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Sally Spickard is a Korean adoptee living in San Diego, California. Sally joined the Eventing Nation team in 2013 and has subsequently written for Noelle Floyd, Heels Down Mag, and other publications both in and out of the equestrian world. Sally is an eventing fan through and through and enjoys telling the stories of riders who are not well-represented within equestrian media.

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Wednesday Videos from Kentucky Performance Products: Just Two More #AEC2021 Helmet Cams

We’re still reliving the highs of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships — why not keep the party going with a couple of helmet cams from cross country day?

Many thanks to Melanie Schaefer for sending in these videos from Fylicia Barr’s team. We shared Fylicia’s helmet cam from the Advanced earlier here on EN — check it out here.

First up is Josie Buller, who is riding Zanzibar, Fylicia’s first event horse when she lived in New York. Zanzibar, who is an Arabian cross gelding, has been showing Josie the ropes of eventing, bringing her up from Beginner Novice to achieving her goal of competing at AEC at the Novice level! The pair added one rail to their dressage score to end their Junior Novice 15 & Under weekend on a score of 43.3. Ride along:

Next is Will Rowland and his six-year-old off-track Thoroughbred, Over Rider, skipping around the training level. Will purchased “Ryder” off the track as a four-year-old and has produced him to this point. This pair finished on their dressage score of 33.6 in the Junior Training Championship. Here’s Will’s helmet cam:

We love celebrating eventing at ALL levels, so if you have a helmet cam you’d like to share with us, email us at [email protected]! Go Eventing.

#AEC2021: Website, Final Scores, EN’s Coverage, Twitter, Instagram

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Grab Your Tickets for the 2022 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Beginning October 5!

Oliver Townend celebrates his third consecutive Kentucky win. Will he make it four in 2022? Photo by Shelby Allen.

We’re crossing all of our fingers and toes that by next April we’ll once again be joining the throngs of spectators back at Kentucky Horse Park for the longest-running North American CCI5*: the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. As of now, the event is full-speed ahead for 2022 and plans to welcome back spectators for the first time since 2019, April 28 through May 1 — and you can purchase tickets beginning October 5.

Though the event did run in 2021, the venue was closed to all but essential personnel, making for some eerie (but, admittedly, kind of cool in some ways) photos of cross country courses not filled with people or a mostly empty Rolex Stadium.

Jesse Campbell and Diachello jump in front of a sparse crowd at Kentucky 2021. Photo by Shelby Allen.

But with any hope, 2022 will look a lot more like we’re used to. To that end, tailgating spots for cross country day will once again be made available. Word to the wise, these tend to get snapped up quickly, as do camping spots in the KHP Campground, so it’s best not to sit on your laurels when it comes time to reserve.

Also making a return to Kentucky this year will be the Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, which is always a popular draw as a Saturday evening activity. Separate tickets are required for this event, and those will be available for just $5 plus fees.

Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. Photo by Shelby Allen.

If you donated to help save the event earlier this year, you will be eligible for a pre-sale to access admission before the general public. “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who helped make the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky happen,” Lee Carter, Executive Director of EEI, said. “The ‘Kentucky Collective,’ as we call them, truly stepped up and showed the world how supportive the eventing community can be. The 2021 Land Rover Kentucky was incredible, albeit very different without spectators in Rolex Stadium and across the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. We are excited to offer qualifying Kentucky Collective supporters the chance to buy their tickets early this year and we look forward to welcoming them back to the 2022 Land Rover Kentucky in person!”

The Lexington CCI4*-S will also be returning to Kentucky, making it an all-out weekend of equestrian sport at its finest. We hope to see you in Kentucky next spring! Go Eventing.

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

CDCTA on Sunday was a blast with Sebastian and put the wind back in my sails after a tough few weeks. So many thanks…

Posted by Helen Casteel on Monday, September 13, 2021

Well, because horses can never be truly straightforward, it seems life has thrown a box of lemons at Helen Casteel, who was awarded the first Strides for Equality Equestrians Ever So Sweet Scholarship earlier this year. After spending the summer training with Sara Kozumplik Murphy with her off-track Thoroughbred, Unapproachable, “Abel” sustained a soft tissue injury that has sidelined him for the time being. Helen had been preparing for the American Eventing Championships with Abel, but Sara — never one to let a problem go unsolved — quickly stepped in and offered up the ride on Edy Rameika’s (who also is the generous sponsor of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship through the USEA Foundation) Sebastian in the interim.

Helen and Sebastian tested the waters at CDCTA this past weekend and it’s safe to say they’ve found all the right buttons so far: the pair finished third in their Beginner Novice division.

A little over three months ago I was awarded the first ever (and first of its kind) #eversosweetscholarship from Strides…

Posted by Helen Casteel on Thursday, September 9, 2021

Strides for Equality Equestrians is offering a second round of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship (ESS) this fall, and applications close on October 15 so be sure to get yours in! The purpose of the scholarship is to provide education, experience, and networking opportunities for diverse young people interested in careers in competitive horse sports, particularly in the disciplines of eventing or show jumping. To learn more about ESS, click here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Alhambra Fall Event (Alberta, Canada): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Aspen Farms International H.T. (Yelm, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

GMHA September H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. (Kosse, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Unionville CCI4*-S (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, Ut.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Major International Events:

CHIO Aachen CCIO4*-S (Aachen, Germany): [Website] [Schedule and Scoring] [Entries] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Blenheim Palace International CCI4*-L/CCI4*-S (Oxfordshire, UK): [Website] [Entries] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Wednesday Reading List:

Boyd Martin has taken the reins of Annie Goodwin’s Fedarman B after Annie tragically passed away in a cross country schooling accident this summer. It’s an emotional time for all, but Annie’s parents and fiancé decided to entrust Boyd with the ride in her honor. “It really is a privilege to be riding Bruno,” Boyd told The Chronicle of the Horse. “The first couple times I rode him, it was quite emotional, sitting on the young horse Annie had ridden for years and years and done such a sensational job training. A part of me is honored to ride him, and a part of me feels uncomfortable with the success we’re achieving together because it’s all due to her hard work.”

British rider Will Rawlin was eager to get his first five-star under his belt at Bicton last weekend, but the eventing gods weren’t smiling down on him as VIP Vinnie came up lame after just two fences. Thankfully, Will hopes “Vinnie” will make a return after a year of rehab, and he reflects on the weekend that wasn’t in his latest blog.

Want to smooth out your cross country riding? Caroline Moore wants you to have five gears when you’re out on cross country — trot, coffin canter, related distance canter, gallop, and top speed. How do you achieve these, and make your riding safer in the process? Find out here.

And while you’re at it, why not brush up on some dressage skills? Carl Hester shares eight “training gems” to improve your dressage mark — and hey, he would be one to know! — with Horse & Hound here.

On the fence about adding a Haygain steamer to your barn? Your investment can go a long way to make your horses healthier and happier. Want to hear it from an expert? Read about why Dr. Hilary Clayton, a veterinarian, researcher, horse owner and dressage rider, trusts Haygain here.

Wednesday Watch This from H&C+:

It’s Blenheim weekend! It’s a star-studded line-up in the headlining CCI4*-L, with British heavy hitters such as 2018 FEI Eventing World Champion Ros Canter, Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Tom McEwen, Badminton winner Piggy March, Emily King, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Olympic gold medalist Oliver Townend…the list truly goes on and on.

You won’t want to miss the live stream with your H&C+ membership, and we’ll have Catherine Austen checking in regularly with reports from beautiful Blenheim all weekend long.

Wednesday Video Break: The ultimate “desensitizing” as demonstrated by the Brianna Noble and her crew:

Mark Your Calendars! USEA American Eventing Championships Will Travel to Rebecca Farm in 2022

Maddie Lichten and Yarrow. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mark your calendars (and book those hotels!) — after a wildly successful rotation at the Kentucky Horse Park, the USEA American Eventing Championships will now shift west and will be held at the picturesque Rebecca Farm venue in 2022. #AEC2022 will take place August 30 through September 4, 2022, which is also over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

If you’ve not been to Rebecca Farm before, it’s definitely one worth putting on the calendar. You’re not likely to find better views, crisper mountain air or better weather for eventing than in Kalispell, Montana — and a big bonus of coming out to Rebecca Farm to event is the nearby tourist destination of Glacier National Park. You can top off your summer with some non-horsey vacation activities (you know, to keep your non-horsey relatives occupied while you show, obviously) like hiking and finding a route to Glacier National Park’s gorgeous Hidden Lake. If you’re not a hiker, there are plenty of other destinations to check out while you’re in Montana, and many eventers will room-share at a vacation rental to make the most of their experience.

A word to the wise, though: book your travel now. Not sure if you’re going yet? Find some tentative travel buddies and book refundable lodging and rental cars now. Generally speaking, the summer Event at Rebecca Farm is a destination sell-out, leaving cars and places to stay very difficult to come by. Add in Labor Day travel, and we’re most likely looking at a similar scenario for AEC. There are many great hotels in Kalispell and plenty of vacation rental homes to share with your barn mates or family. I’ll drop some useful links below, and you can also visit the Rebecca Farm website for more information about the facility and surrounding area.

As of now, the USEA has not released dates or locations for future American Eventing Championships; in June the organization opened bidding for the next host site, which will have the AEC for two years in 2023 and 2024.

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Maryland 5 Star Entry First Look: 38 CCI5* Entries To Date, Including Some Famous Kiwi Faces

Tim Price and Xavier Faer. Photo by Shelby Allen.

We’re winding down with just one month to go before the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, just the seventh CCI5* in the world and the second in North America, and in celebration we’ve got a first look at entries — and plenty of famous faces to look forward to! The Maryland 5 Star is slated to begin on October 14, concluding on October 17.

The Maryland 5 Star will be a unique CCI5* in that we will also see the USEF National CCI3*-L Championship as well as the East Coast Young Event Horse Championships running concurrently with the marquee division. The organizing team at Maryland has also secured several fan experiences such as a Beer & Wine Showcase, a Fresh Food Festival, a full vendor fair and loads of food and drink vendors on hand throughout the weekend.

The CCI3*-L has already gone to wait-list status due to its popularity, and as of publication we have a total of 38 entries — including, so far, three riders who will be hopping aboard the Dutta Corp. flight generously arranged with booking discounts as well as ground transport provided by Brookledge Horse Transportation once the overseas entries arrive in the States. Joining the entry list will be New Zealand Olympians Jonelle Price, who will bring forward 2018 Badminton winner Classic Moet (who also finished seventh on her first trip to Kentucky earlier this year), and Tim Price, who will ride Xavier Faer, with whom he finished second at Kentucky in April.

Sammi Birch and Hunter Valley II. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Australian rider Sammi Birch, who just finished 11th at the pop-up Bicton CCI5* with Finduss PFB, will also make her first trip to the U.S. with Hunter Valley II, a 16-year-old Australian Sport Horse gelding who finished fourth at Pau in 2017. Sammi moved to Britain to base in 2005 and is a certified bad-ass; she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and, despite undergoing major surgery to remove the cancerous cells, competed at the top levels of the sport and raised her son, Charlie, all throughout. “I look back now and think I was nuts. I can now say I didn’t really face the cancer,” Sammi told HorseDeals.com last year. “I think I blocked it and just focussed everything on the horses and WEG. It was the only way I could get through it. It is safe to say that when Gizmo was injured and WEG was no longer on the cards, I hit rock bottom. I had to face the fact that I had cancer and was to have major surgery. I have learnt a lot about myself. It turns out I am pretty grumpy if I can’t ride!”

