In second place at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in the CH-Y** Division after cross country is April Simmonds of Uxbridge, ON and Impressively Done, Don Simmonds’ nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding sired by Eulogize. Simmonds, who was sitting in sixth after dressage, added only 3.2 cross country time penalties to her dressage score of 57.0 for a two day total of 60.2.
“My horse was awesome,” said Simmons. “I have never felt so confident going out on a cross country course on him. He used his second gear of gallop, which he normally does not use. He was just on fire. I was just so happy that I was on my horse today. I would not have wanted to be on any other horse going out there.”
Currently leading in the CH-J* Division on her dressage score of 49.2 is Moira de Ste Croix-Laframboise of Kars, ON and Blue Ben, a 13-year-old Westphalian gelding sired by Gambit Z and owned by de Ste Croix-Laframboise and Teddie Laframboise. The pair moved up from third place to the top the leaderboard after cross country.
Eventing concludes tomorrow with CH-J* jumping at 12:30 p.m. and CH-Y** jumping at 3 p.m.