Rise and shine! We’re just moments away from the start of the Military Boekelo CCIO3* cross country. It’s a big division with 84 horse and rider combinations set to start. We have ten U.S. riders and our Canadian friend Lindsay Traisnel to cheer on this morning, and we will keep their updates at the top of this post so you don’t have to scroll through the whole page.
If you want to watch the live stream, it’s embedded in this post!
10:35 a.m. EST: The U.S. is third in the team competition heading into show jumping! Ireland is well deserving of their overnight lead as they had some cracking rounds today, with many of their riders going early when it was still slick, but there is no room for error tomorrow as New Zealand is hot on their heels. Check out detailed team scores here.
10:09 a.m. EST: That’s a wrap on Boekelo CCIO3* cross country. For those of you who were up with us six hours ago and everyone who tuned in since, thank you for joining us! Stay tuned for much more from Boekelo!
9:56 a.m. EST: What a day! All four U.S. Nations Cup Team riders crossed the finish without jumping penalties, and of 11 North American riders in the field, 10 went clear over a tough course. Congratulations to Team USA!
9:49 a.m. EST: Cooley looked to be quite strong throughout the course and he and Liz pick up 23.2 time penalties, but that’s four clear rounds for the U.S. Nations Cup team!
9:43 a.m. EST: Amazing save by Liz at the first water. Cooley jumped in big over the first element and she had one leg on the wrong side of the saddle as they cantered on. She jumped off the drop with one stirrup and jumped, erm, cooley, out over the brush.
9:40 a.m. EST: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and her big Irish grey HHS Cooley are on course and clear through the combination at seven.
9:34 a.m. EST: Buck and Carlevo are clear with 26.4 time – a super performance for the 8-year-old in his first CCI3*. We’ve just one American rider left to go!
9:26 a.m. EST: Carlevo is just cruising with his lovely long stride. Buck circled him between 11 and 12 but they are clear through 18 and approaching the final water.
9:24 a.m. EST: Big pats for RF Quarterman as he and Marilyn cross the finish clear with 11.6 time. What a star! In his first year at the level, the 7-year-old has completed three CIC3* and two CCI3* without a single cross country penalty.
9:20 a.m. EST: Marilyn takes the direct route on RF Quarterman at the second water. She’s done that with both horses successfully today when only a handful of riders have even attempted it.
9:15 a.m. EST: Lauren is all smiles as she crosses the finish with Landmark’s Monte Carlo. They are clear with just 1.2 time in the 9-year-old’s second CCI3*. Great to see all the other members of the American “team” including riders, grooms, owners and parents waiting at the finish to help and congratulate!
9:14 a.m. EST: The Americans have the course to themselves now – Lauren is clear through 26 and Marilyn Little and RF Quarterman have started.
9:10 a.m. EST: Lauren and “Patrick” are clear through the tricky combination at 7, and a trip up the bank didn’t appear to bother this Irish Sport Horse. Both Lauren and Patrick kept their eyes up and kicked on over the brush out.
9:04 a.m. EST: Another commercial starting right before an American heads out on course. Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo coming up!
8:52 a.m. EST: A clear round with 13.2 time for Jon and Will! Amazing! USA you are making us SO PROUD!
8:45 a.m. EST: Close call for Jon and “Will” at the first water! He was honest to jump the brush after stumbling up the bank. Kick on, Jon!
8:40 a.m. EST: Jonathan Holling and Downtown Harrison are on course and over the first!
8:15 a.m. EST: Matt and Super Socks ring in the fifth clear round from the North American contingent so far today! They add just 5.2 time penalties to their dressage score of 46.4. The U.S. Nations Cup Team now has three clear rounds on the team score with Liz Halliday and HHS Cooley still to go. Go USA!
8:09 a.m. EST: Matt and Super Socks are clear through the first water at 9.
8:06 a.m. EST: The live stream has switched to a pre-filmed feature now while Matt Brown and Super Socks are on course. They are clear through the tricky combination at 7.
7:58 a.m. EST: We’re three away from the start of the next U.S. rider – Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF.
7:24 a.m. EST: Lots of pats for Vermiculus at the finish – clear with 15.2 time.
7:17 a.m. EST: Lauren and “Bug” are super through the first water. Not a misstep at a complex where many experienced pairs have had trouble today.
7:13 a.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus are on course. This horse is only 8 and he’s tackling his first CCI3*.
7:10 a.m. EST: Yes! A clear round with time for Lindsay and Candar van het Neerveld.
7:05 a.m. EST: Lindsay is clear through 18. Come on, let’s see another clear!
7:01 a.m. EST: Canadian Lindsay Traisnel is on course with Candar van het Neerveld. They are clear through fence 10. The live stream has started skipping but they look great from what I’ve seen.
6:52 a.m. EST: Despite the early penalty, Katherine and Longwood finish well with 18.4 time penalties to add.
6:44 a.m. EST: Rats. Katherine and Longwood pick up 20 at fence 7b. Longwood is another one to leave a leg on the bank out at the first water. They power through, though.
6:40 a.m. EST: Britain-based U.S. rider Katherine Coleman has left the startbox with Longwood.
5:53 a.m. EST: Marilyn had to work very hard to guide Kitty around her first CCI3* course, and they got it done with no jumping penalties and 9.6 time penalties. That was one heck of a ride and we have two clear rounds up for the U.S. team score.
5:49 a.m. EST: Marilyn takes the straight route through the second water, which not many have done so far today. “Kitty” has to reach for it, but they get it done.
5:45 a.m. EST: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous are very bold and straight through the first water.
4:42 a.m. EST: Our next American pair, Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, will leave the box at 5:40 a.m. EST, so you could, if you feel so inclined, have a little nap before she goes. I have may have to make more coffee…
4:32 a.m. EST: They’re interviewing Buck at the finish and we can hear a bit of it over the loudspeaker. He mentioned that it was a lot of work and the horse needs to be honest on this course.
4:28 a.m. EST: Buck and Copper Beach are home clear with 12 time! The livestream is showing U.S. grooms and supporters tending to the horse at the finish and he’s looking very proud of himself!
4:21 a.m. EST: Buck had to work for it through the influential first water but they’re clear. Copper Beach is looking very keen!
4:17 a.m. EST: Buck Davidson and Sherrie Martin and Copper Segal’s Copper Beach are on course!
10:08 a.m. EST: Cedric and Qatar du Puech Rouget come to grief at the first water. Two hard stops at the drop in and Cedric trots the horse through the water on the backside. They drop in successfully on the third attempt, but they retire after circling and jumping the final element, the brush at E.
10:06 a.m. EST: Oh dear, Sam and Angelo have a fall at 14, an upright gate, the only trouble there all day.
10:04 a.m. ETS: Cedric Lyard (FRA) and Qatar du Puech Rouget are on course. They’re the last to go and they’re clear through 6. Alice Naber-Lozeman from the Netherlands and ACSI Peter Parker have finished without jumping penalties.
10:01 a.m. EST: Sam Griffiths (AUS) could potentially take over second place with Angelo. They’re clear through 13.
9:51 a.m. EST: We’re in the home stretch with three left to start. Josephine and Sambucca have just finished clear.
9:46 a.m. EST: Sambucca 10 completely left out a stride over the bank at the first water and was very honest on the way out over the brush. Josephine Schnaufer of Germany did well to hang tight and stay forward thinking!
9:41 a.m. EST: Tim Price (NZL) was double-clear with Xavier Faer despite picking up 20 penalties at 7b.
9:29 a.m. EST: Nicola and Bulana were clear with a handful of time, so they will drop down the leaderboard a bit but currently remain in the top 10 before show jumping.
9:23 a.m. EST: Nicola is clear through 12 where she fell from Kiltealy Brief early this morning.
9:21 a.m. EST: The commentator just said – in English – Nicola Wilson “doesn’t hang around” as she and Bulana clear the first water. Very positive riding!
9:13 a.m. EST: Oh, and Henton’s Attorney General stops at the brush out of the first water. He jumped up the bank well but threw in an extra stride and stopped. Lizzie is retiring as they were carrying another 20 penalties from the combination at 7.
9:12 a.m. EST: Lizzie Brown (NZL) is on course with her second ride, Henton Attorney General. They were the winners here at Boekelo in 2013. They’re sitting 11th after dressage.
9:01 a.m. EST: Bettina finishes clear with 14 time which drops her well down the leaderboard. That means Chris Burton and Sarah Pritchard’s 9-year-old mare Monarchs Exclusive are the overnight leaders. Nicola Wilson and Bulana could tie for the lead with a double-clear.
8:59 a.m. EST: Louise Svensson Jahde is taking no chances at the first water. Wieloch’s Utah Sun absolutely flies through with Louise in the back seat.
8:53 a.m. EST: Close call for Bettina at the first water – the horse’s momentum was really the only thing that got them over the drop after a hard pause at the base of the fence. Then he jumped the high side of the brush out of the woods and Bettina was forced to circle before the narrow table at 12. She did not present so she won’t incur any penalties.
8:51 a.m. EST: Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott are on course. They’re the only ones left to challenge Chris Burton and Monarchs Exclusive for the overnight lead.
