IT’S TIME. Cross country day at the 2018 World Equestrian Day has arrived. Start time is 11 a.m. and they’ll be running at 3 minute intervals. The optimum time for this 5,700m track is 10 minutes.
11:09 a.m. – Will Coleman & Tight Lines: 40 jump +51.6 time. Finished on 87.20
12:09 p.m. – Boyd Martin & Tsetserleg: 20 jump + 11.6 time. Finished on 58.7.
1:00 p.m. – Lauren Kieffer & Vermiculus: Rider fall at 18a. Both Ok.
1:27 p.m. – Lynn Symansky & Donner: Home double clear!
2:30 p.m. – Phillip Dutton & Z: Home clear + 6.4 time. Finished on 34.
11 a.m. – Colleen Loach & Qorry Blue d’Argouges: Home clear + 10 time penalties for 44.4
12 p.m. – Lisa Marie Fergusson & Honor Me: Home clear + 8.4 time penalties for 48.6.
12:51 p.m. – Hawley Bennett-Awad & Jollybo: Home clear + 10.8 time penalties for 43.5.
1:21 p.m. – Jessica Phoenix & Pavarotti: Rider fall after 18. Both Ok.
2:21 p.m. – Selena O’Hanlon & Foxwood High: Home clear + 8 time penalties for 38.7
As far as what to expect, we’ve never seen a World Championship with a clear jumping rate over 50%, according to Equiratings. The closest would be Rome 1998 (49.4%) and Kentucky 2010 (49.4%), so with the current impending weather we should expect at least half the field (40-ish riders) to have jumping penalties.
Potential weather in mind, time could be influential. The speedy ones to keep an eye out for are Classic Moet, Arctic Soul, Cooley Lands, Billy The Red, Horseware Stellor Rebound and Barraduff.
We’ll be updating this all day, so keep refreshing this page.
7:08 p.m. An update from the FEI has just come in:
Heidi Bratlie Larsen and Euforian were pulled up on course by the Ground Jury after fence 21. The horse was taken by equine ambulance to the onsite Veterinary Treatment center where he was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury.
Box Qutie, ridden by Anna Freskard (SWE), who pulled up visibly lame at the cross country finish was transported to the Tryon Equine Hospital where he is also being treated for a soft tissue injury.
3:22 Wow! What a day of cross country. Some stalwarts disappointed, and new talent saw success. Stay tuned for a full debriefing from Jenni Autry. Here’s your leaderboards:
3:22 Ludwig just 6 seconds over!
3:21 Final rider heading home.
3:20 Raf Kooremans & Henri Z home with 15.2 time penalties.
3:19 Scary moment for Ludwig as Stinger leaves a leg at the fence in the final water. Thankfully both recover very quickly.
3:18 Ludwig gets scrappy through the squirrels too. Still good for these two.
3:16 Yoshi home 15 seconds over but clear!
3:15 Final rider, Ludwig Svennerstal is clear through 10.
3:14 Scrappy through the corners for Raf.
3:13 The French are on fire! Sidney home only 10 second over.
3:12 Second to last rider, Raf Kooremans keeps on a forward positive direct route through the Mars water.
3:11 Yoshi digs deep for the corners. Super.
3:09 Yoshiaki Oiwa looking super through the downhill chevron at 9.
3:07 Wow great save by Arianna at the final water. She is clear through there with one less stirrup.
3:07 Brilliant by Sarah Ennis! Double clear, and her ride helps put Ireland in medal contention.
3:06 Sidney Dufresne (FRA) clear through the Mars water.
3:06 The French are currently in silver medal position, and they’ve got their final rider on course.
3:04 Arianna Schivo goes the long way at the Mars water. Sort of forgot that was the main route!
3:04 Fastest lady in the world! Jonelle Price and Classic Moet home clear 16 seconds under the time!
3:01 Marcio home with 9.6 time penalties for Brazil.
3:00 Sarah Ennis is brilliant through the downhill chevron at 9.
2:59 Jonelle and Classic Moet just so fast through the corners.
2:58 Shane Rose adds 28 penalties over cross country.
