The cross country portion of the CIC3* competition at Ballindenisk completed today, and the two North American riders competing both came home strong enough to remain in the top 10 going into show jumping tomorrow.
Leading after dressage, Liz Halliday and Fernhill By Night came home with 14.4 time penalties to move them down into fourth place. Liz posted on her Facebook page that she and “Blackie” had time since they are heading for the CCIO3* at Boekelo next, but that Blackie tried his heart out for a clear round today.
Representing Canada, Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee are in 10th after turning in one runout and 19.6 time penalties on a score of 87.8.
In second after dressage on a 47.8, Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor and Thistledown Poposki took over the lead with the only double clear run of the day. Should this pair hang on to the 2.6 point lead they have over Oliver Townend and Dunbeau, this will be the 15-year-old gelding’s highest placing at this level.
Fun fact on the live scoring for this event: by clicking the magnifying glass under the “Info” column next to each pair, you can see all individual marks and individual cross country fence results. Nerd away, EN!
In the CCI3*, Clare Abbott and Euro Prince, who re-routed here after WEG, are holding the lead after a double clear cross country run. Of the 16 horses and riders to complete, just three were able to get home clear and inside the time: Clare and Euro Prince, Oliver Townend and Skyhills Cavalier, and Matthew Glentworth and Ultimatt.
Clare has just 3.8 points of breathing room ahead of Oliver Townend, who is also stalking Izzy Taylor’s lead in the CIC3*, so tomorrow’s show jumping should prove to be quite the nail biter in both divisions. In the last CIC3* start for Euro Prince, the pair dropped one rail, while Skyhills Cavalier has one rail in each of his CIC3* starts this year.
After an unlucky parting of ways from Atlantic Domino at Blenheim last weekend, Jacob Fletcher re-routed to Ballindenisk. On cross country today, the pair picked up a 20 at fence 25, just five from home. Jacob and Domino sit in 13th going into tomorrow’s show jumping.