Montgomery and Dutton Win the Golden Cups at the Red Hills Horse Trials
RELEASE: March 20, 2008
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Brian Sosby
Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, FL, the first of this year's 2008 Adequan USEA Gold Cup events, finished up last weekend with packed crowds, blue skies and a fabulous day of show jumping.
Clark Montgomery and the steady Thoroughbred gelding Up Spirit, owned by Montgomery and William and Holly Becker, put together a stellar ride to finish off his weekend at the top of the CIC***W division (the advanced division for the Gold Cup). Montgomery and the nine-year-old English Thoroughbred started out the event in third place, after scoring a 44.7 in dressage, and then leapt up to first after Saturday's cross-country ride left him with only 12.8 time faults. They had a rail in-hand heading into the show jumping ring, and second place finishers Karen O' Connor and Rebecca Broussard's Thoroughbred gelding Allstar dropped two rails, as did Montgomery and Up Spirit, so the title was theirs.
Montgomery and Up Spirit earned the first points of the season on the Gold Cup leaderboard, 200 for his first place finish. Karen O'Connor and Allstar earned 175 points for their second place finish.
Competitors in the top placings are given base points depending on their placings and the number of starters, and then they have the chance to earn bonus points to their base score for double-clear rounds on cross-country or show jumping. So, even if a winner scores 200 but does not get a double-clear round in any of the jumping phases, and second place gets 175 points for being second but then gains bonus points for double-clear rounds, they will earn more points than the first place winner. Bonus points for double-clear cross-country rounds are 50, and double-clear show jumping rounds earn 40 points to their base score.
In the CIC** division, the intermediate Gold Cup division, it was Phillip Dutton and Acorn Hill Farm's Bailey Wick who led the victory gallop. Bailey Wick is a nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse who is sired by Acorn Hill Farm's stallion Pallas Digion. A relatively new partner for Dutton, who took over the ride from Emily Beshear last spring, the tall chestnut gelding has been very successful so far with Dutton and Australian rider Boyd Martin, who trains at Dutton's True Prospect Farm in West Grove, PA.
For his win, Dutton earned 100 points on the Gold Cup leaderboard. The intermediate leaderboard differs slightly than the advanced in that winners receive 100 base points, second place receives 75, and so on. Bonus points for double-clear jumping rounds are also added, but at a slightly lower number (40 for double-clear cross-country and 30 for double-clear show jumping).
Jennie Brannigan and her seven-year-old talented Dutch Warmblood gelding Cooper initially led the field after dressage with a 42.8, but they incurred 8.8 time faults on cross-country, while Dutton and Bailey Wick added just over one time fault to their score of 44.4. Brannigan earned 75 base points for her second place finish and also jumped a double-clear round in show jumping to bump her total up to 105, surpassing Dutton's score and taking the top spot on the intermediate leaderboard. Dutton seemed especially pleased with his performance and also had two other horses, Mighty Mangeroo and Risk Taker, in the top five of the two-star division.
For his win, Clark received $500 in cash, Mountain Horse SCS3 boots, a box of Adequan, two tubes of UlcerGard, two pairs of Nunn Finer American Style boots, a three-month supply of Wellpride, two bags of Nutrena feed, Back on Track pillow wraps and polo wraps. Second place finishers win Nunn Finer brushing boots and a Back on Track saddle pad, and third place also takes home Nunn Finer brushing boots and a Back on Track saddle pad. Not to be left empty-handed, fourth place finishers get a Back on Track saddle pad for their efforts. The intermediate division gets the exact same prizes, but instead of the Mountain Horse boots, they receive a Mountain Horse Cirrus jacket.