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We’re getting set to watch the riders contesting the $60,000 Adequate USEA Advanced division at #AEC2021 take on Derek di Grazia’s cross country track and I am all settled in to bring you some live updates!
The cross country will kick off at 9:36 a.m. EST with Buck Davidson and Carlevo, who are currently in third in the division following dressage. You can check out the course map below or here. Ride times can be found here. Refresh this page periodically for the latest update — and don’t forget to tune in to the FREE live stream on the USEA website right here. We’ll be joined on the live stream by commentators Frankie Thieriot-Stutes and Kelly Prather.
11:50 a.m. ET: Emily picks up 14 time penalties, so she won’t quite threaten the leaders, but what about our girl Fylicia and her Craigslist mare taking everyone to school! She will take the overnight lead ahead of Buck Davidson, who finds himself in second and third aboard Carlevo and Jak My style. Here’s a look at your top 10 after a very exciting cross country. You can view full Advanced results here. That’s a wrap on our live updates — we’ll be back later will a full report from the day at #AEC2021! Thanks for following along.
11:48 a.m. ET: Emily and Corvett ping through the coffin. They could find themselves in a competitive spot if they can get home quick.
11:47 a.m. ET: Elisa Wallace and Let It Be Lee are showing as eliminated at fence 4 – not sure what happened there. CORRECTION: It looks like this was rectified and taken off.
11:45 a.m. ET: And Fylicia Barr will be your overnight leader with just 2.4 time penalties! They will be on a score of 28.9 heading into tomorrow! Natalia Neneman sadly had a runout at the corner out of the coffin but not for lack of effort from Electric Lux. What a bummer!
11:44 a.m. ET: Natalia and Electric Lux, who could also find themselves at the top of the board with a clear and fast round, navigate the Nutrena Oasis:
11:42 a.m. ET: Fylicia and Sunny are clear through the coffin! If they get home clear and quick enough, they could be your overnight leaders! And I was wrong, I apologize – we’ve still got Emily Hamel and Corvett to see.
11:40 a.m. ET: Our last pair is now out of the box: Natalia Neneman and Electric Lux.
11:38 a.m. ET: Fylicia sets “Sunny” up for the first water:
11:37 a.m. ET: Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise are our next on course. This is another one that tends to be on the quicker side if they’re going for it on the day. Fun fact, Fylicia got this mare off Craigslist for the whopping sum of $500!
11:36 a.m. ET: CharmKing says no at the first brush after the Normandy Bank. Bummer! They’re clear on the next attempt.
11:34 a.m. ET: Zach lives a bit dangerously through the coffin but they’re safely through and on their way towards home.
11:34 a.m. ET: CharmKing has a big look at the in to the Frog Pond water but Holly keeps her leg on and they get through the question.
11:33 a.m. ET: Holly sees a big one at the out of the first water and CharmKing responds beautifully. Meanwhile, Zach Brandt is safely through the Nutrena Oasis after a discussion about the line between the arrowheads.
11:32 a.m. ET: Allie Knowles and Ms. Poppins collected 11.6 time so they will drop down just a bit on the board.
11:32 a.m. ET: Holly Payne Caravella joins us now with CharmKing.
11:31 a.m. ET: Danny Moguel and Cecelia are quickly through the coffin:
11:29 a.m. ET: Zach Brandt and Direct Advance join us now on course. It’s great seeing Zach back at the upper levels with this big chestnut; we always loved seeing him with his late great mare Cavallino Cocktail.
11:28 a.m. ET: Will and DonDante through the Normandy Bank question:
11:27 a.m. ET: Will Coleman and DonDante are also on course and we get a glimpse of him coming toward the Normandy Bank.
11:26 a.m. ET: Mexico’s Danny Moguel and Cecelia are now on course.
11:24 a.m. ET: Allie’s breastplate has also broken, she reaches down to try to tuck it out of the way — in fact, she tied it in a knot, all while galloping head-on toward the Brushed Table. Well done, Allie!
11:23 a.m. ET: Buck retakes the quickest title with just 1.2 time collected on Jak My Style. He’ll be no worse than seventh after today. Here’s a look at Allie and Ms. Poppins through the Sunken Road:
11:22 a.m. ET: Expertly through the coffin are Leslie and Voltaire de Tre.
11:21 a.m. ET: Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre are also on course and heading for the Normandy Bank.
11:20 a.m. ET: Currently sitting in first in terms of dressage scores is Allie Knowles who now joins us again with Ms. Poppins. A fast clear could see her take the lead into tomorrow’s finale.
11:19 a.m. ET: Buck’s breastplate on Jak My Style has broken but doesn’t seem to be causing an issue as they’re quickly through the coffin question:
11:17 a.m. ET: Madeline and Crosby’s Gold grind to a halt on their first attempt at the stiff, upright coffin. They’re sticky but clear through the second attempt:
11:14 a.m. ET: Sara has a great shot through the coffin and the corner after:
11:14 a.m. ET: We’re joined on course now by Madeline Scott and Crosby’s Gold as well as Buck Davidson with his third ride, Kat Cuca’s Jak My Style, who is also aimed at Maryland next month.
