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It’s live update time! My coffee is brewed up, my dog is confused, and I’m ready to get to GIF-ing as we get set for the start of cross country at Boekelo, located in Enschede, Netherlands just to the east of Amsterdam. If you’re just catching up with the action, Germany’s Sophie Leube and Jadore Moi is currently the leader, having won the dressage on a score of 24.4. She will not, however, have any breathing room as the top four are all on sub-25 scores and the top 10 are separated by just 5.8 seconds of time.
British designer Adrian Ditcham, who managed and built the London 2012 Olympic track, is the man behind the plans today, creating a 10 minute, 16 second course with 40 jumping efforts to give both the Nations Cup team riders as well as the individuals a formidable test today. It’s going to be crisp and clear all day, making conditions fantastic for fit horses (thank goodness the dressage is done!).
The U.S. is sitting in a very competitive spot after dressage, sitting on a cumulative penalty score of 83.5 to sit just a hair behind Great Britain, who leads the way on a team score of 80.8. Tamie Smith is well-placed with both her team ride (Danito) and individual ride (Solaguayre California) in the top 10. Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire are tied for 11th, and we have a cluster of Americans (Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle, Hallie Coon and Global Ex, Matt Flynn and Wizzerd) a bit further down the board in the early 30s, but at this point not out of contention ahead of cross country. Sadly, individual competitor Katie Ruppel withdrew Houdini prior to dressage on Friday after the gelding sustained a minor ligament injury on Thursday.
I’ll be bringing you updates as quickly as I can manage them, but I highly encourage you to check out the live stream over on ClipMyHorse.TV/FEI.TV. If you’re not up at the crack of dawn to watch, this platform is fairly quick about getting replays up — I’ve found the dressage replays were available same-day, so that bodes well for the cross country replay! You can sign up for a free 30-day trial of ClipMyHorse.TV to enjoy all of the rides (which are even sortable by rider once replay is up, which is a great feature) here. You can preview the course here.
The first rider will leave the start box at 11 a.m. local CEST time / 5 a.m. EST. The U.S. riders’ times are as follows:
Tamie Smith and Danito (Team – 3rd – 24.7): 11:28 a.m. local / 5:28 a.m. EST – CLEAR, 2 seconds of time
Matt Flynn and Wizzerd (Team – 34th – 32.2): 11:56 a.m. local / 5:56 a.m. EST – ELIMINATED, Rider Fall
Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire (Team – 11th – 26.7) 12:44 p.m. local / 6:44 a.m. EST – CLEAR inside the time
Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle (Team – 32nd – 32.1): 1:20 p.m. local / 7:20 a.m. EST – CLEAR, 1 second of time
Hallie Coon and Global Ex (Individual – 32nd – 32.1): 2:20 p.m. local / 8:20 a.m. EST – CLEAR, inside the time
Tamie Smith and Solaguayre California (Individual – 6th – 25.6) 3:36 p.m. local / 9:36 a.m EST – 20 PENALTIES, inside the time
Refresh this page periodically for updates! Tilly will check in later today with a full report from Boekelo. Safe, clear and fast to all – Go Eventing!
9:51 a.m. EST: Malin is home clear but picks up too much time to retain her top five placing. Our last to go, Merel Blom, has also fallen from Ceda N.O.P. at fence 20A, which will also bump her out of the top of the leaderboard. So we’ll finish the day with four U.S. pairs inside the top 15 and two in the top 10. Tamie Smith and Danito will be in third overnight on a two-day score of 25.5, and the U.S. will be in second as a team. You can check out complete scores and fence analysis here. Some facts and figures for you:
- 44 of 58 starters completed the cross country for a 75.9% completion rate
- 11 pairs were eliminated, 3 retired
- 11 riders made the optimum time of 10:16
- Less than two rails separate the entire top 10, and the top 6 have one rail between them
9:47 a.m. EST: Well we’ve lost the feed but Tamie is home with Solaguayre California, still managing to come home inside the time despite that trouble at the ditch and rails. She’ll be kicking herself for that, no doubt, but what a showing for this young mare in her very first CCI4*-L!
9:44 a.m. EST: Tamie and Solaguayre California have a bold ride through the water at 20, this mare is looking on her game and it’s a shame they had that one problem!
