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USEF President, CEO Deliver Safe Sport Updates

Logos via US Equestrian and U.S. Center for Safe Sport.

As US Equestrian continues compliance and education of the SafeSport Initiative, USEF President Murray Kessler and CEO Bill Moroney sent a letter to members this week saying:

“As you know, safe sport has been a topic of national conversation recently and we take this issue very seriously. USEF has been proactive for several years under the leadership of our General Counsel Sonja Keating to develop and implement safe sport programs and today we wanted to share with you additional steps we are taking to ensure our children and young athletes are safe while practicing and competing in the sport they love.

“US Equestrian is dedicated to bringing the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible and part of that joy is making sure you have the resources available to assist you in making safe choices for our children.  In the same way that our members look to US Equestrian, US Equestrian looks to the Center for the answers to our questions so that we do all we can to make your experience safe and fulfill our responsibilities as an NGB.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here.

Safe Sport Training

  • Safe Sport training is FREE to all US Equestrian members. Safe Sport training is an online program that takes approximately 90 minutes, with the followup annual refresher course taking 30 minutes.
  • US Equestrian Board of Directors is set to discuss requiring all participants in USEF licensed competitions take Safe Sport training. Currently the training is only required for designated individuals that the USEF, “formally authorizes, approved or appoints to a position of authority over athletes.”
  • US Equestrian has created a full time staff position dedicated to Safe Sport compliance and education.
  • US Equestrian is strongly emphasizing Safe Sport education so that members, coaches and parents can be knowledgeable about how and when to report, but also to recognize signs of potential abuse. Free resources (available here) include Safe Sport training, parent toolkits, a banned list and 24-hour victim hotline information.

Bully, Harassment and Unsportsmanlike Behavior

US Equestrian stresses that not all misconduct is sexual. Bullying, harassment and unsportsmanlike behavior all fall under Safe Sport policy. These are defined as follows:

  • Bullying – Repeated and/or severe (a) aggressive behavior (b) among Minors, (c) that is intended or likely to hurt, control, or diminish another person emotionally, physically, or sexually. Such misconduct between adults does not constitute bullying; the conduct must be directed toward someone under 18 years of age to be actionable as bullying under the Center’s Code or our Safe Sport Policy.
  • Harassment – Repeated and/or severe conduct that (a) causes fear, humiliation or annoyance; (b) offends or degrades; (c) creates a hostile environment; or (d) reflects discriminatory bias in an attempt to establish dominance, superiority or power over an individual athlete or group based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, national origin, or mental or physical disability; or (e) any act or conduct described as harassment under federal or state law. Whether conduct is harassing depends on the totality of the circumstances, including the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context, and duration of the behavior.


  • The new Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 went into effect in February of this year. This requires amateur sports organizations and its members to report sex abuse allegations to the U.S. Center for Safe Sport and to law enforcement within 24 hours of such knowledge.
  • Report all sexual misconduct directly to the U.S. Center for SafeSport by phone at 720-524-5640 or online at
  • All non-sexual Safe Sport policy should be reported to US Equestrian. Reports can be viathe USEF Incident Report Form, or directly to Sonja Keating, General Counsel, [email protected], 859-225-2045, Sarah Gilbert, [email protected], 859-225-2022, or Emily Pratt, [email protected], 859-225-6956.

Any other Safe Sport inquiries should be directed to Sonja Keating at [email protected].

[Safe Sport Updates from USEF President and CEO]

[Safe Sport – Keeping Our Sport Safe for All]

[Time Is Up: SafeSport Polices Sexual Abuse in Olympic Sports]

[USEF President, CEO Issue Direct Address on Sexual Abuse and Misconduct]


Happy Hale Bob Day! Ingrid Klimke Takes ERM Win at Wiesbaden

From left: Julia Karjewski (GER), Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Oliver Townend (GBR). Photo by Benjamin Clark/Event Rider Masters.

Germany’s Ingrid Klimke clinched her first Event Rider Masters win this weekend in the second leg of the 2018 series aboard her own SAP Hale Bob OLD. The newly-crowned queen of Wiesbaden, Ingrid was pegged as an Equiratings favorite to win, and she delivered with the 14-year-old Oldenburg from start to finish.

They began the weekend on a score of 22.2—just higher than their personal best of 18.2 at this venue— and a clear show jumping round on Friday afternoon kept them out front, but just barely. FEI World Number 1 Oliver Townend was hot on their heels with Cillnabradden Evo, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Sally-Anne Eggington, on a score of 22.8 – and ERM personal best for the British rider.

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Benjamin Clark/Event Rider Masters.

Ingrid and Oliver were two of six pairs to master a double clear show jumping result. They were joined by Julia Krajewski, Tim Lips, Andreas Ostholt and Ludwig Svennerstal.

Wiesbaden produced both the highest ERM completion and cross country clear jumping rates, so the pressure was on as the top riders entered the start box. Ingrid and “Bobby” rose to the challenge, finishing two seconds quicker than Oliver to secure the 18,000 Eruo prize on a final score of 23.8.

“Bobby did such a wonderful job today. It was the best feeling to ride through the Schloss Park with so many people cheering us on,” she said.

Though he dropped one level on the podium, the 2016 ERM series champion still finished the weekend with only 2.4 time penalties added for a three-phase score of  25.2. “I am thrilled with the horse,” Oliver said. “To get so close to Hale Bob is very special and I couldn’t be happier with how he has performed.”

Also riding for the home nation, Julia Krajewski (GER) secured a third place finish with Samourai du Thot. They added just .8 cross country time penalties to finish on 29.1 points.

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Benjamin Clark/Event Rider Masters.

“’Sam’ loves it here and he’s always been really comfortable in front of all of the people watching him,” Julia commented. “I was maybe a bit conservative at the start but by the end I could let him run and jump. He really loves his job and I love riding him. I am very proud to share the podium with two legends.”

Fourth place went to dutch rider Tim Lips aboard Bayro (31.7). Germany took a third top five spot with Andreas Ostholt and Pennsylvania 28 (37.3).

Finishing results really were record breaking this weekend, with 21 of the 24 cross country starters finishing without jump penalties. Despite this, the time is notoriously tough at Wiesbaden, and this year was no different. Only two pairs— Tim Price (NZL) with Cekatinka and Ludwig Svennerstål (SWE) with El Kazir SP—finished within the optimum time.

A special shout it is also due for our own Liz Halliday-Sharp. She and Fernhill by Night earned a top ten finish in this ERM division after 2 show jumping time faults and 7.2 cross country time faults for a final score of 42.2. Liz also smashed a second place finish in the regular CIC3* class with Deniro Z on a final score of 36.5.

Ingrid’s win this weekend currently ties her with Leg 1 winner Piggy French (GBR) in the overall standings, both with 30 points. For full rankings, click here. There’s still a lot left in this ERM season, and next we look to Arville, June 23 & 24. As always, you can watch all the action for free at

Event Rider Masters @ WiesbadenWebsiteResults, Season Rankings 



Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Sierra Shurtz and Zach Eyed Pea. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It’s graduation season! Sierra Shurtz (pictured above) graduated from high school this weekend and is headed to my alma mater, The University of Georgia this fall (Go Dawgs!). She and “Zach” were also the big winners at The Heart of the Carolinas Training Three-Day earlier this month. To Sierra and all the recent grads, congratulations from the EN team!

National Holiday: National Rescue Dog Day

Major Events:

Event Rider Masters @ Wiesbaden WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Action:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hill May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website]

Sunday Links:

Let Your Horse Be Your Anchor

$15,000 Preliminary Challenge Celebrates 10 Years at The Spring Event at Woodside

The Mongol Derby: 600 Miles in 10 Days (or Less)

One eyed wonder at Rockingham

Tim Price and Jonelle Richards’ Wedding

Blood and whip rule changes in store after high-profile cases

New approach improves quality of frozen horse sperm

NY’s Morrisville Equine Program Seeking Students

Sunday Video:

Four-Legged Fairy Tale: The Horses of The Royal Wedding

While Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle garnered the attention of the world with their nuptials this morning, the equestrian community was a little more focused on the equine procession following the ceremony.

The newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex rode in the Ascot Landau carriage, pulled by four Windsor Grey Horses named Milford Haven, Sir Basil, Tyrone and Storm. They are flanked by Plymouth and Londonderry, also Windsor Greys. Tyrone and Storm, both bred by The Queen, are a father son duo — sweetness!

They were escorted by the striking black horses of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

As always, horses kept things interesting during the ceremony, but to be fair those crowds would even spook me.

The horse world was quick to applaud the jockey of one exuberant grey.

Meanwhile, many eventers traded wedding coverage for Event Rider Masters coverage.

And others actually had an invitation. I’ll admit I’m a little jealous. I think mine was lost in the mail—probably a trans-Atlantic issue, I’m sure.

[Find out more about the horses and carriages used in The Royal Wedding]

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Just a Boy and His Pony (Being Awesome!)

Whether you were lucky enough to ride as a child or you caught the bug later in life, we all understand that magical feeling horses can give us. Maybe it’s when we get night check snuggles, or when we finally nail that dressage movement we’ve been schooling, or in the case of this 12-year-old, when you tackle a big table during a cross country school.

Daphne Soares tipped us to her superstar son, Pox, who is preparing for his recognized eventing debut. From Daphne: “My 12 year old son is getting ready for his first recognized BN and tackled his a scary table last week while cross country schooling. He was quite concerned but his instructor Megan Kepferle gave him the confidence to attack it. The outcome was awesome as you can see. But the best part came when we saw his GoPro video. You have to turn the audio on :) I think it’s adorable (but I’m his mother so I’m biased).”

The cute grey he’s on is a unique mix of Lipizzan and Standardbred who Daphne has trained since he was three. “My son used to ride him around on his own when he (my son) was four. ‘Ronin’ is the sweetest animal ever and they are the closest of friends, often sleeping together in sun in the paddock (it’s true! I got pictures!). It’s amazing to see my child jumping Ronin around in cross country, so grown up looking. They are only a year apart!” Daphne said.
Take my advice and turn up the volume at the end for a Tuesday mood booster. Go eventing.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Photo by Orchard Hill Equestrian Center.

