FAIR HILL -- Derek di Grazia of Pebble Beach, Calif., riding Our Busby, took the lead in the third annual Fair Hill International three-day event in Fair Hill.
Di Grazia, who won at the wild horse championships in Phoenix, Ariz., in March, captured the dressage phase with a score of 44.
Michael Plumb of Wenham, Mass., the 1990 Fair Hill champion, placed second with a 48, riding Adonis.
Seven-time U.S. Rider of the Year Bruce Davidson, of Unionville, Pa., finished third on Happy Talk with a score of 50.
A crowd of 1,500 watched the dressage. The cross country competition, which emphasizes endurance over a 15-mile course, starts today at 8:30 a.m.
Also taking place at Fair Hill is the National Pairs Driving championship and the Pan-Am selection trials.
1. Our Busby, Derek di Grazia, 44; 2. Adonis, Michael Plumb, 48; Happy Talk, Bruce Davidson, 50; 4. Yankee Girl, Naomi Pitcairn, 54; 5. Sassy Reason, Stephen Bradley, 56.2; 6. Executive II, Michael Plumb, 57; 7. Hatton Springs, Michael Dan Mende, 57.8; 8. Bermuda' Pizazz, M.J. Tumbridge, 57.8; 9. Picnic, Melissa Beardsley, 58; 10. Macabity, Kelli McMullen-Temple, 59.6; 11. Aeronaut, Nanci Lindroth, 59.8.