9:42 a.m. EST: Tamie Smith had a runout at the C of the coffin at 11. We also welcome Malin Hansen-Hotopp and Monsieur Schnabel. We also see a 20 for Toshi at the arrowhead at 27.
9:39 a.m. Solaguayre California is just a little green jumping down the Bartenburg Bank at 4, but Tamie navigates her through clear.
9:36 a.m. EST: Brennus was another to have a bit of a trip or peck on landing in the water at 20, but Dibo keeps him on his feet and they’re safely through. And here’s Tamie!
9:32 a.m. EST: Next away will be another Japanese Olympic rider, Toshiyuki Tanaka and Talma d’Allou, who are currently in 15th on a score of 27.6. Tamie Smith will be the next to go with Solaguayre California.
9:28 a.m. EST: Oh no! Another one to fall at the number 20 water, Brian Morrison and Global Faerie Flashy. They are wet but both up and seem to be ok. Meanwhile, we have Andreas Dibowski and Brennus out on course next.
9:22 a.m. EST: Opposition Filmstar tries to add in an extra stride before this corner at 13 but scrapes his way through thanks to some quick reacting:
9:16 a.m. EST: Arthur Marx punches the air as he gets a bold shot out of the water at 20 aboard Church’ile. Fellow French rider Barbara Sayous is now away with Opposition Filmstar.
9:14 a.m. EST: Sadly Willemina fell from Ekino at fence 13, what a bummer!
9:12 a.m. EST: We’ll next see Japanese Olympian Yoshiaki Oiwa and Calle 44, coming out on a 26.7 in 11th after dressage. This pair is coming off of a seventh place finish at Aachen last month after parting ways on cross country in Tokyo for a very unlucky early ending.
9:08 a.m. EST: Willemina opts for the long route at the coffin at 11 as we now welcome Arthur Marx and Church’ile, riding as individuals for France, to the course.
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9:04 a.m. EST: And now we welcome Willemina and Ekino as we start the final group of 10 to see today!
8:57 a.m. EST: Hm, now Thierry van Reine has now been given a refusal at 27 and not an elimination for missing a jump.
8:54 a.m. EST Cool story that Spencer Sturmey has just shared: Dutch rider and our next to see, Willemina van der Goes-Petter, made it a goal of hers to ride here on home turf at Boekelo before she turned 50. Now at 49, she’s made it here and she’s done one better: she’s in eighth position coming into today. She’ll ride on a score of 26.1 as she leaves the start box.
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8:46 a.m. EST: We’ve got just about 11 more riders to see go out of the start box this beautiful day, including our final U.S. rider Tamie Smith with her individual ride Solaguayre California. They’ll be taking their turn in just under an hour. Meanwhile, we’ve got British individual pair Tom Rowland and Quintillus out on course and looking to maybe move up a hair if they can go quick.
8:42 a.m. EST: Yes, it looks like Thierry jumped the brush over there at the end of the course and went right by the narrow arrowhead. What a bummer! That will be elimination for this pair. At least eventing eliminations don’t work the way Squid Game eliminations do…?
8:40 a.m. EST: An absolute class round for Thierry van Reine and the 18-years-young ACSI Harry Belafonte, who looked nowhere near his age as he skipped around out there. They are showing as having missed a jump at fence 27, so that could be a disappointing end to their weekend…
8:30 a.m. EST: Hallie Coon and Global Ex are home two seconds inside the time! They will remain on their dressage score of 32.1 and provisionally will go into 11th.
8:28 a.m. EST: Hallie kills is through the water at 20:
8:26 a.m. EST: Nicely sat for Hallie through the ditch and rail question:
8:25 a.m. EST: Hallie clips the flag at the right-hand corner at fence 12B, but no issues as Global Ex locks right on and keeps going.
8:23 a.m. EST: Hallie looking strong down the Bartenburg Bank at 4:
8:19 a.m. EST: A couple of updates, Simon Grieve and Drumbilla Metro retired after trouble at 9. U.S. individuals Hallie Coon and Global Ex will be the next to see.
8:18 a.m. EST: Ah, Declan Cullen and the 9-year-old stallion Grand Mariner have a runout at the big brush table coming off the Batenburg Bank at 4C. They’re clear on the second attempt.
8:15 a.m. EST: Jule Wewer had a stop at the first corner at 17 and she has called it a day. The horse just didn’t quite look totally switched on throughout — they also had a runout at the first water at 9 earlier on, too.
