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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at Plantation Field this weekend – Sponsored by Back on Track

This weekend, many of North America’s best are facing off at the Plantation Field International in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. This event’s slogan is the ‘BEST. EVENT. EVER.’ and the organizers do not disappoint with unreal competitors parties and gorgeous cross-country courses. Riders agree that this is a must attend event because this year there are a whopping 110 horses contesting in the CIC2*, 91 in the CIC1* and 49 in the CIC3*!

The competition will be fierce and riders will have to produce stellar performances in all three phases if they want a top finish. There will be a slew of talented riders and horses galloping around this event, but some pairs really stand out heading into this weekend. Regardless of how these duos place at Plantation, you need to keep your eye on them because they have the potential to deliver top results in their careers…

Haley Carspecken (USA) & Center Stage – CICY1*: This is an exciting new pair. Center Stage, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding was successfully campaigned up to the CCI3* level by Caroline Martin (USA) before Haley took over the ride this summer. Haley and Center Stage have already formed a strong partnership, finishing in 4th place at their first Preliminary level event together at the Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. JYOP. Center Stage is an exceptionally talented horse in dressage and more than capable of skipping around a CIC1*. Haley already has experience at the one-star level on other mounts. Although this will be their first CIC1* as a pair, I expect this pair to easily deliver a top three finish.

Haley & Center Stage cross-country schooling.

Caitlin Silliman & Monbeg Myth – CIC1*: Caitlin and Monbeg Myth, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding are fresh off of an impressive 2nd place finish in the Preliminary Rider division at the American Eventing Championships. Caitlin only acquired the ride on Monbeg Myth in May of this year but they have already delivered some stellar results. They won the Fair Hill H.T. Open Preliminary A division and finished 7th in the Open Intermediate B division at Champagne Run at the Park H.T. This weekend a top 10 finish should be well within their grasp and they will be a fun pair to watch as they progress up the levels together.

Caitlin and Monbeg Myth at the AECs.

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Molly Kinnamon (USA) & The Diesel Boy – CIC2*: Molly and The Diesel Boy, a 10-year-old American Warmblood gelding have been campaigning successfully at the Intermediate level since 2014. This year they have had a very consistent season, placing in the top 10 at three Intermediate level events. At their last outing, they finished just outside of the top ten in 11th place at the American Eventing Championships in the Open Intermediate division. If they are on form this weekend, a top ten finish should be no big deal for them and it will be exciting to see them at the three-star level next year.

Molly & The Diesel Boy at the 2016 Fair Hill CCI2*


Anna Loschiavo (USA) & Prince Renan – CIC2*: This pair has proven themselves at the two-star level, finishing in 10th place at the 2017 Ocala International CCI2* where they only added .8 cross-country time penalties and 4 show jumping faults to their 50.9 dressage score. They also won the Intermediate Rider at the Ocala Winter II H.T. in February. Prince Renan, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding proved at this year’s Red Hills CIC2* that he capable of scoring in the 40s in dressage and show jumping a clear round. If this pair can deliver the performance they are capable of this weekend, they could earn a top five finish.

Anna & Prince Renan on cross-country at the 2017 Ocala Winter II H.T.

Waylon Roberts (CAN) & Kelecyn Cognac – CIC3*: Plantation Field is a challenging event to finish inside the optimum time on cross-country at. But Waylon and Kelecyn Cognac, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding have shown that they are one of the fastest duos in North America making time at their last two outings at the Great Meadows International CICO3* and the Richland Park CIC3*. They have competed 12 events at the three-star level together and finished without any cross-country jumping penalties at nine of these events. This pair won’t likely win the dressage but their cross-country skills could easily catapult them into a top five finish at this event. This pair is also in the front running for a spot on the 2018 World Equestrian Games team for Canada.

Waylon & Kelecyn Cognac.

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