Good morning! We’re looking forward to a great day of cross country in Aachen. We get underway at 8:00 a.m. EST, and keep refreshing this post for updates throughout the morning. Thanks to ClipMyHorse.tv we also have a live video stream of the action, which you can access here. It’s free without registration and available everywhere except Germany.
12:05 p.m. EST: It’s official. Aachen director Frank Kemperman just confirmed in the press conference that the team standings are official: Germany 1st, New Zealand 2nd, USA 3rd.
11:45 a.m. EST: New developments! The live scoring has just been updated to eliminate Holly Woodhead and DHI Lupison for missing a flag at fence 20b. If that stands, it will knock Great Britain out of the Nations Cup standings and move Team USA up to third place:
11:07 a.m. EST: It’s Germany, New Zealand and Great Britain in the top three of this leg of the Nations Cup. The United States moved up to fourth thanks to two clear rounds. Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn finished 12th, Lauren Kieffer and Veronica finished 15th and Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master finish 18th for Canada. Stay tuned for a full report from Jenni and thanks for joining us this morning! Go Eventing. Go Aachen.
11:02 a.m. EST: Ingrid has finished first with Escada and second with Horseware’s Hale Bob. #awe-inspiring
Ingrid does it! Total legend! FRH Escada JS wins Luhmuhlen in June and Aachen in August #Aachen2015
— Eventing Nation (@eventingnation) August 14, 2015
10:59 a.m. EST: Amazing round from Ingrid and her brilliant mare Escada. They finish clear right on the optimum time to win the division, having led from the start. Absolutely incredible.
10:55 a.m. EST: Go ahead and turn down the volume, it’s going to get LOUD when Ingrid and FRH Escada JS enter the main arena. They are clear through 13 so far!
10:53 a.m. EST: Darn. Twenty penalties at 16b for Holly. The horse just jumped in huge over the first element and couldn’t get organized for the second. That’s a real bummer, but this is a star combination that has competed brilliantly this week. Look for incredible things to come from this pair.
10:52 a.m. EST: 21-year-old Holly Woodhead and DHI Lupison were second after show jumping and they need to finish to give Great Britain a team score.
10:51 a.m. EST: Hoyboy has finished clear with 6.8 time! Gotta love the enthusiasm from the crowd; they are cheering EVERYONE home.
10:50 a.m. EST: Andrew Hoy (AUS) takes the long route with Cheeky Calimbo at 16. Playing it safe just a few from home!
10:47 a.m. EST: Michael Jung and fischerTakinou enter the main arena to the roar of the crowd. They cross the finish clear with 3.6 time penalties riding individually for Germany.
10:46 a.m. EST: Germany once again wins the Aachen CICO3*! #unstoppable
10:43 a.m. EST: Sandra finishes three seconds under the time to huge applause in the main arena. Germany has all four team horses in the top ten with three of them producing double-clear rounds.
10:42 a.m. EST: WEG gold medalists and last year’s Aachen winners Sandra and Opgun Louvo hit the flag at 16b but they’re clear. Michael Jung is on course now with Fischertakinou.
10:40 a.m. EST: Jonelle and the grey mare Faeirie Dianimo finish clear with 3.6 time. That puts three NZL team horses in the top 10.
10:37 a.m. EST: Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo are on course. We’re into the top 5! Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo have had a cracking round so far. Have we ever told you how much we love this horse’s ears? Pricked straight forward and looking for the next fence all the time!
10:34 a.m. EST: Stefano Brecciaroli (ITA) and Apollo van de Wendi Kurt Hoeve retire after a runout at 16b. They were 8th after show jumping.
Leave it to Phillip Dutton to bring it home for Team USA! #Aachen2015 A photo posted by Eventing Nation (@goeventing) on
10:31 a.m. EST: Tim Price and Wesko finish clear 10 seconds under the time! That’s the third double-clear of the day and they’re guaranteed a top 10 finish.
10:29 a.m. EST: 2014 Luhmühlen winner Wesko is like a cat through the angled trucks at 16. They’re clear so far.
10:26 a.m. EST: Tim Lips and Concrex Bayro come to grief at 16b. The horse kicked out at the truck as he passed by… we can’t say we blame him…
10:22 a.m. EST: We’re into the top 10 on the leaderboard now. Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V (better known as Pebbles!) finish with a time of 7:05.
10:19 a.m. EST: Massive applause for Rebecca and “Rupert” as the cross the finish line clear with 2.4 time penalties. Canada also completes the Nations Cup with a team score!
10:18 a.m. EST: Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master are on course for Canada and clear through 22.