While some of us have pulled out our sunshirts for the summer, others are finally enjoying the first competitions of the year. I know all my friends in New England were probably a bit annoyed at my photos of riding and competing this winter, but if it makes y’all feel any better, it was 90 today and I nearly died. Go for a ride and enjoy it!

National Holiday: National Chocolate Chip Day

Events Opening This Week: Groton House Farm H.T. (MA, A-1) South Farm H.T. (OH, A-8) Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I (NJ, A-2) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3)

Events Closing This Week: IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8) The Spring Event at Archer (WY, A-9) GMHA June HorseTrials (VT, A-1) Waredaca H.T. (MD, A-2) Carriage House Farm Combined Test (MN, A-4) IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8) Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring Horse Trials (NY, A-1

Tuesday News:

Do you train young horses? Do you instruct riders who frequently ride young horses? Sign up for the ICP Young Event Horse Workshop to be held June 19 – June 21 at Kinnitty Capall Stables in Ancramdale, New York to start your certification towards the USEA ICP Professional Horse Trainer or Instructor title. The USEA is considering having an ICP YEH Assessment in Area 1 this fall, so this is a great opportunity for those in the area to begin the certification process. [ICP Young Event Horse Workshop]

Help this researcher study the effect of indoor arenas on horse and human health!  Stacie McGill, a Master’s Degree candidate at the University of Kentucky, intends to gather information on how environmental exposures and arena design impacts heat transfer, air quality and the health of both horses and riders. Take this survey, which is available until July 21. 

The Great Meadow Foundation welcomed Cate Magennis Wyatt to chair the Board of Trustees this week. Cate takes over from Henry A. “Buzz” Kievenaar, Jr. who held the position for 10 years. Cate boasts experience in both the private and public sector, and we can’t wait to see the continued success Great Meadow will have! [Great Meadow Foundation Announces New Chair of the Board of Trustees]

Tuesday Video:

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Caroline Martin and Jump Jet. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Happy Mother’s Day! While we all come into this sport in a different way, most of us can credit an awesome horse show mom for our involvement. The ones who cheer for you when you win and comfort you when your horse bucks you off at a competition. One day can’t do them justice. Cheers to you, moms!

National Holiday: Mother’s Day

Major Events:

Jersey Fresh Links: WebsiteXC TimesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Event Rider Masters @ Chatsworth: WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Action:

WindRidge Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Plantation Field May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Mill Creek Pony Club at Longview H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Winona H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Equestrian Election Fever: FEI President Stands Unopposed for Re-election; 50 Athletes Target Eight Sport Posts

2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Announces Official Mascots

Sponsors drop Oliver Townend after Badminton – others back the world no.1

Saliva test was able to detect horses with colic pain

Prince Renan Reigns In CIC** At Jersey Fresh International

Martin Maintains His Leads At Jersey Fresh International CCI

Sunday Video:

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Making a Splash at Heart of the Carolinas

The long format was alive and well this weekend at the Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event! After weeks of preparation, Beginner Novice through Preliminary riders got the chance to experience a true endurance day. This is such a special event, and not just because EN’s own Leslie Threlkeld is a co-organizer! Check out these riders making a splash in the water jump at Southern Eights Farm.

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

SpectraVET is committed to providing only the highest-quality products and services to our customers, and to educating the world in the science and art of laser therapy.

We design and manufacture the broadest range of clinically-proven veterinary therapeutic laser products, which are represented and supported worldwide by our network of specialist distributors and authorized service centers.

Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Jonelle Price finishes her round and realises that she and Classic Moet have scooped Badminton. Priceless. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

I said it over and over again in my live updates this weekend, but wow! Jonelle Price is an absolute superstar, and I was thrilled to watch her win this weekend, but the madness never stops. I’m going to ride the high of Kentucky/Badminton right into Jersey Fresh week. EN super woman Jenni Autry will be on the ground with all the latest. Keep it locked here!

National Holiday: National Have A Coke Day

Events Opening Today: Stable View Summer H.T. (SC, A-3) Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. I (CA, A-6) Inavale Farm HT (OR, A-7) Honey Run H.T. (MI, A-8) Surefire Farm H.T. (VA, A-2) Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. (IL, A-4) Arrowhead H.T. (MT, A-7) Midsouth Pony Club H.T. (KY, A-8) Abbe Ranch H.T. (CO, A-9) Essex H.T. (NJ, A-2)

Events Closing This Week: Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (VA, A-2) Paradise Farm HT (SC, A-3) The Spring Event at Woodside (CA, A-6) May-Daze at the Park H.T. (KY, A-8) Coconino Spring H.T. (AZ, A-10) Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (CT, A-1)  Flora Lea Spring H.T. (NJ, A-2) Willow Draw Charity Show (TX, A-5) Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (WA, A-7) FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (MD, A-2)

Tuesday News: 

Popular rider Ben Hobday announced this weekend that Badminton would be Mulrys Error’s last four-star. This Supercob wasn’t bred to do the job, but he has always stepped up to the plate and exceeded all expectations—galloping at the top of the sport with dinner plate sized feet. [Mulrys Error: 7 reasons we all fell in love with the ‘supercob’ with dinner plate feet]

Jonelle Price is a BAMF—those who followed the coverage at Badminton know this. You know what else? She’s a new mother and an all around awesome lady. [Jonelle Price: 9 things you need to know about the 2018 Badminton winner]

Lodging is always a huge concern for a WEG location, and this year is no different. The mountain villages around the Tryon International Equestrian Center are bracing for the impact of thousands of spectators and athletes this fall, all who need a place to stay. [Demand, prices soar for lodging ahead of equestrian games]

Tuesday Video:

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Best Bits from Badminton

If some of you happen to have a social life and didn’t opt to wake up every day this week at Zero Dark Thirty to live stream Badminton, then we have a treat for you! The event has put together quick clips of the best bits of the cross country and show jumping phases where you can catch Jonelle Price’s massive #GirlPower on display.

Specifically for eventers, the StretchTec Shoulder Relief Girth now comes in two shades of brown to match monoflap jump saddles! Let your horse move more freely and breathe easier by using the same girth as Tamra Smith. See them all here:

Watch the Kentucky Three-Day Event Recap Today on NBC

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Time to set your DVR, folks! NBC is broadcasting a recap of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event TODAY at 2 p.m. EST. Because after back-to-back live streaming weekends, who doesn’t need more eventing?

In all honesty, this is the perfect way to introduce your non-horsey family/friends/S.O. to the sport without trudging your way through any complicated explanations. Let NBC do it for you! The program is scheduled to last one hour as it shows highlights of the competition.

Tune in and show some support for our sport! Go eventing.

#LRK3DE Links: WebsiteLive StreamFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Badminton Show Jumping Live Updates: Jonelle Price Wins!

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in because it’s time for the grand finale on the final day of the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Two North American representatives remain after the influential cross country phase: Selena O’Hanlon with Foxwood High and Lauren Kieffer with Veronica. Keep it locked here for all the action from the final day at Badminton!

Badminton Links: WebsiteEntriesLive Scoring, Show Jumping Start ListForm GuideCourse Map, EN’sCoverageLive StreamCourse Preview

10:10 a.m. Stay tuned for a full report!

10:05 a.m.

10:00 a.m. Jonelle gets huge hugs from team New Zealand

9:59 a.m. Tears! Jonelle looked positively surprised at the finish. Well done, Jonelle! #GirlPower


9:57 a.m. Rattling so many fences but they stay!!

9:56 a.m. Jonelle is in!!!

9:55 a.m. Inside the time, but two down for Ballaghmor Class. Finishing on 36, they’ll go behind Cooly SRS and Gemma Tattersall.

9:54 a.m. Oliver has the plank at 5 down. He can’t afford any more rails.

9:53 a.m. The crowd goes absolutely silent for Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class.

9:52 a.m. A rare error for these two, Ros finishes on 34.3 behind Oliver Townend and Cooly SRS.

9:42 a.m. Allstar B trying his heart out. When he gets a little close he just jumps higher!

9:51 a.m. The second fence comes down for Ros Canter and Allstar B.

9:50 a.m. The crowd stands for a cheer of this record breaking horse in his last appearance at Badminton.

9:49 a.m. Fences 11 and 12 come down for Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam for a total of 38.7

9:47 a.m. We’re on the final four!

9:47 a.m. Mark Todd and Kiltubrid Rhapsody finish on 37.4 after having just one down. They will finish behind Gemma Tattersall.

9:46 a.m. Kiltubrid Rhapsody with super jumping, but looking a bit down on the clock.

9:44 a.m. Mark Todd is back, this time with Kiltubrid Rhapsody.

9:43 a.m. Padraig, who has show jumped at the highest levels, kept all the poles up, but had 3 time penalties, to finish on 38.3. A great day for the Irish!

9:42 a.m. With a shoe back on, Mr Chunky is in the arena.

9:40 a.m. One disappointing rail down for these two, but still a fantastic finish for Veronica and Troll on 38.6.

9:39 a.m. Lauren Kieffer and Veronica clear through fence 5 so far.

9:38 a.m. Gemma just got her third consecutive clear show jumping at Badminton! She and Spike stay on 35.2 points.

9:37 a.m. Arctic Soul looks maybe slightly tired, but still so careful.

9:35 a.m. Gemma Tattersall will jump ahead of Padraig McCarthy as Mr Chunky has lost a shoe.

9:34 a.m. By the end Sam Griffiths had 3 down and 2 time penalties for a score of 50.4.

9:34 a.m. Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh take down the orange plank at 5 and the oxer at 9.

9:32 a.m. Beautiful round for Tom and Toledo de Kerser! Not a foot wrong. They finish on 37.7. “Even a silly old man like me would come out of retirement to ride this one!” Ian Stark says, he thinks these two might have a trip to Tryon in their future.

9:30 a.m. Now we welcome Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser.

9:29 a.m.

