It was a pleasantly uneventful morning at the final horse inspection at Galway Downs. The FEI divisions all trotted up for the Ground Jury this morning and most all of the presented horses were accepted to continue on to show jumping.
In the CCI*, just one pair did not re-present after being sent to the hold box: Jennifer McDonald and Charlotte. Aside from that, 41 horses will move forward to show jumping which begins in about 45 minutes.
In the CCI2* we did see two horses sent to the hold: Caroline Smith and Lucas as well as Lauren Burnell and Counterpoint. Both were accepted upon their second jog. Taren Atkinson withdrew Gustav overnight and did not present. Overnight leaders Tamie Smith and Chatwin looked fit and fresh for their jog with Frankie Thieriot and baby Drake looking on.
Finally for the CCI3*, we had no holds and some fit looking horses for the Ground Jury to mull over. Antlone Anto was particularly fresh for Allison Springer, cantering off at first but settling down.
Poor Rachel McDonough fell victim to the water trough at the far end of the field when Irish Rhythm appeared to spook sideways. Somehow he ended up on the other side of the trough but Rachel in her effort to hang on was dragged into the water. Needless to say, I’m sure she was thankful to have a backup dress to change into! Bless her heart for being a great sport about the very comical incident.
There were two overnight withdrawals from the CCI3*: Bella Mowbray and Star Vision as well as Ronald Zabala-Goetschel and Mr Wise Guy. In all, we’ll see 16 in the CCI3* show jumping and 14 in the CCI2*.
Don’t forget, Ride On Video is generously providing a live stream of all FEI show jumping for us beginning at 10:45 a.m. PST / 1:45 p.m. EST. We’ll be going in order from lowest to highest, with the CCI1* jumping first. The CCI2* will follow at approximately 1:20 p.m. PST / 4:20 p.m. EST and the CCI3* to wrap it up at 2:50 p.m. PST / 5:50 p.m. EST.
We’ve got an exciting conclusion to a wonderful event to look forward to this afternoon, so stay tuned for much more from Galway!