2:57 Jonelle clear through the Mars water.
2:56 Jonelle is away!
2:56 Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verhof home 20 seconds over.
2:55 Super cool live integration of helmet cams into the coverage. Just got a bird’s eye view of Marcio Carvalho Jorge clear through the Mars water.
2:52 Shane Rose has a fly-by at 9.
2:51 Not confirmed, but I believe Ros just pulled out the fastest round today! 8 seconds under.
2:50 Allstar B is so fit and full of running, even after the hill.
2:49 Phillip is home clear. 19 seconds over for 6.4 time penalties.
2:48 Phil clear through 23. Ros through the final water.
2:48 Karin Donckers also on course now. They’re through 7.
2:47 Ros through the corners.
2:46 Ingrid home clear BANG ON OPTIMUM! She almost takes out the camera man.
2:45 Ros and Allstar B take a flier at 9. So honest!
2:44 Phil clear through the corners and now Ros Canter is on course.
2:43 Ingrid’s ride is a little rough and ready, but clear through the final water.
2:42 P. Dutty clear through the Mars water.
2:42 Z is looking full of running. Phil doing expertly managing him.
2:41 Here we go with Phillip Dutton and Z, our last US pair.
2:40 Ingrid clear through the corners.
2:39 Manuel is thrilled with his clear round! Cheeky tongue out at the finish + Ingrid clear through the Mars water.
2:36 Bobby crawls over the ditch & wall at 5, but looks completely unbothered by it.
2:34 Selena Home clear, but 20 seconds over. Three clear Canadian finishers for the team score.
2:32 This hill is no joke. Selena working hard over the combination on top of the hill. Good work!
2:31 Ingrid Klimke off on course with SAP Hale Bob OLD. She’s got Willberry on her back!
2:30 Spain’s final rider Manuel Senra Chover clear through the Mars water! Selena golden through the final water.
2:28 Go Selena! She and Woody are clear through the Mars water!
2:27 Bill Levett’s horse Lassban Diamond Lift hangs a leg on the boat in the water, and Bill falls in the water. The horse amazingly has no issue with the waterfall bank.
2:24 Amacuzzi looking a little tired before hanging a leg on the fruit table, and Simone Sordi is on the ground.
2:23 Patricia Ryan is home. She added 47.8 penalties.
2:21 Felix Vogg’s day didn’t go as planned, but he never stopped fighting. Home with the 40 jump pen + 33.6 time.
2:21 Theo Van De Vendel hails a cab through 9.
2:19 It held off for a while, but here’s the rain.
2:15 Oh dear. Patricia Ryan gets a long one at fence 9. This unseats her, and she saves it, but not before Dunrath Eclipse goes barreling into the crowd and over the ropes. She did also hit a pin on that fence for 11 pens.
2:14 A wild jump over the first corner, and sadly another problem at the second corner.
2:13 Merel Blom and Rumour Has It N.O.P. clear but one pesky second over!
2:12 Heartbreak! Our U.S. transplant Felix Vogg has a runout at the boat in the Mars water.
2:10 Waikiki 207 making this look like a hunter round! They’re clear through the corners.
2:08 Great riding for Louise Svensson Jahde. Clear through the Mars water.
2:06 Thibaut Vallette Lt Col is another home for France. He’s only 3 seconds over the time.
2:04 Stefano Brecciaroli home for Italy with the one stop +
2:03 Toshiyuki Tanaka looks like he’s having a tack malfunction with the bridle, but clear through the Mars water.
2:00 Stefano Brecciaroli goes for the direct route, but after a wild jump up the bank he has a runout at the skinny.
1:57 Tim and Cekatinka home double clear!!
1:56 Marcio Appel Cheuiche home for Brazil!
1:55 Tim clear through the final water.
1:54 Padraig McCarthy clear through the Mars water for Ireland.
1:52 Tim Price is brilliant through the corners.
1:52 Emma McNab home 17 over, but clear for Australia!
1:51 Recent Burghley winners Tim Price and Cekatinka off and away.
1:50 What a save for Marcio Appel Cheuiche!! Sticks it at the Mars water
1:49 Lara de Liedekerke-Meier with just 4.4 time penalties.