Also featuring on the CCI5* entry list at Maryland will be Tokyo Olympians Phillip Dutton (who will ride Fernhill Singapore and Sea of Clouds), Boyd Martin (who will ride Long Island T and On Cue) and Doug Payne (who will ride Quantum Leap), as well as Buck Davidson with three rides (Carlevo, Erroll Gobey, Jak My Style), Will Faudree (Pfun and Mama’s Magic Way) and Lauren Nicholson (Landmark’s Monte Carlo and Vermiculus) with two, and CCI5* debutants Ashlynn Meuchel (Emporium) and Lexi Scovil (Chico’s Man VDF Z). ETA: Emma Lomangino will also be making her first CCI5* start with Master Frisky — sorry for the omission, Emma!

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Entries close this Wednesday, September 15, and we’ve seen rumblings that we’ll see some West coast representatives filling in so no doubt we’ll have a few more to add to this star-studded list later this week. You can keep track of the entries for all divisions here — and don’t forget to snag your tickets as this will be a spectator-friendly event! You can do so here. Stay tuned for more from Maryland, and Go Eventing!

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill: [Website] [Tickets] [Entries]

Maryland CCI5* Entries as of 9/13:

  • Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise
  • Sammi Birch and Hunter Valley
  • Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois
  • Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot
  • Will Coleman and DonDante
  • Will Coleman and Tight Lines
  • Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara
  • Buck Davidson and Carlevo
  • Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey
  • Buck Davidson and Jak My Style
  • Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore
  • Phillip Dutton and Sea of Clouds
  • Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way
  • Will Faudree and Pfun
  • Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me
  • Clayton Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper
  • Emily Hamel and Corvett
  • Lillian Head and LCC Barnaby
  • Ema Klugman and Bendigo
  • Alexandra Knowles and Morswood
  • Leslie Law and Voltaire De Tre
  • Emma Lomagino and Master Frisky
  • Boyd Martin and Long Island T
  • Boyd Martin and On Cue
  • Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack
  • Joe Meyer and Johnny Royale
  • Ashlynn Meuchel and Emporium
  • Lauren Nicholson and Landmark’s Monte Carlo
  • Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus
  • Doug Payne and Quantum Leap
  • Mike Pendleton and Steady Eddie
  • Jessica Phoenix and Bogue Sound
  • Jonelle Price and Classic Moet
  • Tim Price and Xavier Faer
  • Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights
  • Lexi Scovil and Chico’s Man VDF Z
  • Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride and Favian
  • Sharon White and Cooley On Show

Weekend Winners: Tryon, CDCTA, Chardon Valley, Copper Meadows, Flora Lea

As we look ahead into what promises to be an all-out fall season, we’re through another jam-packed weekend of eventing action from all over. On each coast, Advanced competitors tackled Tryon’s Fall Horse Trials as well as Copper Meadows’ September event, and several Maryland 5 Star-bound pairs are ticking off their final preparations for the fall CCI5*. We’re also gearing up for the FEI Nations Cup of Eventing competition at CHIO Aachen this weekend — where the U.S. is fielding a team — followed by the FEI Eventing European Championships the weekend after — suffice it to say, there is a whole lot to keep up with these days here at EN!

This weekend’s Unofficial Low Score Award was earned by Lindsey Smith and Jackie Eckhaus’ Jumara MVS, who won their Open Novice division at Copper Meadows on a score of 22.1. In fact, Lindsey had a fantastic weekend overall, finishing third in the Area VI Training Championships on her own partner Lucky Sun and also taking a few of Tamie Smith’s up and comers out for a spin. Check her out scoring a 21.0 aboard Té Amo, who is owned by Grace Walker Alonzi:

And scoring an 18.1 aboard Jumara MVS, who is currently available for syndication through Tamie’s Next Level Eventing:

Most pro riders have a very active pipeline of young talent coming up the ranks, and this weekend it was their turn to shine under the tutelage of riders such as Lindsey as well as Nick Cwick, who also took some of Tamie’s younger horses around at Copper Meadows, while Tamie traveled back to Germany to make her final preparations for Aachen this weekend. It truly takes a village — a globe-spanning one, in this instance!

Tryon Fall H.T.: Final Scores

Advanced Test A: Boyd Martin and Wabanaki (47.3)
Advanced Test B: Bobby Meyerhoff and Albano (62.6)
Advanced/Intermediate: Bobby Meyerhoff and Fortuna (37.7)
Open Intermediate: Tim Bourke and Quality Obsession (31.8)
Open Preliminary A: Devon Brown and HC Celtic Mark (28.3)
Open Preliminary B: Devon Brown and Hickstead (28.9)
Modified: Shannon Riley and Laissez Aller (27.7)
Open Training: Emily Beshear and Plumpjack (24.3)
Training Rider: Darci Phelps and Sandro Street (40.7)
Novice Rider: Kay Burack and Piper (29.5)
Open Novice: Emily Beshear and Card Shark (29.3)
Beginner Novice Rider: Morgan Peck and Majic Merlin (29.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Hannah Werner and Clear Laveer (26.8)

CDCTA Fall H.T.: Final Results

Open Preliminary: Daniel Clasing and Et Cetera (26.3)
Open Training 1: Kimmy Cecere and Landmark’s Vegas Vision (30.5)
Open Training 2: Allison Springer and Castlefarm Querly Bet (31.0)
Open Training 3: Emma Tuit and Rapid Romero KV (31.7)
Open Novice 1: Kurt Martin and Kelodiena W (31.9)
Open Novice 2: Gabby Dickerson and L’Amour WV (29.9)
Open Novice 3: Dawn Cregger and Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (31.0)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Katherine Wood and Prinz S.W. (22.8)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Haley Miller and He’s True Brew (33.3)
Intro: Caroline Kuhnert and Chastian’s Morning Mocha (31.7)

Chardon Valley H.T.: Final Results

Modified Open: Carrie Mulks and Colony’s Finale (39.7)
Training Open: Alexandra McKinley and Audacious (37.1)
Novice Jr. Rider: Olivia Cannizzaro and Mahogany Dancer (26.9)
Novice Open: Mindy Kutzner-Shannon and First Spring Song (28.8)
Beginner Novice Jr. Rider: Maisy Sullivan and Ima Rain Storm (30.6)
Beginner Novice Open: Halley Widlak and Starscream (25.0)
Starter Jr. Rider: Alana Clickner and Fauna (34.7)
Starter Open: Margaret Kinsinger and Leap of Faith (31.7)

Copper Meadows Fall H.T.: Final Results

Advanced: Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo (69.4)
Intermediate: Gina Economou and Cooley By Design (39.3)
Open Preliminary: Erin Kellerhouse and Bon Vivant GWF (29.7)
Preliminary Championship: Stephanie Simard and Roosevelt (44.7)
Open Training: Jordan Taylor and Dartmouth (22.4)
Training Championship: Kristin Terris and Rathcash Olympia (30.0)
Novice Championship: Whitney Tucker Billeter and Infinite Wisdom (29.1)
Novice Rider A: Kelson Frieden and RHS Caspar Conthargos (31.2)
Novice Rider B: Sophie Acker and Snow Angel (35.0)
Open Novice: Lindsey Smith and Jumara MVS (22.1)
Beginner Novice Championship: Laura Jaeger-Seitz and Dondero (29.5)
Beginner Novice Rider: Kylie Scott and Duchess (29.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Nick Cwick and Lowmax (29.8)
Introductory: Allie Silvera and Kellys Lucky Moon (29.2)

Flora Lea Fall H.T.: Final Results

Open Preliminary: Matthew Bryer and Quaden AF (27.4)
Preliminary Rider: Sophie Kager and Rasher (38.9)
Open Training: Jennie Brannigan and Beaulieu’s Surprise (30.2)
Training Rider A: Christa Schmidt and Chakiris Star (28.6)
Training Rider B: Christa Schmidt and Monbeg Odyssey (36.1)
Novice Rider A: Veronica Ucko and Mainely Brews (30.5)
Novice Rider B: Donna White and Esprit de Barbereau (31.7)
Open Novice A: Nancy Lee and PHF Wine Me Up (28.6)
Open Novice B: Isabelle Bosley and Fernhill Mac an Bata (26.7)
Beginner Novice Rider: Tara Astacio and Money to Burn (30.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Delaney Emerson and Redfield Legend (26.4)

The CREW Urban Youth Equestrians Creates a Space for Youth of Color to Discover All of Who They Are

The CREW Urban Youth Equestrians runs their program out of a barn in Hastings, Mn., 30 minutes from where George Floyd was murdered in May 2020. Co-founder Jenny Benton knew it was time to put aside excuses and find a way to bring youth of color to horses as a catalyst to bridge the alienation many feel as the weight of systemic racism continues to plague their communities. The CREW is an acronym for the four core tenets of the program: Community, Relationships, Empowerment and Well-being. These pillars encompass how the organization supports and engages with the kids.

In August of 2020, Jenny brought the idea of the program to Chauntel Allen, Kenatia Gilmer, DJ Jinkins and Jestine Jinkins, all of whom she has known for over 20 years, and invited them to join her as founding Board Members. “In 24 weeks, we went from ideation to bringing in our first kids and created a viable nonprofit program,” Jenny and Chauntel explained on a Zoom call. “This speaks to the deep commitment the five of us have to fulfill the need for a culturally relevant program where youth of color have a safe space to uncover all of who they are while training horses in a way that prioritizes their Relationship with the horse by understanding what the horse is communicating through their body language.”

The CREW’s program is designed to offer student-centric, hands-on horsemanship training sessions, starting with groundwork to instill confidence and foundational skills. As the kids gain experience and demonstrate mastery of handling the horses, they move into riding. Using horses as a catalyst to Empower kids to learn emotional self-regulation helps them discover the possibilities of a world that can open up if given the space.

“You are not what you’ve experienced, and that horse forces you to be honest and to be your most authentic self,” Chauntel said. “And if you are not, that horse is going to know and respond accordingly. So, it forces you to take a step back, take a deep breath and deal with those emotions immediately in a real and raw fashion. The way that Jenny breaks things down through education – there’s something organic that just happens when the children get exposed to these animals.”

Both CREW program horses come from rescues, and demonstrate in a non-judgmental way that, as the character Nessie in Concrete Cowboy stated, “the past is not the present”. Working with the two rescue horses, kids in The CREW have blossomed.

“Being at the barn with horses, where it’s just you and that thousand-pound horse, gives the frustration, the anger, and all of the negative experiences that comes with what you’ve lived through growing up in Minneapolis, a place where you can lay those burdens down,” Chauntel reflected. “As a member of The CREW, I get to experience that.It is a beautiful thing to have a front row seat to our youth having similar experiences. I cannot imagine how different I would be if I had had a program like what The CREW offers or any experience with horses as a child. I may not have, but my children will and that’s what The CREW is about.”

When The CREW was in its formative stages, the founding members consulted with other organizations who had been doing this type of work already in other states. “We talked with David Silver at Detroit Horsepower, Caitlin Gooch at Saddle Up and Read, Keiara Wade at Compton Cowboys to gain insight on what made a program successful,” Jenny said.

The CREW is also building relationships with instructors in various equine disciplines including eventing, hunter jumper, polo, and barrel racing to create a Community where the students can experience and pursue competition opportunities if they choose.

In June of 2021, The CREW took its first field trip as a group to take in the action at Otter Creek Horse Trials in Wheeler, WI. It was the first time most of the group had seen the sport of eventing, and both Jenny and Chauntel say their experience was welcoming and positive. Immediately upon their arrival, a woman saw them with their matching t-shirts, and told the group that she follows The CREW on Facebook and was excited to see them there that day. As the group walked to watch the cross-country trials, Chauntel and one of the kids ran into the owner of the facility, who welcomed them and invited them to come back over the summer.