9:28 a.m. Tim had 2 down with Ringwood Sky Boy for a final result of 46.2

9:27 a.m. Tim Price taking a sharp angle on fence 2. Looks like he wants to jump slowly and carefully, so he’ll shave seconds with tighter lines.

9:26 a.m. Just the 2 poles for Ireland’s Joseph Murphy to finish on 49.3

9: 25 a.m. Sportsfield Othello positively zooming around, but the speed got him 2 down so far.

9: 24 a.m.

9:22 a.m. Cooly SRS gets the second clear of the day! That horse can JUMP! They’re on 33.1

9:21 a.m. Oliver Townend gets started with fifth-placed Cooly SRS.

9:20 a.m. Only the orange plank came down Imogen! Great finish for her on 46.1.

9:18 a.m. Second fastest yesterday, Imogen Murray and Ivar Gooden are in the arena.

9:17 a.m. Foodwood High looked very alert, but generally unconcerned with hitting the poles. Poles down plus .62 time gives them a final score of 63.8.

9:16 a.m. Holding my breath for Selena!

9:15 a.m. 4 come down for Mark Todd. He and Leonidas finish on 49.3.

9:13 a.m. Leonidas II in the arena now with Mark Todd.

9:12 a.m. Quite a few down for Carlos to finish on 70.2 with 26 total penalties added, which doesn’t quite do his work yesterday justice!

9:11 a.m. Oh no! Spain’s Carlos Diaz Fernandez and Junco CP crash into the second fence. Not the way to start a round.

9:09 a.m. 4 down, but good on the time for Emilie Chandler and Coopers Law. They finish on 60.3.

9:09 a.m. While the arena may look flat on your screen, there’s actually plenty of terrain! You might notice they start rolling downhill between 3 and 4.

9:07 a.m. “That doesn’t just happen. That’s experience” A beautiful ride by Harry Meade with Away Cruising. One down and 2.25 seconds over the time for a final result of 52.5

9:05 a.m. Great riding by Harry Meade. Clear so far!

9:04 a.m. Nana has four down and one time penalty. She finishes on 69.6.

9:03 a.m. Nana Dalton and Absolut Opposition are in the ring!

9:02 a.m.

8:48 a.m.

8:47 a.m.

8:43 a.m. The first 34 pairs made their way around the show jumping course today with only one, Dani Evans and Smart Time, achieving a completely clear round. The pressure is on for top 20!


Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Selena O’Hanlon definitely had one of the best Badminton cross country rides of the day in my eyes. Though it took a while for the live stream to catch her ride, once they did it really was a master class. They made even the most challenging of exercises look easy. So exciting for her and of course for John and Judy Rumble.

National Holiday: National Nurses Day

Major Events:

Badminton: WebsiteShow Jumping Start TimesLive ScoresScheduleHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s Form GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Action:

MCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Heart of the Carolinas 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website]

Sunday Links: 

‘He won’t do another big event’: Ben Hobday’s ride Mulrys Error steps down

Badminton cross-country 2018: watch riders reflect on their rounds

‘The heart of a lion’: horse put down after injury on Badminton cross-country

Kieffer Kicks On to Seventh after the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Cross-Country Day

Through the Lens: Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Justify Wins Kentucky Derby, Conquering Rain, Mud and a 136-Year Curse

Sunday Video:

Oliver Townend Warned for Excessive Use of Whip at Badminton

Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

The Ground Jury has issued Oliver Townend an official warning regarding his use of a whip on both Ballaghmor Class and Cooley SRS during Saturday’s cross country at the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

“They gave him an official warning regarding his over-use of the whip on both horses,” a statement from the competition said.

“[The Ground Jury] told him that the horses would be checked very carefully on Sunday morning for the horse inspection for their fitness to compete in the jumping phase.”

Fifth-placed Cooley SRS and Oliver Townend. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Oliver piloted both horses to clear rounds with 7.2 time penalties each. Ballaghmor Class is in second on a score of 28, and Cooley SRS is in fifth on a score of 33.1. Oliver could be seen using a whip through the course, with spectators and viewers using social media to raise their concerns for the horses’ welfare.

Oliver posted this on his Facebook page Saturday afternoon: “Thanks to everyone for your support today – both horses have recovered well. They’ve been checked over, had a graze and are now enjoying some well earnt quiet time.”

Having won both Burghley last fall and Kentucky last weekend, the British rider is in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. He would need a win this weekend at Badminton to take home the $350,000 prize.

Badminton Links: WebsiteEntriesForm GuideCourse Map, EN’s CoverageLive StreamCourse Preview

Badminton 2018 Cross Country Live Updates: Jonelle’s Speed Gives Her the Lead

Fence one.

Good morning, EN! We are ready to dive straight in to an very exciting day of cross country at the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Here are the North American entires/ride times:

  • Selena O’Hanlon & Foxwood High: 12:58 BST / 7:58 a.m. EST CLEAR with 16.4 time penalties
  • Lauren Kieffer & Veronica: 13:38 BST / 8:38 a.m. EST CLEAR with 9.6 time penalties
  • Madeline Backus & P.S. Ariana: 15:34 BST / 10:34 a.m. EST Rider Fall at The Lake
  • Will Coleman & Obos O’Reilly: 15:50 BST / 10:50 a.m. EST Retired on course

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12:38 p.m.

12:06 p.m. Here’s the top 10 as it stands:

12:05 p.m. Tom currently does not have 20 pen for his re-route at the corner. Might be a conversation by the Ground Jury, but looks good from the view of the camera.

12:04 p.m. Tom gives all the credit to Strike Smartly even before they’ve crossed the finish.

12:03 p.m. Strike Smartly looking a little tired, but Tom McEwen doing a great job of showing him the way home.

12:00 p.m. 7.2 time penalties for Oliver puts him equal with Jonelle. Because she was closer to the optimum time, she goes into the lead.

11:58 a.m. At this point, Oliver will be over the time, but he has some breathing room. Horse looking tired, but they push on.

11:58 a.m. Little sticky at the last combination. The horse seems to be looking tired.

11:57 a.m. Oliver is riding very boldly through the Joules corners, and looking good on the time so far.

11:56 a.m. Georgia Spence home on 56.9 penalties.

11:56 a.m. Positive riding by Oliver gets them through the hollow!

11:55 a.m. Tom McEwen at the Lake adding loads of strides through for a careful ride.

11:53 a.m. Oliver living dangerously through the Eclipse water, but he’s clear!

11:51 a.m. Oliver plays it safe with the long route at the Lake.

11:49 a.m. Georgie Spence takes the long route at the Mound after popping up over the B element.

11:47 a.m. Oliver Townend now on course with Ballaghmor Class. Despite Ollie’s suggestion, the crowds cheer him off.

11:46 a.m. We can now confirm that Alexander Bragg was eliminated with Redpath Ransom

11:45 a.m. Ireland’s Ciaran Glynn has a few fliers around, but kicking on toward the Eclipse pond.

11:43 a.m.

11:39 a.m. Mark Todd has restarted after a hold.

11:38 a.m. We are hearing that Alexander Bragg has possibly been eliminated on course.

11:36 a.m. Caroline Powell trotting through the lake. Whatever works!

11:35 a.m. We have an anxious eye on Mark Todd. Have not seen him on the stream lately, and we have heard there is a hold on course. Not sure the reason.

11:34 a.m. Alexander Bragg seems to have retired on course. We’ve stopped seeing him on the stream.

11:32 a.m. Harry Dzenis with a wild ride in the Eclipse Pond. Good on Dromgurrihy Blue!

11:27 a.m. Alexander Bragg has the frangible pin down at the Eclipse Pond. He also had the pin down with his first horse.

11:26 a.m. 11 seconds over for Gemma and Spike but she’s thrilled and so is the crowd.

11:25 a.m. Gemma kicking much more than we’ve ever seen her do with Arctic Soul. Headed to the finish.

11:25 a.m. Mark Todd keeps his line as the horse doesn’t quite see the last element of the Huntsman’s Close. Kick on!

11:24 a.m. Fingers crossed for Mark Todd who is out with his second ride, Kiltubrid Rhapsody.

11:23 a.m. 30 seconds over for Paulank Brockagh and Sam Griffiths!

11:21 a.m. Gemma is better on the time even than Jonelle was a fence 20. Can she keep it up?

11:20 a.m. Harry Meade says the OTTB is a petrol engine, rather a than a diesel engine — for all those #horsehubby types tuning in.

11:19 a.m. 

11:18 a.m. Arctic Soul slides in to the Lake and gets strong ahead, so Gemma re-routes to the longer route. Smart move.

11:15 a.m. Arctic Soul out on course! He’s another fast one that could do the time.

11:14 a.m. Sam Griffiths neatly through the Lake taking the long route to C.

11:13 a.m. Harry Meade reports that he turned his watch off halfway around!

11:12 a.m. James O’Haire and China Doll came in a little too quick and both took a bath in The Lake. The horse just didn’t have a chance to get his knees out of the way. Both OK.

11:09 a.m. Previous winners Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh are off and away! Looking determined through the Quarry.

11:08 a.m. Hang on tight, Michael Owen! Bradeley Law flying through the lake, they jump the rope on the way.

11:04 a.m. Will has pulled up and opted to retire.

11:03 a.m. Will Coleman and Obos O’Reilly will a runout at The Lake. Will is going to be kicking himself.

11:03 a.m. Huge cheers for Harry Meade as he finishes.

11:02 a.m. Amazing save for Dani Evans and Smart Time at the Hildon Water. Quick thinking from both horse and rider.

10:59 a.m. “She’s so un-special that’s she’s incredibly special. She makes me look good.” – Jonelle on Classic Moet.

10:57 a.m. At the Hildon Water Harry Meade is currently bang on the time.

10:56 a.m. Smooth sailing for Harry Meade and Away Cruising! Clear through the Eclipse Water.

10:52 a.m. Save of the day goes to Emilie Chandler! She nearly comes off at the Eclipse Cross Pond after hanging a leg, but Coopers Law stayed dead straight on task and jumped them out safely.

10:47 a.m. Oh rats! Just didn’t quite get the line to the C element of the Lake, and Madeline comes off. Sad, early ending for her today.