8:44 a.m. EST: Daniel Jocelyn of New Zealand posts his second clear of the day, adding only 2.4 time with Beaucatcher.
8:39 a.m. EST: In Chris Burton’s post-ride interview (after he caught his breath), he said he was happy with how Monarchs Exclusive was listening to him despite not having the best prep and being green at the level. She did the time easy, he said, and he was gently holding her back most of the way. Chris said the footing is the best he’s ridden on at Boekelo and suggested it may be better this afternoon with the sun coming out than first thing this morning.
8:35 a.m. EST: One second under time for Christopher Burton and Monarchs Exclusive. That’s our fourth double-clear round and the Aussie moves into the lead.
8:28 a.m. EST: We’re three-quarters of the way through the division and it would seem the ground is holding up well. In Wylie’s course walk she expressed concern that the ground may deteriorate later in the day, but we’re seeing more clear and quick rounds as the day progresses. No doubt word got back to the barn on where to take extra care and where you can kick on.
8:26 a.m. EST: Britain’s Izzy Taylor posts the third double-clear round and fastest ride of the day, finishing 14 seconds under the time with Briarlands Birdsong.
8:24 a.m. EST: Anna Siemer and Butts Avondale were clear and fast, with just 3.2 time. Gabriel Figueiredo Silva Cury (BRA) is on course with Grass Valley, Brazilian Team Coach Mark Todd’s 2010 World Equestrian Games horse.
8:13 a.m. EST: New Zealand’s Jesse Campbell and Kaapachino have taken the lead with a clear round and finishing just one second over the time.
8:04 a.m. EST: Another clear with 6.8 time from Joseph Murphy and Westwinds Hercules. That’s three clear rounds for the Irish Nations Cup Team.
7:59 a.m. EST: Blyth Tait is clear with 6 time with Xanthus III. They were 13th after dressage, so this round may set them up for a top ten finish tomorrow.
7:57 a.m. EST: We’ve had a streak of clears after Ciaran. The Dutch Horse was clear with Michele Moor as was Don Geniro and Alex Hua Tian of China, and Verdi with a delighted Clelia Casiraghi of Italy, who was patting her horse the whole way around.
7:44 a.m. EST: Ciaran Glynn and November Night finished clear with 3.6 time. That’s the sixth clear round for the Irish today.
7:42 a.m. EST: Because I know you were wondering, The Dutch Horse, piloted by the Swiss rider Michele Moor, is in fact Dutch. He was bred in the Netherlands by J.C W. Simons.
7:39 a.m. EST: Oliver Townend (GBR) and Mr. Hiho, lying seventh after dressage, retired after a stop at the second water at 20. Oli shouted that he was taking the option, but the horse’s momentum petered out in front of the final element and Oli put his hand up.
7:37 a.m. EST: We have our second double-clear of the day from Elizabeth Power (IRL) and Soladoun! Elizabeth said in the post-ride interview that the 8-year-old grey stallion came into his own today and that she will spend the winter working on dressage.
7:29 a.m. EST: We’re halfway through the division and so far there have been 19 clears, of those three have been Americans and one Canadian. Go North America!
7:28 a.m. EST: A delighted Robert Suffern (IRL) finishes clear with Rio, adding 10.8 time faults to their score.
7:27 a.m. EST: How did I miss this? Astier Nicolas (FRA) was clear with Spes Addit’Or finishes only 2 seconds over the time!
7:20 a.m. EST: Arnaud Boiteau (FRA) and Sultan de la Motte had a lot of time but they were clear.
7:09 a.m. EST: Three refusals at 9c for Nadia Benzineb-De Buck and Sachou des Isles of Tunisia brings their day to an early end.
7:03 a.m. EST: Matthieu Vanlandeghem (FRA) and Safran du Chanois ENE HN pick up a stop at 24; they’re the first pair to have problems there.
7:00 a.m. EST: Kristina Cook and Billy the Red are CLEAR with 6 time.
6:53 a.m EST: Thomas Carlile (FRA) took a chance at the straight route at the second water at 20 and it did not work out in his favor. Opium de Boisy didn’t read the fence well and they carry on with 20 penalties.
6:50 a.m. EST: Fraser Duffy (IRL) and Fernhill Revelation gave us a much needed clear round with 10 time penalties.
6:46 a.m. EST: Pippa Funnell said she had a “blonde moment” on course during her post-ride interview. She and Billy the Biz finished with a refusal and 18 time. She said she won’t retire from eventing until she completes Boekelo well (she had one elimination and a withdrawal last year).
6:32 a.m. EST: Young rider Isabella Innes Ker (GBR) just finished her first CCI3* course with Rosses Captain. Pippa Funnel and Billy the Biz have picked up a runout early on course (7 again). Someone on course is a bodybuilder apparently (there’s no Dutch word for “bodybuilder” – that’s how I know).
