Good morning and welcome to cross country day for the FEI riders competing at the Setter’s Run Carolina International CCI and H.T. at Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, Nc. We’re nearly set for the first pair to take a spin around Ian Stark’s twisting, turning track with an optimum time of 6 minutes, 29 seconds. You can check out a map of the track, which is laid out similarly to its 2019 predecessor.
You can take advantage of the great live stream provided by Horse & Country TV today with an H&C+ membership (which is well worth the $10 cost for the plethora of content the platform has available!), and we’ll kick off some live updates here in this thread for the CCI4*S at 10:30 a.m. EST with the first pair out, Bobby Meyerhoff and Lumumba. Today’s cross country finale will be run in reverse order of standing, meaning we’ll see overnight leaders Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night out of the start box at 12:09 p.m. EST. The full order of go can be found here.
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1:46 p.m. EST: We’ve just been made aware that the scores for the CCI4*S have been updated to reflect a different result: Will Coleman and Off the Record have been declared winners! It looks like Liz’s time and time penalties were reported incorrectly at first; her time of 6 minutes and 46 seconds gives her 6.8 time penalties for a final score of 29.8. This moves Will, on the heels of the only double clear of the day, up to take the lead with Off the Record on a score of 27.5. Apologies for the incorrect reporting while scores were still finalizing. We’ll have the final report for you soon!
1:12 p.m. EST: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are your winners of the 2021 Carolina International CCI4*S! Liz picked up four time penalties, which ended up enough to hold off a late charge from Will Coleman and Off the Record, who will take second place. Will Faudree and Pfun round out the podium. Stay tuned for a full report from the Carolina press team, coming soon!
1:06 p.m. EST: Will Coleman and Off the Record move into second (at least) after Phillip picks up 21.6 time with Carlchen. Meanwhile, big smiles from Team Halliday:
1:05 p.m. EST: A different camera view so you can see that first corner:
1:03 p.m. EST: Liz is home clear! Waiting for her and Phillip’s time…
1:02 p.m. EST: Matt Flynn and Wizzerd pick up 13.2 time to drop out of the top three, but a lovely round for this pair.
1:01 p.m. EST: Phillip and Carlchen scrape their way through the Lighthouse Water:
12:59 p.m. EST: Liz Halliday Sharp and Fernhill By Night are out on course and clear through 9. They have 3.2 time penalties to play with to retain their lead as of now:
12:58 p.m. EST: Matt Flynn and Wizzerd come home clear after a lovely round despite the hold. A look at their trip through the Tobacco Barn corners:
12:56 p.m. EST: Will Coleman and Off the Record finish INSIDE the time! Our only one of the day so far. They’ll end their weekend on a score of 27.5. They could well take home the top honors should the remaining riders pick up enough time. Here’s a look at Phillip through the MLB Mounds at fence 4:
12:55 p.m. EST: We’re into our top two! Phillip Dutton and Carlchen are away.
12:53 p.m. EST: Will Coleman is home clean with Off the Record. Here’s another look at that Tobacco Barn corner question, where you can really see how Ian has used the terrain to make the question even more challenging. Note how the ground falls away (after a pretty blind turn from the A) to the left away from the B corner:
12:52 p.m. EST: The pin has been repaired and we’re getting back underway. Horses on course right now are Off the Record with Will Coleman and Wizzerd with Matt Flynn.
12:49 p.m. EST: Overnight leader Liz Halliday-Sharp with Fernhill By Night and Phillip Dutton on Carlchen, passing time in the warm-up while we’re on a hold.
12:47 p.m. EST: Doug Payne came home with 12 time penalties. A look at the course crew fixing the frangible corner at 19:
12:46 p.m. EST: Here’s a look at a lovely ride through the Normandy Bank question for Will Coleman and Off the Record:
12:45 p.m. EST: Unfortunately, Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie’s weekend will come to an end after the pair comes to grief at the final corners, the Tobacco Barn. C’est La Vie put his legs down in the second corner, breaking the pin and unseating Woods. We’ll now go onto another hold while the pin is put back into place. Woods and C’est La Vie are walking away and appear to be unscathed. This pair will be back to fight another day!
12:44 p.m. EST: Will is straight as an arrow through the coffin with Off the Record.
12:42 p.m. EST: Will Coleman and his top-placed horse after two phases, Off the Record, are our next pair out.
12:40 p.m. EST: Damn! Woods came in a bit too hot too the Normandy Bank, and C’est La Vie just couldn’t make the bounce stride work. They’ll be ok to take the option here and continue on. Here’s a look at Doug on his way home with Starr Witness:
12:38 p.m. EST: Hometown hero Will Faudree turns in the quickest round of the day with Pfun, picking up just one second of time for a final score of 31.6.
