Cross Country Underway at Carolina International

Ariel Grald and Huey in the CIC* cross country. Photo by Sally Spickard Ariel Grald and Huey in the CIC* cross country. Photo by Sally Spickard

Good morning from Carolina! The FEI divisions have begun their cross country, with the CIC* out first to test out the new Hugh Lochore course. I caught a handful of rides on the one-star course this morning, and there were a few hairy moments that I heard through the speaker, but overall the horses and riders seem to be enjoying this beautiful morning.

The Cloud Eleven Tidal Pool. Photo by Sally Spickard.

The Cloud Eleven Tidal Pool. Photo by Sally Spickard.

I camped out at fence 19ABCD, the Cloud Eleven Tidal Pool, to see how it rode for the one-star riders. For the most part, the line seems to ride well. I must give a shout-out to Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C, who had a positively wonderful ride through the water and looked quite keen throughout the course.

Scores are still coming in, and I plan to head back out to catch some of the top 10 riders in the CIC*, but in the meantime, here is some footage from the Cloud Eleven Tidal Pool. Also, be sure to check out our good friend The Horse Pesterer, who is on site this weekend and uploading videos for the FEI divisions as quickly as he can.

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