It’s almost go time at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair. We’ve got three Americans in the top five in the CCI3* and today will be a big test.
The course runs a new direction this year, and being in County Meath hunting country, there is no shortage of ditches. If you missed the course preview with commentary from designer Ian Stark, click here.
We get under way at 10:30 EST with our own Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation the first out of the box. You can live stream the cross country for free at this link or keep refreshing this page to stay up to date on what’s happening across the pond.
12:10 p.m. EST: That’s a wrap on the Tattersalls International CCI3*. Phillip Dutton has both Fernhill Revelation and Z in the top six with two incredible double clear rounds (fun fact: this is Phillip’s first time competing in Ireland in his entire career). Buck Davidson and Carlevo moved from third to eighth with a few time faults, Canadian Katherine Robinson and Let It Bee moved down two places to tenth, and Britain-based American Katherine Coleman and Back to Business moved up from 20th all the way to 13th with a stellar double clear. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border had unfortunate trouble at the sunken road and ultimately retired. In the lead, still on her record score of 34.5, is Italian Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play the Game with Britain’s Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo knocking at the door with a 39.3. Jenni Autry will be back soon with a full report and photos so stay tuned to EN!
10:31 a.m. EST: And we’re off! Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation are on course and looking full of running.
10:34 a.m. EST: Sam Watson of EquiRatings is in the commentary box. He says he expects quite a few double-clear rounds today.
10:38 a.m. EST: Phillip and Fernhill Revelation are over halfway through and still clear.
10:39 a.m. EST: Great Britain’s Daniel Alderson pops off when Cloud Atlas glances off the C element of the Irish Field Mound at 16. They’re both fine but what a bummer!
10:42 a.m. EST: Phillip and Fernhill Revelation finish one second under the optimum time for a double clear round. Great way to start! They will hold on to fifth place at least.
10:43 a.m. EST: Buck Davidson and Carlevo are on course now and clear through 11.
10:46 a.m. EST: Laura Collett (GBR) and Cooley Again also finish one second under the time for our second double clear.
10:51 a.m. EST: Buck and Carlevo are clear with 9.2 time penalties.
10:52 a.m. EST: Sarah Dowley for Ireland runs into problems with Rubix Kube at the Irish Field Mound, picking up two refusals and wasting a lot of time getting back to the B element.
10:56 a.m. EST: Looks like Lissa Green (GBR) and Hollyfield have had a fall at 26B. We’ve no word yet what happened.
10:58 a.m. EST: Meghan Healy (IRL) and Lui D have a refusal at the second last, 26B, the angled hedge that designer Ian Stark expected would catch out a few riders.
11:02 a.m. EST: Isabella Innes Ker (GBR) and Carolyn pick up 20 at 26A and also add 17.2 time.
11:07 a.m. EST: Emily Parker and the Clydesdale cross Harelaw Wizard are clear with 2.8 time after a great exciting round!
11:08 a.m. EST: Camille Lejeune and Tahina des Isles for France bring us our third double clear. Our leader, Italian Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game, are on course.
11:17 a.m. EST: Willa Newton (GBR) and Caja 20 are clear and three seconds under time. Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play the Game hold on to their overnight lead with a super double clear.
11:21 a.m. EST: Joanna Rimmer and Isaac Newton for Great Britain are also double clear. Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee for Canada having a fast, bold round so far.
11:23 a.m. EST: Ten time faults for Kathryn and Let It Bee and will go forward with 54.1.
11:25 a.m. EST: Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border are on course. They are second after dressage. Let’s go!
11:26 a.m. EST: Clare Lambert and Whitmore Way for Ireland are clear with 5.6 time. Cooley is being careful but galloping beautifully for Kim!
11:30 a.m. EST: Oh no! Cooley peaks at the sunken road at 12 and then flies by the third element after the second attempt. Kim’s pulled up and retired. Now Mark Todd has jumped the wrong oxer at 11 after a refusal at 10 and he has retired Obos Colombus.
11:35 a.m. EST: Pippa Funnel (GBR) had to work for her clear round with MGH Grafton Street but they finish just two seconds over the time. Rachel Robinson (GBR) and MJI Limmerick Bell are also clear but with 20.8 time faults.
11:41 a.m. EST: Double clear for Great Britain’s Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class. USA’s Katherine Coleman, based in Britain, is motoring with her neat mare Back to Business.
11:44 a.m. EST: Simon Vatcher (GBR) and Camblin Hill pick up 20 penalties at the second last and add another 26.8 time. Ireland’s Tegan White is on course with Texan Style, a half brother to Camilla Speirs’ pint-sized star Portersize Just a Jiff. They have an unfortunate glance off the brush in the water at 10B. Katherine Coleman is just a few from home.
11:50 a.m. EST: Katherine Coleman and Back to Business are double clear! They will surely move up a few placings!
11:55 a.m. EST: Tegan and Texan Style finish without just the one early runout at the water. Benjamin Leahy and Yasmina V finishes just two seconds over the time.. they will move well up the standings from 26th.
11:57 a.m. EST: Phillip Dutton is back on course with Z, driving fast and taking chances!
12:01 p.m. EST: Andrew James and Redhill Illisit retire after a refusal at 12. Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo are one second under time to move forward on their dressage score of 39.3. Phillip and Z peck on landing at the final water at 20 but they are still clear.
12:04 p.m. EST: Matthew Heath and Cooley Lord Lux pick up an unlucky 20 at 16C and Phillip and Z blaze home four seconds under time to move up to provisional sixth!