Mill Spring, NC – April 6, 2017 – Marilyn Little (USA) and RF Scandalous took a commanding lead in the FEI CIC 3* division at The Fork at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), as the pair received a score of 41.70 to begin the first day of competition. Kim Severson (USA) and Cooley Cross Border currently sit in third with a 43.70, while Phillip Dutton (USA) and Fernhill Revelation round out the top three on a 48.30. Competition continues tomorrow featuring dressage, cross-country, and show jumping competition for an array of national and international divisions.
Little and RF Scandalous, a 2005 Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold x Lario) owned by Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky, and Phoebe & Michael Manders, performed a fluid and relaxed test in the George H. Morris Arena. Little, who has been focusing on flatwork and show jumping with RF Scandalous at her home base in Wellington, FL, in the off-season, felt that their hard work paid off in the ring.
|Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border
Severson and Cooley Cross Border, a 2007 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Diamond Roller x Osilvis) owned by The Cross Syndicate, hold on tightly to second place, just two points behind Little and RF Scandalous. At only ten years of age, Cooley Cross Border is an exceptional mount for Severson, and the pair have improved their dressage work significantly this past season.
|Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation
Dutton, who is competing at TIEC for the first time, felt that both the atmosphere and competition are a welcomed preparation for the larger competitions he is looking towards this season. Guiding Fernhill Revelation, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding (You x Hallo) owned by Revelation Group, Dutton is continuing to finesse the flatwork, as he only started working with the gelding at the end of 2016.
Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night lead the Advanced-A division with a score of 25.90, ahead of Courtney Cooper and Who’s A Star, who received a 28.80. Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti round out the top three on a 29.20.
To access live results for The Fork please click here! Competition continues tomorrow with dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. For more information on Tryon International Equestrian Center, please visit www.tryon.com. Photo Credit ©USEA. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release.