1:49 Emma McNab is producing a great round for Australia
1:43 One second under for Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser. The brits officially have 3 riders home clear.
1:42 p.m. Lynn home double clear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She looked careful but that OTTB was moving!!
1:39 Andreas Dibowski and Tom McEwen also clear so far for Germany and Great Britain, respectively.
1:37 Lynn looks on assignment for a team rider completion. She’s very careful through the corners, but clear still.
1:36 Lynn goes very carefully and clear through the Mars water!
1:35 Let’s go Lynn!
1:34 OH MY GOD Jessie gets bobbled, fights for it and nearly has it. Holds on for strides and strides, but finally falls. Ugh gutted for her.
1:32 Jessie has an amazing recovery at the corners. Pavarotti twists hard in the air over the first, and she goes on with 1 (or no) stirrups to go clear.
1:30 We’re in the 3rd team rider rotation: Jessica Phoenix has to stick a big landing at the Mars water, but clear!
1:28 Pauliina tries to take a long one at the corners. They scrap over, but she pops off. She’s up pretty quickly.
1:27 Pauliina Swindells and Ferro S scrappy & clear through the Mars water.
1:25 Another stop for Sandra going the long route at the Mars water (at D). She puts a hand up to retire from what I can tell.
1:24 Viamant du Matz runs by the boat in the Mars water. 20 pens for Sandra Auffarth.
1:22 Short hold, and now we’re back with reigning world champion Sandra Auffarth.
1:19 Dan Jocelyn home for New Zealand. No jumping,
1:16 Astier home bang on optimum time. Complete masterclass. Ride of the day.
1:14 Oh dear. Brazilian rider Henrique Plombon Pinheiro’s horse, Land Quenotte Do Feroleto jumps right into the ditch & wall at the Buckeye combination (5).
1:13 Tina home clear + 6 seconds over the time.
1:12 Dan Jocelyn nearly unseated at the drop into the Mars water, but he recovers quickly and saves it over the boat!
— Eventing Nation (@eventingnation) September 15, 2018
1:11 Being named individual has given Tina some kind of determination. She’s on it!
1:10 Astier is pure class on this course. He is going fast and clear! Through the corner so far.
1:08 NO Bug tapps a leg on fence 18, and she tried so hard but just couldn’t save it. Lauren is on the ground, but looks ok physically.
1:05 Tina out for Great Britain. Clear through 9.
1:05 Lauren clear through the corners.
1:04 The Spanish came to play. Albert Hermoso Farras home clear with just 5.2 time penalties.
1:03 Lauren clear through the Mars water, long route.
1:03 Lauren clear through 9 and looking fast.
1:02 Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus out on course. Clear through 5.
1:01 Nicolas Wettstein performs some shape shifting, but clear through the Mars water on the direct route.
1:01 HAWLEY!!!! She’s home clear 27 seconds over the time.
1:00 Pawel Spisak home clear for Poland! Only .8 time penalties.
12:57 Canadians are on fire! Go jolly!!!
12:51 Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo clear through 12! They successfully went the long way at the Mars water.
12:50 SAVE OF THE DAY by Robin Godel whose horse stumbles to the knees. Robin is chucked up on the horse’s head but sticks it.
12:50 Hmm… Did not see Anna jump the C element in the Mars water, but no one has pulled her up. Could by my mis-seeing.
12:48 Fab riding by Robin Godel who has to work hard to get Grandeur de Lully CH up the waterfall bank.
12:47 Anna Freskard actually skipped the C element of the Mars water before her runout, so that’s elimination.
12:45 Box Qutie says no to the waterfall bank with Anna Freskard
12:33 Ryuzo Kitajima activates the frangible device at 19. His reins then come unbuckled at the end, and he circles. Tie the ends of you reins in a knot, kids!
12:43 Maxime home just 5 seconds over the time! Super completion for France.
12:42 Renske Kroeze goes direct and clear through the Mars water.
12:40 Italy with another rider home. Pietro Sandei adds 29.6 penalties
12:39 Ryuzo Kitajima clear the direct route in the water! Well done.