8:11 a.m. EST: Tamara Acklin and Caltra Western Beauty parted ways at fence 13 — we didn’t catch it on the live feed. Jule Wewer and Ruling Spirit, individuals for Germany, are clear through the long route at 11.
8:05 a.m. EST: Ugh! Irish rider Michael Ryan is another to fall victim to the water at 20 after TR Kaygraff just catches the toes on the landing in similar fashion to some before them. Michael gives a thumbs up after catch his horse and both look no worse for the wear. Meanwhile, Swiss rider Tamara Acklin has a runout at 12B.
8:00 a.m. EST: A look at Alina through the water at 20, where she elects to go for the longer option.
7:53 a.m. EST: Now we see Alina Dibowski, Andreas Dibowski’s daughter, on course and clear through the first few with Barbados 26. Meanwhile, Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor and Hartacker are clear through 26.
7:51 a.m. EST: The best way to celebrate a fast clear? Two Dutch beers and some quality time with your superstar groom and superstar horse:
7:43 a.m. EST: The U.S. will solidly retain its second-place position as we wrap up the team rounds at Boekelo. Great Britain is on a team score of 80.8, followed by the U.S. on an 84.7. We still have Izzy Taylor to see for Great Britain as the final team rider, but thanks to three clear rounds ahead of her she’s got less pressure to worry about.
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7:38 a.m. EST: Jennie does the U.S. proud with just one second of time aboard FE Lifestyle. What a brilliant ride! Jennie’s had some poor luck overseas in the past and it’s so wonderful to see her bring home a great one. Well done! Meanwhile, Sandra Gustafsson and Koordinat have two stops at the cottage at The Homestead (fence 16) and have called it a day. Maarten Boon and Gravin van Cantos opt for the long route at the ditch and rails at 11.
7:37 a.m. EST: Jennie is bold and clear through the water at 20!
7:31 a.m. EST: Ah, Jordy Wilken falls from Curacao at the final corner at 25 after the horse twisted a bit on the air and couldn’t stick the landing. Susie Berry has also picked up a runout on course, I believe at the corners at 17/18. We get a view of Jennie as she comes to the coffin — FE Lifestyle almost looked like he got off the line a bit but they’re safely through!
7:28 a.m. EST: And away goes Jennie Brannigan with FE Lifestyle!
7:24 a.m. EST: Italy’s Tosca Brambilla and Legaland Mood Swing have a refusal at the corner at 17 and later have a fall at the water at 20, much similar to Matt’s fall on landing. Ireland’s Susie Berry is now away with Ringwood LB.
7:22 a.m. EST: She’s done it! Despite the pressure, Sophie rebounded from Aachen, where she lost the lead due to time faults, and will keep her lead overnight now after coming home clear inside the time! Nicely done.
7:19 a.m. EST: Sidney Dufresne punches the air as he finishes inside the time with the Jaguar Mail stallion Tresor Mail. He’ll go into fourth place currently.
7:16 a.m. EST: Sophie Leube opts to take the longer route at the ditch and rails at 11. We’ll see if that affects her on the clock at all — remember, she has basically nothing in hand — one second, I think — to keep her lead. William, meanwhile, has slotted into second after his brilliant round, remaining on a score of 24.9.
7:14 a.m. EST: William and Grafennacht finish two seconds under the time with probably the smoothest and easiest-looking ride of the day. This mare has a lovely expression, shown here through the final water:
7:13 a.m. EST: Sophie Leube and Jadore Moi are on course!
7:10 a.m. EST: Overnight leaders Sophie Leube and Jadore Moi will be the next to see. We’re also joined by French team rider Sidney Dufresne and Tresor Mail.
7:08 a.m. EST: William makes the ditch and rails at 11 look like a schooling gymnastic, naturally.
7:06 a.m. EST: William Fox-Pitt is now on course with the lovely mare Grafennacht. This is another pair in strong contention, coming forward on a score of 24.9. Lina Forsberg and Kaizen finish their round four seconds in the time — this was a really cool pair to watch. Meanwhile, Belgian Olympian Lara de Liedekerke-Meier and Cascaria V are clear on the direct route at the final water.
7:03 a.m. EST: Sydney is 10 SECONDS inside the time! She adds no marks to her dressage score and gets a huge hug from coach Erik Duvander at the finish. Well done!