“The response we received from the riders was overwhelming,” Chauntel said of the outing. “Several Mothers of the participating riders were happy to greet us and willing to share their experience in the equine industry. They spoke about the financial sacrifice, time commitment, and upcoming eventing opportunities. Seeing the Moms who were there in support of their children was really a special moment.”

It is the hope of these women fearlessly leading the charge at The CREW that field trips like this can continue to happen. After all, we all catch “the bug” somewhere – you hear me write about it often. It is that first exposure that often makes a difference in a person’s path, and the goal of The CREW is to illuminate just how many paths are possible for the kids in the program.

How you can help:

The CREW is always looking for donations to continue its growth. Top of the list at the moment is a van that can be used for transportation. Having a form of transportation would allow them to facilitate more outreach to kids who could benefit from having a place to go – and a way to get there.

To learn more about The CREW and how you can be involved, click here.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Ride Along with Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise at #AEC2021

We’ve been waiting for this one! Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise absolutely blazed around Derek di Grazia’s cross country track at the USEA American Eventing Championships last week, moving up from sixth place to take the lead after the second phase of Advanced competition. Fylicia and “Sunny” recorded the fastest time of the day with just 2.4 time penalties accumulated on a track that wasn’t giving up double clears. This pair would go on to finish their weekend in sixth overall.

The story of Fylicia and her little mare that could is one for all of us: Fylicia found Galloway Sunrise on Craigslist, and she was rather “feral” at the time, not giving much hint of the future. Luckily, Fylicia stuck with it and in the process unearthed a horse of a lifetime.

And we certainly love cheering for them! Be sure to watch with your sound on to hear Fylicia talking to her mare the whole way around. Enjoy the ride-along, and thanks to Fylicia for sharing!

#AEC2021: Website, Final Scores, EN’s Coverage, Twitter, Instagram

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Gillian Beale King Makes an Irish Return to Eventing

Gillian Beale King and Chance Encounter. Photo by Bit-Media.

Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out and all your ducks in a row is typically when life decides to throw you a curveball, for better or worse. The opportunity to ride and compete in Ireland “really came out of the blue” for Gillian Beale King, who as of earlier this year had an established program with about 30 students at Main Line Sporthorses in Chester County, Pa. It was an offer to ride for the Belline Estate, owned by Richard and Tanja Ames in Kilkenny, Ireland — and Gillian knew she wanted to, as they say, seize the day.

It was well-known breeder Richie O’Hara who connected Gillian to the Ames, putting into motion the fulfillment of a dream for Gillian, who had spent the last few years primarily competing in the show jumping ring. In fact, Gillian’s a seventh-generation horsewoman with many lifetimes of experience playing a part in her education. This includes the experience of her father and international Grand Prix show jumper Doug King and her mother, international eventer Susie Beale. Gillian’s half-sister, Amanda Beale Clement, is also a professional upper level eventer, her maternal grandfather, Maj. Jeremy Beale, won Burghley in 1965, and her paternal grandfather Hunter King trained hunter/jumpers and rode as a steeplechase jockey — it’s safe to say Gillian’s grown up and spent the majority of her life in the saddle, and here was an chance to put all those miles to another good use.

“I had always dreamed of getting back into eventing,” Gillian, who previously evented through what is now the three-star level as a young rider, explained. “I’ve done international hunter derbies, grand prix show jumping, eventing through what’s now three-star. And then I graduated from university and went out on my own. That business mostly took me in the show jumping direction.”

Atop the podium at Millstreet. Photo by Bit-Media.

Sometimes, when the opportunity of a lifetime materializes, you have to decide to take a leap. “The timing was right on so many levels, and I decided that this was absolutely something worth exploring,” Gillian said. So she transitioned the majority of her students over to her dad, Doug King, and seemingly before she could blink, she was touching down on Irish soil to begin the next chapter.

She’s certainly come out with a bang since beginning her international eventing career over again, most recently taking home the win in the CCI3*-S at Millstreet last month with Chance Encounter, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Creevagh Grey Rebel out of Camedia. She also picked up a CCI2*-L win — the first international win of her career — at Kilguilkey aboard Derena Super Star (Womanizer – Miss Dallas), an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Having only had the ride on this group of horses — a mix of more experienced horses and young guns moving up the levels — since the spring, Gillian says she’s lucky to have been able to slot right into daily life at Belline Estate, spending time with each horse and forming a partnership. “I really went back to the drawing board with every single horse when I got here,” Gillian explained. “The option was given to compete in the first month and I declined because I wanted to take my time and get to know the horses. Getting back into eventing, I wanted to cross my t’s and dot my i’s. I tried to put my flatwork on them, went cross country schooling, and just tried to put that time into properly getting them ‘on’ with me.”

With this string of talented horses and the ability to have an individual program for each, Gillian says she’s rediscovered her eventing sea legs with increasing comfort. “I will say being a show jumper has really helped my eventing,” she said. “I grew up show jumping and had been focusing mostly on the sport since graduating in 2014. The height and width and technicality of the turns is something that I can feel comfortable with knowing I’ve practiced similar things. Out on cross country I find the jumps out in the open very inviting to ride up to. I think the honing of your jumping skills and your ability to jump and turn and navigate are really valuable in making that transition. And I think making the time often comes down to being accurate. You’re accurate and fast when you’re not having to slow down too much, and I’m very conscientious about tidy turns and ‘walking smart’ to have a good plan.”

Gillian Beale King and Chance Encounter. Photo by Bit-Media.

Gillian expressed her gratitude for Richard and Tanja Ames and the opportunities she’s been afforded multiple times. “(Richard and Tanja) have certainly been behind me every step of the way and believed in me enough to give me this opportunity,” she said. “It’s tremendous to come out and get these results. The horses and Richard and Tanja deserve it so much, and everyone here on the yard works so hard.”

And the horses are showing their strengths as Gillian continues to work with them. “(Chance Encounter) was a horse that was so nervous in dressage and strong on cross country,” she described. “And he’s just done a 180. Maxine, our head groom, has known ‘Harry’ since he was four. He’s definitely her heart horse, and when they told me I won (at Millstreet), I had to wipe away a few tears in warm-up because I just felt like Maxine and Harry and Richard and Tanja deserved it so very much.”

It’s a long time to be away from your family, friends and life at home. But Gillian’s taking it all in with a good dose of gratitude, and a few trips planned to come back to visit. “It’s been what dreams are made of,” she said. “The last thing my dad said to me when he dropped me off at the airport was, ‘you know what you have to do’. I came here for a reason, to find success and develop great partnerships with these horses. And I really feel like we have the system and the team to do just that.”

Get Your Learning On at Barnstaple South’s Next Jackpot Schooling Show

Photo courtesy of Barnstaple South.

You don’t have to compete in recognized events to be an eventer, and thanks to venues like Barnstaple South, Stable View, Carolina Horse Park, Copper Meadows and many others all over the country, schooling show opportunities are a great option to experience the sport in a more accessible way. Whether you’re new to riding or eventing, you’re showing a young horse the ropes, or you simply want to give your well-stretched wallet a break, finding quality schooling shows is the perfect solution.

Barnstaple South, which began its popular Jackpot Schooling Show series this year, has been hard at work making improvements to its offerings, and the next show on September 12 promises to have plenty of fun for all.

Featuring among these exciting upgrades and improvements are:

  • A clinic with the dressage judge of the show on the Saturday before each of the schooling shows on the fall calendar
  • Videography services from Richard Equine Video in September and November with recorded commentary from the judge
  • Free cross country coursewalks led by local professional each Friday before the schooling show
  • Cross country courses flagged and numbered for schooling the week leading up to the show
  • Use of high-quality show arenas at neighboring HITS Ocala for dressage and show jumping

Each Jackpot Schooling Show promises to be a grand time for all involved — and there is always the opportunity to win some of your entry costs back in these unique classes! To send in your entry for the next show on September 12 or to sign up for any of the other upcoming fall shows, click here.

 

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Strides for Equality Equestrians is preparing to hand out its second Ever So Sweet Scholarship in partnership with the USEA Foundation, and you still have time to apply! The Ever So Sweet Scholarship is aimed at providing opportunity in the form of training with five-star rider Sara Kozumplik Murphy and her husband, international show jumper Brian Murphy. Applications for the upcoming period close on October 15 — you can learn more about the Ever So Sweet Scholarship and how to apply here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Tryon Fall H.T. (Tryon, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

CDCTA Fall H.T.: (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Chardon Valley H.T. (Decatur, Mi.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Copper Meadows Fall H.T. (Ramona, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Flora Lea Fall H.T. (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Wednesday Reading List:

Should 11 penalties be given in every instance of breaking frangible pins? It’s a debate that’s taken on a life of its own as more riders incur penalties for instances that, in the court of public opinion at least, may not have prevented a fall. After several riders had a pin, or a part of it, down at Bicton this past weekend and after some of the instances in Tokyo, some riders are sharing their opinions on the implications the penalty has. Horse & Hound reports here.

Did you know what Virginia-area White Oak Stables offers a rolling Show Division Sponsorship as part of their Diversity Program? Aimed at being a source of opportunity for riders looking for a leg up, the Show Division Sponsorship is offered offset the cost of competing at a show. Recipients also receive a customized saddle pad. You can learn more and apply here.

Not all riders spend multiple hours in the saddle every day. Some spend most of their days at a desk or doing other work, so what are some ways to combat the accompanying devastation to one’s posture? Here are four in-office exercises all you “desk jockeys” out there can put to good use.

Does your horse get antsy or anxious when it’s time for the farrier to visit? It’s an issue that plagues horse owners all over, and while every horse is an individual there are some things to try if you’re dealing with farrier anxiety. Save these tips to try next time your horse is due.

Have you gotten your tickets for Equitana USA yet? The early October exhibition and education event promises to be all-out spectacular with a little something for everyone. Check out the schedule of events here — and mark your calendars!

Strides for Equality Equestrians leadership member Catherine Reddick was a recent guest with Chris Stafford on the Women in Sports podcast. Learn more about Strides for Equality’s DEI work, Catherine’s crossover experience between rowing and horse sports, and more in this conversation.

Wednesday Watch This:

If you’re new to H&C+, the video on-demand catalog available to you is easy to get lost in. Honestly, I’ve had my subscription for well into a year now and I’m still discovering new series! The vision behind H&C+’s vast library is to have a dedicated space for the involved equestrian to find entertainment, sport and education. This week, I’m getting caught up on the Eventing Masterclass series. In the most recent episode, Simon Grieve walks us through some ways to combat the omnipresent “rider frightener” fences. There are Masterclass episodes with Liz Halliday-Sharp, Will Coleman, Laura Collett, Oliver Townend and so many more to list — and they’re all included with your H&C+ membership! Here’s the page to learn more.

Haygain Social Shout: Watch how simple it can be to add hay steaming into your routine.

Weekend Winners: #AEC2021, Bucks County, Chatt Hills, Equestrians’ Institute, Silverwood

We may have been up-the-wall busy with the USEA American Eventing Championships and the Bicton Park CCI5*, but there were several other events running over the weekend making for a stuffed weekend winners recap for you! If you want to catch up on the happenings at #AEC2021, click here and for your Bicton fix click here.

