CIC3* cross country has concluded here at The Fork, and we have a quick 10-minute break before the Advanced A and B divisions start. These divisions are not running in reverse order. Just like the CIC3*, there are many horses heading for Rolex or Badminton between the two Advanced divisions — I’m counting 34 — so this is a critical run for these horses and riders.
Click here to tour the CIC3*/Advanced cross country course with EN’s own Kate Samuels, who provides her thoughts on Tremaine Cooper’s track from a competitor’s perspective. The Fork also produced a drone flyover preview of the course, which features commentary from Tremaine.
There is no live stream or radio feed of cross country this year, but EN will be your boots on the ground to update you on what is happening in the Advanced divisions. Keep refreshing this page for updates.
12:45: We have several withdrawals from the Advanced divisions: Allison Springer and Arthur, Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace, Liz Halliday-Sharp and HHS Cooley, and Bobby Meyerhoff and Dunlavin’s Token.
12:55: Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery are the first pair out of the start box and home clear and 17 seconds over for 6.8 time penalties.
12:59: Clear and 15 seconds over for Caroline Martin and Effervescent.
1:01: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby are home clear. This is one of three horses Lillian has going to Rolex this year.
1:03: Ryan Wood and Frankie home clear and 9 seconds over for 3.6 time. This is one of three horses Ryan has going to Rolex.
1:06: Mikki Kuchta and Rubens D’Ysieux have fallen at the aqueduct jump at the second water. She is up and the horse has been caught. They are both ok.
1:07: Buck Davidson and Copper Beach were held briefly at the start of the course due to Mikki’s fall. We’re back underway now.
1:09: Courtney Cooper and Who’s A Star are home clear in their final prep before their Rolex debut.
1:13: Buck Davidson and Cooper Beach are home clear. This is one of three horses Buck has entered at Rolex.
1:15: Emily Beshear and Shame on the Moon have a refusal at the mound complex at fence 6. They are clear on the second attempt.
1:16: Holly Payne Caravella and Never Outfoxed had a runout at 6c, the second angled brush at the mound complex.
1:19: Emily Beshear and Shame on the Moon are home with 20 jumping penalties.
1:21: Holly and Never Outfoxed complete with 20 jumping penalties.
1:24: Doug Payne and Vandiver finish clear with 19 seconds over, 7.6 time penalties. This is another pair heading to Rolex.
1:26: Katherine Coleman and Courage Under Fire come home with a clear round. This U.S. pair based in England made the trip across the pond to contest their first Rolex.
1:28: Boyd Martin and Master Frisky complete with no jumping penalties and 6.4 time. This pair is heading to Badminon next month. Boyd is currently first in the A division with Blackfoot Mystery and second with Master Frisky.
1:31: Lauren Kieffer has fallen from Landmark’s Monte Carlo at the mound complex at fence 6. She is up and ok and the horse has been caught.
1:34: Ryan Wood and McLovin are home clear. We have a brief hold at the start to fix the roping near fences one and two after Landmark’s Monte Carlo ran through it.
1:39: Liz Halliday-Sharp has fallen from Fernhill By Night at fence 22. We have a hold on course. Blackie is up and the medical team is with Liz.
1:47: Liz is up and ok. Blackie is being transported off the course in the horse ambulance as a precaution.
1:57: We are back underway now. Rachel Wilks and River King have now completed, as have Ashley Johnson and a Tactical Maneuver.
2:01: Avery Klunick has a great save at the first water when In It To Win It stumbled on landing in the jump in. They are clear so far.
2:02: Heads up to the riders that Advanced ride times are running about 15 minutes behind.
2:06: Avery Klunick and In It To Win It are home clear! (You can take a deep breath now, Mackenna!)
2:08: Allie Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio are home clear and inside the time! Looking fabulous in their final prep for Rolex.
2:11: EN’s own Kate Samuels and Nyls du Terroir come home clear and 24 seconds over.
2:16: Holly Payne Caravella and Santino have completed with a clear round to make the time! 21 seconds under. They were flying out there!
2:18: Top three in the Advanced A: Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery in first, Boyd and Master Frisky in second, and Ryan Wood and Frankie in third.
2:19: Will Faudree and Caeleste jumped clear and came home right on the 7 minute marker.
2:21: Lillian Heard and FYI just completed with a clear round. Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration also finished with a clear round.
2:26: Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie are home clear, as are Justine Dutton and Jollybo and Daniela Moguel and Cecelia.
2:30: Sally Cousins has retired Tsunami after fence 11. Some of the riders are choosing to pull up before the back part of the course where the ground is harder.
2:36: Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy have fallen at a table at fence five. They are both up and ok and we won’t have a hold on course.
2:39: Hannah Sue Burnett and Cooley Dream are home clear in a time of 7:24. They were tied for the overnight lead with Katie Ruppel and Houdini, who are on course now.
2:43: Lauren Kieffer has withdrawn D.A. Duras.
2:44: Jennie Jarnstrom and Penelope picked up a refusal at fence 11, the aqueduct jump in the water. She then had two refusals at fence 12 and has been eliminated.
2:46: Katie Ruppel and Houdini are home clear. We are waiting on confirmation of their time.
2:49: Heads up to the CIC2* riders that cross country will be starting about 10 minutes late.
2:50: Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent are home clear.
2:55: Buck Davidson and The Apprentice are the last Advanced pair on course. They just finished clear in a time of 6:59.
3: Final results for Advanced B: Katie Ruppel and Houdini win, with Caroline Martin and Effervescent in second, and Buck Davidson and The Apprentice in third. Click here for final scores.