10:15 a.m. EST: They’ve done it! Phillip and Cuba finish clear six seconds over the time! The USA finishes the Aachen CICO3* with a team score. Hooray!
10:14 a.m. EST: And the brush corner at 22! Go Phillip! Go Cuba!
10:14 a.m. EST: Phillip is clear through the angled trucks at 16!
10:11 a.m. EST: Austin O’Connor and Kilpatrick Knight cross the finish clear with 10 time penalties. That means all three Irish team riders finished without jumping penalties!
10:10 a.m. EST: Ludwig Svennerstall jumps clear with 8 time for Sweden riding King Bob.
10:09 a.m. EST: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn are on course. We need them to finish!
10:03 a.m. EST: 20 penalties at 16b for Kevin McNab (AUS) and Casperelli followed by a sticky moment at 22. They’ve finished with a time of 7:11.
10:02. a.m. EST: Padraig McCarthy and Simon Porloe finish clear with 5.2 time. That’s another great team score for Ireland!
10:00 a.m. EST: And let’s burn the brush corner at 22a while we’re at it. Kathryn and Let it Bee pick up another 20 penalties there.
9:58 a.m. EST: Kathryn Robinson and Let it Bee for Canada run out at 16b. These trucks should be broken down for parts when this competition is over.
9:55 a.m. EST: Colleen and CR part ways at the brush corner in the water at 20. She and CR are both up and look to be fine. CR just twisted in the air and Colleen couldn’t stick with it. It’s up to Phillip to finish for the U.S. team.
9:53 a.m. EST: Nooooo!! CR gets in close and then runs out at the truck at 16b.
9:52 a.m. EST: Arrrgh! We’ve hardly seen Colleen on the live feed. They keep showing replays of the Germans at the finish. She’s clear through 15.
9:51 a.m. EST: Colleen and CR are clear through 12! No problems at the Normandy Bank which have caused so much trouble already.
9:48 a.m. EST: Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights are on course! Go Team Go!
9:47 a.m. EST: Dirk Schrade and Hop and Skip for Germany finish bang on the optimum time of 6:40! That’s two double-clears for the German team!
9:44 a.m. EST: Alright Toddy! He and Campino finish clear just a few seconds over the time.
9:39 a.m. EST: Mark Todd is on course with his London Olympic ride NZB Campino. They were fifth at Luhmühlen in June. New Zealand really needs him to finish for the team since Jock Paget was eliminated earlier.
Consensus in chatting to riders is course definitely riding tougher than anticipated. So much for it being “softer” — it’s #Aachen2015!
— Eventing Nation (@eventingnation) August 14, 2015
9:34 a.m. EST: Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Reality 39, riding on the Swedish team, are another to fall victim to the trucks at 16. A brilliant save at the second water and they are into the arena with just a few left to jump.
9:32 a.m. EST: Karen Donckers (GER) and Fletcha van’t Verahof finish with 40 jumping penalties and 30.2 time. They ran into trouble at both 16b and 22a, the two technical questions that have been causing the most problems today.
9:28 a.m. EST: Caroline Powell (NZL) and Onwards and Upwards are the first to have a problem in the main arena. They refuse the bank out of the water at 25a and take out some flower pots as well. Caroline keeps looking down at the horse’s boots as they cross the finish.
9:19 a.m. EST: The crowd in the arena goes absolutely wild as Ingrid and Horseware Hale Bob cross the finish and post the first DOUBLE-CLEAR ROUND of the day. She’s grinning from ear to ear!
9:18 a.m. EST: Individual German rider Niklas Bschorer and Tom Tom Go 3 finish with 20 penalties at 16b. Peter’s question mark at 11 has been removed.
9:14 a.m. EST: A star next to a flag on the live scores indicates a team horse. No star means they are riding individually. Germany holds the top three placings in the clubhouse with one team score from Michael Hung and Halunke and two individual scores from Bettina Hoy and Peter Thomsen. Ingrid Klimke is on course with her first horse, Horseware Hale Bob. Their score will count for the team.
9:11 a.m. EST: Peter and Horseware’s Barny bring home another clear for Germany, but there is still a question on the live scores for 11c. It’s been taken down and put back up a couple times.
9:10 a.m. EST: There was a question mark next to Peter Thomsen and Horseware’s Barny’s score at 11c. They’ve taken out more than one flag on course but they’ve been allowed to continue on.
9:07 a.m. EST: Paul Tapner finishes with 4.8 time faults aboard Indian Mill. We must mention Michael Ryan and Dunlough Striker finished clear for Ireland with 10.8 time.