Our Unofficial Low Score Award this week comes to us out of AEC, where Erin Buckner and Picassi finished their Beginner Novice Junior championship weekend on their impressive dressage score of 18.5. Erin and the 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding Picassi have been partnered together since 2018, and this weekend’s score squeaks past their previous personal best earned in 2017 (18.8). Let’s hear from Erin after her big-time win:

And let’s take a moment to congratulate the rest of our winners from all over Eventing Nation this weekend! Congratulations to all!

#AEC2021 (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Final Scores]

Advanced: Boyd Martin and On Cue (33.7)
Intermediate: Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley (25.5)
Preliminary Amateur: Arden Wildasin and Southern Sun (24.2)
Preliminary Horse: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Shanroe Cooley (28.5)
Preliminary Junior/Young Rider: Vienna Allport and DHI Zatopek B (28.3)
Modified: Julie Wolfert and Namibia (25.2)
Training Amateur: Lisa Niccolai and KC’s Celtic Character (27.6)
Training Horse: Lauren Lambert and Biscotti (24.3)
Training Junior: Shelby Murray and Reverie GWF (22.4)
Training Rider: Katie Sisk and Long Legs Lenore (30.7)
Novice Amateur: Cecilia Emilsson and Blazing Angel (22.3)
Novice Horse: Adalee Ladwig and Argenta MSF (27.0)
Novice Junior: Mia Brown and Duke HW (22.3)
Novice Junior 15 and Under: Margaret Frost and Euro Star (29.6)
Novice Master Amateur: Mary Millhiser and My Boy Tex (27.4)
Novice Rider: Jane Musselman and Bentley’s Best (24.2)
Beginner Novice Amateur: Cami Pease and Vibrant (24.8)
Beginner Novice Horse: Kristine Burgess and Marisol (25.5)
Beginner Novice Junior 14 and Under: Laura Voorheis and Hillcrest Hop (27.1)
Beginner Novice Junior: Erin Buckner and Picassi (18.5)
Beginner Novice Master Amateur: Gerlinde Beckers and Roscommon Fagan (28.5)
Beginner Novice Rider: Leigh Wood and Dollar Mountain (27.1)

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website] [Final Scores]

Preliminary/Training: Ryan Wood and Carmella (33.9)
Training Open 1: Jennie Brannigan and Beaulieu’s Surprise (29.3)
Novice Open 1: Ryan Wood and Ben Nevis (18.8)
Beginner Novice: Sara Baron and Tizbreezy (32.5)

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Final Scores]

CCI3*-S: Kit Ferguson and Cillbhrid Tom (39.0)
CCI2*-S: Ava Wehde and Bonaire (40.2)
CCI1*-S: Andrea McAllister and Call Me Commander (46.3)
Advanced: Sharon White and Claus 63 (43.4)
Open Intermediate: Sharon White and Cooley On Show (30.0)
Open Preliminary: Waylon Roberts and CS Carrera (30.4)
Preliminary Rider: Haley Curry and Fernhill Belmonte Do Cahim (37.1)
Modified: Sinead Maynard and Oldcourt Grafen Dance (30.4)
Open Training: Waylon Roberts and Beaulieu’s Cecelia (30.5)
Training Rider: Sara Jakomin and Two Step Hero (36.0)
Novice Rider: Barbara Brogan and Red Dirt Racer (33.3)
Open Novice: Alexandra Green Kerby and Diatendra (31.4)
Beginner Novice Rider: Katharina Huenermann and Targaryen TWF (23.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Clare Walker and Danger Mouse (31.4)

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Cle Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Final Scores]

Intermediate: Jordan Linstedt and FE Friday (50.6)
Preliminary: Jordan Linstedt and Lovely Lola (27.2)
Training Amateur: Jane Drummond and Ballingowan Skies (31.1)
Training Junior: Jessica Berntson and Valerio (34.3)
Training Open: Karen O’Neal and Balladeer Kilbrickens Lad (26.5)
Novice Junior A: Natalie Barlow and Wish I Am (35.7)
Novice Junior B: Abigail Popa and Athens (26.9)
Novice Amateur: Amy Haugen and Ebenholtz (30.0)
Novice Open: Maris Burns and AM Just Right (28.6)
Beginner Novice Amateur A: Sarah Shear-Starbird and Written in the Stars (30.3)
Beginner Novice Amateur B: Caitlyn Greiser and Stuck On You (33.3)
Beginner Novice Junior: Megan Leckrone and Razzo (31.5)
Beginner Novice Open: Devin Robel and Gillou (26.8)

Silverwood Farm H.T. (Camp Lake, Wi.): [Website] [Final Scores]

Preliminary/Training: Andria Pooley-Ebert and Caliente (59.3)
Open Training: Kayla Leidig and Cajun Heat (36.4)
Open Novice A: Megan Holmes and VC Casandra (27.8)
Open Novice B: John Meyers and Notorious C.A.T. (30.0)
Open Beginner Novice A: Shelby VanHoosier and Stitch This Mister (26.8)
Open Beginner Novice B: Marlene Nauta and Winston (27.5)
Open Beginner Novice C: Ruth Flanagan and Kingston Town (26.8)
Starter A: Laura McMahon and Momma’s Mia (26.0)
Starter B: Ingrid Miller and Laureate (34.8)

Foal to Five-Star: Gemma Tattersall Seals Chedington Bicton CCI5* Win on Chilli Knight

Piggy March (L), Gemma Tattersall (M) and Pippa Funnell (R) celebrate on the Bicton CCI5* podium. Photo by Hannah Cole Photography.

There isn’t much to see as far as dry eyes are concerned on this very British morning as we watched a small but mighty field of 18 come forward to contest the final phase of the “pop-up” Chedington Bicton Park CCI5* in Devon. The storylines from any event are also rich, and this weekend is no different as Gemma Tattersall will collect her very first five-star win on a horse with famous lineage that she bred and has produced herself in the 11-year-old Chilli Knight (Chilli Morning – Kings Gem).

11 weeks was the timeline for pulling off this enormous feat, which was brought about after the iconic Badminton and Burghley CCI5* events — such fixtures on the global and British eventing calendars — were canceled for the second consecutive year. In the end, a field of 34 would travel to the southwestern part of the country to take on an event virtually unknown in its tests, save for a CCI4*-L that some of these riders came to earlier this spring.

And test it certainly did, with a smart track built by Captain Mark Phillips yesterday and a dizzying, rolling show jumping track designed by Paul Connor this morning. The terrain here has been all anyone could talk about for the week, what with its mountainous hills and long pulls, and yesterday certainly turned out to be a proper endurance test with an 11 minute, 16 second optimum time. With a 61% completion rating, the field was thinned down to 19 and would lose one more starter this morning after Michael Owen withdrew Bradeley Law overnight.

Gemma Tattersall and Chilli Knight. Photo by Hannah Cole Photography.

A small field it may have been, but a weak one it was anything but — and the show jumping proved influential once more as just five riders managed to produce double clear efforts. In the end, it truly came down to the finish with not one pole separating the top three. And after overnight leaders and 2019 Badminton winners Piggy French and Vanir Kamira rattled and lowered two rails, it would be Gemma Tattersall who would finally, on her 24th attempt, snatch that much-coveted five-star win.

It was a special match that brought Chilli Knight — or “Alfie”, as he’s known at home — to Gemma. She competed his mother, King’s Gem through the now-five-star level (King’s Gem was also campaigned as a young horse by Mary King). Gemma also competed Alfie’s full sister, Chilli’s Gem, until 2019. In his own right, Chilli Knight has always been what Gemma classifies as a “yes man”, his up-for-anything attitude apparent from the very get-go. It’s made him quite a joy to produce then, and isn’t it always the most rewarding to see the hard work you have put in yourself come to fruition in such a way? Breeding — even with such a star-studded match such as this one, as we all know the CV of 2015 Badminton winner Chilli Morning — is always a calculated risk, and not every match made in heaven produces a winner. But this one certainly did.

It’s been Gemma who’s seen Alfie grow into his own. He’s come up the ranks consistently, incurring just one penalty on cross country in 29 FEI competitions and collecting top-10 placings in seven-, eight- and nine-year-old young horse championships. He’s also well-practiced in the show jumping ring, having done a good bit during the light competition year in 2020. And that practice certainly paid off today, though he kept us all on our toes as he slunk over each fence with cat-like efficiency. He would go on to leave them all up and would subsequently be the sole horse in the field to finish on his dressage mark, ending the weekend on a 27.9. This was just Alfie’s first CCI5* completion and his second attempt — he was withdrawn from the second horse inspection at Pau in his debut in 2019. He was bred and is owned by Chris Stone, whose Tattleton Stud has been Gemma’s home base for over a decade, making this an extra-special result for all involved.

Gemma Tattersall and Chilli Knight. Photo by Hannah Cole Photography.

“I felt the pressure anyway, obviously,” Gemma said in the final press conference. “And, you know, all I thought of was ‘I’m at Hickstead’, which is one of my favorite places to go and ride and jump. And I’m so used to jumping in those grass arenas in the main ring and ring to, and I literally just pretended, shut my eyes and I thought ‘No, I’m just I’m just going to go in and do what I do day in day out on so many different horses and go and jump play around’. That’s what I did.”

The process of producing any event horse, but especially one who is to be successful at the top levels, is one we all know requires an entire host of people — and Gemma is quick to thank her team for the efforts in sticking by her and believing in the program. “My family [has been a support system] from when I was a tiny girl all the way through,” she said. “And my team at home work endlessly hard. My absolute nutter boyfriend, Gary [who ended the press conference with a proposal, to boot!]. And just everyone, everyone. It’s just such a team thing. You know, it’s not just me and Alfie. It’s everyone behind the scenes that makes it happen. And Charlotte, my head girl has just done the most incredible job looking after Alfie this week. We all know what it takes to get a horse to five-star. It’s, you know, it’s quite a headache! Just thank you to my team. And finally, I’ve managed to get us the five-star win!”

Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On. Photo by Hannah Cole Photography.

Rails fell all throughout the morning after the first to see, Angus Smales and ESI Pheonix lulled us into a false sense of security with a seemingly easy double clear round. It would take quite a few horses a bit of braille to get through the track, but entering in third place it would be Pippa Funnell and the 12-year-old Anglo-European gelding Billy Walk On (Billy Mexico – Shannon Line, by Golden Bash) — who delivered an absolute class round yesterday with just a smidge of time that Pippa said she couldn’t care less about on account of the ride he gave her — to lay down a faultless effort to turn up the pressure. She would eventually finish second, once again a horse that has been partnered with his rider since day one (Billy Walk On is a product of the very successful Billy Stud breeding program that Pippa is involved in along with her husband, William and Donal Barnewell) on a score of 28.7. Billy Walk On is owned by Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw.

Pippa used to ride Billy Walk On’s full sister, Billy Shannon, who was on the list for the London Olympics in 2012 but was sadly lost to leukemia in 2013. “This was the brother, so it’s very special having [him]…I’ve had him right from the word ‘go’, and as Gemma says it takes many years, a lot of emotions, a lot of love building up that partnership. I have a small team at home, and they’ve done an exceptional job. Emily (Gibson) here has really done the horses justice and and I’m incredibly grateful to my backup team and very, very elated with the way the horses have gone.”

Piggy March, who said afterward that while she knew her competitive side would go in and give it her all, she oddly felt no pressure as the overnight leader with Trevor Dickens’ Vanir Kamira (Camiro de Haar Z x Fair Caledonian, by Dixi). “Tillybean” wouldn’t necessarily be the world’s greatest show jumper, but she can typically be counted on to leave the majority of the rails up. She couldn’t afford to have one down today, and she needed two to get around to wind up in third on a three-day score of 33.9 — but Piggy, always pragmatic, went straight to congratulate her friend on her first win after her round and says she’s just as thrilled to watch Gemma have her day.

