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Alliston Stays Atop The International Event At Woodside

Woodside, Calif., Oct. 8, 2011 — James Alliston, of Castro Valley, Calif., rode Jumbo’s Jake to a four-fault round late this afternoon at The International Event At Woodside to retain his lead in the CIC3*, with a score of 45.7 penalties.

As the sun set to the west and a nearly full moon rose to the east, 15 three-star horses tackled the show jumping course, delayed 24 hours and moved from the Bay Arena to the Grand Prix Arena in search of better footing following heavy rains earlier in the week.

MacKenna Shea, of Tacoma, Wash., also rode a four-fault to hold on to second place (51.1), while Anna Collier, of Vancouver, Wash., added just 2.0 time faults on Uppercrust D to her sixth-placed dressage score to climb to third place (53.3).

No horses completed the show jumping course faultlessly, although Landioso and Uppercrust D were the only two horses to finish without jumping faults.

Shea, 18, said that she didn’t mind the weekend’s altered schedule. “I kind of liked having all day to focus on the show jumping. It’ was a little les distracting for me to have just one thing to do today, instead of the dressage and the show jumping,” said Shea, riding in only her third advanced-level competition and her first CIC3*. “The footing was really nice too. I don’t think I slipped anywhere.”

Collier appreciated the hard work of the organizing committee and the grounds staff in making a new schedule and dragging the rings frequently to help the footing dry out. She arrived on Tuesday night, in a driving rain.

“As bad as the weather was when we got here, I’m grateful that we could run at all this weekend,” said Collier, adding, “The show jumping was quite challenging. It rode very nicely, but it certainly asked all of the questions.”

Shea said she wasn’t at all sure how Landioso would react to the jumps set amid the drenching late-afternoon sun and the lengthening shadows. “I’ve never competed like this in the evening before, so I was little curious how he would feel at night,” said Shea. “But all the changes were really smooth and well-organized. They’ve done a great job.”

Now he riders’ focus has shifted to tomorrow’s decisive cross-country phase, over the course designed by Derek di Grazia, of Monterey, Calif.

“I like what Derek has done with the course,” said Collier. “I think it’s very horse-friendly, but it’s going to challenge the riders. I think it’s going to be tougher than it looks.”

In the CIC2*, Maris Burns, of Carnation, Wash., finished with 4 faults on Young Gun to climb from third place to the lead (54.8). Right behind her is John Michael Durr, of Sebastopol, Calif., on V.E. Finnegan, who jumped faultlessly (55.0). Dressage leader Bea di Grazia added 12 jumping penalties to her score to drop to third (56.7).

Jolie Wentworth, of Martinez, Calif., holds the top two spots in the CIC1*. Governess is first (47.5), just ahead of Bally Quinn (48.4)

All three international divisions will go cross-country on Sunday, starting with the CIC1* at 10:30. The CIC2* will go cross-country from 12:45 to 2:00, and the CIC3* will climax the event between 2:30 and 3:20.

General admission to The International Event At Woodside is $10 per car, including a program.

Equine Insurance of California, Point Two Air Jackets and Professional’s Choice are the presenting sponsors of The International Event At Woodside.

Additional generous sponsors of The International Event At Woodside are: Auburn Laboratories Inc., CWD Saddlery, Equine Comfort Products, Finish Line Products, JRD Saddles, Smartpak Equine, Voltaire Design and Western Saddlery.

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