10:46 a.m. We haven’t seen her yet, but Madeline Backus is on course somewhere!

10:46 a.m. Nana Dalton clear so far with her homebred Absolut Opposition!

10:44 a.m. She’s not just the fastest — she’s the fastest by nearly 5 seconds! And she even took a long route. So impressive for these two. #JumpLikeJonelle

10:42 a.m. Jonelle is just one second over to take the lead!!!

10:41 a.m. Oh no! Piggy French and Vanir Kmira both take a swim at the Hildon water. Looks like the horse misread the fence — taking off and then coming back down on it.

10:41 a.m. Definitely! They are having a super day so far.

10:39 a.m. Just 16 seconds over for Ireland’s Joseph Murphy! That puts him in the top 10.

10:36 a.m. Expert riding through the Mound for Jonelle!

10:34 a.m. A little too quick through the lake for Jonelle. She was at the buckle and forced to take the long route at C.

10:31 a.m. Jonelle Price has the pedal down with Classic Moet! These two are ones who could make the time.

10:30 a.m. Another leg left for Silva has both horse and rider on the ground at the Eclipse Water. Both up quickly looking OK.

10:29 a.m. Warren Lamperd steers Silva to the less-used right-handed route at The Mound, but unfortunately have a runout.

10:25 a.m. Cooley Rorkes Drift jumped himself into the open oxer at the Eclipse Water, and Jonty hops off to help the horse out. What looked scary for a moment was quickly resolved. Both walking away looking OK.

10:23 a.m. Becky Wolven and Charlton Down Riverdance take a bit of a flyer at the Vicarage Vee, which has the both on the ground up on landing. Both are up quickly.

10:22 a.m. Jonty in the back seat but he makes it happen at The Lake!

10:20 a.m. 

10:19 a.m. The People’s Horse — Cooly Rorkes Drift — is off with Jonty Evans.

10:16 a.m. Tom Crisp takes the long route after a huge jump over the B element of the Mound.

10:15 a.m. Junco CP gets a few words of encouragement from Carlos after the Vicarage Vee.

10:13 a.m. Good job for Tom Crisp as he opts for the longer route through the Lake with Coolys Luxury.

10:11 a.m. Well done for Ashley Edmond and Triple Chance in their first four-star. Coming through the finish with a clear round, but 83 time penalties added. The horse looks thrilled with himself at the finish!

10:10 a.m. Carlos Diaz Fernandez, the only Spanish rider here this weekend, is clear so far with Junco CP

10:07 a.m. Lissa Green finishing with 31.2 time penalties.

10:06 a.m.

10:05 a.m. Dee Hankey has pulled up and retired with Chequers Playboy  at fence 3.

10:00 a.m. Regis Prud’hon home with Kaiser HDB 4175. They carry 20 penalties from the Huntsman’s Close.

9:58 a.m. Lissa Green, who is now riding for Australia, is on a very enthusiastic horse today. They’re clear through the Lake.

9:56 a.m. Qatar du Puetch Rouget ran out of steam at the lake. He stopped at the c element.

9:55 a.m. Paul Tapner gives a scare at the penultimate fence, but they are ok and heading toward the finish.

9:53 a.m. Cedric hangs on tight as his horse jumps boldly through the Eclipse Water.

9:51 a.m. Cedric Lyard and Qatar du Puetch Rouget are off and away. Good through 4 so far.

9:49 a.m.

9:48 a.m. 22-year-old Will Furlong finishes his first cross country course. Congrats!

9:46 a.m. Paul Tapner puts some demons to rest at the Lake. A much better ride here than last year!

9:44 a.m. Awkward start through the Quarry for Paul Tapner and Bonza King of Rouges. They kick on.

9:41 a.m. Kirsty Short comes to grief at the Huntsman’s Close after a runout at the last tree trunk.

9:39 a.m. Collien P 2 hangs a leg into the Lake, but Will Furlong gets his reins back to take the long route.

9:38 a.m. Confirming now that Izzy Taylor did retire on course with Perfect Stranger.

9:36 a.m. A very bold ride through the Eclipse Water for Imogen Murray and Ivar Gooden.

9:35 a.m. Will Furlong, the youngest competitor today, is on course now.

9:34 a.m. The Troll through the hollow:

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9:31 a.m. James Sommerville takes the pin down after a wild ride at the Eclipse Water.

9:29 a.m. The Huntsman’s Close is becoming the most influential fence today as it gives William Fox-Pitt 20 penalties. He pulls up after a second successful go.

9:27 a.m. William Fox-Pitt is off and away with Fernhill Pimms

9:26 a.m.

9:25 a.m. Georgie jumped the A element of the Eclipse water twice. That is allowed, but a huge time and energy waster. She continues.

9:24 a.m. 

9:22 a.m. A runout for Georgie Strang at The Lake.

9:20 a.m. Georgie Strang kicking four-star debutant Cooley Earl on after a sticky ride through the Quarry.

9:18 a.m. Ros home clear with 6.4 time penalties! She stays ahead of Michael Jung.

9:17 a.m. oh no! Another victim at the Huntsman’s Close. This time it’s Izzy Taylor and Perfect Stranger.

9:16 a.m. Ros growls her way through the Joules Corners, but she’s looking good on the time now!

9:14 a.m. A flyby for Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa at the Huntsman’s Close. This fence has brought quite a few riders to grief.

9:14 a.m. Ros Canter about 10 seconds over the time at fence 20. She motors on.

9:13 a.m. 

9:10 a.m. Clear through The Lake for Ros Canter. She’s a pleasure to watch today.

9:07 a.m. Bayano says “no thank you” at the Vicarage Vee, despite Flora Harris’ stick behind the saddle. They take the long route and carry on.

9:06 a.m. Overnight leader Ros Canter about to head out on course.

9:04 a.m. Flora Harris digs deep at The Mound after an airy jump. She gets it done!

9:02 a.m. Virginia Thompson is living dangerously today. She activates the frangible device at the Eclipse Cross Pond (18A)

9:02 a.m. Virginia Thompson hugs that white flag, but clear through the Mound!

9:01 a.m.

9:01 a.m. 

9:00 a.m.

8:59 a.m. Pippa pulls up with Billy Beware. Not their day unfortunately.

8:59 a.m. Lauren is 24 seconds over the time! So exciting to watch her and Veronica go fast for it.

8:57 a.m. Lauren kicks away from Savills Escalator. Just three to go!

8:56 a.m. 1 minute 11 seconds over for Simon Grieve

8:55 a.m. A runout for Pippa and Billy Beware at the C element at The Lake. So far the jump judging isn’t penalizing her. She might have gotten lucky for now.

8:53 a.m. Billy Beware is making Pippa Funnel work hard, but they’re clear so far.

8:53 a.m. Lauren and Veronica clear through the Hildon Water, they’re just about 8 seconds above the time currently.

8:52 a.m. Lauren and Veronica are going very quickly around today. Good through fence 18.

8:51 a.m. A miscommunication has Danielle Dunn out of the tack at fence 27, the BHS Table.

8:50 a.m. Lauren was nearly at the buckle after a big jump into the lake, but they stayed dead on through the direct route. It does look like they’re going for speed.

8:49 a.m. Super quick ride for Lauren and Troll through the Huntsman’s Close.

8:47 a.m. Lauren Kieffer and Veronica are on course!

8:46 a.m. Simon Grieve also takes the long route at the Lake. Smartly done.

8:44 a.m. Super, positive ride for Danielle Dunn and Zocarla BHL through the Mound (14/15/16ab)

8:43 a.m. A minute and a half over the time but a huge smile for Lydia Hannon at the finish.

8:42 a.m. Danielle Dunn takes the long route at The Lake, but looks very confident.

8:40 a.m.

8:39 a.m. So disappointing to see Imogen have a flyby at the Huntsman’s Close.

8:38 a.m. Ah! Lydia is the second rider to take the wrong path away from the Hildon water.

8:37 a.m. 

8:36 a.m. Lydia keeping to the “safe seat” as My Royal Touch looks very keen.

8:35 a.m. Imogen Gloag is out on course!

8:34 a.m.  Sticky ride in, so Lydia chooses to take the long way out of the Lake!

8:31 a.m. Risky ride coming out of the quarry for Lydia Hannon but she gets away with it!

8:30 a.m. Here’s the scores as the stand currently:

8:25 a.m. 

8:28 a.m. Only 12.4 time penalties for Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy!

8:24 a.m.

8:23 a.m. Giovanni home 58 seconds over the time.

8:21 a.m. Tim and Ringwood Sky Boy  take the quick route through the Hildon Water Pond, climbing out of the brush at C. They’re moving a little slower than usual today.

8:21 a.m.

8:20 a.m. Giovanni Ugolotti has a determined ride through the coffin with Cult Rewind.

8:19 a.m.

8:18 a.m. Michael Jung and Sam come home 15 seconds over the time for a score of 30.7.

8:17 a.m. Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy slip in a quick third chip stride at the Huntsmans Close.

8:16 a.m. 

8:15 a.m. Andy Daines goes to add a stride, but doesn’t quite work as he and Spring Panorama have a slightly slow motion roll/fall away from the Joules Corners. They are both up quickly and looking ok.

8:14 a.m.

8:13 a.m. Michael takes the long route at the Hildon Pond.

8:12 a.m. Michael Jung gets lucky at the Outlander PHEV Mound (14) as Sam gets a little twisted over the first corner. They stick it and carry on.

8:11 a.m. Fist pump for Selena as she and Wood finish 39 seconds over the time. Well done! John and Judy Rumble must be pleased.

8:10 a.m. Super sam through the water beautifully!

8:09 a.m.

8:08 a.m. Not a lot to say about Selena and Woody because they doing such a masterful job. Each view on the stream is pretty perfect for these two!

8:07 a.m. Ack! Andy Daines  looses balance as he slips over the log into the Lake before taking a wild ride at the b element. They scamper over the ropes trying to get to the alternate — the Ground Jury may review that as dangerous riding.