Piggy March and Vanir Kamira. Photo by Hannah Cole Photography.

“She’s 16 and she owes me, Trevor Dickens, our whole team — she owes us nothing,” Piggy said of Vanir Kamira. “She’s a horse of all heart. She gave me her whole heart, guts, mind, everything to give me a Badminton win, which is probably the best day ever of my life. And I’m just trying to enjoy a wonderful little horse and all the good things about her and help her as much as I can.”

“I’m really proud and I know how Gemma feels,” Piggy continued. “We all work so unbelievably hard. And they are just the days that someone looks down and says, ‘You know what, today is your day’. And do you know what? It’s totally 100 percent meant to be Gemma’s day and she totally deserves it.”

This would be the very first all-female CCI5* podium in Great Britain in 18 years — thanks to Nicole Brown of EquiRatings and this weekend’s H&C+/Elite Eventing broadcast for that fun fact! — and indeed it’s a female-driven top five as both Ros Canter with Pencos Crown Jewel (42.7) as well as Pippa Funnell with Majas Hope (46.6) would also finish top-class weekends.

And let’s talk a bit more about the incredible depth Great Britain continues to flex on the global eventing community. The British have now won each five-star held in 2021. While, yes, we’re missing a good handful of British five-stars due to cancelations over the last two seasons, if you flip back through the results dating back to 2017 it’s quite mind-boggling to see the sheer British domination. Take a look at the list of five-stars British riders have won in that period:

2017 Burghley – Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class
2018 Kentucky – Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class
2019 Kentucky – Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class
2019 Badminton – Piggy French and Vanir Kamira
2019 Burghley – Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street
2019 Pau – Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser
2020 Pau – Laura Collett and London 52
2021 Kentucky – Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class
2021 Luhmuhlen – Mollie Summerland and Charly van ter Heiden
2021 Chedington Bicton – Gemma Tattersall and Chilli Knight

Oh, and in between, the Brits also won their first Olympic eventing gold medal since 1972 in Tokyo earlier this summer.

Suffice it to say, as we look ahead to the FEI Eventing European Championships in Switzerland in just under three weeks’ time, the world power of eventing is decidedly British.

I will close this report out with a few words about the team at Bicton, which as I mentioned early and as Tilly has talked in more detail about this week had just 11 weeks to pull this first-ever one-off (maybe?) five-star event. The team at Bicton is led by Helen West, who has also just taken the reins as CEO of British Eventing, and Event Director Andrew Fell, who already were up to the sizable task of pulling off a CCI4*-L to replace the abandoned Bramham International earlier this year. Once that event was done and dusted and the opportunity to swoop in to save the British Eventing season again presented itself, Helen found herself thinking, ‘why not?’.

“At the point somebody mentioned it to me, I think it was just the night before we were about to run the four-star,” Helen said ruefully. “By which point my nerves were literally shot. And the thought of running a five-star — I would have run to the hills. So at that exact second I thought, ‘let’s just wait to see how we get through the rest of this week’. And then following the success of that, I thought, ‘actually, you know what, we have such an amazing team here. We could do it.’ And the rest is history.”

It was a massive effort pulled off by all involved — “I think there’s so much the team,” Helen added. “Everyone just really stepped up and it made such a difference.” — and the riders were all highly complimentary of the event throughout the weekend. While we sorely hope that the legendary British fixtures Badminton and Burghley will return again next year, we wouldn’t be upset to see Bicton return to a permanent state on the calendar. Will it? Only time will tell, but in the meantime it’s been great fun following a British five-star, and as we kick off for an incredible full slate of eventing to finish out 2021, we tip our caps to all who made this weekend possible.

If you want to catch up on all of the Bicton action, your pay-per-view pass from H&C+ and Elite Eventing will give you access to the full event replay for 90 days and trust me, it’s well worth the purchase (proceeds from which went to supplement the prize fund and further develop the sport). You can grab a pass to watch here.

Until next time! Go Eventing.

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Day Five at #AEC2021: We Are the Champions

Eventing Nation’s coverage of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships is brought to you by Kentucky Performance Products. We want to share the joy of eventing this week, so we invite you to nominate an AEC rider for our “Kentucky Performance of the Week” contest, happening now in partnership with Kentucky Performance Products. Learn more here.

We are winding down to the end of an epic week in the Kentucky Bluegrass, and the Saturday action meant wrapping up the Novice divisions and watching a ton of Beginner Novice cross country. Yesterday, the Modified, Training and Advanced divisions crowned their champions (you can catch up on day four here), and tomorrow we’ll see the Beginner Novice riders finish out their weekend in the grand Rolex stadium.

Let’s check in on the Novice champions as well as social media from around Kentucky Horse Park:

The following excerpts have been pulled from press releases — to read more coverage on #AEC2021 from the USEA, click here.

Novice Rider: Jane Musselman and Bentley’s Best

The Novice Rider division kicked off competition in the Rolex Stadium today as 50 horse-and-rider combinations prepared to contest Bobby Murphy’s track.
Local mom and full-time horse-woman Jane Musselman rode Bentley’s Best to the head of the winner’s circle after having produced two flawless jumping days and finishing on only her dressage score of 24.2.

“This was only my fourth event with him ever, so I feel lucky that we even qualified,” Musselman described of the 14-year-old Trakehner gelding (Hirtentanz 2 x Hauptstutbuch Baronesse XIII). “It’s incredible even just to be here and so to have the win is just icing on the cake.

“I was lucky enough to grow up in this area, so I have competed at the horse park before many years ago doing Pony Club but to win here is pretty special,” she finished.

Junior Novice: Mia Brown Takes the Crown for California

Making their multi-day trip all the way from San Leandro, California proved well worth it for junior competitor Mia Brown and her 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Delatio x Stella HW) Duke HW. The duo headed into the iconic Rolex Stadium as the final pair in the Junior Novice division after leading the pack for the entirety of their event. Refusing to be overthrown, Brown confidently took her partner over each obstacle and emerged victorious once again.

“I am so happy we made the trip,” Brown gushed. “I’m so over the moon to be here, it was the most fun experience. The horse park is beautiful, and it was special to be able to come all the way here and compete because my family is from here. I’ve always wanted to ride at the Kentucky Horse Park, and it seemed like the right time to do it.”

“It still hasn’t really sunk in that I just competed in the Rolex Stadium,” she admitted. “It has been a bit overwhelming but ultimately I think Duke really enjoyed the big atmosphere.”

Novice Master Amateur: Mary Millhiser and My Boy Tex Inspire Us All

At 67 years old, Mary Millhiser’s victory in the Novice Master Amateur division with her partner, My Boy Tex, is lifelong in the making. Millhiser sat in the fourth-place position with the 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Noble Houston x Take It to the Gold) after the dressage and cross-country phase of competition on a score of 27.4. However, the pair shone during the final day of competition in the show jumping element and jumped clear to ultimately don the tricolor champion ribbon.

“This has beyond exceeded all of my expectations,” she emphasized. “I never dreamed I would even be in the lineup, much less leading the charge. I am thrilled and amazed beyond words, it’s just incredibly meaningful.”

Millhiser has been a life-long horsewomen since the age of 10 years old. She competed in various hunters and fox hunting events throughout her childhood and younger years. After an 11-year-long hiatus, she moved to the Richmond, Virginia area and decided to pursue fox hunting and eventing since the year 1986.

“I just want to give a shout out to all of us that are still out here doing this at a slightly more advanced age,” Millhiser added. “Just keep on keeping on and don’t let age be a determining factor in what you think you can do because I feel like I am at the peak of my riding career.”

Junior Novice 15 and Under: Margaret Frost and Euro Star Leave an Impression

Some of the future stars of the sport had their debut in the Rolex Stadium in the Novice Junior 15 and Under division. Fifteen-year-old Margaret Frost and her 12-year-old Warmblood gelding Euro Star (Qredo Van De Kempenhoeve x Panama) rose to the occasion one final time to produce the lowest-score outcome and seal the deal on their champion ribbon.

“This win feels really great because we haven’t been together that long,” Frost stated. “We went into this as a team, and we just did our best together; that’s all I could’ve hoped for.”

The gelding was previously a ride for Claire Howard who took him to the North American Youth Championships prior to Frost purchasing him in March. The pair have already had a good amount of success since.

“We did a Novice at Chattahoochee Hills this year and he ended up winning that, then we did some Training levels which have been great learning experiences,” she continued. “We keep each other on our toes, and I think it will be great to just see how far we can go together.”

Novice Horse: Chloe Smyth and Byzantine SC Come Out on Top

At the very final phase of the Novice Horse division, young professional Chloe Smyth took over from the overnight leader to claim the champion honors aboard Michelle Cameron Donaldson’s Byzantine SC. Smyth has not ridden the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Breitling since competing at Rebecca Farm in July, but this event was one she and owner Donaldson had set their sights on for quite a while. The long trip from the West Coast proved worth the venture as the pair put in their final flawless round and claimed the top spot with 28.3.

“Today was a bit of a catch ride for me since I have not been on him in a few months,” Smyth explained, “but his owner has been doing a lot of dressage shows on him, so he felt very nice and relaxed. I wasn’t sure how he would do with so much atmosphere, but he was surprisingly good.”

The win was not expected by Smyth who shared that the gelding has only been eventing for the past year and a half following a career as a vaulting horse.
“I did not expect this of him, but I did think the AEC would be very fun at this venue and his owner was very positive about coming as well,” she said. “He has all of the right parts and talent, and we know he can jump well he just needs to keep getting braver with experience.”

Novice Amateur: Cecilia Emilsson and Blazing Angel Take the Blue

Wrapping up competition in the Rolex Stadium on Saturday, 53 entries in the Novice Amateur division completed their final phase in the show jumping competition. Despite adding 1.2 time faults today to her overnight score Cecilia Emilsson maintained a several-point lead over the next closest competitor to take the win aboard Blazing Angel.

Emilsson says the partnership between her and the 8-year-old Thoroughbred mare (Firecard x Angliana) was a total twist of fate but meant to be.
“I was planning to move to Dubai for work and put horses on the back-burner but then my trainer found me this mare and I was very confident she was going to be mine,” Emilsson laughed. “I had never seen her go, even the day we went to pick her up after I had already bought her we couldn’t even trot her because the weather was so bad, but I trusted my trainer and we put her on the trailer.”

As for her success with the mare, Emilsson admits she has been a project but with incredible potential.

“We have done a lot of bodywork to get her where she is today, but she is amazing,” she exclaimed. “She has a fantastic mind and is brave, keen, and ready to fight for you.”

Beginner Novice Takes to Cross Country

The mark of a good course designer (at least, one mark among many) is an ability to test riders without overfacing them or putting them in danger. At the lower levels, this can be a challenge because of the relative inexperience of some horses and riders. Derek di Grazia’s Beginner Novice track was designed in a way that it would be labeled a proper championship track, but it still served the purpose of the level. We know Derek’s got a penchant for using the undulation of the ground to further test riders and add another layer of technicality to a seemingly innocuous question. By cleverly placing fences in busy areas, using the ground to test a rider’s balance and ability to use their position to stabilize themselves, the Beginner Novice riders had a fair but testing challenge on their plate today.

You can read more about today’s Beginner Novice action in our report here — and I did a few live updates for some of these riders here.

