Good morning, EN! Cross country at Brook Ledge Great Meadow International presented by Adequan in The Plains, Virginia gets under way at 9:30 a.m. EST. Ben Hobday (GBR) and Jane Chambers’s Shadow Man hold the top spot after two phases while Team Great Britain leads in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing on 99.3 points. The U.S. is in second on 123 points and Canada is third on 126.9 points. It’s all to play for today at the only Eventing Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere. We’ll be bringing you live updates throughout the morning so keep refreshing this page.
Final Individual Top Ten:
Final Nations Cup Team Results:
9:30 a.m. EST: Trailblazers Waylon Roberts and Kelecyn Cognac for Canada is on course.
9:37 a.m. EST: A cracking clear for Waylon and Kelecyn Cognac. A great first round for the Canadian Nations Cup Team. Britain’s first team rider is out of the box as well – Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley.
9:43 a.m. EST: Waylon and Kelecyn Cognac added 6.4 time penalties. Georgie and Halltown Harley bring home our first double clear, right on the optimum of 6:34!
9:44 a.m. EST: Alexandra Knowles and Business Class retire after a refusal at the boat in water at 7a.
9:45 a.m. EST: Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy are clear with 1.6 time penalties.
9:56 a.m. EST: A clear round with 3.6 time for Will Coleman and Soupcon du Brunet.
9:57 a.m. EST: Cornelia Dorr and Louis M pick up a stop at the first of two huge brush corners (9A) in the arena. The horse just never seemed to lock on to the fence. They’re clear on the second attempt.
9:58 a.m. EST: Clear jumping and 5.2 time penalties for Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills.
10:01 a.m. EST: Tracey Bienemann and Geoni add 20 at the second of the two brush corners (9B) in the arena. And it looks like Tracey has pulled up before fence 12 deciding it’s just not their day.
10:04 a.m. EST: Cornelia and Louis M finish with 20 jumping and 16.8 time penalties.
10:05 a.m. EST: Drat. Chelsea Kolman and everyone’s favorite draft cross Dauntless Courage come to grief at the brush corners at 9. Chelsea opts to save it for another day and retires after picking up a stop at the first followed by an awkward jump on the second attempt.
10:09 a.m. EST: Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack take a flag out but they’re clear through those tricky brush corners.
10:10 a.m. EST: Savannah and Captain Jack catch a leg on the log corner at 13 resulting in a hard fall for the two of them. They are both up right away and seem to be no worse for wear.
10:12 a.m. EST: Will Faudree and Caeleste pick up two runouts at 9A, the first of the brush corners. They opt to retire.
10:16 a.m. EST: Unfortunately Shelby Brost and Crimson, riding for the Canadian Nations Cup Team, pick up two runouts at 9A. They are ultimately eliminated after a third refusal.
10:21 a.m. EST: Great Britain’s Sophie Brown and Wil pick up 20 penalties at the second of the two brush corners (9B). Who’s up for a bonfire tonight?
10:32 a.m. EST: 20 jumping (guess where.) and 9.6 time penalties for Caroline Martin and Spring Easy.
10:33 a.m. EST: “So polite” Georgie Spence says of Lauren Kieffer’s Landmark’s Monte Carlo. They made this challenge course look like a walk in the park. Lauren obviously wasn’t pushing for time so they add 12 time penalties.
10:36 a.m. EST: Lord Willing pops his shoulder to add a runout at 9A with Allison Springer.
10:39 a.m. EST: Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam retire after two disobediences early on course.
10:40 a.m. EST: There are some gaps in the order as Laura Welsh withdrew Galactic and Will Coleman withdrew Tight Lines. Will is in the commentator’s box at the moment with Karen O’Connor and Ed Holloway. He has one horse left to come later.
10:41 a.m. EST: Oh and Lord Willing puts on the breaks at the Virginia Is for Lovers Picnic Table at 20. Allison is looking down as if checking for shoes and retires.
10:42 a.m. EST: Waylon Roberts is on course for the second time, this time with Lancaster. They are having a cracking round, taking all the straight routes and making them look easy, including those arena brush corners!
10:45 a.m. EST: Allie Knowles and her experienced partner Sound Prospect add 20 penalties at 9B. Ugh.
10:47 a.m. EST: Allie and Sound Prospect add another 20 at 11B, the second element in the Adequan Water Complex. Live updates show they are eliminated but I’m not sure where.
10:49 a.m. EST: Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control have a runout at the first brush element at 9A but have an excellent ride through on the second attempt.
10:51 a.m. EST: It sounds like Lindsay and Cooley Cruise Control have the largest cheering section here!
10:53 a.m. EST: Waylon Roberts and Lancaster finished clear with 8.4 time penalties.
10:54 a.m. EST: Charlotte Collier and Clifford M have problems in the main arena at the Beverly Equestrian Brush Corners and are unfortunately eliminated for refusals.
