Both Trading Aces and Fernhill By Night sailed through the final horse inspection here at Boekelo, so we’ll have two Americans in the show jumping, which is starting in about half an hour. There were two withdrawals before the trot up — Mark Todd and Up n Go and Nicolas Wettstein and Onzieme Framoni — and all other horses that presented passed, so we have 65 total pairs heading into the show jumping. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Blackie will jump in the first group, while Boyd and Oscar will be in the second group, which doesn’t start until 2 p.m. local time, or 8 a.m. EST. Remember that you can follow along with all the show jumping action thanks to the live stream.
If you’re antsy waiting for my reports, check out Julia Krajewski’s helmet cam from yesterday, plus full video playback of all eight hours of cross-country action. Lizzie Brown and Henton Attorney General held the overnight lead here at Boekelo, and Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST are close behind in second place. Ingrid Klimke and Hale Bob 3 hold third place; with two Germans in the top three going into show jumping, Germany has all but sealed the deal in the Grolsch Nations Cup competition. I’ll be back after Liz and Blackie jump with photos and a full report, so stay tuned for much more from Boekelo.
Happy birthday, Silva! I have to send a special birthday shoutout to Silva Martin, who’s been here supporting Boyd — and drilling him on his dressage, of course — all week. While I’m sure super groom Lindsey Taylor being released from the hospital yesterday was just about the best present Silva could imagine, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if Oscar delivers a clear show jumping round today to make her birthday even better.