Only seven of the 19 CCI3* combinations to start cross country at the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event came home without jumping penalties, and time was the ultimate factor in determining the leaders.
Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection were clear with just 2.4 added time penalties to move into first place on a two-phase score of 34.6.
The fastest ride of the division belonged to Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. They added 2.0 penalties to move up from eighth to second on 36.9.
The leader after dressage, Felix Vogg of Switzerland, piloted Colero to a clear round, but with 9.2 time penalties added, they dropped to third on 39.4.
Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan made a big move from 13th after dressage to fourth, adding 8.0 time penalties to sit on 46.3.
Will Faudree and Hans Dampf held their fifth place position, adding 13.6 time penalties for a two-phase score of 47.0.
Doug Payne gave CCI3* first-timer Getaway a masterful ride. 17.6 time penalties dropped them from second to sixth but Doug is absolutely delighted with this promising young horse.
Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C were sixth going into cross country and only dropped one placing with 17.6 added time.
As we mentioned in the course preview, Derek di Grazia set a track that would test whether competitors could hold an accurate line or risk a fly by.
Six horses finished with 20 penalties, one finished with 40, and another three retired on course after multiple refusals or runouts.
The new combination at 14ABC was the most influential jump on course, with one horse refusing the log off a turn at B and four horses ducking out of the corner at C.
The sunken road at 25AB also caused a few problems, with several horses running out of the brush corner at B including Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux, who had been in second place after dressage.
Competitors went through the first water complex twice, once at 4AB and again at 10ABC. Buck Davidson got tipped off Erroll Gobey over the drop in at 4A. He was up right away and fine other than being a bit soaked. Cartender de Nyze launched over the A element and Kaitlin Clasing couldn’t quite get reorganized in time for B. They picked up 20 penalties there.
At least two horses had problems at the second water, with Boyd Martin’s ride Steady Eddie running out at the brush wedge in the water. Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH had an amazing save over 4A but then an awkward line to the angled duck at 10C resulted in 20 penalties.
Ema Klugman fell from Bendigo late on course but she was reportedly up and okay. [Update: Ema’s score has been updated from Rider Fall (RF) to Mandatory Retirement (MR) for a horse fall. Bendigo is reportedly uninjured.]
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