6:27 a.m. EST: The candid shots of the growing crowd at Boekelo are one of the best parts of the live stream. We’re glad you’re here with us on this thread, but you can also tune into the live video here.
6:18 a.m. EST: Dutchman Andrew Heffernan and Millthyme Corolla showed us a clear round with 7.2 time penalties. Andrew Hoy (AUS) picks up 20 with Cheeky Calimbo, who is making his third Nations Cup appearance this year.
6:03 a.m. EST: Ruy Fonseca (BRA) is another to find trouble at 7, picking up 20 penalties at the B element and opting to retire Korsica there.
5:59 a.m. EST: We’re a little more than 25% of the way through the division and after 25 rides we have had 10 clear rounds. Fence 7abc has been the primary culprit so far, causing problems for seven riders to this point. They aren’t showing that fence on the live stream so not sure what’s happening there.
5:51 a.m. EST: Josefa Sommer (GER) and Hamilton 24 get right under the narrow table at 12a and just can’t get out of their own way. They take a digger on the backside but they are both up and fine.
5:43 a.m. EST: Jonelle Price and Cloud Dancer were clear with 14.8 time. That knocks them out of the lead but she’s still delighted with the 8-year-old in his first CCI3*. In her interview at the finish, she states the priority was to give him a nice jumping round – and she did!
5:41 a.m. EST: The Dutch commentators are talking about tropical fruit and bananas. Don’t know why! I should have paid better attention in class…
5:36 a.m. EST: 19-year-old Cathal Daniels has posted the first double-clear round of the day with Rioghan Rua. He had a successful Young Rider career and this is his second appearance on a senior team this year. One to watch for sure.
5:35 a.m. EST: Aha! Jonelle Price takes a slightly different line than previous riders at the first water and it works brilliantly.
5:31 a.m. EST: Overnight leaders Jonelle Price and Cloud Dancer are on course. They have room for a few time penalties over second place Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott.
5:29 a.m. EST: My goodness! Very bold riding through the water for Ireland’s Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua. A good example of kicking your eyes up and kicking on!
5:24 a.m. EST: Imogen Murray and Ivar Gooden blow right by the offset brush at 11. You see some riders hugging the tree line to give the horse time to see the fence as they gallop out of the woods.
5:21 a.m. EST: There have been some interesting rides through the first water. Every horse seems to read the broken ground line to the drop slightly differently. They are certainly trying to be careful, but several horses have misread the bank out, leading to a stop or runout at the final element. If you missed Wylie’s course walk, check it out here.
5:19 a.m. EST: Véronique Real of France scrambles through the first water with one stirrup and opts to retire Seashore Spring.
5:12 a.m. EST: The live feed periodically cuts away from the competition and features interviews of people behind the scenes who perform important tasks such as placing flags and decorating the jumps. Check out the beautiful flower arrangement at fence 16 and the intricate designs at the veggie stand below. It’s nice they are recognizing the individuals that work so hard to make the courses the best they can be!
5:07 a.m. EST: A cracking round from Kiwi Lizzie Brown and Princeton in the 8-year-old Thoroughbred’s first CCI3*. They add just 3.6 time penalties for the quickest round so far this morning.
4:59 a.m. EST: Sarah d’Argouges slipped between 12a and b, resulting in a runout for the mare and Frenchman Sébastien Cavaillon. They’re carrying two refusals now as they make their way to the last third of the course.
4:50 a.m. EST: Absolute elation from Mélody Johner of Switzerland as she clears the final fence with Frimeur du Record CH.
4:33 a.m. EST: Truth be told, my Dutch is a bit rusty (I took a class in college). The commentators have plenty to say but I’m only picking up on a few not very useful phrases. John Kyle pops in here and there to comment – hopefully we hear more from him the morning continues!
4:30 a.m. EST: Nicola Wilson’s Kiltealy Brief seemed to misread the brush corner coming out of the woods. The horse jumped the high side and just couldn’t make it work. Nicola popped off and they are both up and appear to be fine.
4:26 a.m. EST: Marina Kohncke parted ways from Let’s Dance 73 at 7b.
4:22 a.m. EST: Daniel Jocelyn and Dassett Cool Touch for New Zealand were the second out of the start box and they’ve finished with 9.2 time.
4:14 a.m. EST: Our trailblazers are home clear with 5.6 time penalties.
4:03 a.m. EST: First on course is Irish Team rider Padraig McCarthy and Simon Porloe. They rode on the Nations Cup Team at Blair Castle last month and had a fall, so they’re looking for a good round!