It was all about beating the clock in last night’s first round of the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Ontario. Tackling an intense course with both show jumping and cross country questions, Kendal and her own 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Totally Frank, were the fastest under the wire with a time of 87.76 seconds. This time was enough to secure them the win in the first round by nearly a full second over second placed Brandon McMechan and Oscar’s Wild, who finished with a time of 88.57. Canadian Pan American Games team member Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes were third on a time of 89.71.
A total of 10 horses completed the first round of competition, and 11 will come forward to today’s final round.