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Karl and VDL Ulando H turn heads at Fair Hill CCI**

Not even a few days of rainy weather early in the competition could stop this pair from putting in a personal best and top 10 finish in the CCI** at Fair Hill International in Elkton, MD. Karl and VDL Ulando H who is owned by Ruth Armstrong began their partnership in spring 2011 and clicked right from the start. Ulando’s willingness to step up to each and every challenge that comes his way makes him an incredible event horse and honest partner in each phase of the competition.

While this pair has had much success throughout the season at the Intermediate level with strong finishes at both Richland Park Horse Trials and the CIC** at Plantation Field this fall, Fair Hill is a substantially tougher course with more questions and gruelling terrain making it the biggest test yet for this fairly new partnership.

Karl and VDL Ulando turned heads right from the start with a stellar dressage test that put them in 2nd after the first day of dressage on a score of 48.90. “Ulando was the best he has ever been in the dressage ring. We’ve been working with Jacquie Brooks on the flat and I’m very excited about the progress we’ve made and will continue to make in the future”, says Karl. This combination followed up their dressage with a clear-cross country round and had just a few time penalties following several days of rain and some sticky sections out on course. Again, Karl was quick to give Ulando the credit, “He was amazing. This horse is so smart and so willing to please. He hasn’t had as much experience as many of his competitors today but he was confident as any two star horse I’ve ever ridden. I’m so proud of him”

VDL Ulando H tried his heart out on the cross-country course Saturday. “On Sunday Ulando was a bit tired from his first CCI** effort but, in typical Ulando style he bounced back for his favourite phase of the event and put in his usual spectacular show jump round. I couldn’t be more thankful to Ruth Armstrong for the ride on this spectacular horse and to Ulando for showing so much talent and heart at his first major international event.” For the remainder of the fall, Ulando will have some time to relax after a very busy season and will return to competition this winter in Ocala, Florida.

Karl, VDL Ulando H and owner Ruth Armstrong after a rock solid dressage in the CCI** at Fair Hill