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).
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.
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.
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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