Margie Engle and Indigo, Rich Fellers and Flexible, and Reed Kessler and Cylana are tied at the top of the standings so far in the US SHowjumping Olympic Selection Trials.
Riders showed in round #1 on Wednesday afternoon, and round #2 earlier in the day on Thursday at Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival. The scores from all three rounds will carry over to Saturday night when competitors will compete in a fourth and final round. This event also serves as the USEF National Show Jumping Championships, a return to the event that was last held in 2008.
Thirty horse and rider combinations showed in round #3 over a demanding course set by Alan Wade of Ireland. Wade’s course tested the power, scope and stamina of all of the competitors, and none were able to clear the course without fault.
Brianne Goutal and Nice De Prissey and Mario Deslauriers and Urico were the only two to come close, each finishing with one time fault. Rich Fellers and Flexible and Margie Engle and Indigo each completed the course with four faults. Reed Kessler and Cylana completed an eight fault round.
In the overall standings, Engle and Indigo, Fellers and Flexible, and Kessler and Cylana all carry eight faults total after the first three rounds.
Kessler and Cylana, a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Skippy II x Darco), were leading the standings coming into tonight’s class as the only pair to jump clear through both rounds one and two. Their eight fault total over round three’s challenging course leaves the pair in the three-way tie at the top.
Kessler also sits near the top of the standings with her second mount, Mika, with a 13 fault total after the first three rounds.
The 17-year-old certainly showed how it was done in the afternoon’s USEF Selection Trial # 2. She was the only rider to go clear on two mounts, and was the only rider to have a double clear score. Going first on Mika, she notched a clear round, and finished with another on Cylana. She led the field after Trial # 2 with Cylana and is tied for second with Mika.