7:02 a.m. EST: Sydney has to work to keep QC Diamantaire on the line to the corner at 25, and he kicks the flag out to the right but is clearly through.
7:00 a.m. EST: Gosh, what a round Sydney is having! Brilliant through the water at 20. Meanwhile, Sweden’s Lina Forsberg takes the long route at 11 with the very bold Kaizen.
6:57 a.m. EST: Sydney and QC Diamantaire have a brilliant ride through the ditch and rails at 11 as well as the brush to corner at 12. Sydney is really riding forward and keeping her horse out in front of her so she can be efficient and agile.
6:55 a.m. EST: Tim is going to pick up time penalties with a time of 10:53 but a wonderful round with a confident-finishing horse!
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6:54 a.m. EST: Tim is carrying a bit of brush on his right foot — if he ends up with any time penalties surely we can just blame it on the extra drag?
6:52 a.m. EST: Tim and Lady Chin are sharp through the final water, going long but not losing any time. And our next U.S. rider, Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire, are away!
6:49 a.m. EST: And away now we see Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy with Tokyo Phil. Tim Lips shows his guts at the ditch rail at C and he’s safely through that troublesome question.
6:46 a.m. EST: Another one who reads the hanging log at 5 just fine will be Tim and Lady Chin. A look at the drop question at 4, the Batenburg Bank:
6:43 a.m. EST: Dutch rider Tim Lips and student/Chinese Olympian Huadong Sun’s Lady Chin van’t Moerven Z are away. There has, surprisingly, never been a Dutch winner on home turf here at Boekelo, but Tim finds himself in good position in second on score of 24.5.
6:42 a.m. EST: Uhlan de l’Epine has a look to get down the big drop at the Batenburg Bank found early on at 4, but they’re clear there as well as over that hanging log at 5.
6:40 a.m. EST: Looks like we are getting set to proceed as Italy’s Giulio Guglielmi and Uhlan de l’Epine are away.
6:36 a.m. EST: Just on a bit of a hold now, maybe for the Ground Jury to take a look at that hanging log that has become quite problematic.
6:30 a.m. EST: Oh gosh, Mighty Spring also takes a look at the hanging log at 5, goes to jump but then hangs at the knees almost and very nearly has a rotational fall. Heike takes a moment to get up but now she’s on her feet — what a bummer. This fence definitely is looking funny to the horses.
6:26 a.m. EST: A bit of a break now in between riders, and our next to see will be Germany’s Heike Jahncke and Mighty Spring.
6:23 a.m. EST: Bummer — Camille’s weekend comes to an end after he and Dame Decoeur Tardonne have a stop at the narrow arrowhead at 27. This was their third on course and so close to the end!
6:20 a.m. EST: Quite a few riders are kicking out the left side flat at the corner at 17. No flag penalties as of yet, as everyone looks to be getting their horse safely through, but that jump judge is busy today!
6:19 a.m. EST: Nicola Wilson is the first one to come home inside the time with a finish of 10:05 aboard Coolparks Sarco. She slots in just behind the clubhouse leader, Tamie and Danito.
6:15 a.m. EST: French team rider Camille Lejeune and Dame Decoeur Tardonne have a stop at the hanging log at 5 — this is not the first one we’ve seen take a hard look here so there must be an issue with light there. Nicola Wilson has to call on her skills a bit to get Coolparks Sarco through the final water but they make short work of the direct work. Camile now has a drive-by at the C element of fence 11.
6:12 a.m. EST: Just in from Tamie: turns out her watch stopped during her round, so she had to ride solely off her feel and this is the quickest she’s been able to go on Ruth Bley’s Danito to date. Hats off!
6:08 a.m. EST:
6:04 a.m. EST: Matt and Wizzerd are safely through the corners at 17 and 18. But — no! Wizzerd has a bit of a look and trip on landing into the water at 20, catching a foot and sending Matt out over his left shoulder. They are both fine, but what a bummer for this pair.
6:00 a.m. EST: Felicity Ward and Regal Bounty, riding for Ireland, safely navigate the direct route at the water at 20. Wizzerd sadly has a runout at the rails at C — Lucinda comments about the narrow ditch and the extra split second a horse might need to pick the C element up. Matt and Wizzerd are clear on their attempt at the option. Bummer!
5:58 a.m. EST: Perhaps another light issue, Wizzerd takes a hard look under the hanging log at 5, but he’s clear over it.