8:07 a.m. Michael Jung and Sam are out of the box!

8:05 a.m. Selena goes the quick route through the Hildon Water Pond. She really is making this course look easy.

8:04 a.m. Tom Jackson and Waltham Fiddler’s Find add one in the Joules Corners, but still smooth and clear!

8:03 a.m. Finally seeing Selena on the live stream! She’s super through the Lake. She and Woody made it look like a novice combination.

8:02 a.m.

8:00 a.m. Kate Honey home with 68.6 time penalties.

7:57 a.m. The Irish are feeling proud this morning!


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7:55 a.m. Ireland’s Alan Nolan joins the growing list of riders to take the long route at The Lake.

7:54 a.m. Kate Honey gives Fernhill Now or Never a few taps of encouragement as they head to the Vicarage Vee — they clear it easily

7:51 a.m. After a second runout at The Eclipse water, Louise Harwood makes the smart decision to retire. Mr. Potts not looking his usual self today.

7:50 a.m. Quite a few horses looking tired at the finish, but not Mr. Chunky for Ireland! He finishes 16 seconds over.

7:48 a.m. 

7:47 a.m. Disappointing flyby for Louise Harwood and Mr. Potts at the Huntsmans Close. Looks like they didn’t even register on the B element.

7:46 a.m. Padraig McCarthy looking super around so far with Mr. Chunky.

7:45 a.m. Ben Hobday reports from the finish that Mulry’s Error may be directed toward a career shift to lower level eventing after this. Ben saying, “I can’t thank the horse enough.” Legend.

7:44 a.m.

7:43 a.m. Hold on! Dag Albert takes a flyer at the Vicarage Vee.

7:42 a.m. Ireland’s Claire Abbott and Euro Prince fall at the Bullfinch. Looks like he got a bit close and his boldness sent them down on the back side. Both up and look ok at the moment.

7:41 a.m. I think we can practically hear the cheering for Ben and Mulry’s Error on the east coast as they finish the course.

7:38 a.m. Whoa! A huge jump nearly unseats Ben Hobday at the Joules Corners, but he sticks it! Unfortunately picking up 20 pen as he crosses his tracks to represent to the second.

7:36 a.m. I would imagine riding Euro Prince is akin to holding onto a runaway train. He knows the job!

7:34 a.m. Euro Prince gives Claire Abbott a hugely enthusiastic ride through The Lake.

7:33 a.m. Fan favorites Ben Hobday and Mulry’s Error taking the long route through The Lake to a big cheer from the crowd.

7:32 a.m. Alexander Whewall pops off at the Vicarage Vee. The stride wasn’t quite right and and Chakiris Star opts to step down in the ditch and around. Alexander’s left leg felt a hard smash against the Vee as he fell off, but he walked off course. Will update as we get more info!

7:31 a.m. Dan Jocelyn home with the 20 penalties and over a minute over the time.

7:30 a.m.

7:28 a.m. Alexander Whewall taking the very long route at The Lake, but clear

7:27 a.m. Alicia is home finishing her first four-star! She looked like a seasoned pro.

7:26 a.m. What will Ollie do between now and his next ride? He’s going “back to the wagon to have a sleep!”

7:25 a.m.

7:23 a.m. Dassett Cool Touch puts the breaks on at The Lake (9c) to pick up 20 pen with Dan Jocelyn

7:21 a.m. Super ride for 23-year-old Badminton first-timer Alicia Hawker through the Mound.

7:19 a.m. Richard Jones and Alfies Clover have a stop at the hollow (24c) and he puts a hand up to retire.

7:17 a.m. Whoops! Richard Jones takes the wrong path away from the Hildon Water. Definitely some time wasted.

7:17 a.m.

7:15 a.m. “Its nice ground to gallop on, but when you do it for 12 minutes it’s hard work,” Andrew Nicholson explains that this ground is leading to horses looking a little tired.

7:15 a.m. Cooley SRS comes home 18 over the time. He and Oliver sit on 33.1 penalties.

7:13 a.m. Easy ride through the Huntsmans Close (6abc) for Richards Jones and Alfies Clover

7:10 a.m. 

7:08 a.m. Oliver and Cooley also take the direct route at The Hildon Water Pond.

7:07 a.m. 

7:06 a.m. Oliver shouts to take the long route at The Lake (9c)

7:05 a.m. “Oliver is like a man possessed!” Ian Stark has it right — Oliver Townend flying with Cooley SRS

7:03 a.m. Scary horse fall for Harry Dzenis as Xam hangs a leg at The Pond (9A). Both horse and rider quickly up on their feet.

7:02 a.m. Mark Todd and Leonidas are home with 8.4 time penalties.

7:01 a.m. Gemma is the first to take the long route at The Hildon Water, so it’s possible!

6:57 a.m. Mark Todd starts on the alternate route at The Hildon Water, but does a quick turnaround to exit via the direct route! Masterful riding as always.

6:56 a.m. Leonidas also dragging his feet slightly at the Eclipse Cross Pond, but doesn’t take the pin down.

6:55 a.m. SO love Pamero 4, ridden by Gemma Tattersall. Super keen!

6:54 a.m. 18 over the time for Andrew and Nereo

6:52 a.m. Alexander Bragg’s Zagreb takes the frangible pin down on The Eclipse Cross Pond (18A)

6:51 a.m. Leonidas II and Mark Tood have smooth sailing through the first of the course.

6:51 a.m. Same

6:50 a.m. A wild jump over the Vicarage Vee for Andrew and Nereo.

6:49 a.m. Andrew also goes the long route at the Hildon Water Pond. So far no one has taken the direct route. He’s about 4 seconds slow at the moment.

6:47 a.m. Halltown Harley looking a little tired over the last fence, but is home with rider Georgie Spence.

6:46 a.m. Held my breath for a second as Nereo scraped over the log into The Lake (9abc), but he made the out look easy.

6:45 a.m. Andrew Nicholson and Nereo zooming around the first half of the course, making easy work of the fences.

6:43 a.m. First rider home! Good, safe clear for Caroline Powell. She’s well over a minute over the time, but smiling from ear to ear.

6:43 a.m. Great riding through the Hildon Water Pond and over the Vicarage Vee for Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley

6:40 a.m. Huge jump out of the quarry for Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser

6:39 a.m. Vicarage Vee looking much “softer and friendlier” today according to Ian Stark.

6:38 a.m. Caroline Powell taking the long route at the Hildon Water Pond (fence 20), but looking very confident around.

6:30 a.m. A huge cheer for the crowds as Caroline Powell heads off on course aboard Up Up and Away

6:23 a.m.

6:20 a.m. (11:20 a.m. BST) We’re expecting first horse on course at 11:30 a.m. BST (6:30 EST)

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Land Rover Kentucky Highlights

Still feeling that Kentucky hangover? Same. Hang in there — Badminton coverage is on the way. To help bridge the gap, Land Rover has produced a highlight video from Kentucky. Give it a watch and go eventing.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

With the Chinch’s blessing, we are back online! This weekend was a bit of an adventure as our online only publication found itself without a website, but coverage soldiers on! Thanks are due to you, Eventing Nation, whose loyalty and readership will never again be underestimated. You guys are awesome for hanging in there as we head to Badders.

National Holiday: National Mother Goose Day

Events Opening This Week: Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1), Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (PA, A-2), Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. (WI, A-4), Golden Spike H.T. (UT, A-9),  Great Vista Horse Trials (NY, A-1), Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T. (MD, A-2), Full Gallop Farm June H.T. (SC, A-3)

Events Closing This Week:  Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1), Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2), Kent School Spring H.T. (CT, A-1), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3), Otter Creek Spring H.T. (WI, A-4), CCC Spring Gulch H.T.(CO, A-9)

Tuesday News: 

After Oliver Townend’s win in Kentucky last weekend, ears are pricked at the possibility of another Rolex Grand Slam. Pippa Funnel was the first to win it in 2003, followed by Michael Jung in 2016, so the stage is set for a third. [Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing: everything you need to know about the $350,000 prize]

Congratulations to Taylor Blumenthal, winner of EN’s Annual Kentucky Pick ‘Em Contest, Presented by Omega Alpha! Only three EN readers picked Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class to win. Taylor’s prediction that Oliver and Coolio would win on a final score of 29.0 was only 0.3 penalties off their actual winning score of 28.7. Way to go, Taylor!

Tina Cook has pulled all her horses from Badminton. After dislocating her shoulder at Burnham Market earlier this spring, she unfortunately decided she just wasn’t quite ready for the upcoming four-star. [Top Badminton contender withdraws: ‘I’m not 100% — I can’t do the horses justice’]

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these photos from Kentucky have a story to tell. [Favorite Photos From The 2018 Land Rover Kentucky CCI4*]

Tuesday Video:

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Monday horse show hangover anyone? Well I have bad news for you because the insanity doesn’t rest this time of year! We charged head first into Badminton now, so hold on tight!

Congratulations are in order for Ella Swales, the big winner in EN’s #FleeceworksFan Kentucky Contest! She snapped our favorite selfie at #LRK3DE with Fleeceworks riders Mackenna Shea, Heather Morris, Andrea Baxter and Sara Kozumplik Murphy to win the Ultimate Fleeceworks Prize Package valued at $750.

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#LRK3DE Links: Website, ResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News:

Last chance to enter the Majyk Equipe Kentucky Photography Contest! Get the Majyk Shot and win: Snap a photo of one of the Majyk Equipe riders during the cross country or show jumping phase at Kentucky and send it to [email protected]. We’ll post our favorites to a poll, and the lucky photographer who receives the most votes will win a pair of Boyd Martin Vented Infinity Stadium Jump Boots. The contest deadline is Monday, April 30, at noon EST. [Kentucky Photography Contest: Get the Majyk Shot and Win!]