12:37 p.m. EST: Doug Payne and Starr Witness are clear through the Normandy Bank while Will Faudree is home clear with Pfun. Woods Baughman and C’est La vie 135 is away – the recent recipient of the 2021 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant, Woods is a definitive “one to watch”.
12:36 p.m. EST: Here’s a look at recent scores since I haven’t been doing a very good job of tracking scores!
12:35 p.m. EST: We’ll now see Doug Payne and Starr Witness, coming into the final top six to see.
12:34 p.m. EST: Will and Pfun have a lovely trip through the coffin at 8:
12:32 p.m. EST: Will Faudree with his third ride, Pfun, now join us on course. Sharon White completes clear with Cooley On Show. Clayton Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper are clear through the Butterfly Water at 13.
12:31 p.m. EST: Sydney Elliott finishes with 3.2 time for one of the quicker rounds of the day.
12:30 p.m. EST: Sharon has a calm and cool ride through the Butterfly Water at 13:
12:29 p.m. EST: Clayton Fredericks is away with his final ride, FE Stormtrooper. Here’s a look at a nice ride through the Tobacco Barn Corners for Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire:
12:25 p.m. EST: Ok, we are back underway! It’s such a challenge to have a hold of any length on course. We’ll resume with Sydney Elliot on course as well as Sharon White with Cooley On Show.
12:23 p.m. EST: I’ve just had an update from the media team at Carolina that Fortuna is out of the ditch and on her way back to the barn. We should see competition resume here shortly and will attempt to provide a more complete update on Fortuna as soon as we can.
12:20 p.m. EST: Still on a hold – will provide updates when they are available.
11:56 a.m. EST: We’re still holding – no official updates at this point, but from what it looked like on the live stream, Fortuna had gotten stuck on her back in the ditch. Before the camera cut away, she was not panicking. If she’s stuck on her back, it will take some logistics to get her safely out so I’m only assuming that’s the nature of the hold.
11:45 a.m. EST: We are going to go onto a hold while Bobby and Fortuna are tended to.
11:43 a.m. EST: Bobby and Fortuna miss the jump up to the Normandy Bank, pitching Bobby up the bank and leaving Fortuna in the ditch. Bobby was up right away but Fortuna was a bit stuck in the ditch. We’ll keep you updated on what we hear on this pair, who will end their weekend here.
11:42 a.m. EST: Bobby and Fortuna have a problem at the C element of the coffin at 8. They’ve taken the option and are back on their way. Next out are Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire.
11:41 a.m. EST: We’re joined now by Bobby Meyerhoff and the big jumper, Fortuna. Elisa and Let It Be Lee have a big jump into the Butterfly Water:
11:40 a.m. EST: Covert Rights slips a bit on landing after the first corner at the Tobacco Barns but he and Colleen make the last jump clean. Here’s a look at their trip through the B and C elements of the final water:
11:38 a.m. EST: Elisa and Let It Be Lee pick up a runout early at fence 4, the MLB Mounds. They’re clear on the second attempt.
11:37 a.m. EST: Booli Selmayr and Millfield Lancando are home clear. Elisa Wallace is back with us now with Let It Be Lee, also making his four-star debut.
11:36 a.m. EST: Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights are on course and clear through the coffin at 8.
11:34 a.m. EST: Call Him Paddy takes issue with the first open corner at the Tobacco Barn and picks up two stops, but Laine lights a fire and gets him through on the third attempt. She’ll be really bummed about those issues, but this pair has a bright future!
11:33 a.m. EST: Laine is giving Call Him Paddy a fantastic ride around the OTTB’s first four-star. Here’s a look at their ride through the back half of the Butterfly Water:
11:31 a.m. EST: Phillip Dutton turned in the fastest ride of the day with Sea of Clouds, collecting 2.8 time penalties. Booli Selmayr and Millfield Lancando are away.
11:31 a.m. EST: Laine and Patrick get a bit wiggly through the coffin but she sits tight and makes it happen.
11:30 a.m. EST: Will Coleman and Tight Lines make easy work of the Butterfly Water:
11:28 a.m. EST: Laine Ashker and Call Him Paddy are away to make their four-star debut together. Phil and Sea of Clouds are home clear.
11:26 a.m. EST: Sadly, Lexi Scovil and Chico’s Man VDF Z grind to a halt at the in to the final Lighthouse Water and later have a runout at the second open corner at the Tobacco Barn to end their day. Doug Payne and Quantum Leap picked up 6 time penalties. Will Coleman is back with his second ride, Tight Lines.
11:25 a.m. EST: Sea Of Clouds leaves a leg at the in to the coffin, unseating Phillip as he tries to stay on his line. Phil gives us flashbacks to Rio in 2016 with Mighty Nice with his sticky seat.