5:57 a.m. EST: Now on course are the second pair for the U.S., Matt Flynn and Wizzerd!
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5:55 a.m. EST: I think the shadows this morning are having a bit of an effect on some questions — and as I said earlier, combined with the relative inexperience of this field we’re seeing quite a few greener reads of some questions. Eveline Bertoli’s Fidjy des Melezes had a very bold, almost looky drop into the water at 20, which prompted Eveline to pull out for the alternate route. There is a very steep angled brush at a very short distance from the drop, so I think we’ll see a few more taking this alternative rather than risk a silly problem.
5:53 a.m. EST: Here’s a look at the ditch rail question at 11, as shown by Eveline Bertoli:
5:51 a.m. EST: A look at Tamie and Danito over the last! Time will tell how influential those two seconds of time will be at the end of the day, but for now they’re no worse than fifth.
5:48 a.m. EST: Germany’s Malin Hansen-Hotopp and Carlitos Quidditch K fly into the water at 20 and nearly lose their balance, forcing Malin to go for the alternate route to keep her round clean. Meanwhile, Fidjy des Melezes is another horse to look a bit surprised at the C element of the ditch and rail coffin question with Italian team rider Eveline Bertoli, but this pair gets away clear.
5:43 a.m. EST: French rider Gireg le Coz has a runout at the C element of the coffin at 11 with Caramel d’Orchis — this looks like it might be an influential question as the day progresses due to the tricky nature of the line (which does seem to be subject to shadows right now) as well as the inexperience of some of these horses.
5:39 a.m. EST: And Tamie is home clear! She was originally given a 20 at fence 23 but that has been removed and she finishes in a time of 10:18 — just 2 seconds of time over! I apologize for the lack of GIFs in these updates, I’m just dealing with a slow upload so I’ll sprinkle them in as I can! Here’s a look at Tamie over the corner at 25:
5:35 a.m. EST: Ugh, I jinxed Brian as he had a runout at fence 23, but hey — with an 8-year-old, who looks to finish with his ears pricked still, this is still a fantastic effort. Tamie is shown as clear through fence 19 on fence reports. We finally see her coming through the water at 20, a bit squirrely at the angled brush out, but clear!
5:34 a.m. EST: Well we’ve barely seen Tamie on the stream so I will update you as soon as we can catch up with her.
5:33 a.m. EST: Gosh, how cool is Global DHI? He’s just eight years old, but he’s so bold and keen he looks more mature than his age would suggest. He navigates the water at 20 greenly but there really doesn’t ever look to be a question of whether or not he’s going to go!
5:29 a.m. EST: Sanne de Jong has a bit of a Jesus take the wheel moment at the water at 20, having to lean back and slip the reins to allow Enjoy to navigate the severely angled brush out of the question.
5:27 a.m. EST: Ingrid finishes with Equistro’s Siena Just Do It with some big pats — this will have been a learning moment for this pair and this feisty mare is surely one to watch as she continues to mature. We’ve just spotted Tamie in the start box with Danito!
5:25 a.m. EST: French rider Sanne de Jong and Enjoy have a hard look at the brush corner at 12B but is clear on the option. We’re also joined by Ireland’s Brian Morrison and the 8-year-old Global DHI.
5:22 a.m. EST: Bummer! Siena Just Do It just doesn’t quite see the narrow rails coming out of the coffin at 11 and has a run out to the left. She’s through the option, but a rather green moment and a disappointing 20 to boot here.
5:17 a.m. EST: And she’s away! Ingrid now joins us on course with another young horse, the 9-year-old Equistro’s Siena Just Do It.
5:13 a.m. EST: We’re treated to some great commentary as usual today from Spencer Sturmey, who is joined this weekend by Lucinda Green.
5:11 a.m. EST: Right, I think I’ve gotten myself in a working order here, just as our first pair of the day, Benjamin Massie and the 9-year-old Climaine de Cacao, have completed the track on a clear round. They’ve collected one second of time to add just .4 to their dressage score of 36.1. We’ll next see Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and Equistro’s Siena Just Do It, coming on a score of 29.2 and 20th position (yes, a sub-30 still will only get you a spot in the top 20 in this ultra-competitive field).
5:08 a.m. EST: I’m currently working through some technical difficulties with the live stream, so thanks for bearing with me!