Ann Haller, Classic Communications
Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda Jump to Victory in
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI***
Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda
Fair Hill, MD - October 19, 2014 - Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda thrilled the crowd with a fault free performance in the show jumping phase to win The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) CCI*** in Elkton, MD on Sunday. Overnight leader Boyd Martin, Cochranville, PA settled for the Reserve Championship title with a single rail down on the young Master Frisky.
Brannigan could not believe her luck and could not hide her tears as she spoke of her victory. "I am probably a bit overwhelmed to be honest. It's an emotional place for me...just really grateful and thankful that I was able to pull the trigger for three days in a row," said Brannigan. I didn't even want to watch Boyd's round because you don't want to wish any ill on one of your friends. I was just happy to jump clean. It's great to win, but I was just happy that he jumped well."
The crowd was on the edge of their seats as the top riders were set to compete. The margin of error was small as less than two rails separated the top three. Caitlin Silliman and Catch A Star looked like they were on their way to a double clear when they knocked a rail at the second to last fence, dropping them to fourth place with a final score of 56 penalties. Brannigan went next and was jubilant at the end of her double clear round to score 48.2. She reached down to pat the neck of the Irish Thoroughbred, owned by Nina Gardner, and then thrust her fist in the air pumping her arm with excitement. The audience roared as they watched the local West Grove, PA resident gallop around the arena. They quickly hushed as Martin entered the ring because he had no rails in hand. They collectively groaned when Master Frisky had one down at the Liverpool for four faults and a final score of 51.4.
"I was pleased with my bloke today he jumped very, very well. I was praying for a clear round," said Martin. "Obviously I would love to win it, but I was pleased with the way he jumped. I am still very proud of him and happy for Jennie."
Allison Springer, Upperville, VA had a great CCI***. Following dressage, she was tied for 22nd place. She moved up to sixth place on a clear cross country, just one second over the optimum time. She and Copycat Chloe, owned by the Copycat Chloe Syndicate, went double clear to finish in third place with a three phase score of 54.8 penalties.
Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda
The day belonged to Jennie Brannigan. As champion of the CCI*** she and "Ping" won a host of awards. Brannigan was awarded the Fair Hill Bronze presented to the overall winner, the USET's Gladstone Trophy presented to the highest placed US entry, the Alexander MacKay Smith Trophy presented to the highest placed competitor in the developing rider championship, the Beale Wright Morris Memorial Trophy presented to the Leading Lady Rider in the CCI*** and the Guy V. Henry Memorial Trophy to the USEF National CCI*** Eventing Champion.
Brannigan also received a special prize generously donated by The Dutta Corporation, free round trip air transportation to any European three-star event of her choosing. Mr. Tim Dutta, founder and chairman of The Dutta Corp., was on hand to congratulate the riders and promised great things in the future for Fair Hill and the sport of eventing.
"We are delighted to be a part of the eventing community. It wraps up my vision of giving back to the Olympic disciplines, said Dutta. "I am extremely delighted to be a part of you for the next six years and hopefully we can grow together."
Other awards presented to CCI*** competitors included: The Edward Johnson Memorial Trophy presented to the highest placed adult amateur was given to rider Kevin Keane, West Grove, PA. His Irish Sport Horse gelding Fernhill Flutter, won the Fitness award given to the Best Conditioned Horse; Lauren Kieffer, The Plains, VA was presented with the Sportsmanship Award. The Best Presentation Award as decided by the Ground Jury went to Shame on the Moon, owned by Deep Purple Eventing and Emily Beshear; The Welcome Here Farm Trophy presented to the highest placed American Thoroughbred mare went to Tsunami III, owned and ridden by Sarah Cousins, West Grove, PA; Matthew Brown, Petaluma, CA won the Amanda Warrington Memorial Trophy presented to the highest placed entry in their first CCI***; Caroline Martin, Springtown, PA was awarded the Markham Trophy presented by the USET to the highest placed US Young Rider; Never Outfoxed, owned by Fox Syndicate and ridden by Holly Payne, won the Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue Trophy presented to the highest placing American Thoroughbred in the CCI***; and the Linda Moore Trophy presented to the highest placed foreign rider in the CCI*** went to Tim Bourke (IRL).
L to R: Joanie Morris, USEF; Tim Dutta, Dutta Corp.
The Dutta Corporation Fair Hill International, started in 1989, at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Fair Hill, Maryland, offering one of the most prestigious international three day events in the world.
The Dutta Corporation is a leading international horse transportation company that is also the Official Shipper for the United States Eventing Team. The Dutta Corporation has donated free transportation for the winning horse-rider combination of this year's Three-Star Championship to any Three-Star event in Europe. Additionally, The Dutta Corporation sponsored the electronic scoreboard at the event.
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefits Union Hospital of Cecil County, in Elkton, MD. The hospital, whose mission is to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of Cecil County and its neighboring communities, has been caring for area families and neighbors for more than 100 years.
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