Part 1 of 2 Rolex Cross Country Open Thread, Presented by SmartPak

Lauren Kieffer and Landmark's Monte Carlo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Lauren Kieffer and Landmark's Monte Carlo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Welcome to Rolex cross country on Eventing Nation! This is part 1 of EN’s XC open thread, which covers the morning half of the cross country rides, including Michael Jung’s Rolex leading ride [Replay]. Click here for part 2 of EN’s open thread from the afternoon rides. Go Rolex and go eventing.

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12:17 pm ET: Boyd showing excellent balance and a strong lower leg aboard his WEG partner Shamwari 4, jumping out of the Head of the Lake.


12:11 pm ET: Mikki Kuchta gives Rubens D’Ysieux a nice pat as she wisely pulls up after a runout late on course. Discretion was the better part of valor for this pair today.


12:09 pm ET: Ellie MacPhail gets a big hug from her fiance, Alex, after a great round.


11:57 am ET: Lynn Symansky and the OTTB Donner gallop across the finish line after a great ride.


11:48 am ET: Ze Terminator sees a long one from 5 strides out and fischerRocana FST steps up for her brilliant rider. We’re all living in Michael Jung’s world.


11:34 am ET: Kurt Martin and Delux Z jump well together out of the Head of the Lake. Happy birthday, Kurt!


11:24 am ET: Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair achieve liftoff with the boldest ride of the day at the 6A Creekside Cabin.


11:12 am ET: USEF Network guest commentator Will Coleman called this, “the most graceful leg-hang you will ever see.” Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon got away with one at the Frog Pond. Well sat, Ellen!


11:05 am ET: Ashley Johnson and Tactical Maneuver with some smart tactics to take the long route at The Hollow.


10:46 am ET: Tim Price got caught on a half stride and fell from Bango one fence from home. The pair was having a great round and looked to be inside the time.


10:36 am ET: Tim Price and Bango with a controlled entry into the Head of the Lake.


10:30 am ET: Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo over the big brush at #5 on their way to a clear round with just 2.8 time.

10:24 am ET: Lillian Heard and Share Option jumping into the hollow.

10:13 am ET: Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie with a strong ride at the Frog Pond.

10:08 am ET: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive start the day.

9:54 am ET: We’re up to five withdrawals now: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night (4th), Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High (30th), Jessica Phoenix and Abbey GS (39th), Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance (45th), and Lillian Heard and FYI (70th).

9:03 am ET: We have one withdrawal before cross country so far: Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High.

9:00 am ET: So, about that weather forecast…

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8:55 am ET: All of us on the EN team are wishing the riders and horses an awesome day of great rides.