Great Meadow CICO3* Cross Country Live Updates

Fence 6B: Adequan Beaver Pond. Photo via MyCourseWalk.com.

Fence 6B: Adequan Beaver Pond. Photo via MyCourseWalk.com.

Here we go! It’s almost time for the first Nations Cup cross country day in the United States! Hopefully you’ve all been following along with this historic event at the Land Rover Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan®. If you need a quick catch up, click here for all of EN’s coverage and visit our Instagram for more of Chinch’s adventures.

U.S. Olympic Team combination Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen are the heavy favorites to win and so far they’ve performed beautifully under pressure. They are in the lead on a 36.3 ahead of U.S. Olympics traveling reserve Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair on 41.4. The U.S. is also leading the Nations Cup team competition with Canada in second and Great Britain third.

You can check out Mike Etherington-Smith’s gorgeous course two ways: Fence by fence photos and drone flyover. The optimum time on today’s course is 6:36. We’ll be posting live updates here for the duration and Jenni and Samantha are on site tweeting and catching photos and interviews to report back later. Remember you can tune in to the live stream on USEF Network as well.

Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen win the Land Rover Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan®, leading from the start and finishing on a score of 37.5, and Team USA wins gold in the first Nations Cup team competition to take place outside of Europe!

Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen clinch a wire-to-wire win at #GMI2016!

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Here are the top ten on the individual leaderboard and the Nations Cup final scores. Stay tuned for a full report and thanks for joining us this morning!

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9:00 a.m EST: We’ll be getting underway at 9:30 a.m.!

9:35 a.m. EST: Our trailblazers Phillip Dutton and his Nations Cup team horse Fernhill Fugutive are making easy work of this course so far. We’re loving the commentary from John Kyle and eventing legend James Wofford!

9:40 a.m. EST: Ben Way and Willows Tipster are the first out for Great Britain. Jessie Phoenix and Bentley’s Best were the first out for Canada and they absolutely attacked this course. The live scores have not yet been updated with the first scores.

9:41 a.m. EST: Phillip and Tom Tierney and Ann Jones bring in a clear round for the USA, adding 3.2 time penalties for a final score of 50.4.

9:43 a.m. EST: Jessica Phoenix and Don Good’s Bentley’s Best have 14 time penalties for a final score of 51.8.

9:44 a.m. EST: Holly Payne Caravella and Never Outfoxed are out of the box and absolutely flying. Unfortunately they were off their line at the Beverly Equestrian Brush Corners in the arena and pick up a runout on the B element. James Wofford felt that was a rider error and thinks the corners will be the most significant combination on course.

9:48 a.m. EST: A clear round and 4.8 time penalties to add for Ben Way and Posy Kopanski and Peter Finer’s Willows Tipster.

9:53 a.m. EST: Holly Payne Caravella and Never Outfoxed have only 4.4 time penalties despite a runout at the Beverly Equestrian Brush Corners in the arena. Lynn Symansky and Mary Ann Ghadban’s Cascani having a nice steady round so far.

9:57 a.m. EST: Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection just one second over the time for 0.4 penalties to add for a final score of 50.2. That will move her well up the leaderboard.

9:58 a.m. EST: Kate Chadderton and Rege Dvorsky’s Collection Pass had a problem at the Adequan Drop Complex – a runout at the B element, a wedge at the bottom of a steep incline after the drop, then another runout at the B option. They were clear on the next attempt at the option and back underway.

10:01 a.m. EST: Lynn Symansky, who’s riding Cascani while Allison Springer recovers from a fall earlier this year, had a nice clear but nearly a minute over time for a final score of 82.6. Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack get it done at the Adequan Drop Complex!

 

Clean and steady round for Cascani at @greatmeadow 3*. #eventing #goodboyAndy #xc #crosscountry

 

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10:03 a.m. EST: Unfortunately Kate Chadderton and Collection Pass are eliminated for a fall later on the course, but John Kyle tells us that all is well with horse and rider.

10:04 a.m. EST: Emily Beshear and Shame On the Moon another to fall victim of the corners in the arena. They just couldn’t get the balanced turn to the B element and pick up a runout. We’ve had about equal number of riders taking the right and left side lines.