Your Beginner Novice leaders following cross country are:

USEA Beginner Novice Amateur Championship: Cami Pease and Vibrant (24.8)
USEA Beginner Novice Horse Championship: Kristine Burgess and Marisol (25.5)
USEA Beginner Novice Jr. 14 and Under Championship: Laura Voorheis and Hillcrest Hop (27.1)
USEA Beginner Novice Jr.Championship: Erin Buckner and Picassi (18.5)
USEA Beginner Novice Master Amateur Championship: Penny Welsch and Mr. Poppers (25.1)
USEA Beginner Novice Rider Championship: Susan Goodman and Cinna (26.8)

Come back tomorrow for the big finale from #AEC2021! Go Eventing.

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#AEC2021 Beginner Novice Cross Country Live Updates

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We’re getting toward the end of #AEC2021, but we’ve still got loads of cross country to watch today as the Beginner Novice pairs take to Derek di Grazia’s track, which winds through many areas that the five-star track also touches. It’s a huge dream for a lot of riders to make it to American Eventing Championships, and as I’m fresh off doing five-star updates from Bicton I thought I’d pop on and do a little bit of Beginner Novice for you!

You can tune in to the free live stream here to follow along, and scores for the BN Rider division can be found here. Let’s get this party started!

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2:19 p.m. ET: Well it’s been fun, everyone but I sadly have to leave you here! I hope you’ve enjoyed hanging out with me watching cross country today — stay tuned for the full reports from Bicton and AEC coming later today! Go eventing!

2:18 p.m. ET: Mardi Gras Magic and Amanda Steffen through the finish!

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2:15 p.m. ET: Another paint! I am loving this showcase of breeds in this division!

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2:11 p.m. ET: Now here’s a special one! We’ve loved following Crissa Gillette and EPA Wildfire, who came to the U.S. via the Goresbridge Go for Gold sale!

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2:09 p.m. ET: Jess Wymbs (who is helping us out on Instagram this weekend!) has a conversation with Weight of the World over the ditch and makes it over! Good girl:

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2:08 p.m. ET: Another Haflinger through the Head of the Lake!

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2:06 p.m. ET: So many more smiles on faces during this division — a good reminder of how much FUN we can have out there!

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2:03 p.m. ET: Now we’ve got a battle of the palominos on our hands! Also, please join me in starting an N’pressive fan club:

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2:02 p.m. ET: It’s all about those finish flag reactions, isn’t it?

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2:00 p.m. ET: Just a little stroll into the Head of the Lake for Amber Vannoy and HSH RiverSong:

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1:55 p.m. ET: Another look at some of the terrain here — again, a lot to have to pay attention to. Especially with no dedicated galloping lanes, the tracks tend to cross themselves here so the horses need to be in tune with their rider and stay in balance at the same time. Here’s a look at Nancy White and Wild Eyed And Wicked:

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1:54 p.m. ET: Oh no! Valerie looks to have missed a fence and has been pulled up. Bummer! Meanwhile, Morgan Cooper is whooping it up as she tackles the jumps after the head of the lake — she’s having a blast!

1:52 p.m. ET: Here’s a look at the first portion of the BN track, which has a bit of terrain as well as plenty to look at — this track winds through the infield and winds through some of the treeline here, so there is plenty to do and pay attention to! Here’s Valerie Johnson and Henson:

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1:48 p.m. ET: Uh oh! Christine Hryzak and FMF S.O.L. have a look at fence 3 but are clear on their second attempt.

1:46 p.m. ET: Ah, event horses. Will jump a house but will then spook at a leaf on the ground.

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1:45 p.m. ET: And here’s Quin Swiney with Riddle Me This:

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1:43 p.m. ET: And we’re back with the Beginner Novice cross country, and it’s a battle of the paints! Here’s Deena Zaitounh and See My Tuxedo:

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1:22 p.m. ET: This is adorable, we’ve got Dorothy and John Crowell on commentary today! A little husband and wife action behind the mic!

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1:16 p.m. ET:

1:13 p.m. ET: Amanda and Lawman looking strong over the Fiesta fence at 12:

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1:12 p.m. ET: Here’s a look at that related distance after the Head of the Lake, as demonstrated by Stephanie Bristol and Ballenger.

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1:10 p.m. ET: Amanda Rudolph and Lawman are next out of the box, coming forward on a score of 33.4.

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1:09 p.m. ET: This is definitely a championship-caliber track designed by Derek di Grazia to really give riders some education on using the terrain and paying attention to how the undulation will affect their way of going. The fences may not be as big or as technical as higher levels, but the foundational skills that are being taught are the same.

1:08 p.m. ET: I love an eventing Saddlebred! Here’s Kimberly Moore and CH Good Deal – an experienced pair here with lots of miles at this level under their belt. A little peek at the ditch at 11 but they’re all clear:

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1:05 p.m. ET: Here’s a look at Jamie Merrill and Addi on their way home:

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1:04 p.m. ET: And we’re back! We’re getting underway with the Beginner Novice Rider division and I’m here to hang out with you while we follow along on the USEA/RNS Video Media live stream!

12:26 p.m ET: Well, seeing how we’re still on a live stream break I am going to take this opportunity to get some food and coffee to refuel after my 3 a.m. alarm this morning — I’ll pick back up with some more live updates from Beginner Novice a bit later on, so check back this afternoon!

12:15 p.m. ET: Honestly, this is the type of content we need more of:

12:09 p.m. ET: While we’re waiting, let’s check in with your newly crowned Novice Rider champion!

11:58 a.m. ET: You can see what the riders in this division are tackling below and in more detail here. The optimum time is 5 minutes, 35 seconds with 18 jumping efforts. Apologies as I seem to have started these live updates right as the live stream went on break, but I’ll pick them back up as soon as it’s back!

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11:53 a.m. ET: Right out of rhythm for Nicole Taylor and Indigo:

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11:51 a.m. ET: Actually a bit of a tricky question here at the water, as the horses have a lot to look at and a long way to trot through the water before coming out and making a right turn to a nice-sized related distance before turning around to head back towards home. Here’s Max O’Krepki and Sully:

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11:48 a.m. ET: A look at the Head of the Lake question as Charmaine Van der Merwe and Allaboutpaches navigate..

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11:47 a.m. ET Jodie Potts and Cat’s Confetti over the last!

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11:46 a.m. ET: I love that the lower level tracks get to go through the iconic Head of the Lake complex! Honestly, that’s the dream right there. Can we bring AEC back to Kentucky, please?

Chedington Bicton Park CCI5* Cross Country Live Updates: Piggy Flies to Lead!

Good morning and welcome to cross country day in beautiful Devon, near the southeastern corners of England! With all the hustle of the AECs happening this week, it might be easy to forget that the sole British five-star — and the first five-star event in the UK since 2019 — is full steam ahead this weekend. Luckily, we’ve got Tilly Berendt on the ground to help bring the event to us, and we’re also treated to a wonderful live stream from H&C+ and Elite Eventing.

The 34-strong horse and rider field contesting the Chedington Equestrian Bicton Park CCI5* will tackle a formidable test that Captain Mark Phillips has set on a track that will also feature in a load of terrain. You can take an in-depth look at the track in Tilly’s preview here, and here’s a flyover to get a sense of what these riders will be seeing today:

An overview of the track — more details here (including commentary on the track from Lucinda Green!):

Order of go for today:

Riders will be sent out at about six minute intervals, which means we should get to see a good amount of each rider’s full round. The optimum time for the track is 11 minutes, 16 seconds with 44 total jumping efforts.

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11:34 a.m. ET: I’m going to drop in some interviews from riders after cross country thanks to the efforts of H&C+ and Elite Eventing on the ground!

Padraig McCarthy:

Gemma Tattersall:

Ros Canter:

Piggy March:

Pippa Funnell:

Also, just going to leave this here from yesterday:

11:09 a.m. ET: And that’s a wrap on cross country from Bicton! Tilly will be along later on with photos and a full report. In the meantime, take a scroll through these updates to catch up — and be sure to snag your weekend pass from H&C+ and Elite Eventing to watch all of the action back (replays are generally up within 24 hours), as well as the thrilling finale coming your way tomorrow! You can also catch up on scores and fence analysis here.

11:05 a.m. ET: A few stats from cross country:

  • 19 of the 31 starters finished for a 61% completion rate
  • 13 of the 19 finishers jumped free of jump penalties
  • 2 riders jumped clear inside the time: Gemma Tattersall and Chilli Knight and Piggy French and Vanir Kamira
  • 1 rider jumped inside the time but with 11 penalties: Oliver Townend and Tregilder
  • 4 riders had the frangible pin at the Ariat Challenge down. No other pins were activated
  • 1 horse fell: Richard Skelt’s Credo III – he was immediately on his feet
  • 8 pairs chose to retire on course and 4 were eliminated

11:02 a.m. ET: And here’s a look at your provisional top 10 as we look ahead to the finale tomorrow. Less than one rail separates the top three, and just 19 will go through to the final horse inspection in the morning:

11:00 a.m. ET: Pippa Funnell admits that she considered this being a final event for her if she didn’t enjoy herself, but we’re happy to report she’s reconsidered that option after two brilliant rides today. “Elated. Absolutely delighted with him,” she says after coming home on Billy Walk On. “I knew he’s not the fastest in the world so I just knew I had to get into such a good rhythm and keep plugging away. It’s such a bonus living where I live in Surrey Hills – I knew from the first horse that he was plenty fit enough. It was really nice to know that when the horses are fit you can keep asking the questions. Honestly, it was the best ride I’ve ever had on him. For once I didn’t feel like an old girl getting all protective. I really really enjoyed it. After two yers not doing a five-star I kept thinking it might be my time if I didn’t enjoy it to call it…For the horse ro gallop and go the way he did was for me very very special.”

10:57 a.m. ET: And despite the pin, Oliver still manages to be just the third to make the time today, which should keep him inside the top 10 overnight. Bummer about the pin. Also, a shot of the big uphill climb that comes before the final fence — hard to tell from the live stream but it’s QUITE a pull.

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10:55 a.m. ET: Oliver gives Tregilder a pat on the neck as he jumps through the Fisher German Mounds at 23. He’s doing a brilliant job navigating the final questions on a tiring horse.

10:54 a.m. ET: Oliver has safely navigated the Burghley Brushes that caught him out on his first ride and now comes to the final water with Tregilder, who has tired but is still responding and very good on the clock.

10:53 a.m. ET: Oliver and Tregilder take the frangible pin at the Ariat Challenge:

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10:51 a.m. ET: Pippa picks up some time and that will mean Piggy and Vanir Kamira will be your overnight leaders! Pippa picks up about 12 seconds of time and will be in third overnight with not one pole separating the top of the leaderboard.

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10:50 a.m. ET: Pippa’s not quite going to make that optimum time with Billy Walk On, who is tiring a bit but still jumping and responding well. She’s likely to still be well within contention if she can just get home clear, though.

10:49 a.m. ET: Oliver has a great ride and shows his experience as he navigates the Topspec Brushes with Tregilder.

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10:47 a.m. ET: A beautiful and empathetic ride from Pippa through the tricky Burghley Brushes, as she allows Billy Walk On to have the time he needs to see and read the question while still encouraging him to stay straight and forward.

10:46 a.m ET: Pippa is about 15 seconds down on her time as she comes closer to home.

10:46 a.m. ET: And away goes Oliver Townend and Tregilder, the last of the day! Tregilder makes his five-star cross country debut today.

10:46 a.m. ET: Pippa and Billy Walk On make quick work of the Cliffhanger.

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10:38 a.m. ET: Here comes Billy Walk On! Will he and Pippa keep their lead? They’ve got a bit of time in hand — but not much. Four seconds, to be precise. We’re down to a thrilling finish as it’ll just be Pippa and Oliver to wind us down. Padraig has withdrawn Leonidas II.