Individual WEG tickets go on sale Wednesday May 2! They’re expecting to sell out, so jump fast if you want to watch in person. These individual tickets are available for eventing with prices ranging from $20-$175. [Buy WEG Tickets]

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Monday Video:

‘They Gambled on Me to Win Money Back’: Top Quotes from Kentucky Final Press Conference

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Today’s show jumping finale proved to be the nail-biting one we all hoped for. Once the dust settled we welcomed a new winner in Oliver Townend aboard Cooley Master Class, followed in second by previous winners Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST, and in third by new USEF CCI4* National Champions Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Read on for the top quotes from our top three on the final day in Kentucky:

Oliver Townend

“It’s obviously a fantastic feeling. I had to do a bit of arm twisting to get the horses here because there was no funding from Great Britain this year, so my owners Angela Hislop and Tom Joule, who own King Joules, they gambled on me to win a bit of money back, and I’m just very pleased with the horses. They’ve come through with great results and I’ve hopefully repaid my owner’s gamble on me.”

“It’s about time! (Oliver Townend will now become #1 in the FEI World Eventing Rankings) I didn’t realize that. I’m fairly clueless about things like that to tell you the truth. I don’t follow the rankings at all. I wouldn’t really understand how the system works, but I’m very happy about that.”

“We’ve had him since he was four years old (Cooley Master Class). He’s always been a favorite at home by all the members of staff and myself. He came right at the end of a period when I had sold an awful lot of good horses, and in terms of Land Vision to Mark Todd, lots and lots of horses to obviously set my life up and buy a property. He came right at the right time in terms of when I sat on him I said, ‘this one were going to one way or another keep.’ I was lucky enough to sell him to Angela Hislop to keep the ride.

“He’s pretty much won at every level all the way through. He’s never really let us down. He’s just had a couple of niggles injury-wise, and at certain stages at his career we’ve often thought, ‘My God is he actually ever going to come through with what we know he can come through with?’ We know how talented he is, we’ve seen him do some very special things at the home competitions, but at certain points in his career it didn’t quite look like he was ever going to come to fruition. In his last two seasons he’s toughened up and we’ve found a way to manage him better and learn more about him. He’s always been cheeky — always been talented, and we’re just very pleased that he’s finally come through.”

Michael Jung

“I’m very happy about fisherRocana. I was a little bit sad more about me because that was absolutely my mistake. I was too far away from this fence, but my mare tried hard. It was still a good round. One down — one down too much, but I’m happy all in all it was a very nice week again in Kentucky. I really like this event. It was really beautiful. I am very happy to be here. It was just a really nice week.

“She’s a very nice horse. She’s very sensitive and very nervous sometimes, but she can very good concentrate and focus on the rider and on the thing what she has to do. She’s very nice to ride for the dressage. She’s not the mover like a dressage horse, but she’s very concentrated and correct. ALso in the jumping and the cross country, she’s not the horse with the best talent, but she’s very good with the brain and she has a very big heart. She tires. She fights. I think for her it’s important that I got her very young, and we’ve grown up together. We learn together and we learn about the good things from each other. And we trust each other, I think that’s the best thing. Otherwise it would not work.

“We had a strong winter, but I had two really good competitions with a hilly place where I can gallop, and I ride there also a bit early, so I can use the gallop tracks twice. It was a very good preparation I think.”

Marilyn Little

“It’s an incredible honor to be up here with riders like Michael and Oliver. I’m very lucky to have an incredible team of people that helped make it all happen. Not just to bring an event horse here, but to be able to compete as well in show jumping and eventing. It’s because of the team around you — it’s because I get to ride two very special horses.

“I actually haven’t had Kitty so long. We did not grow up together. She came into the stable at 8 years old and she is a diva, but she’s notoriously difficult in the stable. She strikes fear into the heart of many people who have to take care of her. But she knows her people. She is very trusting, and she’s a wonderful horse to ride. She has an incredible sense of the moment. She knows when to turn it on. She loves performing for a crowd, so the bigger the crowd the better. She’s a real princess, which was actually a concern early on. We wondered if she was going to be too delicate, too fragile, too careful for eventing, but she’s actually become a very courageous, brave horse and she will give you 150% of everything she has.”

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Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

There are few feelings better than the end of cross country day when everyone comes home safe. It was a great day in Kentucky (or at home if you tuned into the live stream!). I was thrilled to see Lynn Symansky and Donner come out on top for the Americans. These two finally had their day to shine. With the scores bunched tightly this year, today’s show jumping finale will be a nail-biter!

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Sunday Links:

Jimmy Wofford Reflects On A Great Day Of Cross-Country At The Land Rover Kentucky CCI

Updated: RF Scandalous Displays Blood On Mouth At Land Rover Kentucky, But Veterinarian Clears Her

US Equestrian Names 10 Athletes to Short List for FEI World Equestrian Games NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team

Kentucky cross-country: Oliver Townend within one rail of win to line up Grand Slam

Report: Cross Country Day at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Photo Gallery: Cross-Country Day at #KY3Day18

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There are few feelings better than the end of cross country day when everyone comes home safe. It was a great day in Kentucky (or at home if you tuned into the live stream!). I was thrilled to see Lynn Symansky and Donner come out on top for the Americans. These two finally had their day to shine. With the scores bunched tightly this year, today’s show jumping finale will be a nail-biter!

National Holiday: National Zipper Day

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It’s #LRK3DE photo contest time. If you’re at Kentucky, don’t forget to enter — here’s the 411:

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Jimmy Wofford Reflects On A Great Day Of Cross-Country At The Land Rover Kentucky CCI

Updated: RF Scandalous Displays Blood On Mouth At Land Rover Kentucky, But Veterinarian Clears Her

US Equestrian Names 10 Athletes to Short List for FEI World Equestrian Games NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team

Kentucky cross-country: Oliver Townend within one rail of win to line up Grand Slam

Report: Cross Country Day at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Photo Gallery: Cross-Country Day at #KY3Day18

‘The most beautiful soul’: Pippa Funnell’s former ride put down

Vets correct horse’s cardiac arrhythmia in world-first equine ablation

Sunday Video:

Top Quotes from Kentucky Cross Country Day

Top three after cross country: Chris Burton, Michael Jung and Oliver Townend, plus top American, Lynn Symansky. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

After an influential cross country day in Kentucky, we are looking a very different leaderboard than we had yesterday. What do our new top three think about the day? Read on for the top quotes from Michael Jung, Chris Burton, Oliver Townend, Lynn Symansky and course designer Derek di Grazia:

Michael Jung

On his ride today: “I’m very happy about fischerRocana, but first I have to say also that we had a really good course, a really nice course. I liked it. The gallop track changed through the last years. My feeling was much better also for fischerRocana. She was really wonderful to ride. Nice galloping, and she gave me a really good feeling around. I had a really fantastic ride. fisherRocana was really powerful. I had a great feeling from the start. From the first fence up to the other jumps she galloped nice. She was in a very good condition.

On an uncharacteristic bobble in the Head of the Lake: “On Jump 18, the water, I would like to do four strides. I missed this also in the end I just wait on what she’s doing. I try to keep her straight in front of the fence, and she tried to not really jump, but go over. I think in the end this is was you need in a partnership: that the other one is also fighting for you. She was really fighting for me in that situation and that makes me proud that she also never gave up. She had every chance to do a stop or a run out, but she fights for me and that was perfect. We lost a few seconds there. We were good on the time up to there, but then we have to go really fast after that, and it’s nice to feel when the horse really fights for you and gallops fast. It’s also good to feel the horse had such great fun in a tough course like this.

On what tomorrow looks like for him: “We have a lot to do. I have another friend with me, which I have to help. Some things to take care of with the horses, we have to prepare for the vet check, we have to do the vet check. Then I think I will ride my horse a little bit, also maybe we do a few jumps. We have to look that we prepare the horse as good as we can, so that the horses feels very well, and has no muscle pain. In the end we have to try to do our best job, and then we will see how it works.”

Chris Burton

On his ride today: “It’s easy to be happy when you’ve had a great run. The team and I are delighted. I’m with Michi, there wouldn’t be anyone in the field today I think that doesn’t think it was a great day of sport. The course designer, he has a lot of feel, and a great track. Good going and the weather was nice, what a good day for eventing.

“We had such good conditions. I think we all were able to enjoy it. My horse, he’s gotten a bit stiff as he’s gotten older, and it’s taken a lot of work from our team to manage him and get him here, and I was delighted that he came home as well as he did. He’s all heart and he looks through the flags really nicely. I really had a great time out there I have to say.”

On the footing: “The tough thing about our sport is we can’t control the weather conditions, so It’s nice then when you have a place like this. However, cross country aside I have a belief that eventing should be like this. We should be doing dressage on the surface (on arena footing) and show jumping on the surface. I think that should become more of the guideline because I’ve jumped horses in the UK in the rain, and I think, ‘why are we doing this to them? Show jumping in the mud this is silly.’ Of course if we have to run cross country in the mud that’s fine.”

On the course: “It’s a four-star. There’s no question. You had to ride well. There was technical questions everywhere. There was plenty of places to have a mistake, but I don’t believe cross country course should just be tough, and I think he (Derek di Grazia) got the balance exactly right.”

Oliver Townend

On the course: “An unbelievable track I think. Derek is one of the best course designers in the world if not the best at the minute. The ground was fantastic. Course was fantastic, but with a huge amount of feel and empathy for the horses, but still a serious four-star and a proper, proper test.

On his two different rides: “I had two very different rides with my horses. King Joules is notoriously strong, which is possibly why I got the ride. Andrew Nicholson rode him before, and Mary King before that. Andrew obviously had his injury, and he was sadly the first one to get turfed out. There’s not question that he’s got a huge amount of talent and an huge amount of gallop. Ability is definitely no problem, but trying to even slow him down sometimes is quite a problem. I got basically run off with for 11 minutes on the first one, but he was exceptionally honest and put himself between the flags. Basically I spent my whole round saying, ‘whoa, whoa’ and steering.

