Saturday, May 12, 2012

Crackerjack Leads the Pack at Jersey Fresh


It was a fantastic afternoon for eventing at the Horse Park of New Jersey today for the Jersey Fresh three-day event.  After a rocky beginning to their first season at intermediate, both Crackerjack and Merging have matured into genuine two-star horses. 

With double clear rounds on both horses today, Crackerjack maintained the lead in the CCI2* and Merging moved up from 6th to 4th place. Boyd said both horses felt like seasoned campaigners over their toughest test to date.

Trading Aces
 It was Trading Aces' first advanced with Boyd - he had competed at this level once with another rider - and he said that they are still getting to know each other. "I think that he's a very exciting horse and once we're really on the same page, he will be one of the best in the country," said Boyd.
Caitlin and Hoku

Caitlin and Hoku breezed around their first CIC three-star course to stand in tenth place. This was a big step for both of them and now they are qualified to run around the CCI*** at Bromont next month. It was a very exciting day for this pair that also has had a dramatic and successful comeback after the fire at True Prospect Farm nearly one year ago.

Because the Olympic selectors felt that Neville didn't have anything to prove by running cross-country today, he will just do the show jumping tomorrow. His next run will also be at Bromont. "We're trying some different things right now in his dressage warm up; obviously yesterday's plan didn't work, but this morning we changed things around and went through the four-star test again and it felt good."


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