10:08 a.m. EST: Savannah Fulton and Full Moon Farm Syndicate’s Captain Jack were clear with 16 time penalties.

10:09 a.m. EST: Our sole rider Puerto Rico is on course: Rio bound Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy are clear through the Adequan Drop Complex.

10:10 a.m. EST: The second Nations Cup team rider rotation is under way as Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett take to the course.

10:12 a.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett have a beautiful ride through the Beverly Equestrian Brush Corners in the arena. Like Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive, they take the left hand option.

10:18 a.m. EST: Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy have 12.4 time penalties for a finishing score of 88.5.

10:20 a.m. EST: Justine Dutton and Huck Finn just don’t seem quite organized early in the course. They pick up a runout and Piedmont Virginia Angled Brushes at 4AB. Justine does well to stay on and then kicks him through the first water.

10:21 a.m. EST: And a runout for Justine and Huck Finn at the B element of the corners at 8.

10:22 a.m. EST: Another clear round for Team USA! Lauren Kieffer and Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett come home with just 2 time penalties for a finishing score of 56.6.

10:24 a.m. EST: Four time penalties for Waylon Roberts and Anthony Connolly’s Kelecyn Cognac. Hallie Coon and Celien are having a good round so far.

10:30 a.m. EST: Our favorite pocket rocket is on course – Team USA’s traveling reserve Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair are on course! J. Wofford says if “Cody” is ever reincarnated he will come back as a Jack Russell Terrier.

10: 32 a.m. EST: Rats! Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair pick up a runout at the B element of the Beverly Equestrian Brush Corners in the ring.

10:35 a.m. EST: Sharon White and Cooley On Show put in a masterful round for just 1.2 time penalties and a finishing score of 57.2. Hallie Coon and Celien had just 1.6 time penalties for a 59.9.

10:38 a.m. EST: Kurt Martin and Delux Z activate the frangible back rail at the New Oxer at 12. That will be 11 penalty points automatically. But as J. Wofford says, a frangible pin like that “penalizes the horse but protects the rider.” Travers Schick and his building team are now working to reset the pin.

10:40 a.m. EST: There will be a short hold before Phillip Dutton and his Olympic Team horse Fernhill Cubalawn leave the box just to be sure the frangible pin is reset and ready.

10:44 a.m. EST: Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair have 7.6 time penalties with the runout at the arena corners for a final score of 69. Kurt Martin and Delux Z also finish with 7.6 time and the 11 jumping penalties for activating the frangible pin. We’re back underway with Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn. They are 18th after the first two phases.

10:46 a.m. EST: Very tide through the Beverly Equestrian Brush Corners for Phillip and “Cuba.” For possibly the first time this morning the jump judge won’t have to replace a flag!

Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett through the corners #useventingteam #GMI2016   A video posted by Land Rover US Eventing Team (@useventingteam) on

10:58 a.m. EST: 6.8 time penalties for Phillip Dutton and Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt and Caroline Moran’s Fernhill Cubalawn. They will finish on a score of 58.2. Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow are the first Team USA pair to take the right hand side of the Beverly Equestrian Brush corners in the arena.

11:00 a.m. EST: Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect are the first double clear of the day! They finish ten seconds under the optimum time of 6:36 for a final score of 57.1.

11:03 a.m. EST: Very unfortunately Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless part ways at the first water early on the course. We didn’t see what happened on the live stream but we did see both horse and rider up and walking away.

11:05 a.m. EST: Will Coleman and Tight Lines are clear with 7.2 time penalties in the horse’s first three-star. Doug Payne and Vandiver are on course and clear through the first rider where Elisa had her trouble.

11:09 a.m. EST: Just 1.6 time penalties for U.S. Nations Cup team rider Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow. That’s three clears and less than six total time penalties for Team USA.

11:10 a.m. EST: Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless retire after a stop at the first element of the Adequan Beaver Pond at 5.

 

Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow finish just four seconds over optimum time. #GMI2016

 

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11:12 a.m. EST: We’re loving the anecdotes from J. Wofford on the live stream!

11:14 a.m. EST: Commentator John Kyle says he has been fortunate to sit with analysts in many different equestrian disciplines and the common key to success across the board is adjustability of the horse.

