MARS Maryland 5 Star Field Thins by 2 Following Final Horse Inspection; 1 Out in CCI3*-L

Piggy March waits for the Ground Jury’s decision following her first presentation of Brookfield Cavalier Cruise. Photo by Sally Spickard.

The Maryland 5 Star fields thinned significantly following a tension-filled Final Horse Inspection on Sunday morning.

In the CCI5*, there were two changes to the board after both Piggy March (GBR) and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise (withdrew from the hold box) and Erin Kanara and Campground (not accepted on second inspection).

Mia Farley and Phelps were all clear in the Final Horse Inspection. Photo by Sally Spickard.

This now moves Austin O’Connor (IRE) and Colorado Blue up into fourth place and poised for a podium finish. Erin kanara and Campground were in 18th place following a clear with time cross country Saturday.

Overnight leader Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent will move forward to vie for the win. Photo by Sally Spickard.

William Fox-Pitt and Grafennacht are in second after cross country. Photo by Sally Spickard.

There was also lengthy discussion following Doug Payne and Quantum Leap’s presentation, but the ground jury could have also been debating Doug’s ability to pull off a leather jacket.

Doug Payne awaits the ground jury’s decision after jogging Quantum Leap. They were accepted and did not have to go to the hold or present again. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Looking to the USEF CCI3*-L National Championship, five horses were sent to the hold box: Kirsten Schuitema and One Sly Fox, Jennifer Moody and Eye of the Storm, Nilson Moreira da Silva and Elmo, Braden Speck and BSF Liam, Hannah Sue Hollberg and Hachi. Jennifer Moody ultimately decided to withdraw Eye of the Storm rom the hold box, but all others were accepted upon reinspection.

So a total of 14 combinations will now move forward to show jumping in the CCI5*, and 40 will jump in the CCI3*-L. We’ll see the 3* first beginning at 10:30 a.m. The show jumping will kick off for the headlining division at 2:00 p.m. Show jumping orders of go should be available shortly here. See the link list below for live stream links. 

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