“The second ride completely different. First time at this level and couldn’t be any happier with him. Not quite so confident, not quite so used to the crowds, holding his breath a little bit. Basically been run away on the first one and squeezing all the way with the second one, but he grew in confidence as he went and I think that is a very good sign from a course design point of view that you felt sticky, and you thought to yourself, ‘my god. He doesn’t feel like he’s going great at the minute.’ He was going about had his ears pricked all the way, and as the round progressed, his confidence grew and he started to get better and better as he went. Never didn’t prick his ears, so I thought that was a good sign. He’s had very little preparation due to the horrifically crap spring that we’ve had in England, so I couldn’t be happier with both horses.”

On tomorrow’s show jumping: “It’s one of the biggest three-day events in the world, and it’s like trying to jump her around show jumps after you’ve taken a horse round the Grand National. Good jumpers can have fences down, and bad jumpers can screw up clears. Obviously, I think all three of us will be trying to jump a clear round tomorrow, but we shall see.”

Lynn Symansky

On her ride today: “I don’t have many complaints on my horse today. We went out — he takes a little bit to get into the groove of a course, especially with the crowd, so I would say probably his hairiest moment was the corner at the coffin at 6. After that, honestly, I couldn’t say that a lot going around a track like this, but it was pretty boring it was like clockwork, and I think that’s a tribute to knowing the horse so well and having a great partnership with him. He tried his heart out and I think he was very efficient, and at the end I was really able to slow up because I had my minutes. I thought it was a great track. It rode according to plan, and I was really happy with the way he came home. This was his ninth four-star and he’s a little bit older — he’s 15 this year — so I think it’s actually a little bit easier on him, just knowing the horse so well and not having to ride quite as hard as you do a few years earlier in the partnership.”

On this being the 10th anniversary of an American victory: “I honestly haven’t really looked at the scoreboard because my phone doesn’t work! I think I’m just going to go out and do the job I would do on any sort of day. I think we’ve been battling for years and years to try and defend our home turf. I think these boys all have a very good chance of taking the throne once again. I think as much as we don’t like losing on our home turf, we really welcome the international contingent. It’s really nice to have more competition over here.

On tomorrow’s show jumping: “We’ll just take care of him tonight to give him a good go tomorrow. I’m actually more nervous about surviving the jog than the actual show jumping. Not because he’s lame, just because he’s a little difficult.”

Derek di Grazia

On the 11 double clears: “I think that the ground ending up being quite fast today. You couldn’t get any better conditions I think if we would’ve had a little bit of rain it would’ve been different, but you never know. We had a very good field of riders today. It might not of been a huge number, as far as there may not have been 60 or 70 of them, but I think the ones we had are very good riders. They all took a crack at it, and we ended up with 10 within the time, but I think they had to work at it to get there.”

On how he thinks the course rode: “I’m very happy about how the course rode. I think the faults were spread out across the course. All the combinations I felt rode really well, and at the same time the combinations, you didn’t have to do them all the same way, and certainly that was shown out there today. People did things differently and it could still work out for them. I was happy with how the course ended up riding overall. Again, we didn’t have any horse falls, which is really a great thing. And we didn’t have any injured riders, which is a great thing. To me that is a positive.

On his course design philosophy: “The big thing for me is one: to develop a good flow of the track. That’s the first thing I do when i come to design the track year after year is getting that flow, and then really trying to ask different exercises, and making the riders have to use the things they’ve learned and what they’ve trained their horses to do to, and be able to make sure they can do what they do in their dressage test by going forward, they have to bring them back and having to be straight. It’s all those things we learn as we bring these horses through the levels, and I think that’s what you try to incorporate into the course. And at the same time, you are always thinking that you want to be a fair course to the horses because I don’t ever like to see a horse get hurt on course.”

On reversing the track this year: “I think having the Head of the Lake a little past seven minutes, I still think that the horses were fresh enough at that point. I think really when they get past the Normandy Bank is when you start to see horses start to get tired, so I think that in some ways it’s an advantage to the riders because the Head of the Lake is quite a big thing when you come there. Not only with the crowds, but there’s always a lot to do, and I think that being well into the course at that point, I think the horses and the riders actually should be into a good rhythm and should actually ride almost better at that point than being at four minutes where we’ve had it in the past.”

On his upcoming Olympic course in Tokyo 2020: “It’s interesting because the Tokyo course to me is pretty much mostly done in that we might make little changes, but the whole concept of the course, the track of the course and all that is done, so we’re really in the final development of that course. To me again, I like each site, whether it’s here or any of the other ones I do, they’re all different, so you basically design for the site because the terrain is different and there are quite a few different characteristics, so maybe you have to design according to what that facility gives you. That’s what I try to do because you’d hate to go one place and have it be exactly the same as the other. You want to try to make a difference in each place.  

“Certainly if there’s jumps that were somewhat presented like what we have in Tokyo, then if you didn’t like how it was then certainly you can make the adjustments. I think that goes for whatever you’re doing from course to course, anywhere you’re designing. The same if you go to watch a course that’s not your own, maybe someone else’s that you’re watching how the jumps ride put in a certain way. You can say, ‘I like that, I don’t it.’ I think we’re always learning about course design every day.”

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Kentucky Cross Country Open Thread, Presented by SmartPak: fischerRocana Reigns Supreme

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here — it’s cross country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event! This is the page you’ll want to keep refreshing all day for all the action as it happens. Also follow our twitter feed (@eventingnation) for more live updates.

Cross country will be hugely influential. The entire field is spread across just 22.4 points without the dressage coefficient, meaning time penalties will prove costly. Our overnight leader, Marilyn Little, has room for just about five seconds, so she’ll have to put the pedal down to stay on top.

If you’re on site and want to experience cross country day with a mimosa and a certain celebrity status chinchilla, then come enjoy the EN’s 6th Annual ‘Insanity in the Middle’ Tailgate, Presented by Amerigo! We’re in spaces S294 and S295. Click here for more info.

We’ll kick things off with the first rider at 11 a.m. EST. To catch EN’s course preview click here. Click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage from #LRK3DE. Go Eventing.

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4:46 p.m. EST Thanks for hanging in there with us, EN! Our servers famously crash every year in Kentucky, and this year proved different only in the length and intensity of the technical issues! #ChichCrash2018 tried to slow us down, but we kept right on. Read on below if you missed any of the action today. Also check out our twitter feed (@eventingnation), which followed the action in ~actual~ real time.

2:16 p.m 

2:15 p.m. We finish cross country day with just a few too many international riders at the top for our liking, but Lynn and Donner are in the hunt!

2:12 p.m. She was looking a little down on the time but she actually came through the finish only one second over.

2:10 p.m. Patrick with a super jump up the Normandy Bank.  They’re just a bit down on the clock.

2:10 p.m. Lauren is clear through the Head of the Lake with Patrick! She’s our final rider on course.

2:09 p.m. Oliver Townend has officially gotten two clear rounds! (GIF)

2:07 p.m. Oliver is right on his time in the final drag toward home.

2:06 p.m. Oliver charges down the hill after the Normandy bank. Sending spectators at the ropes running!

2:05 p.m. Cooley Master Class isn’t looking at all like the horse from the start. Going very boldly now.

2:04 p.m. Two seconds above the time for Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready.

2:03 p.m. Oliver clear through the hollow / Lauren clear through the first water

2:02 p.m. Cooley Master Class is looking much more confident at this point in the course. Nice ride through the Rolex Grand Slam Challenge.

2:01 p.m. Brilliant riding through the water for Phil

1:59 p.m. Oliver had to dig deep and keep this horse going through the coffin.

1:58 p.m. Very scary ride for Phillip at the table in the hollow, but I’m Sew Ready somehow gets them over it.

1:57 p.m. Third-placed Oliver Townend heads out with Cooley Master Class in the horse’s first four-star.

1:57 p.m. Phillip and I’m Sew Ready good on the clock at fence 7.

1:55 p.m. Buck is home with just 1.2 time penalties for a current top ten place with Copper Beach.

1:54 p.m. Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready have a very quick ride through the first water.

1:53 p.m. Great ride through the Normandy Bank for Buck. He’s a bit down on the time, but very close.

1:52 p.m. Donner and Lynn are home clear! They are the top US Pair in fourth provisionally.

1:50 p.m. Big discussions between Buck and Copper Beach through the Hollow but theyre clear.

1:49 p.m. Colleen has a second jump error at the Mighty Mogul fence at 26B.

1:48 p.m. Textbook ride through the Head of the Lake with Lynn and Donner.

1:47 p.m. Buck is taking on his third completion here with Copper Beach.

1:46 p.m. Lynn and Donner fly through the Rolex Grand Slam Challenge water. They are gunning for a clear.

1:45 p.m. We are hearing now that Colleen and CR picked up a stop at the corner at 10b, The Rolex Grand Slam Water

1:45 p.m. 20 jumping and 7.2 time penalties for Kim.

1:44 p.m. Dreams dashed. Kim and Cross have a stop at the b element of the Mighty Moguls.

1:43 p.m. Lynn Symansky and Donner are out. They put forward a very efficient ride through the first water.

1:42 p.m. Kim charges through the Normandy bank. Crossy looks like he’s got more than enough run left.

1:41 p.m. Pawel is home with 2 time penalties.

1:41 p.m. Clear through the Head of the Lake and Kim is right on the clock.

1:40 p.m. Baneras looks a bit tired, but Pawel is doing a great job of getting him home.

1:39 p.m. Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy came home inside the time.

1:38 p.m. Kim absolutely blazes through the Rolex Grand Slam Challenge at 10.

1:37 p.m. Pawel takes the long route at the Head of the Lake

1:36 p.m. Great riding through the coffin at 6. Kim is looking determined.

1:35 p.m. Banderas catches a hind leg on 15b, but Pawel sits it.

1:34 p.m. Kim does the quick three in the first water.

1:33 p.m. 18.4 time penalties for Elisa Wallace. Simply Priceless finishes full of running.

1:32 p.m. GO CROSSY! He and Kim are off and away.

1:31 p.m. Pawel Spisak looks very determined in the back seat through the coffin.

1:30 p.m. Paddy the Caddy looking very bold through the Hollow.

1:29 p.m. We’re finally getting a glimpse of Elisa at fence 20. She’s clear so far just a bit down on the time.

1:28 p.m. After the last combination, she’s over the time. Coming home with 7.6 time penalties for fourth place.

