Derek DiGrazia retained the lead in the third annual Fair Hill International three-day event yesterday, as 13 contestants dropped out of the competition while riding the 15-mile cross country course.
A total of 28 horses and riders remain for the final stadium jumping event today. At stake is the U.S. Fall Championship.
A crowd of 6,220 was on hand to watch DiGrazia hold the lead aboard Bushy with a score of 52 after the first two days of competition.
Michael Plumb, the 1990 Fair Hill International champion, was forced out of the competition when he suffered a fractured collar in a fall at fence 15 (a huge cordwood pile).
After the first day's dressage competition, Plumb was second on Adonis and in sixth place on his second horse, Executive II. Plumb was riding Adonis when he was thrown.
Canadian Rob Stevenson, riding Risky Business, leaped from 18th place to second with a solid ride, scoring 62.6.
1. Our Bushy (Derek DiGrazia), 52.0; 2. Risky Business (Robert Stevenson), 62.6; 3. Out on Business (Jane Sleeper), 70.2; 4. Carpe Diem (Jane Sleeper), 70.4; 5. Molokai (Dorothy Trapp), 73.2.
Open Intermediate Pan-AM Selection Trials
1. Fax (Jil Walton), 55.8; 2. Sandscript (Todd D. Trewin), 57.1; 3. Bermuda's Option (M.J. Tumbridge), 61.8; 4. Takeover (Jane Sleeper), 67.7; 5. Better By Farr (Elizabeth Refo), 73.2.