Good morning from Millbrook Horse Trials! Following the decision to move cross country to Sunday in order to give the saturated ground adequate time to dry following a series of severe thunderstorms, I am delighted to report that the footing looks beautiful this morning. The going should be just about perfect for Advanced cross country.
After this morning’s show jumping, Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux lead the way and head to cross country to defend their 2017 title. Boyd Martin and Long Island T had one rail down to drop out of the top spot. Doug Payne and Getaway moved up to second with a clear round, and Allison Springer and Lord Willing added one time penalty to sit fourth. Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam went double clear to move up to third.
The first horse leaves the start box at 12:10 p.m. EST. The optimum time on Tremaine Cooper’s course is 6 minutes, 21 seconds. Click here for a fence-by-fence preview. EN will be running live updates here and our friends at RNS Video Media are live streaming the action at the main water complex, which you can watch here. Keep refreshing for the latest news.
12:13: Our trailblazers Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks are on course.
12:20: Caroline Martin and Cristano Z had a rotational fall at the table at fence 4. The leaders after show jumping, Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux, have also had a horse fall at fence 18, the Wagon. Both horses are up and OK. The medical team is tending to both riders and the course is held.
12:45: We are still under a hold as the medical teams are with Caroline and Sara. We have been told to expect a 45 minute to 1 hour hold.
1:03: Both riders have been transported off course in ambulances. We are expecting to restart at about 1:30 p.m.
1:16: We are preparing to restart.
1:29: Colleen Rutledge and Confidence Game are home clear as our first pair back on course following the hold.
1:31: Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie are home clear! They delivered the fastest round here last year and we are anxiously awaiting their time!
1:35: Jules Ennis and Cooley O are home clear.
1:36: Jorgen Olijslager and Northern Quest Lady’s Man picked up 20 jumping penalties early on course. Daniela Moguel and Cecelia are home safely.
1:38: Chelsea Kolman and Dauntless Courage gave us an exhibition at the water. The horse left a leg jumping in and she never took her eyes off the brush at B. Super safe. She is home clear.
1:42: We aren’t getting any information on time penalties for those that have completed. We will bring you updates on time as we have them.
1:46: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby have completed.
1:55: Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game have completed.
1:59: Boyd Martin and Long Island T have completed. We aren’t getting much intel from the announcer so I apologize for the lack of detail!
2: Doug Payne and Getaway just took a very tight onside line at the water to save valuable seconds. Very clever. They are home clear.
2:04: Lindsay Beer and Kennystown Frankie have completed.
2:06: Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise have also completed.
2:10: Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam are home.
2:14: Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control and Alexa Ehlers and Amistoso are also home.
2:23: Jenny Caras is walking home with Fernhill Full Throttle. We could not hear if she has been eliminated or retired on course.
2:26: Sara Gumbiner and Polaris have completed the course.
2:32: Allison Springer and Business Ben and Nita Sanfilippo and Alarmabull have completed.
2:36: Boyd Martin and On Cue have completed.
2:37: Cornelia Dorr and Louis M are home.
2:44: Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker are home safely. This mare is a super little pocket rocket.
2:47: Lindsay Beer has retired El Paso after a runout at the triple brush coming out of the water complex.
2:53: Alexandra MacLeod and Newmarket Jack had multiple runouts at the water and we believe also crossed their tracks.
2:58: Laura Welsh and Galactic and Tracey Bienemann and Geoni have both completed.
3:03: Emily Hamel and Corvett are home.
3:07: Allison Springer and Lord Willing are home clear. They are the only pair who can beat Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam so we are anxiously awaiting their time.
3:10: Boyd Martin and Ray Price and Cary Chavis and Game On are both home. That completes the division. We are waiting on final scores.
3:55: Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam are your winners! Doug Payne and Getaway finish second, with Allison Springer and Lord Willing finished third. Stay tuned for the full report!