1:27 p.m. Marilyn and Kitty are on the long hill toward the finish. They’re just slightly loosing the clock.

1:26 p.m. I held my breath through the Normandy Bank. Marilyn took and chance and made it look easy.

1:26 p.m. Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless are out of course. They’re clear through 9 so far.

1:25 p.m. Clear, bold ride through the Head of the Lake for Marilyn. She’s good on the clock so far.

1:24 p.m. Will Coleman is home in 10:44 seconds. Fastest ride of the day, and Phish looks ready to start the whole thing over.

1:23 p.m. Super ride through the hollow for Marilyn and Kitty.

1:21 p.m. Marilyn’s round is looking very solid. She heads to the hollow.

1:20 p.m. Chris Burton home two seconds under the time! Michael still leads but only by the skin of his teeth.

1:19 p.m. A right drift to 4C at the first water gave an unpleasant jump, but Marilyn gallops off.

1:17 p.m. Kitty is bounding out of the startbox

1:16 p.m. Will Coleman shows Tight Lines the way through the coffin at 6. They get it done

1:16 p.m. Nobilis is so damn quick-footed. He is so economical going toward the head of the lake.

1:15 p.m. Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous head to the box

1:13 p.m. Quick conversation between Burto and Nobilis at 10B

1:11 p.m. Super goes so far for Bughley winners Chris Burton and Nobilis 18. Clear through fence 6.

1:08 p.m. Kelly Prather home clear inside the time! Well done!

1:07 p.m. AH! A glance off the corner at 6D for Steady Eddie. He calls it a day there.

1:05 p.m. We have word that Lillian picked up 20 penalties at the Head of the Lake.

1:04 p.m. Chip stride to the massive ditch and brush for Tim Bourke. He kicks on.

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1:03 p.m. Four star table or novice fence? You tell us

1:02 p.m. Speedsters Tim Bourke and Lauckaun Quality are off and away. They will go for the time.

1:01 p.m. We didn’t see much of her on the live stream, but Lisa Marie and Honor Me are home with 5.6 time penalties.

1:00 p.m. Kelley Prather and Truly Wiley are looking fab in the first parts of the course.

12:59 p.m. Lillian and LCC Barnaby squeak over 13A, but make a good run for the offset logs at 15.

12:55 p.m. Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby haven’t shown up on the live stream yet, but they are clear through 7 so far.

12:54 p.m. Landioso hangs a leg at the log on the Normandy bank. Mackenna saves it!

12:53 p.m. A little stumble on landing into the Head of the Lake for Mackenna, but she stays right on and they get a beautiful jump over the corner.

12:51 p.m. Arg! A fall for Allie Knowles at the Normandy Bank.

12:47 p.m. Mackenna Shea and Landioso super through the first water

12:46 p.m. Lauren is just a hair down on the time. She should put the pedal down between here and the finish.

12:45 p.m. Lauren is so bold through the Head of the Lake. She wants that time!

12:44 p.m. Lauren does the four between the offset logs at 15. This hasn’t been riding very well so far, but she gave it a beautiful look.

12:43 p.m. Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect are away and clear through 6 so far.

12:42 p.m. Caroline Martin has withdrawn The Apprentice

12:41 p.m. Bug thinks the water at 10ABC is easy peasy!

12:40 p.m. Oliver Townend home 6 seconds under the time! Fastest ride of the day so far, and fifth clear.

12:39 p.m. Textbook through the first water for Vermiculus.

12:38 p.m. Oliver wastes absolutely no time at the Normandy Bank.

12:38 p.m. Lauren and Bug are off!

12:37 p.m. Home clear for Carlevo! One more to go for Buck.

12:37 p.m. Quick & clear through the Head of the Lake for Oliver.

12:35 p.m. Buck makes the Mighty Moguls his master this time through!

12:34 p.m. Oliver is using King Joules’ big gallopy stride to make up some time. Made it in three strides between the offset logs at 15.

12:34 p.m. Well done for Buck at the Normandy Bank. Keeps Carlevo between the flags.

12:33 p.m. HUGE leap into the the water at 10A, aptly named the Rolex Grand Slam Challenge, as Oliver is chasing that challenge himself.

12:31 p.m. Slight drift left into the Head of the Lake, Buck lets him take his time and goes clear.

12:30 p.m. Agh! A wild ride through the water at 4abc for Oliver Townend. They get away with it.

12:29 p.m. Holly takes the long route into the Head of the Lake. Doesn’t quite get her canter back before the corner in the water, and is jumped out of the tack. Horse & rider both ok.

12:28 p.m. Carlevo looks to be backing off a little at the coffin at 6. Buck is having to work hard.

12:28 p.m. Eyes are on Oliver Townend now. We expect him to make the time today with MHS Kind Joules

12:27 p.m. Buck through the first water with his second ride Carlevo.

12:25 p.m. Ashley finishes clear with 33.6 time penalties.

12:23 p.m. Great ride through the first water for Holly Jacks Smither. She’s hugging her line!

12:21 p.m. Eek! Tactical Maneuver climbs through the brush at 21d. Over, under or through right?

12:20 p.m. Great ride through the long route at the Head of the Lake for Ashley.

12:19 p.m. Lots of strides added for Ashley at the offset logs. She is determined for a clear round.

12:18 p.m. A stop at 4a for Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jolly bo. She puts a hand up. Heartbreaking early end to their day.

12:17 p.m. Sticky ride for Ashley over the alternate corner at 10b, but still looking good.

12:14 p.m. Lovely ride through the Mighty Mogels for Sharon. She’s headed home and looking quite good on time.

12:13 p.m. Ashley Johnson and Tactical Maneuver make their way through the start of the course.

12:11 p.m. Sara and Polaris have done it! First 4* cross country finish!

12:10 p.m. Sharon saw four, but Louie said he needed the five at the angled trees at 15ab. They made it work.

12:08 p.m. Louie looking so game. She is one of the first riders to do five strides between 12 and 13A.

12:07 p.m. They had a wiggle on the way into the coffin combination at 6, but gets it done!

12:06 p.m. Sharon White out on course. Go Louie!

12:05 p.m. Andrea is home with 40 jump penalties and 19.2 time penalties.

12:03 p.m. Huge jump from Rookie Sara Gumbiner and Polaris at 6D!

11:56 a.m. Knowing her past issues with right handed corners, Andrea goes the long way at 10ABC and makes it clear.

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11:55 a.m. Kelecyn Cognac slams the breaks at 15b.

11:54 a.m. We haven’t seen any of her, but Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 are on course and clear so far.

11:53 a.m. Great riding by Waylon Roberts through 10ABC

11:51 a.m. He was down on the time, but he made it up in the last quarter of the course finishing bang on optimum. Unreal.

11:48 a.m. Yikes! A very sticky ride through the head of the lake for Michael, but he gets away with it. He’s 5-6 seconds down on the clock.

11:47 a.m.

11:46 a.m. A master at work – Michael is right on the minute markers.

11:45 a.m. Woodge made it home inside the time. Way to go girl!

11:43 a.m. The crowd is going bananas for fisherRocana!

11:42 a.m. Michi does the four between 4a and 4b, but he’s hugging that line to save every second.

11:40 a.m. The queen is on course.

11:40 a.m. Goosebumps watching the Next Level Eventing crew run up to Tamie at the finish. Clear with a handful of time.  Well done!

11:39 a.m.

11:38 a.m. “It was a relentless course. He’s got so much heart that little guy.”  – Boyd

11:37 a.m. Tamie is a bit down on her time, but Wembley’s big stride should help.

11:36 a.m. Tamie makes the Head of the Lake look easy!

11:34 a.m. Scrappy riding from Woodge and Captain Jack.

11:32 a.m. Tamie doing an excellent job showing Wembley around Kentucky. I can practically hear the West Coast cheering for them!

11: 31 a.m.

11:30 a.m. “Come on!” Boyd encourages Tsetserleg through the Mighty Moguls. They come home 4 seconds over the time.

11:29 a.m. Boyd is down on the clock, but giving this horse a great ride. Tamie is out on course. Go Wembley!!

11:27 a.m. Boyd adds through the angled logs, but Tsetserleg looks happy to do it.

11:26 a.m. A clear round for Lillian! She picks up 19.6 time penalites.

11:25 a.m. Boyd has to dig deep at 10BC, but he gets it done!

11:24a.m. Joe has pulled up with Clip Clop.

11:23 a.m. Phillip Dutton comes home clear with a four-star first-timer. No one but Phil could make that happen! “I’m pretty proud of my little horse”- P’Dutty.

11:21 a.m. A stop for Joe Meyer and Clip Clop at 13 A.

11:21 a.m. Lillian looks like she’s having a canter around. Absolutely beautiful riding.

11:20 a.m.

11:19 a.m. Phillip has 30 second to get home. Z is looking a little through 27AB.

11:18 a.m.

11:15 a.m. 

11:15 a.m. Lillian Heard and Share Option are looking super out to start.

11:14 a.m. Z hangs a leg at both 15 A and B. Phillip does an excellent job to keep him going.

11:13 a.m. Caroline took the long route at the Head of the Lake. She is hunting for her first clear 4* despite time penalties.

11:11 a.m. Sticky ride for Caroline as she heads to the Head of the Lake

11:10 a.m. Buck has a run out at 26b. He will be very frustrated with that after such an excellent start.

11:08 a.m. Thanks to a lead from Richard Picken, Z and Phillip are out of the box!

11:06 a.m. Little bit of a flyer for Caroline at 4b, but Spring Easy picks up the distance easily.

11:05 a.m.

11:04 a.m. Caroline Martin and Spring easy are off!

11:02 a.m. Buck and Park Trader get the three strides through 4a-4b. He’s cruising.

11:00 a.m.

10:59 a.m. Buck circles the startbox squeee!

10:50 a.m. Jen McFall has also withdrawn High Times

10:48 a.m. Ronald Zabala-Goetschel has withdrawn Wundermaske in an effort to save the horse for WEG. He posted this update to his facebook page:

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