11:22 a.m. EST: Lexi has probably the smoothest drive-by ever as she gets off her line going to the chevron after the Normandy Bank. Instead of panicking and pulling for a line that wasn’t there, she just allows the horse to continue galloping, circling back for a re-attempt. Phillip Dutton and Sea of Clouds are away.
11:20 a.m. EST: Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way pick up 7.6 time to be one of the speedier of the day so far. He was also quick earlier, picking up 6 with FRH Ramona.
11:19 a.m. EST: Lexi Scovil and Chico’s Man VDF Z are next away. Lexi spent some time working with William Fox-Pitt in England last year – you can read more about her time there and lessons learned here.
11:17 a.m. EST: Will Coleman and Don Dante’s time stands as the quickest of the day so far; the next fastest so far is Doug Payne and Vandiver. Clayton Fredericks and his second ride, FE Ophelia, are on course. Here’s a look at Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way through the Lighthouse Water at 19:
11:16 a.m. EST: Doug and Quantum Leap are nippy and clear through the coffin at fence 8ABC:
11:12 a.m. EST: Will and Mama’s Magic Way are clear through the Normandy Bank at 10. Doug Payne is away again with Quantum Leap.
11:10 a.m. EST: Bobby and Albano grind to a halt up the big Normandy Bank at fence 10. This fence has an option, which they elect to take.
11:09 a.m. EST: Bobby and Albano through the Trackside Brushes at fence 5AB. He’s pretty sticky through the coffin at 8 but they’re clear. Will Faudree and his second ride, Mama’s Magic Way, are away. Missy Miller and Quinn should be just about home and seem to be clear so far.
11:07 a.m. EST: Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me show us how to jump the B and C elements of the Lighthouse Water at fence 19. Bobby Meyerhoff and his second ride, Albano, are away.
11:05 a.m. EST: Elisa Wallace, who has two horses debuting at the CCI4*S level this weekend like the
crazy person badass she is, is home clear with Riot Gear.
11:02 a.m. EST: Fun fact: only 12% of the CCI4*S starters here at Carolina have made the time since the event’s inception in 2014. So far this track is riding smoothly, but riders coming later will want to find ways to shave off a few seconds if time is their goal. This is, as always, a big advantage for riders with multiple horses – six riders in this division have at least two horses this year in the four-star.
11:01 a.m. EST: Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me are next out of the box.
10:59 a.m. EST: Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise show us the C and D elements of the Butterfly Water.
10:58 a.m. EST: Elisa Wallace and Riot Gear are away.
10:57 a.m. EST: Jules Ennis and Cooley O are listed with 20 penalties, likely from their circle early on at the MLB Mounds.
10:55 a.m. EST: Next away are Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise. Jules and Zoe are both home clear.
10:55 a.m. EST: Weeee! Zoe Crawford and the handy K.E.C. Zara fly into the Butterfly Water at fence 13.
10:53 a.m. EST: Doug Payne picks up 5.2 time penalties, making Will Coleman and Don Dante’s round with 3.2 time the fastest so far. Check out the final combination, the Tobacco Barn Corners at fence 20, demonstrated by Jules Ennis and Cooley O:
10:51 a.m. EST: Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game are next out of the box.
10:49 a.m. EST: Doug and Vandiver are home clear! Next out are Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara.
10:47 a.m. EST: Jules Ennis and Cooley O are out next out. She circles before the MLB Mounds – it doesn’t look like she had a runout, rather maybe just got off her line? Will have to keep an eye on scores.
10:43 a.m. EST: Speed master Doug Payne and Vandiver are away – look for this pair to be fairly quick today!
10:43 a.m. EST: Clayton and FE Always In Time are clear through the coffin at fence 8ABC:
10:40 a.m. EST: Bobby and Lumumba as well as Will and FRH Ramona are home clear. Clayton Fredericks and his first ride, FE Always In Time, are away. We’ve got quite a few horses on course at once, so bear with me while I try to keep up with everyone!
10:38 a.m. EST: Will Faudree and FRH Ramona boldly into the Butterfly water at fence 13.
10:36 a.m. EST: Will Coleman and Don Dante are our third out, also Will’s first of three rides.
10:34 a.m. EST: Bobby and Lumumba demonstrate the first elements of the Normandy Bank at 10.
10:33 a.m. EST: Next out is Will Faudree with FRH Ramona, his first of three rides in the four-star this morning.
10:30 a.m. EST: Welcome to cross country day! We’re getting ready to set sail with Holly Hudspeth and Jimmy Wofford in the commentator’s booth on Horse & Country TV. Kevin Keane will also join the booth this morning. I highly recommend signing up for a H&C+ membership to catch this and many more live streams both here and overseas – click here to learn more! Our first pair, Bobby Meyerhoff and Lumumba, have left the box and we’re underway!
Here are a few peeks around the track found on social media: