We’re back at Dutta Corp Fair Hill International! The CCI3* division will kick off at 1:30 p.m. EST, a 20-minute delay from the originally scheduled 1:10 start. CCI3* cross country will stream live on USEF Network with commentary from Jimmy Wofford and EN’s own Jenni Autry, and correspondingly we will be running live updates here on EN so keep refreshing this page for all the latest!
CCI3* optimum time: 10 minutes, 7 seconds
1:30: Our veteran pathfinders, Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo, are on course!
1:34: Boyd Martin and Long Island T are away from the box now as well. Boyd took the lead in the CCI2* earlier today with On Cue — check out EN’s cross country play-by-play here.
1:40: Lauren and “Patrick” are clear through the final water, heading for home over the last two.
1:41: Another all-star, Buck Davidson, now on course with Archie Rocks. Lauren is through the finish flags just one second over time.
1:45: Boyd Martin and Long Island T look super going round in the horse’s first trip around Fair Hill. They come home clear with four time penalties.
1:48: Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks are through the finish and are the first pair inside the time — seven seconds inside the time, in fact.
1:55: Jessie Phoenix and Bogue Sound are clear through the finish with 8.8 time.
1:57: “Good boy!” Dom Schramm and Bolytair B are home safe and happy with 6.8 time penalties.
2:01: Caroline Martin and The Apprentice are through the finish with 12.4 time penalties.
2:02: Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control have two glance-offs at #23B then default to the long route and complete the course with 60 jumping and 22.8 time.
2:04: Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent part ways at the Frog Pond early on course — she got “pop-tarted” out of the tack, as live stream commentator Jimmy Wofford put it.
2:09: Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia pick up a runout at #25B, the second part of the Springhouse Water near the end of the course. We’ve seen a few horses get here on a funny step or not quite straight and step over this sharply angled brush, but this is the first glance-off we’ve seen. They complete with 20 jumping and 18.4 time.
2:16: Tremendous first-time Fair Hill effort for Kaitlin Clasing and Cartender de Nyze, who have completed the course with 14.4 time penalties.
2:20: Sydney Conley Elliott is delighted with Cisko A at the finish after a clear round with 2.4 time penalties to add.
2:26: Ashley Kehoe and Kiltealy Toss Up are home with 20.4 time penalties.
2:29 A scrappy moment for Fair Hill rookies Emily Hamel and Corvett at the final water but they get the job done. “That horse gets to sleep on her pillow tonight!” Jimmy chuckles. No jumping and 10.0 time penalties for this pair.
2:33: Alexandra Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio have a runout at the coffin at #13C. They are clear on second attempt and continuing on course.
2:34: Matthew Flynn and Wizzerd are home clear with 9.4 time penalties.
2:35: Alexandra Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio retire after another right-hand runout at #23A.
2:41: Charlotte Collier and Clifford M complete their first CCI3* and first Fair Hill with 12.8 time.
2:45: Sara Gumbiner and Polaris are through the finish with 8.8 time penalties.
2:49: Will Faudree and Pfun are home with 12.0 time penalties in the horse’s return to the level.
2:51: Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes finish with 10.0 time penalties in the horse’s first Fair Hill effort. We’re halfway through the division and still just one combination inside the time, Buck with Archie Rocks.
2:57: A successful Fair Hill debut is a huge achievement for Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH. They add just 4.0 time penalties.
3:01: Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C come home with 19.6 time penalties — Mara had her work cut out for her to keep Congo in check and all those tugs must have added up.
3:08: Emilee Libby and Jakobi have a glance-off at #17B in the arena, the first issue we’ve seen at this combination. They complete with 20 jump and 28.0 time penalties.
3:11: Waylon Roberts and Lancaster are home with 8.0 time, likely owing to taking the long route option at the Farmhouse Corners.
3:14: Autumn Schweiss and Oakport Strauss have a difference of opinion about striding at #23B and fall. Both horse and rider are immediately up and walking off course.
3:17: Caitlin Henderson and Creative Dreamer have a runout at 11C at the coffin. They elect to take the long route at the Farmhouse Corners a few jumps later on course, but their day comes to an early end when Caitlin gets popped out of the tack at #24A when the horse has an awkward twist over the big log.
3:23: Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan pick up 20 after a runout at the #17 arena combination but collect themselves to complete with 16.0 time.
3:27: Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude are just one second over the time, which slots them into 3rd place provisionally and they’ll sit no lower than 7th overnight.
3:31: Ema Klugman and Bendigo are home clear with 18.8 time in their Fair Hill debut.
3:35: Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack finish with 11.6 time penalties.
3:41: Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise hang a leg at #24A and recover but have a glance-off at #24B.
3:45: Colleen Rutledge and Confidence Game retire after two refusals at the triple brush at #22B.
3:46: Our dressage leaders Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin are on course with 12 seconds in hand to keep their lead over Buck. Chatwin looks confident and very full of running — Frankie will have her hands full for the next 10 minutes.
3:49: Frankie and Chatwin are home and we’re all on edge awaiting to see where they stopped the clock.
3:50: And … they’re six seconds INSIDE the time!
3:54: Boyd Martin and Ray Price pick up a disappointing 20 at the final combination at #25B. Even with the runout, however, they still finish inside the time.
4:01: Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey pick up 14.8 time in an educational Fair Hill debut for this up-and-coming horse.
4:02: We’re on the homestretch of this division, with just three combinations left to find the finish flags.
4:03: Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti were 2nd after dressage but 16.4 time penalties will slide them a ways down the scoreboard.
4:07: Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse, 3rd after dressage, pick up 12.0 time penalties which will nudge them down the standings a bit as well.
4:09: The penultimate placing is Lauren Kieffer’s for the taking with Vermiculus — they can afford three seconds and stay ahead of Buck and Archie Rocks.
4:13: And the final score is in … Lauren and Vermiculus have 8.4 time, good for 7th place heading into show jumping tomorrow.
4:14: A look at your new scoreboard top 10! View complete results here. Frankie and Chatwin are sitting pretty in the top spot with one show jumping rail in hand. What an exciting day of cross country with the clock wrecking some havoc on placings. We look forward to a nail-biting finale tomorrow!
Jenni will be along later with a full cross country report for the day. Until then … Go Eventing.