Marilyn Little Takes Top Two at Fair Hill International

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous win the 2016 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3*.

Marilyn Little is no stranger to the Fair Hill International and has found herself in the ribbons of both the CCI2* and CCI3* on several occasions. However, the prestigious championship rosette and T e Fair Hill Bronze have eluded her… until this year when she took home not only the championship, but the reserve championship as well! T e Maryland native, hailing

from Frederick, started out this year’s Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3* strongly, earning a 41.5 with the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare RF Scandalous to take the lead after the fi rst day of dressage. Previously, Marilyn and RF Scandalous, owned by Phoebe and Mike Manders and Raylyn Farms Inc., won double gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Games. Marilyn stated at the T ursday evening press conference, “T is is the fi rst three-star test that I’ve done on her in a year. So this feels good and it’s a pleasure to have her here.” On Friday, Marilyn showed that she has a stable full of quality horses when she scored a 44.6 with her longtime four-star partner RF Demeter, owned by Raylyn Farm, Jacqueline Mars and Pat Witte. T e pair moved into second place behind RF Scandalous heading into Saturday’s cross-country phase. Marilyn and RF Scandalous were the fi fth pair out onto Derek di Grazia’s three-star track and made it around with no troubles. T ey did add 4.8 time faults to their dressage score but remained in the lead. T at is, until Marilyn set out in the afternoon aboard RF Demeter.


thought Demi was good from start to fi nish. She was focused and looking for the fences,” Marilyn said during Saturday’s press conference. “I had a moment at the second water where she got a little slow but she picked herself up and off she went. T at’s just her experience and heart. She gave me a great run around.” T e very experienced 14-year-old Oldenburg | 800-244-9580

mare jumped around clean and inside the time to move into fi rst place ahead of RF Scandalous by just over one point. RF Demeter was later awarded the Fitness Award for being the best-conditioned three-star horse. T e ground jury

at the fi nal horse inspection accepted both mares Sunday morning and Marilyn rode RF Scandalous fi rst in the middle of the division. T e mare was spot on, leaving all rails in the cups and fi nishing inside the time. T is secured at least the reserve championship for Marilyn. Rails began to fall as the top ten jumped around Sally Ike’s course, shaking up the standings quite a bit. When Marilyn entered the ring with RF Demeter,


Marylin Little and RF Demeter won the CCI3* reserve championship.

was only 1.7 points ahead of RF Scandalous and fi ve points ahead of Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection, who moved up into third place after jumping double clean. RF Demeter jumped brilliantly around most of the course but knocked a rail at the fi rst element of the triple combination. With the one rail falling, RF Demeter had to settle for the reserve while her stablemate RF Scandalous moved back into fi rst for the win. “I really couldn’t have had a better day

with these two,” a smiling Marilyn said at the fi nal press conference. T e day wasn’t just a big one for Marilyn; it was a big day for Maryland as well with Marilyn becoming the fi rst Maryland resident ever to win T e Fair Hill Bronze!

More Maryland 3* Moments

Also completing

the CCI3* this year from Maryland were Colleen Rutledge (Frederick), Savannah Fulton (Finksburg) and Lillian Heard (Poolesville).

Colleen Rutledge and Escot 6 jumped double clean in show jumping and only added 1.6 time faults to their dressage score on cross-country in the CCI3*.

Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack were one of the few double clean teams on cross- country in the CCI3*.

FHI appearance and they looked even better this year, showing improvement in all three phases. Scoring in the 60s on dressage day, they headed into cross-country in 43rd place. T ey sailed around the cross-country course jumping clean and inside the time, and with only one rail dropped in show jumping, they fi nished in 29th place overall, which was three places higher than they fi nished in 2015. Lillian and Arundel had a good start at this

year’s FHI, scoring a 54.9 in dressage to put them in the middle of the standings. T ey jumped clean on cross-country but a bit slow, adding 14 time faults to their score. Unfortunately, 12 jump and three time faults in show jumping moved the pair down to 30th overall. However, this fi nish was fi ve spots higher than the pair placed in 2015.

Grace Fulton Earns 2* Young Rider Reserve Championship

Grace Fulton of Finksburg

impressed everyone with her nearly fl awless fi rst FHI appearance. Grace rode Wild Orange for Sharon White to a 61.4 on the second day of

continued... NOVEMBER 2016 | THE EQUIERY | 19 Colleen and Escot 6 scored a 67.4 in

dressage to be ranked 44th going into cross- country. T ey jumped brilliantly around the cross-country course with only 1.6 time faults. Sunday’s show jump course seemed to be a piece of cake for the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding as he easily cleared every fence. T e double clean round moved them way up in the standings to fi nish in 22nd place. T is was Savannah and Captain Jack’s second

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