9:05 a.m. EST: A word of caution from Blyth Tait:
9:04 a.m. EST: Holly punches the air as she and More Inspiration cross the finish line completing their first team event riding for Canada. Well done!
9:03 a.m. EST: Rats. A refusal for Holly and More Inspiration at 22a, the same place Donner and Lynn had their mistake.
9:01 a.m. EST: Holly takes the long route at 16 with More Inspiration. She saves a runout at the corner in the second water. They’re just a few fences from home and clear so far!
8:59 a.m. EST: YES!!! Lauren and Veronica are home CLEAR with 10.4 time penalties.
8:58 a.m. EST: The video feed is slowing down a little bit. Can you imagine just how many thousands of people are watching this around the world right now?
8:57 a.m. EST: Lauren and Veronica are clear through those pesky angled trucks at 16!
8:56 a.m. EST: Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration are out first pair on course for Canada.
8:55 a.m. EST: Lauren and Veronica tidily through the first water and the table at 9.
8:53 a.m. EST: Love to see Michael help his groom tend to Halunke at the finish. Lauren Kieffer and Veronica are on course.
8:51 a.m. EST: Michael and Halunke cross the finish clear with a time of 6:46 for just 2.4 time faults.
8:49 a.m. EST: Come on Michael Jung, we need another clear! He and Halunke FBW are clear through 18.
8:44 a.m. EST: Clifton Lush glanced off 16b, unseating Jock Paget. It looked like he might be able to save it but the horse put his head down right before the ditch at 17 and they parted ways. That’s unfortunate elimination.
8:41 a.m. EST: Alice has another runout at 17c, a skinny after the keyhole at the coffin. The live scores are also showing Flora and Bayano got eliminated for a third refusal on course at 22a, a right-pointed brush corner. The skinnies and brushes are causing the problems on this course designed by Rüdiger Schwarz’s.
8:38 a.m. EST: Alice does a brilliant job getting going again just one fence from the first water. Then they pick up a refusal at 11c, the brush corner at the Normandy Bank.
8:37 a.m. EST: We’re back under way.
8:34 a.m. EST: Alice Naber-Lozeman (NED) and ACSI Peter Parker are stopped at 6 with the help of the crowd shouting. Back at fence 9, Wieloch’s Utah Sun is still being tended. He’s limping, but walking and they have not loaded him in a van.
8:31 a.m. EST: Louise Svensson Jadhe (SWE) and Wieloch’s Utah Sun take a hard fall at fence 9, the Harvester Cart after the water. Louise was thrown clear and is up. The horse is getting checked out by the vets.
8:29 a.m. EST: Runout at the first angled truck at 18a and then a runout at 16b on the second attempt for Flora Harris (GBR) and Bayano.
8:25 a.m. EST: Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon have a runout at the second element of the angled trucks at 16. That’s the first problem we’ve seen there. Word will be getting back to the barns that you really have to hold your lines on this course!
8:23 a.m. EST: Bettina Hoy and Designer 10 finish clear with 2 time penalties to huge applause in the arena.
8:22 a.m. EST: The live scores are showing elimination for Class Hermann Romeike and Cato 60 at 11c now. The replay showed them taking out the flag.
8:18 a.m. EST: Bettina Hoy and Designer 10 had to work hard to get through the first water at 7. That was some fancy footwork, but they’re clear!
8:17 a.m. EST: Claas Hermann Romeike and Cato 60 have a refusal at 11 c at the Normandy Bank. Francis is the only one to finish without jumping penalties so far.
8:14 a.m. EST: Donner runs out to the right at the corner at 22a! They take the option to clear the complex. The finished with a time of 7:08 for 31.2 total penalties.
8:13 a.m. EST: Lynn and Donner are clear through the angled hedges at 16.
8:11 a.m. EST: Johan nearly goes out the side door when Johnny Cash tipped on landing at the corner at 22a. They had to circle and take the option at B, resulting in a refusal on the scoreboard.
8:09 a.m. EST: Johan Lundin and Johnny Cash take out a flag but they are clear through the angled hedges at 16. Lynn Symansky and Donner are on course!
8:07 a.m. EST: Francis is home clear with a time of 6:58 for 7.2 time penalties. EquiRatings says only four pairs have made the time in the last two years.
8:05 a.m. EST: Francis and “Smokey” beautifully through the angled hedges at 16 that had the riders worried. Our first combination shows it can be done!
8:03 a.m. EST: Here is the direct link to the live stream at ClipMyHorse.tv. It is free, available everwhere except Germany, and it does not require a login or registration.
8:01 a.m. EST: Francis Whittington and Easy Target for GBR are the first out on course.