11:15 a.m. EST: Just one second over the time for Doug Payne and Debi Crowley’s very tall and rangy Vandiver. They finish on a 55.6.

11:22 a.m. EST: Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville are three seconds over for 1.2 time penalties. Marilyn Little and RF Demeter, fourth overnight, are on course.

11:26 a.m. EST: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby are the second of the day to go double-clear. They finish on their dressage score of 63.8.

11:31 a.m. EST: Canada’s third team rider is on course. Colleen Loach and Peter Barry’s Qorry Blue D’Argouges are having a cracking round so far. RF Demeter, owned by Jacqueline Mars, Raylyn Farms and Patrick and Eileen White are double clear and move into the lead on 43.8.

11:34 a.m. EST: Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges activate the frangible pin at the second water. That will be 11 jumping penalties. If Great Britain’s Jodie Amos and Wise Crack go clear then GBR could take silver over Canada.

11:36 a.m. EST: 1.6 time penalties for Buck Davidson and Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s Copper Beach.

11:39 a.m. EST: Just a bit of inexperience for Hannah Sue Burnett’s Cooley Dream. They pick up a stock at the first element of the Beverly Equestrian Brush Corners on the left side. They are clear on the second attempt taking the right side option.

11:40 a.m. EST: Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges are clear with 3.6 time penalties for Team Canada.

Colleen Loach and Quorry Blue d’Argouges looking super for the Canadian Nations Cup team #GMI2016 A photo posted by Eventing Nation (@goeventing) on

11:41 a.m. EST: Jodie Amos and Nicoal Coates’ Wise Crack are clear and inside the time. There is one rider left in the Nations Cup rotation, and it’s a race for second and third place!

11:48 a.m. EST: Oh! Veronica leaves long at the New Oxer at 12, activating the frangible pin on the back rail. That’s 11 penalties to add to their score and will move them down the leaderboard from third place.

11:50 a.m. EST: Holly Payne Caravella and Santino had 2.8 time penalties for a final score of 50. Canadian rider Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance have been held on course while the builders reset the frangible pin at 12.

 

Holly Payne Caravella and Santino showing how off-track Thoroughbreds get it done! #GMI2016

 

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11:54 a.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and Team Rebecca LLC’s Veronica are in 13th in the clubhouse after incurring 11 penalties for the frangible pin and another 2.8 time penalties. Jessie Phoenix and A Little Romance are back under way now. We’ve only six horse and rider combinations to set out on course including our leaders Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen.

11:57 a.m. EST: The formatting of some of the text above has gotten a little wonky. I’ve fixed it several times and give up until we’re done here. Sorry, guys!

12:06 a.m. EST: A runout at fence 8 on the left and then a hard stop on the second attempt on the right side for U.S. Olympic Team rider Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery. They’re clear through the Beverly Equestrian Brush Corners on the third attempt and boy does that make us all a bit nervous.

12:08 a.m. EST: Lynn Symansky and Donner are clear with 6 time penalties for a final score of 56.8. Our leader Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen are on course and NO the live stream has failed on me!

12:10 a.m. EST: Jessica Phoenix and Anita Leschied’s A Little Romance were clear with 3.6 time penalties after they were held on course for a frangible pin fix. Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen (live stream back up now!) are clear through those tricky corners in the arena.

12:12 a.m. EST: Just stunning work through the Adequan Bank Complex for Clark and Loughan Glen. Phillip Dutton and the HND Group’s Mighty Nice had 9.2 time penalties.

12:15 a.m. EST: Clark and Loughan Glen jump through the USEA Hollow like it’s a gymnastics exercise. Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High for Canada are on course and need a good round for the Nations Cup Team.

12:18 a.m. EST: Rosalind Canter and Zenshera get a dunking in the Adequan Beaver Pond at 5. That is a very unfortunate elimination and means Team Great Britain will take third in the Nations Cup competition.

12:19 a.m. EST: Clark Montgomery and Jess Montgomery Holly and Bill Becker and Kathryn Kraft’s Loughan Glen are the confirmed winners of the Great Meadow International CICO3* with 1.2 time penalties for a final score of 37.5 and Team USA wins the Nations Cup team competition!

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