12:39 Queen Mary has springs in her feet! Heading to the influential water.
12:37 Maxime Livio clear through the corners with Opium de Verrieres.
12:37 Cathal home! Just 9 seconds over.
12:36 p.m. Cathal Daniels continuing the good momentum for Ireland.
12:35 p.m. Mark Todd home 44 seconds over.
12:33 p.m. Italy’s Pietro Sandei and Rubis de Prere have a miscommunication and just barely get to the other side of the boat in the Mars water. This horse also wants nothing to do with the following waterfall, but they’re through clear on paper.
12:30 p.m. Rioghan Rua chips an extra stride in at the F element of the Mars water. Scary, but through.
12:30 p.m. Toddy gives us all quite a scare at a downhill brush. McClaren stumbles and nearly trips up.
12:27 p.m. Nooooooo Toddy goes the long way at the Mars water, but still a runout
12:25 p.m. Mark Todd — please eventing jesus get him around!
12:25 p.m. Imperial van de Holtakkers with something dragging off that right front. Looks like boot tape.
12:22 Belgium’s Joris Vanspringel fighting for every moment.
12:22 Chris Burton has a stop at the boat in the mars water!
12:21 Piggy home double clear!!!
12:21 The fastest man in the world is on course.
12:19 p.m. Boyd Home with 31.6 penalties added on cross country.
12:17 p.m. Quarrycrest Echo is looking super. This may just be Team GB’s day.
12:16 p.m. Julia home 21 seconds over for a score of 48.3
12:15 p.m. Piggy also takes the long route at the Mars water.
12:14 p.m. Piggy French on now for GB. She’s cutting corners everywhere possible.
12:13 p.m. Boyd continuing on with force.
12:12 p.m. Boyd on course — Has a stop at the boat for the Mars water. He looked like he came in on a half stride with Tsetserleg wanting to take the long one and Boyd wanting to wait.
12:11 p.m. Lisa Marie Fergusson home clear with 8.4 time for Canada!!!
12:10 p.m. JULIA HAS A STOP!! At the second corner at 14.
12:09 p.m. Word is definitely back to the barns. Julia takes the long route at the Mars water.
12:09 p.m. Julia clear through 9.
12:07 p.m. First glimpse of Julia on the live stream! Clear through 7.
12:07 p.m. Maria clear through the water. Some horses very upset about the waterfall, others seem to not mind.
12:06 p.m. Dressage leaders Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk off on course.
12:05 p.m. Second rider rotation continues with Spain’s Maria Pinedo Sendagorta clear through 7.
12:04 p.m. Alex Hua Tian home clear with 9.6 time.
12:03 p.m. Second Canadian rider — Lisa Marie Fergusson has to really fight for it, but gets Honor Me up the waterfall bank.
12:02 p.m. Ronald Zabala Goetschel (ECU) has a fly-by at the final corner with Patch.
12:01 p.m. Daniela adds only 8.8 time penalties. Well done!!
12:00 p.m. Alex Hua Tian making it happen with Ballytiglea Vivendi. Clear through 17.
11:58 a.m. Daniela killing it around this course!! clear through 22 so far.
11:56 a.m. Heidi Bratlie Larsen looks to be pulled up on course. Euforian looking tired.
11:55 a.m. Daniela Moguel goes the long way at the water at 10.
11:53 a.m. The one refusal and 51.2 time penalties.
11:53 a.m. Ok it’s official I want to take Euforian home with me!
11:51 a.m. Euforian looks like such a solid citizen for Heidi Bratlie Larsen. Stands way off the waterfall water, but offers to do it for her and trot the skinny afterwards. She’s the first from Norway ever to represent in eventing at WEG.
11:50 a.m. There are opinions on the course:
Is that a World Championships course !!! #walkinthepark boring
— Ruy Fonseca (@RuyFonseca) September 15, 2018
11:48 a.m. South Africa’s Victoria Scott with a stop at the B element of the Mars water (10).
11:46 a.m .Niklas gets a big jump over a table at 21, but he sticks the landing!