10:36 a.m. ET: Ferro Point is a bit all over this second stump at 21 but they’re through and headed toward the finish. What a bummer though, the horse just seemed to bottom out at the final water, prompting him to retire as she trotted out of the water. What a shame. As I corrected myself earlier, David did retire his first horse at this question earlier as well, so he’ll be revisiting his fitness plan after this no doubt. But we’ve been so impressed with this rider and we know he’ll be back with a vengeance.

10:32 a.m. ET: Ah, man. Halltown Harry didn’t quite lock on to this first of the Fisher German Mounds at 23, and Georgie elects to call it a day. This one was looking a bit winded at the final water and had lost that shoe earlier on, so just not quite the day Georgie was hoping for but such a brilliant effort from this horse.

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10:31 a.m. ET: Watch how chilly David sits while Ferro Point dances beneath him, unsure of the line she’s on but trusting in her rider to keep straight on:

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10:29 a.m. ET: We’ve just glimpsed our overnight leaders, Pippa Funnell and the incredibly handsome Billy Walk On, making their final prep in warm-up. We’ll see them in just a few minutes.

10:28 a.m. ET: You can purchase your weekend pass to watch all of the action (on replay and live) from Bicton — and don’t forget, proceeds from the purchase will go to supplement the prize pot and support the development of the sport.

10:28 a.m. ET: David Doel is away and will be looking for some redemption after ending the day early on his first ride as the first ones to go this morning.

10:26 a.m. ET: Halltown Harley loses a shoe dropping off the Cliffhanger at 14.

10:26 a.m. ET: We’ll next see David Doel out on his second ride, Ferro Point.

10:23 a.m. ET: Georgie gets a bit close to the brush out of the Dewpond at 5 and is clear on now to the Oxers to Triple Bar question. She uses all of her gumption to lengthen Halltown Harry’s stride to get the distance between Oxers done and he responds beautifully. It’s perhaps one of the most crucial skills for an event horse to have: responsiveness to the aids. Hesitate for even a millisecond and it could cost you a lot. Practice this at home, everyone!

10:22 a.m. ET: Sadly not the finish Izzy was hoping for as she raises her hand to end her day on Fonbherna Lancer, who just looks to have lost a bit of confidence. Probably better to pull up and save the juice for a re-route in this case.

10:22 a.m. ET: Just a few left to see as we now will have Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley out of the start box.

10:21 a.m. ET: damn! Izzy Taylor just loses her steering a bit as Fonbherna Lancer has a bold drop down the Cliffhanger and they drive by the arrowhead at the bottom of the hill. This will drop them well down with 20 penalties added.

10:20 a.m. ET: How nice is it to have spectators again??

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10:18 a.m. ET: What a keen jumper Fonbherna Lancer is as Izzy navigates the Oxers and Triple Bars. She also caught the direct line to the Topspec Brushes after this.

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10:17 a.m. ET: Sadly Sarah Dowley’s day will come to an end after another issue at the Arena Rails at 15. Just not the day today, but they’ll be back for another go no doubt!

10:16 a.m. ET: Now out of the box is Izzy Taylor with the five-star debutant Fonbherna Lancer. Sam Griffiths finishes just about a minute over to get Gurtera Cher around her first five-star.

10:14 a.m. ET: Sam Griffiths chooses to go long at the final water instead of have a silly issue with a more tired, less responsive horse.

10:13 a.m. ET: Sarah has a tough time at the big white Oxers here and has a drive-by at the Triple Bar as a result, dropping her stick in the process. Not a lot of control on some of these pairs in the early going as the terrain entices the stronger horses to bull through.

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10:11 a.m. ET: The Burghley Brushes are riding quite well as the day goes on and chatter gets back to the barn on the best approach. Of course, this was one of the most buzzed about questions on the track so there’s been plenty of walking of lines done at this one!

10:10 a.m. ET: We’re now joined by first-timers Sarah Dowley and Rubix Kube, riding for Ireland.

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10:04 a.m. ET: Joseph Murphy nurses Gorsehill Pearl home and we also see Australia’s Sam Griffiths and Gurtera Cher out on the track. Another comment Piggy made in her post-ride interview was the cleverness of Capt. Mark Phillips’ design and the kindness of the final few fences to get the horses home. We are seeing some horses looking tired as they finish, but not devastatingly so. All in all it seems to be a very tough test, but not one that’s altogether unfair or dangerous.

10:03 a.m. ET: Piggy calls this track the toughest five-star terrain she’s ever ridden. “Like I‘ve just flown to be honest!” she says of how it feels to finish. “I say it every time, but she’s just heart guts and she just puts her snout down on the floor and off she goes truffle snuffling about! I always feel like I’m sat quite at the back of her, but she just sees the flags and says come on I’ve got this. That was probably made for her. She’s an older horse, naturally a galloper. For that type of horse today that can really benefit when they need the blood and guts to keep getting up the hill.”

10:02 a.m. ET: “I’m super proud of her, I really didn’t know what to expect going into today, she’s a first time five-star horse and she’s a little mare and so gutsy but a little bit of a worrier,” Ros Canter says of Pencos Crown Jewel. “She came out of the start box a little bit frightened of the people…My steering wasn’t quite on point the whole way around but she just tries and tries and tries. Shes just the most game thing I’ve ever sat on.”

9:59 a.m. ET: 11 minutes, 9 seconds for Piggy, leaving her on her dressage mark of 25.5 and leaving her in the current lead! She will be no worse than second. In some less fortunate news, Will Rawlin has pulled up VIP Vinnie after just two fences on his first five-star, it looks a bit like the horse has gone a bit lame.

9:58 a.m. ET: And she is HOME! Piggy absolutely took us to school and I’ve still got goosebumps after that round with Vanir Kamira. Her score shows her with some time, but I’m not sure that’s totally correct so stay tuned.

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9:55 a.m. ET: Joseph lives dangerously at the Chedington Oxers to Triple Box at 6 but gets away with it and also makes the direct line to the Topspec Brushes work:

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9:53 a.m. ET: We’re now joined by Irish rider Joseph Murphy and Gorsehill Pearl on course. Piggy makes the Burghley Brushes look like a gymnastic exercise at home, because that’s how she rolls. #whenpiggyflies

9:51 a.m. ET: Ros Canter will go into second for now with the second quickest of the day, collecting 8 time penalties for a two-day score of 35.1. Meanwhile, Piggy and Vanir Kamira get lucky and leave the pin up at the Ariat Challenge despite a good rub on the hind end:

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9:50 a.m. ET: Be sure to tune in for these last few as we’re getting down to what should be a very thrilling finish here at Bicton! The replay will also be available from all phases, including post-cross country press conference, for 90 days after the event finishes. Click here to get your pass!

9:49 a.m. ET: Ros is still having an absolutely top round as she’s straight through the Burghley Brushes. Piggy meanwhile takes the direct line to the Topspec Brushes with the very experienced and catty Vanir Kamira:

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9:46 a.m. ET: We’re now joined by reigning Badminton 2019 champions Piggy French and Vanir Kamira, who also enjoyed a strong finish at the Bicton CCI4*-L earlier this year. Here’s a shot of Ros having a lovely go through the Ariat Challenge, which Chris Burton says he thought was almost too tough a question when a similar version appeared on the track earlier this year. But, as he says, “when it’s done well it’s nice to watch”.

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9:45 a.m. ET: Ros isn’t hanging about as she goes for it down the Cliffhanger:

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9:43 a.m. ET: Ros also chooses to go for a circle on the way to the Topspec Brushes with Pencos Crown Jewel.

9:42 a.m. ET: Angus Smales and ESI Pheonix are home!

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9:40 a.m. ET: And away now is our reigning World Champion Ros Canter, who rides Pencos Crown Jewel — who is making his five-star debut — on a score of 27.1. She’ll go to the lead if she can manage a clear round inside the time.

9:38 a.m. ET: We’ve just got 11 to see to round out the day, including our overnight leaders Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On who will be second last to go.

9:36 a.m. ET: Ah, bummer. Mr Farenheit III just trips a bit on landing off the first big white Oxers at fence 6, and Simon has put his hand up to call it a day. He must have felt something not quite right and chose not to push the issue today.

9:34 a.m. ET: Spencer and Nicole Brown are now joined in the booth by Chris Burton as we see Simon Grieve and Mr Farenheit III go out of the box.

9:31 a.m. ET: Like many before him, Angus elects to take the longer, circuitous route to the direct route at the Topspec Brushes. This question comes quite early on the course, so if you’re on a keen, strong horse you’re probably better off planning to take a circle since you have the space to do so here. Better than having a silly drive-by this early on.

9:27 a.m. ET: Richard Jones and Alfies Clover are home with 8.8 time for a 41.8 and that’s good for second at the moment. Those clear rounds with a small amount of time are going to be very influential today I think. We now see Angus Smales and ESI Pheonix out of the box.

9:23 a.m. ET: Yikes, Richard Skelt and Credo III look to have nearly a full rotational fall over the Empire Picnic Table at fence 3 — both horse and rider are quickly up on their feet, thank goodness.

9:22 a.m. ET: Now on course will be Richard Skelt and Credo III. As a reminder, we’re about halfway through and have seen just the one go clear inside the time: Gemma Tattersall and Chilli Knight.

9:21 a.m. ET: Felicity Collins on finishing her first five-star cross country: “Amazing. Sorry I’m such a mess! I was fine a minute ago! I’m just so chuffed with him. I’m just relieved he’s back and hes safe and he’s sound. We looked out for each other out there. I was a bit of a grandma and went slowly. He just gave me everything and I’m so thrilled. I’ll probably sleep in the stable tonight!”

9:19 a.m. ET: Malin sadly will have to end her day after another issue on course, this time at I believe the Oxer to Corner question at 18. We’re now joined by Richard Jones and Alfie’s Clover, who have a lovely trip down the bank and through the Topspec Brushes:

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9:17 a.m. ET: Bummer, Malin’s horse takes a hard peek at the ditch at the Ariat Challenge and nearly pitches her off the right side. She doesn’t quite make that bounce step to the final element but they’re through on their second attempt. Meanwhile, Felicity Collins finishes with a fist pump!

9:14 a.m. ET: Felicity calls out for the long route as she jumps into the final water with tons of power — RSH Contend OR is still very keen to kick on!

9:13 a.m. ET: Malin loses the left shoulder of Golden Midnight on the way down the bank and pays the price in the form of a runout:

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9:11 a.m. ET: Harry Mutch and HD Bronze are home, and we now welcome Sweden’s Malin Josefsson and Golden Midnight on a score of 35.4.

9:09 a.m. ET: RSH Contend OR is quite bold jumping off the Clinton Devon Estates Cliffhanger at 14 but they’re through it:

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9:08 a.m. ET:

9:06 a.m. ET: HD Bronze gets an emphatic “good boy!” from Harry as they navigate the Burghley Brushes. Meanwhile, Felicity is brilliantly through the Chedington Oxers to Triple Bar question.

9:03 a.m. ET: Our next out will be the youngest rider in the field, 23-year-old Felicity Collins and RSH Contend OR. Peep her bright pink FLAIR strip!

9:02 a.m. ET: Don’t forget to grab your weekend pass from H&C+ to watch — replays should also be available from each phase the next day! This course is well worth watching, trust me!

9:00 a.m. ET: I apologize for not being better with updating you on scores, but my scoring site is not working at the moment so I’m just grabbing tidbits when they announce scores on the live stream.