11:01 a.m EST: Kristen Bond and Enough Already are eliminated for three runouts at 9A. Waylon Roberts is in the commentator’s booth and saying you have to get them on the line for as long as possible to give them time to read the question.
11:04 a.m. EST: Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack finish with 2.8 time penalties, moving well up the leaderboard from 32nd to fourth in the clubhouse.
11:09 a.m. EST: Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent get a great shot over the first brush corner but fly by 9B.
11:13 a.m. EST: Sandro’s Star just does not want to play in the main arena and Chris Talley raises his hand after two runouts at 9A.
11:15 a.m. EST: Meghan and Palm Crescent add 15.2 time penalties to the early 20 they picked up in the arena.
11:17 a.m. EST: Will Faudree and Michel 233 show us how. it’s. done. with a super ride through the arena.
11:20 a.m. EST: Jessica Phoenix and Bogue Sound have a brilliant ride through brush corners!
11:22 a.m. EST: We didn’t see it but Will has fallen from Michel we think at the Adequan Water Complex at 11. We’ll let you know if we get an update from the commentators.
11:23 a.m. EST: Overnight leaders Ben Hobday and Shadow Man are on course for Great Britain.
11:25 a.m. EST: Jessica and Bogue Sound absolutely flew around the course to be our second double clear of the day! They come in four seconds under time to move from 41st after show jumping to sit sixth in the clubhouse.
11:30 a.m. EST: It wasn’t showing on the results earlier but Felix Vogg and Colero did in fact withdraw before cross country.
11:33 a.m. EST: Well we didn’t see it on the live stream but live results are showing Ben and Shadow Man picked up 20 penalties at 9B as well as 7.2 time penalties.
11:34 a.m. EST: Sydney Conley Elliot and Cisko A finish one second under the time for our third double clear of the day!
11:36 a.m. EST: Clayton Fredericks has fallen from Luksor at the O’Connor Equestrian Coffin at 5. They activated the MIM at the first element and then the horse ducked out at the skinny brush wedge at C, popping Clayton out of the tack. He’s up and okay.
11:41 a.m. EST: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby had a cracking clear round with 9.6 time penalties, taking them well up the standings from 32nd to 8th in the clubhouse.
11:42 a.m. EST: I really like the horse on course now. This is Paramount Importance with Lauren Kieffer. They only partnered in December but already look like a polished, well-established pair. This horse is a very stylish jumper!
11:45 a.m. EST: Lauren takes a very wide turn to the brush corners and holds Paramount Importance’s energy together for a good ride through the arena.
11:49 a.m. EST: It is just not Alexandra Knowles’ day. Sadly she has two flybys at 9A with Morswood and opts to retire.
11:53 a.m. EST: Lauren and Paramount Importance finish clear with 9.6 time penalties to move up more than 20 places into the top ten.
11:54 a.m. EST: Will Coleman and Off the Record could challenge Georgie Spence for the lead but they have to go clear. So far having a super round.
11:57 a.m. EST: A casual canter through the finish – Will knew he was good on the time! He and Off the Record take over the lead by 0.1 penalties.
12:01 p.m. EST: Australia’s Ema Klugman and Bendigo deliver a beautiful round with 8.8 time penalties and an unfortunate 11 penalties for activating a frangible pin, though we didn’t see it! Fun fact: Ema is also a concert pianist and this is only her fifth season eventing.
12:06 p.m. EST: Sydney Conley Elliot and QC Diamantaire add 20 penalties at 9A but are clear through on the second attempt.
12:07 p.m. EST: Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti had just a few too many time penalties to take over the lead. They add 5.2 time to sit third after a super clear. That guarantees the win for Will Coleman and Off the Record!
12:09 p.m. EST: We’re down to the last few horses and they’re all riding on a Nations Cup team.
12:14 p.m. EST: Sydney and QC Diamantaire finish with 20 jumping and 16.4 time penalties.
12:15 p.m. EST: Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me finish right on the optimum time to secure a second double clear round for the Canadian team. Individually they move up 30 places. Wow!
12:19 p.m. EST: Britain’s anchor Leslie Law pilots Voltaire De Tre to a clear round with 8.8 time penalties.
12:21 p.m. EST: Our final combination is on course – Buck Davidson and Park Trader riding on the Nations Cup team for USA.
12:23 p.m. EST: Buck and Park Trader add 20 at the second brush corner in the arena. Commentator Ed Holloway said it: “That fence is just a demon!”
12:26 p.m. EST: Buck isn’t hanging around despite picking up an early 20.
12:29 p.m. EST: It’s been confirmed Great Britain wins the Nations Cup team event. We’re waiting on Buck’s score to confirm second place.
12:37 p.m. EST: Buck and Park Trader only had 6.8 time penalties to add with the 20 jumping penalties.
12:38 p.m. EST: It’s a confirmed win for Great Britain in the Nations Cup followed by Canada in second and USA in third. Stay tuned for a full report from Great Meadow!