11:11 a.m. ET: I missed the GIF opportunity, but Sara lost her reins a bit jumping into the Nutrena Oasis water, but she regained them and found a new line to the arrowheads out of the water and they’re still clear!
11:10 a.m. ET: Sara and “Rubens” are straight as an arrow through the Sunken Road:
11:09 a.m. ET: We get our first glimpse of Matt Flynn and Wizzerd, seriously probably one of the best-looking horses in the field. They navigate the Normandy Bank here, where you can see how that ground really falls away to the rider’s right and inviting runouts. No issues at this question so far, though:
11:07 a.m. ET: Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens d’Ysieux are our newest starters.
11:04 a.m. ET: Elisa has a lovely shot through the coffin aboard Let It Be Lee:
11:03 a.m. ET: You can really see how much Derek uses the undulation of the ground here at the Horse Park — he’ll set jumps that almost lean a bit down a hill so riders are really tested on holding their lines. He also uses the turns and approaches to jumps to slow you down or speed you up, meaning you really have to have a plan and be able to ride your horse back to front to have them ready for any adjustments the ground calls for.
11:01 a.m. ET: Arielle Aharoni and Dutch Times are on course and through the first water.
10:59 a.m. ET: Just about 14 more to see now as we get towards the end of this deep Advanced field.
10:58 a.m. ET: Elisa and Let It Be Lee now join us. Boyd and On Cue are the second fastest with 6.2 time penalties.
10:56 a.m. ET: Colleen Rutledge has retired C Me Fly after some trouble at the first water.
10:56 a.m. ET: Clayton and FE Always In Time are neatly through the Sunken Road:
10:54 a.m. ET: Sydney Elliott is clear through the coffin and the cabins at 21.
10:52 a.m. ET: Clayton Fredericks is back with us now on FE Always In Time.
10:51 a.m. ET: Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire, who will be heading to Nations Cup at Boekelo in the Netherlands, are now on course. We haven’t seen Elisa Wallace and Let It Be Lee — not sure if she’s riding out of order or withdrew (or if we just haven’t seen her on the feed).
10:48 a.m. ET: Kyle gives Reddy some vocal encouragement through the coffin and she makes it through easily. Good girl! Kyle rides this mare in honor of her late owner, Christy Edwards.
10:47 a.m. ET: One of my favorite things Kyle has ever told me about Reddy Or Not is “I bet she’d go faster if I stopped petting her so much!”
10:46 a.m. ET: Allie Knowles and Morswood added 9.2 time penalties. Doug added 5.6 with Quantum Leap for the quickest of the day so far.
10:46 a.m. ET: Karl Slezak, another Canadian rider, and Fernhill Wishes are next out of the box.
10:45 a.m. ET: Boyd gets through the coffin where he parted ways from Long Island T earlier.
10:44 a.m. ET: Kyle and his lovely mare have a great ride through the first water to set the tone.
10:41 a.m. ET: Kyle Carter and Reddy or Not will now join us on course.
10:39 a.m. ET: Boyd Martin is back with us now on his second ride, Christine Turner’s On Cue.
10:38 a.m. ET: Bummer! Alex Baugh, another local rider, and Mr. Candyman have an unfortunate miscommunication at the corner coming out of the Sunken Road. They are clear on their second attempt.
10:37 a.m. ET: A look at the out of the Normandy Bank as ridden by Allie and Morswood:
10:36 a.m. ET: Morswood leaves a bit of his right leg at the in to the Nutrena Oasis at 16 but he catches himself and they’re on to the Brushed Table at 17.
10:35 a.m. ET: Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara cleverly through the coffin:
10:34 a.m. ET: Allie is safely through the Frog Pond water at 9 where she parted ways from Business Class earlier.
10:33 a.m. ET: Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara are also on course and are clear through the Brushed Table at 17.
10:32 a.m. ET: Allie Knowles is back now with her second ride, Morswood.
10:31 a.m. ET: Doug carves an inside line winding through the trees to the Dog Houses at fence 21:
10:30 a.m. ET: Neatly into the Nutrena Oasis at fence 16 for Doug and Quantum Leap:
10:28 a.m. ET: Buck navigates the coffin with Sorocaima:
10:27 a.m. ET: Well if anyone’s going to make a crack at this time, it might just be this next rider: Olympian Doug Payne with Quantum Leap, who’s aiming at the Maryland 5 Star in October.
10:26 a.m. ET: Maya and Miks Master C pick up 10.8 time to take a two-phase score of 41.7.