8:59 a.m. ET: “Honestly just the biggest relief and elation, the horse was just unbelievable,” an exuberant Gemma Tattersall says. “For me he’s now become one of the best cross country horses in the world, he’s just proved himself over and over again. It’s incredible — hes only a little horse, at home you’d never know he has a big stride because he just ponies along and when he goes out on cross country he turns into a lion.” She and Chilli Knight will be on a 27.9 heading into tomorrow and have the lead at the moment. Now on course are Harry Mutch and HD Bronze.

8:57 a.m. ET: Unfortunately it looks like Mike has called it a day, and William will also end his day early after that unfortunate nosebleed on Oratorio. I’m not sure if he had a nosebleed or if he somehow hit himself on a fence — I am going to guess a nosebleed.

8:55 a.m. ET: Ah, Mike has another issue, this time at the HTSG Wilma and Crumble Stumps, just a duck out the right door. Meanwhile, unfortunately it looks like Oratorio has some blood coming from his nose and will likely be pulled up now. But check out this tactful ride down the bank, William allowing him to come forward without yanking:

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8:54 a.m. ET: Now on course are William Fox-Pitt and Oratorio II. Check out how bold El Mundo is through the Burghley Brushes, taking a stride out on this distance:

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8:53 a.m. ET: Mike Winter unfortunately runs into trouble at the Cliffhanger drop, just losing a bit of control again on the downhill:

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8:51 a.m. ET: Andddd I’m crying. Gemma is the FIRST to make the time (and could well be one of the only ones to do so) with Chilli Knight. Check out mama Tattersall celebrating:

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8:49 a.m. ET: Mike Winter has exactly zero brake coming down the bank to the Topspec Brushes and has to take virtually the whole arena to turn around. Comin’ in hot to the direct route:

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8:47 a.m. ET: Gemma is not too far off the time and has plenty of engine left as she comes through the Burghley Brushes at 19.

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8:47 a.m. ET: Mike Winter and El Mundo, coming forward on a 29.6 in 12th place, are now on course! Go Canada!

8:41 a.m. ET: We’re getting a glimpse of Gemma and Chilli Knight, making their way around:

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8:40 a.m. ET: “We’ve had a really bad prep – I had a fall six, seven weeks ago and hurt my shoulder,” Sammi Birch says after her round. “I probably started out a bit steady but to be fair he was just mega. It’s the first time I’ve actually been able to kick him and ride him at the fences. I’ve always know he was a five-star horse, I just need to be able to start out a bit quicker.”

8:40 a.m. ET: Bummer — the rail at the Ariat Challenge goes again, this time for Tim and Ringwood Sky Boy. That’s 11 penalties for this pair then.

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8:38 a.m. ET: Wow, what a ride from Francis as DHI Purple Rain has a hard jump into the final water. Watch this masterclass in staying positive — and riding a truly genuine horse:

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8:36 a.m. ET: The most experienced horse, making an incredible 18th CCI5* start, is now on course: THE Ringwood Sky Boy!

8:34 a.m. ET: I believe we should be seeing Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy soon, as well as Canada’s Mike Winter and El Mundo.

8:32 a.m. ET: Sammi makes a last-minute adjustment to Finduss PFB at fence 21:

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8:31 a.m. ET: Francis looks like he knew he wasn’t going to make this tight turn to the Topspec Brushes and heads straight into a circle to make the turn work:

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8:29 a.m. ET: I hope you’re all tuning in for this brilliant live stream, and we’re now joined on commentary by Alex Bragg, who was slated to be here with King of the Mill but had to withdraw his entry earlier this week.

8:28 a.m. ET: Michael Owen and Bradeley Law are home about a minute over the optimum time. Francis Whittington and DHI Purple Rain are our next on course in 18th place after dressage.

8:26 a.m. ET: Now coming forward is one of my favorite storylines of the week: Gemma Tattersall with her homebred Chilli Knight, a son of Chilli Morning who she’s had since birth.

8:25 a.m. ET: Australia’s Sammi Birch and Finds PFB are brilliant through the Chedington Oxers and Triple Bar question at 6:

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8:22 a.m. ET: Michael and Bradeley Law have the pin fully down at the Ariat Challenge at 16, bummer. Louisa Lockwood is home safe with just the 20 penalties and about a minute of time, but what a debut for this horse!

8:22 a.m. ET: Michael Owen and Bradeley Law hesitate at the drop off the Cliffhanger question but they didn’t take a step back so they’re ok for now:

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8:20 a.m. ET: Louisa is safely through the final water at 22 and has just four fences left.

8:19 a.m. ET: Michael Owen opts for the long route at the Topspec Brushes. Commentator Spencer Sturmey has dubbed this “Burghley at Bicton”.

8:18 a.m. ET: Louisa is having a brilliant round now and is very positive through the straight line Burghley Brushes:

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8:17 a.m. ET: Coming soon out of the box will be New Zealand’s Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy, who at 17 is the oldest horse in the field. We’re also seeing Michael Owen and Bradeley Law, a very experienced pair, out on course now.

8:16 a.m. ET: “It’s tough. It’s really tough, I mean it certainly rides probably tougher than it walked,” Pippa says, explaining that she lost a bit of control and ended up over the spectator rope and costing herself 15 or 20 seconds. “You really have to concentrate on it.”

8:12 a.m. ET: Louisa and Diamond Ructions get a bit close to the third element of the Chedington Oxers and Triple Bar at 6 but are safe. They then run into some trouble on the direct line at the Topspec Brushes, ducking out to the right on the second brush corner.

8:11 a.m. ET: James is beautifully through the Burghley Brushes, while Pippa has finished and Louisa Lockwood and Diamond Ructions are our newest starters and making their way through the first minute.

8:10 a.m. ET: The pinned upright rail at the Ariat Challenge goes for James and Mr. Sneezy, just to one side but should nonetheless be 11 penalties.

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8:07 a.m. ET: “It felt bigger than it maybe walked but that’s the nature of Bicton Park,” Padraig says after his ride, noting that some might have underestimated the questions here! “A lot of tight turning and twisting…my horse is green, it’s his first 5*, he started eventing at seven so im extremely proud of him.”

8:06 a.m. ET: Out now on course will be New Zealand’s James Avery and Mr. Sneezy.

8:06 a.m. ET: Pippa gets it done at the last brush of the Burghley Brushes but shows every ounce of her experience to make it work:

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8:03 a.m. ET: And they’ve done it! Padraig and HHS Noble Call finish the track and become our first to complete! They’re 21 seconds over, but a clear here may prove to be hugely valuable regardless of time today, the way things are going.
Try not to get choked up, eh?

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8:02 a.m. ET: Nearly home for Padraig and HHS Noble Call, who has tired a bit but is getting a masterful ride from his jockey.

8:00 a.m. ET: Pippa is another to lose her brakes and steering a bit heading down the bank to the Topspec Brushes but she recovered well to make the direct line work. Meanwhile, a look at Padraig at the HTSG Wilma & Crumble Stumps at 21:

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8:00 a.m. ET: Way to go! Padraig and HHS Noble Call are brilliantly through the Burghley Brushes question that caught out Oliver.

7:58 a.m. ET: Pats from Padraig as they head for fence 18:

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7:56 a.m. ET: We’ll now see Pippa Funnell with her first ride, Majas Hope.

7:55 a.m. ET: Padraig and HHS Noble Call are neatly down the steep back heading to the Topspec Brushes at 9 — this is another 10-year-old making its five-star debut today. Will they become our first completion of the day?

7:53 a.m. ET: No! Oliver pitches off the left shoulder of MHS King Joules at the straight brush question with four brushes set in a line on varied distances. Oliver’s right up on his feet, but he won’t be happy about that unlucky ending.

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7:52 a.m. ET: Next away are Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy and HHN Noble Call, on a 34.9 in 23rd position.

7:51 a.m. ET: Oliver sees a big one at the main arena at the Burghley Table to Arena Rails question at fence 15.

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7:50 a.m. ET: Oliver loses just a bit of control down this very steep back on the way to the Topspec Brush Corners, but he’s able to regroup to make it through the question on the direct line.

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7:48 a.m. ET: Really positive riding from Oliver so far, which is no easy task in this first minute on a strong horse as the course is considerably downhill for this first bit.

7:46 a.m. ET: We now welcome forward Tokyo gold medalist Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules, coming forward on a 28.1 in 10th place after dressage.

7:43 a.m. ET: Oliver Townend and his first one, the very experienced MHS King Joules, will take their crack at the track next.

7:41 a.m. ET: No! David and Galileo take a tumble in the final water. They’re both ok, and David’s taking the time to cool off his horse economically in the water now. What a bummer – and what a horseman. CORRECTION: I actually don’t know that David fell here – I had walked away for a second and missed it so I’m putting this correction here as I’ve just heard on the stream that he retired on course.

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7:37 a.m. ET: Bummer — half of the MIM clip at the Ariat Challenge at 16 goes but the horse just skips through here:

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7:36 a.m. ET: Brilliantly dropping down the Clinton Devon Estates Cliffhanger for David, who’s riding really positively here:

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7:34 a.m. ET: David opts for the long route at 9AB, the Topspec Brushes, which come after a steep bank reminiscent of the Spruce Meadows bank. I’ll catch that question on GIF on our next rider.

7:32 a.m. ET: David tackles the first combination at the first water, a pair of off-set brushes:

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7:30 a.m. ET: And we’re away! David and Galileo Nieuwmoed are away and safely over fence one, the Chedington Flowerbed! David comes forward on a score of 32.2 in 18th after dressage.

7:27 a.m. ET: We’re just a few minutes away from the start, and it will be David Doel with his first ride, Galilelo Nieuwmoed making his CCI5* debut. David is an impressive one on his own, having produced FIVE horses to contest five-stars this year alone. He’s got two rides this weekend, and this one has the tough task of being the trailblazer but he really impressed us in the dressage yesterday with his real efforts. Want to learn more about the field this weekend? Click here to check out Tilly’s Bicton Form Guide.

#AEC2021 $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Cross Country Live Updates: Fylicia Barr Takes the Lead!

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Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

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.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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11:14 a.m. ET: Sara has a great shot through the coffin and the corner after:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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10:37 a.m. ET: A look at the out of the Normandy Bank as ridden by Allie and Morswood:

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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:

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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:

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10:30 a.m. ET: Neatly into the Nutrena Oasis at fence 16 for Doug and Quantum Leap:

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10:28 a.m. ET: Buck navigates the coffin with Sorocaima:

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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Day Two at #AEC2021: Catching Up with Your Division Leaders After Action-Packed Day

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Boyd Martin and Long Island 2. Photo by Liz Crawley for Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The sun (and the corresponding heat) poked back out today to dry out the Kentucky Bluegrass, and riders competing at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds were treated to much more pleasant conditions as competition continued into its second day. The schedule here is always a marvel of organization: you’ve got well over 1000 riders who entered and nearly just as many to organize into ride times, accounting for riders with multiple horses across divisions while you’re at it. You’ve got every recognized division running concurrently, and while you’re blessed to have a large amount of space at Kentucky Horse Park, you still have to sort out who’s going where and when. Suffice it to say, the hard-working organizers here in Kentucky (and the officials, grooms, volunteers — everyone who makes this traveling circus run smoothly) deserve a big hats off — and probably a lot of coffee, too.

We were treated to some cross country and some dressage today as the Intermediate and Preliminary divisions tackled Derek di Grazia’s cross country track while the Advanced and Training level competitors took their turns in the sandbox. As is to be expected, particularly at the championship level, this week will most certainly not be a dressage show and that concept was driven home today as a few divisions now have new leaders. Let’s check in with the division leaders after day two’s action: