.
Boots Wright had the best score of the Intermediate division with 38.61 with her pair of ponies. Next best is Bettina Scherer with 45.43 in the Single Pony class. Tina Sully of Ontario was thrilled with her score 52. 66 from the five judges to best the other 11 in the Single Horse class. And Zenon Gal has a good lead over Peter Harding with 47.58 in the Intermediate Pair Horse class.
The drivers are busy walking hazards and getting ready for tomorrow. A lot is at stake! The big prize for the Horse Pairs will be the USEF Championship, and the list of prizes indicates that Prize Money will be awarded to the winner of each FEI class, between $1000 – $2,500 each. On top of that, the winning FEI driver in each obstacle will be awarded $1000. The top Intermediate driver in each obstacle will be awarded $100 sponsored by The Old Salty Dog Restaurants. The list is long with other awards that will be presented during the cones competition on Sunday.
As I mentioned before, there is more and more of everything this year. More and bigger tents surround the obstacles for the tailgaters who will find themselved friended by many who will partake of their food, beer and wine. Those new style vertical flags are flying at many obstacles.
Last evening’s briefing ended with a nice surprise. Previously, the complimentary dinner consisted of Sonny’s barbecue with sweet tea and beer for beverages. This year, 14 Hands wine was served in addition to other beverages and a delicious buffet with a Cuban theme was offered. And shortly after, Chester Weber invited everyone down to the Charles Owen Competitor’s Club for more drinks and music.
In anticipation of higher temperatures and accompanying higher humidity, Section A has been shortened to slightly over 5 Km. The new “Transfer Section” is 600 meters allowing 9 minutes for ponies and 8 minutes for horses to get from the End of A to the vet box.
All the results and schedules can be viewed at http://www.drivingnews.us