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10:22 a.m. ET: Miks Master C also puts in some athletic footwork to get out of the coffin at 20. Maya looks to be on the gas pedal and this horse requires little set-up, making him that much more efficient in this phase. Buck now joins us again on Sorocaima.
10:20 a.m. ET: Sarah Kuhn and Mr. Cash van de Start are next out of the start box.
10:17 a.m. ET: Liz Halliday-Sharp is taking 8.8 time penalties into show jumping. Buck will be your current leader still with the quickest so far. Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights had 17.8 time and Leslie Law and First Class collected 20.8 time. These scores are provisional so I will correct them if they are changed or if I misreported them! Maya Black and Miks Master C are next out.
10:16 a.m. ET: Allison and Business Ben need a bit of clever footwork to navigate the coffin but they’re through and heading towards home.
10:16 a.m. ET: Scores are a bit slow to update so I’ll try to catch you up as they do come in!
10:15 a.m. ET: Dana and FE Mississippi reach for the out at the first water and are well on their way!
10:14 a.m. ET: Canada’s Dana Cooke is now on course with FE Mississippi.
10:13 a.m. ET: Ah, man! Hallie and Global EX have the pin down at the in to the coffin. Not quite their day today but what a neat little jumper Hallie has on her hands!
10:12 a.m. ET: Allison Springer and Business Ben are the next pair to see.
10:10 a.m. ET: Global EX jumps the widest, right side of the corner coming out of the Sunken Road — what a brave little horse, but unfortunately that will be a 20 for this pair as they navigate the option and continue on.
10:09 a.m. ET: I of course missed it, but Cooley Quicksilver takes the one-stride at the coffin as a bounce but nothing to it — made it look easy!
10:08 a.m. ET: Liz is giving us a masterclass in riding on a forward step; you can see her finding her stride and really going for it to move Cooley Quicksilver off her leg and up to the fence.
10:06 a.m. ET: Hallie Coon and Global EX are our new starters. Leslie Law and First Class make it through the coffin — this one has a bit of an upright jumping style over some of these technical questions but he makes it work! Liz Halliday-Sharp is through the Sunken Road.
10:04 a.m. ET: Clayton and FE Stormtrooper are safely through the coffin:
10:04 a.m. ET: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver are the next out and will be looking to have a quick run today.
10:01 a.m. ET: Leslie Law and First Class are our newest starters.
10:00 a.m. ET: Will Coleman and Tight Lines come up with 14.4 time penalties. Methinks the time will be pretty difficult to get today, but we do have some speed demons competing here in this division.
9:58 a.m. ET: Clayton seems to have gotten off his line or had a runout at the table at fence 5, I believe — not sure yet if that will be scored as a 20 or if it’ll just take time as I missed the issue! Things are moving fast here — Colleen and Covert Rights are through the Sunken Road at 13. Apologies for missing some moments to capture as GIFs — ordinarily I have two live streams running, one slightly behind the other, but this live stream doesn’t allow me to be on anything but the live view. I’ll do my best!
9:58 a.m. ET: Clayton Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper join us now on course.
9:57 a.m. ET: Ah! “Ludwig” and Boyd get to an awkward spot at the upright rails coming out of the coffin at 20, slamming on the brakes and pitching Boyd over his head. Boyd’s fine, he essentially landed on his feet, but what a bummer.
9:55 a.m. ET: Boyd is clear through the Sunken Road at 13.
9:54 a.m. ET: Colleen Rutledge and her old hand Covert Rights are our next out.
9:52 a.m. ET: Buck and Carlevo add 6.8 time penalties — he was definitely going for the time with his turns, so we’ll see how the time ends up as the day progresses. Our overnight leaders Boyd Martin and Long Island T — and the reigning Advanced AEC champions — are our next on course.
9:51 a.m. ET: Allie saw a long one coming out of the Frog Pond at 9 and Business Class just wasn’t on the same page. He ducks to the left and Allie tumbles off — what a bummer! She seems to be ok. Meanwhile, Will is through the coffin and heading home.
9:49 a.m. ET: Business Class rattles the frangible pin at the big oxer at fence 3. The pin doesn’t go but the ground crew will be checking to ensure it’s still stable for the next rider. A look at Allie over fence 2:
9:48 a.m. ET: We’ll see second-placed Allie Knowles and Business Class next out the box. Will Coleman and Tight Line looking professional and quiet at the Frog Pond at 9.
9:47 a.m. ET: Buck and Carlevo are neatly through the coffin at fence 20 — he’s nearly home!
9:45 a.m. ET: Next out will be Will Coleman and Tight Lines — look for this pair to have a good crack at making the time.
9:43 a.m. ET: Buck all clear through the first water.
9:41 a.m. ET: And we are underway as Buck Davidson and Carlevo have cleared fence three! This track will wind its way through the back fields at Kentucky Horse Park, not quite getting all the way to the far reaches you’d see on the Kentucky CCI5* track, but still a 6 minute, 24 second track.