4 May 2001
First day report
With Badminton cancelled, the global focus of eventing shifts to Georgia, USA; with the third running of the world’s richest horse trials, the Foxhall Cup.
Foxhall, sponsored by MBNA, takes place in the 1200-acre estate owned by millionaire businessman Jim Richards, who has spared no expense creating this purpose-built course on a flood plain alongside the historic Chatthoochee River.
At any time half the fences, designed by Mark Phillips,can be seen from any point and there is a water feature attached to no fewer than nine fences.
Amazingly, even a Bentley car is included as a jump and everyone must be hoping that it is in as immaculate condition on Saturday evening as it is today.
First day leader is Holly Hepp, a student of David and Karen O’Connor, on 40.6 penalties with Arctic Heat, which she was given by the owner as a Christmas present.
Two British-based riders are also competing here: Eddy Stibbe, overnight fourth on Eton, and Nigel Taylor, 19th on Gamblers Lad.
For more information on Foxhall visit: www.foxhallcup.com