In a surprising turn of events, overnight leader Luc Chateau’s mount Propriano de l’Ebat was spun from the final horse inspection at Saumur, moving Maxime Livio and Qalao des Mers into the lead position. Doug Payne and Crown Talisman are now in sixth place heading into show jumping, which begins at 4 p.m. local time, 10 a.m. EST.
The ground jury also spun Hanne Wind Ramsgaard’s horse Vestervangs Arami; they were in 24th place after cross country. Fabio Magni withdrew Usabella before show jumping. All other pairs passed the final horse inspection, sending 42 pairs forward to contest the show jumping.
Doug reported on his Facebook page last night that Tali trotted up beautifully following cross country. This pair has not pulled more than one rail in show jumping since Richland last year; they pulled one rail at Fair Hill last fall, Tali’s only other competition at the CCI3* level.
Show jumping will stream live on the Saumur website, with the broadcast beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST. Click here to access the live stream. Cross country highlights will run starting at 2 p.m. local time, or 8 a.m. EST. Check out the 22-minute cross country highlights video on the Saumur homepage — Doug and Tali are at the 16:20 minute marker — and photos on Uptown Eventing’s Facebook page.