Rider alert: Pairs to watch at Plantation Field this weekend

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at Plantation Field this weekend

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 94 horses contesting in the CIC2*, 100 in the CIC1* and 45 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…

Lindsay Beer (CAN) & Kennystown Frankie – CIC3*: Lindsay and Kennystown Frankie, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, have been competing together since 2015. This will be Kennystown Frankie’s first CIC3* but Lindsay has campaigned at this level before. Kennystown Frankie has plenty of international experience, having successfully completed nine two-star events with Lindsay. He made his Advanced debut this year at Millbrook H.T. where he finished cross-country without any jumping penalties. It is always exciting to see a new three-star horse for Canada and this pair certainly has the potential to make our country proud.

Lindsay Beer & Kennystown Frankie

 

Chris Talley (USA) & Faramund – CIC2*: Faramund, an 8-year-old Hanoverian stallion, made his Eventing debut in February with Chris at the Training level. This year, he has rapidly moved up the levels completing eight events, only placing outside the top ten once. Chris is a very talented rider having already produced two three-star horses – one of them also being a stallion. Faramund has never competed at the two-star level but he has three Intermediates under his belt and he is fresh off of finishing 2nd at the Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T.  This weekend, they could finish in the top ten and Faramund will be an interesting stallion to keep your eye on (especially, if you have any mares you might want to breed!).

 


 

Cole Horn (USA) & Cooley Sligo – CIC1*: Cole has been masterfully producing Cooley Sligo, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, up the levels since last year. Together, they have earned numerous top placings from the Beginner Novice all the way up to the one-star level. Most recently, they won their CIC1* debut at Bromont adding only one rail to their 29.5 dressage score. A top three finish is well within their capabilities this weekend and given how talented they both are I expect them to continue earning top finishes as they progress up the levels.

Cole Horn & Cooley Sligo at Millbrook Horse Trials 2018

 

Holly Jacks Smither (CAN) & Candy King – CIC2*: Holly and Candy King, an 8-year-old SHBGB gelding, have been on fire this season. They finished 2nd in the Bromont International CCI1* in June and were also 2nd at the Foshay International CCI1* in August. Candy King is a super athlete and Holly has plenty of mileage right up to the CCI4* level. Although this will be Candy King’s first CIC2* he has some solid experience at the Intermediate level. This weekend, they could effortlessly finish in the top-20 and the selectors should already be eyeing them for the 2019 Pan American Games team.

Holly Jacks Smither & Candy King at the 2018 Bromont CCI1*

 

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