11:45 a.m. We loose another pair to the waterfall bank up at 10, this time Patrizia Attinger.
11:44 a.m. Niklas Lindback (SWE) clear through the corners.
11:43 a.m. Alice has to really fight for it through the last water. Some of these spouts are really backing horses off.
11:42 a.m. Kazuma home for Japan double clear!! Just one second under the time.
— Eventing Nation (@eventingnation) September 15, 2018
11:40 a.m. France has their first rider home. Donatien is the third to come in 25 seconds over.
11:39 a.m. Alice Naber-Lozeman (NED) has a runout at fence 9, a chevron downhill.
11:37 a.m. Pietro Roman and Barraduff home with no jumping, but 25 seconds over the time.
11:36 a.m. Kazuma Tomoto (JPN) clear through the Mars water. Donatien Schauly Adj (FRA) clear the final water.
11:34 a.m. Sam home double clear!! 3 seconds under time.
11:31 a.m. Update on Blyth — He had 2 refusals at the water (with the second not shown on the live stream), so the corner refusal was elimination.
11:30 a.m. Barraduff seems to slip on a turn ahead of fence 10 with Italy’s Pietro Roman. All good carries on clear through the Mars water.
11:29 a.m. Sam & Horseware Ardagh Highlight clear through the corners (14).
11:29 a.m. Nilson’s stop + time gives him a score of 79.8
11:28 a.m. Irish pathfinder Sam Watson it out!
11:27 a.m. Blyth has a second stop at the corners. He appears to be calling it a day.
11:24 a.m. Blyth Tait suffers the same fate of Will & Nilson at the waterfall bank. Word will be getting back to teams on an alternative plan at that water.
11:21 a.m. Gemma home for Team GB!!! Clear inside the time.
11:21 a.m. Magnum’s Martini says hell no to the waterfall bank at the Mars Sustainability Bay at 10. Nilson just barely stays on there.
11:20 a.m. Nilson Moreira da Silva clear through the water at 7. Magnum’s Martini stumbled a few times in there. Curious as to that footing.
11:19 a.m. Will through the finish with Phish. Penalty score showing as 87.2.
11:17 a.m. Australia’s first rider out — Andrew Hoy with Vassily de Lassos.
11:16 a.m. Kai Ruder home. No jump penalties, but 43 seconds over the time.
11:15 a.m. Gemma Tattersall (GBR) takes the longest route at the Mars water, avoiding the bank with the waterfall feature.
11:14 a.m. Will has another runout with Phish at the first corner.
11:13 a.m. Carlos Diaz Fernandez is home clear inside the time!! Time possible, maybe won’t cause issues.
11:12 a.m. Will Coleman and Tight Lines have a stop at the water at 10. Phish said no to the waterfall bank up.
11:11 a.m. Kai Ruder (GER) clear through the corners with Colani Sunrise.
11:10 a.m. Colleen is home clear!! 25 seconds over the time.
11:08 a.m. We’re seeing the first of Spain’s Carlos Diaz Fernandez and Junco CP. They are definitely looking quicker than Colleen.
11:05 a.m. Super start for Canada with Colleen. Direct routes are possible.
11:03 a.m. Colleen takes the direct route at fence 10 — Mars Sustainability Bay (This is the one that has numbered letters A-G)!
11:02 a.m. Colleen is through the first water at 6 — the Hearthstone Sluice.
11:02 a.m. Colleen doesn’t seem to be in a huge hurry around this course. Likely looking for a solid completion for Canada.
11:00 a.m. Colleen Loach and Qorry Ble d’Argouges is off!
10:58 a.m. Spain’s Gonzalo Blasco Botin has also withdrawn Sij Veux d’Autize. Spain and Sweden are now down to three-member teams.
10:55 a.m. Sara Algotsson Ostholt announced this morning that she has withdrawn Wega from WEG before cross country. They were placed fifth.
I sadly announce that Wega and I retire from WEG. She had a hard time with the flight and quarantene and didn't drink…
— Eventing Nation (@eventingnation) September 15, 2018
10:30 a.m. We’ve finally got a semi-official numbered map: