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Bonjour and good morning — it’s cross country day at Pau CCI5*! Les 5 Etoiles de Pau always promises an exceptionally exciting second phase thanks to it’s twisty-turny Pierre Michelet-designed course, and today should certainly be no exception. The leaderboard is absolutely jam-packed, with over half the field sitting within 10 penalty points of the leader.
Speaking of the leader: that’s Tim Price with five-star debutant Falco. Tim delivered a personal best at the level yesterday, a score of 22.1, which saw him steal the lead from his wife, Jonelle, who sits second on a 24.4 with former Mark Todd ride McClaren. Catch up with Tilly Berendt’s dressage wrap-up here. You won’t want to miss those rides: Jonelle and McClaren will leave the start box at 10:03 am EDT/ 4:03 pm local time. Tim and Falco will follow at 10:30 am EDT/ 4:30 pm local.
We have one American in the field today: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver, who will leave the start box at 9:09 am EDT/ 3:09 local time. The full order of go and start times can be found here.
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11:30 am: Here are your top 10 after today’s cross country. Tim Price and Falco hang on to the top spot, but won’t have a rail in hand ahead of the now second placed Padraig McCarthy and Fallulah. As expected, today’s course brought some big shuffling to the leaderboard. Stay tuned for a full detailed report from Tilly Berendt later today. We have no additional word on Izzy’s status at this time, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted with whatever we hear.
11:24 am: And that’s a wrap! William still receives a boisterous round of warm cheers as he’s over the last and cross the finish line with Little Fire. He cracks a smile despite that disappointing stop and gives the crowd some love back.
11:22 am: Noooooo! Little Fire falls prey to that little brush drop at 27B and they pick up a stop. Unfortunately, that will take this pair out of contention for a top placing.
11:19 am: Looks like Joseph has opted to retire after that early runout, so that leaves WFP and Little Fire as the last on course. They’re clear over fence 24. Sitting 3rd after dressage, they could take over second place heading into showjumping if they go fast and clear.
11:17 am: Gah, Gorsehill Pearl says NOPE to fence 5a to pick up an early 20 penalties:
11:16 am: Our last pair of the day, Joseph Murphy and Gorsehill Pearl are now freshly out of the box.
11:14 am: David Doel and Galileo Nieuwmoed crosses the finish flags four seconds over time. He’s had a pretty good day at the office with his two rides! WFP and Little Fire are clear so far though fence 9.
11:12 am: Astier Nicolas says that WFP is “the most French of the British” and has charmed the fans here in France by giving his press conferences in French. He gets big cheers form the home crown as he leaves the start box. David Doel is nearing the end of the course, still clear.
11:11 am: We have just two riders left to do after David and William Fox Pitt and Little Fire are circling the start box now.
11:08 am: OK, David Doel and Galileo Nieuwmoed are back underway now. We can infer that Izzy has been safely moved off-course. Our boots on the ground, Tilly Berendt, has told me that she’s gotten unofficial word that Izzy is conscious and is en route to the hospital under the care of the medics. We’re wishing her the absolute best.
11:01 am: Alright, we have a hold on course now while Izzy is tended to. We don’t have any word on her status yet, but will let you know the moment we do. David Doel and Galileo Nieuwmoed had started and were clear through fence 13AB and are now being held before fence 14.
10:56 am: SHIT. Izzy and Fonbherna Lancer take a very hard fall after the horse catching it’s front end on fence 29A. We’re unsure of Izzy’s status at the moment, but we get a glimpse of Fonbherna Lancer up and being walked home by Izzy’s team.
10:54 am: Meanwhile, Izzy Taylor and Fonbherna Lancer are getting close to home and Izzy is giving the hose a great ride. Here they are mid-stride at that funny fence 27, so you can get a look at this up-bank:
10:51 am: Oliver crosses the finish line with MHS King Joules and they sneak in 2 seconds under the clock for a double clear round! That will move them up from their 14th place after dressage, into provisional 4th at the moment, just ahead of Bubby Upton and Cola.
10:49 am: Bubby Upton is back again for her second round of the day, now with Cannavaro and ahhh!!! They fly by 5B. Having already completed the course on her first ride and given herself the experience, she opts to retire Canavaro and save him for another time.
10:47 am: Alright, now that we know who our overnight leader is going to be, let’s catch up with everyone else on course. Alex and King of the Hill have just finished now and have turned in a fantastic double clear round to stay on their score of 30.0. He’s super pleased and playing to the cheers of the crown. Oliver and MHS King Joules are now clear through fence 19 and we also now have Izzy Taylor and Fonbherna Lancer on course now and clear so far even after a bit of sticky moment to 10B.
10:42 am: Fantastic! Tim and Falco finish easily 8 seconds under with no jumping faults to retain the overnight lead on their dressage score of 22.1. This is another first-time fiveve-star horse, by the way, and what a start for this horse. He gets big pats from Tim, who is clearly please with Falco’s efforts.
10:41 am: Tim and Faco have 38 seconds to get home as they enter the arena.
10:40 am: Here’s Oliver Townend now out of the box on MHS King Joules. He’s giving this horse another go at the level this year after parting ways at the Bicton 5*a few months ago.
10:37 am: We can hear the crowd in the arena going absolutely wild for Cedric Lyard, who is originally from the south of France. He and Unun de’Or finish nicely and pick up just 2.4 time penalties. Still all clear for both Tim and Alex on course.
10:34 am: Tim and Falco are looking good through the lake at fence 12A and B. They’re a bit down on the clock t the moment, that’s normal for this point in the course after the twisty beginning. Cedric Lyard is clear through 25 and Alex Bragg and King of the Mill are fresh out fo the start box.
10:30 am: Our overnight leaders Tim Price and Falco are now on course!
10:29 am: Remi Pillot and Tom Chik du Levant have picked up another 20 penalties at 13Band has opted to retire. We’re also joined on course now by Cedric Lyard and Unun de’Or who are now clear through fence 9. Tayla Mason and Centennial are now through the finish flags with their 20 plus time.
10:25 am: Also on course now is Remi Pillot and Tom Chik du Levant, who we haven’t seen on the livestream yet but picked up 20 penalties at fence 5B. Madison Crowe and Waitangi Pinterest have now finished with a total of 38 faults to add to their dressage score. Tayla Mason and Centennial are through fence 27 now.
10:22 am: I’m a bit behind here as we’ve got two on course I haven’t even metioned yet: Madison Crowe saw a stride to 25A, but Waitangi Pinterest says “What fence?” and flies right by it. They’ll pick up 20 penalties there. Meanwhile Tayla Mason and Centennial pick up a runout at 13B after a bit of a big jump over the fist element.
10:18 am: Up Up And Away kinda sorta tries to jump 25B for Caroline Powell, but they take out the flag with the horse’s shoulder and it’s debatable whether or not the horse make enough of a jumping effort. They continue on, so we’ll wait and see whether they get penalties there or an elimination.
10:16 am: They jumped fabulously, but Jonelle and McClaren come in 11 seconds over time which will give them a score of 28.8 now, dropping them to a current provisional 4th just behind Bubby Upton and Cola on their 28.5. Bubby was in 17th after dressage, if that give you a good idea of how closely packed the scores are!
10:14 am: “I would listen to Jonelle” says Astier Nicholas from the commentary box as Jonelle guides McClaren through the fence 27 bank and small drop.
10:11 am: Jonelle sees a great stride to the Pau version of the Cottesmore Leap which sadly makes for a real crappy screen shot, but here you go anyway.
10:10 am: Tom Jackson and Billy Cuckoo are home now with no jumping and 2.4 time faults.
10:09 am: McClaren was Sir Mark Todd’s WEG horse in 2018, but this is actually his first five-star. So far so good for Jonelle, who’s giving the horse a handy ride. I’m sure the rain isn’t bothering her at all! Caroline Powell and Up Up And Away are newly on course.
10:06 am: Selina Milnes and Iron are home with 4.4 time faults. Tom Jackson and Billy Cuckoo are clear through 19 while Jonelle and McClaren are clear through 9 so far.
10:03 am: Jonelle Price and McClaren have left the start box! They sit in second overnight on a score of 24.4. Can they go double clear and put the pressure on husband Tim, who’s leading the pack?
10:00 am: It really do be raining though. Here’s a foggy Selina Milnes over the a vicarage see-esque fence near the midpoint of the course — they’re still clear. We’ve also got Tom Jackson and Billy Cuckoo on course now and clear through 10.
9:57 am: Nooo… Carlos Parro and Calcourt Landline fall prey to that troublesome 27B. They’ve retried and are walking home. The sole pair on course now are Selina Milnes and Iron — they’re clear through fence 11.
9:53 am: “He’s full of petrol!” our live stream commentators say of CHF Cooliser as he crosses the finish with Tom. They come in clear and four seconds under time and will keep their dressage score of 29.6. Looks like Tom has got himself another top class horse!
9:50 am: Philippa Cross and Scoop de Ferbet are home now: clear but almost a minute over time. Tom McEwan is nearing home now and giving his horse, another five-star debutant, a super ride. Carlos is clear through fence 17.
9:47 am: So far so good for everyone on course at the moment: Philippa and Tom. Brazil’s Carlos Parro and Calcourt Landline are also on course now as the rain, which has been a bit off and on so far, has started to pick up again.
9:42 am: We’ve got Philippa Cross and Scoop de Ferbet also on curse now and clear so far, along with Tom McEven and CHF Cooliser just starting, and — oh shoot, Dacapo doubts himself at the 25B a skinny in the final water and runs out. Laura puts her hand up and calls it a day.
9:40 am: BAM! Padraig and Fallulah finish right on the optimum time and Padraig gives us a big fist pump! He took a chance and asked the horse for a bit of a long spot at the last combination, but the horse answered and the chance paid off. He takes over as clubhouse leader now, sticking with their dressage score of 24.9.
9:36 am: We can hear the cheers from the arena as Mike and El Mundo finish. They’ve jump clean but are exactly a minute over time.
9:35 am: Ah dang, an early problem on course for Laura as Dacapo spooks a bit at the 7B drop into the first water and stops. They loop around to take the long route and continue on.
9:33 am: Now on course: reining Pau champion Laura Collett! This time she ride five-star debutant Dacapo.
9:32 am: Tina and Billy the Red finish with no jumping faults and 8 time penalties. Mike and El Mundo are clear through 26 while Padraig and Fallulah are clear through 19.
9:29 am: Padraig McCarthy and Fallulah also join us on course now. Here’s a shot Tina Cook and Billy the Red over that funny 27B. You can see it’s not a big drop, but it comes after a small step up onto this mound and seems to be making the horses slow down second guess themselves a bit.
9:26 am: And they’re home! Cathal and Rioghan Rua are just one second over time after a very stylish and smooth ride over the last few fences inside the arena. Tina Cook is for clear through 25 and Canada’s Mike Winter an El Mundo are also on course now and clear through 12.
9:24 am: OK there’s Cathal and Rioghan Rua. He’s urging the mare on on the gallop stretch leading to fence 29.
9:21 am: Liz and Monster are home! They’re clear with 8.4 time faults to now sit on a score of 40.9.
9:20 am: Tina Cook and Billy the Red are on course now. Billy the Red hesitates for a split second at the drop into the first water, but a quick correction from Tina makes it no problem at all. I don’t think we’ve seen a second of Cathal on the livestream, but they’re apparently clear through fence 26.
9:18 am: Sofia Sjoborg and DHI Mighty Dwight are finishing up now, clear but over a minute over time. Liz is clear through fence 21. Also on course now are Cathal Daniels and the spicy Rioghan Rua.
9:14 am: Monster juuuust squeezes his hind inside the flags at the 13B element, leaving the flag swinging but not knocked. Clear so far. Here’s Liz through the big ‘ol corner at fence 12B:
9:13 am: SRS Kan Do looks absolutely full of running as he crosses the finish flags with Kylie, who’s another first-timer at the level. That’s a fabulous ride for them, with no jumping faults and 5.6 time penalties.
9:10 am: USA! USA! Our gal Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver are fresh out on course and may I say, Monster’s orange Flair Strip that matches Liz’s helmet cover looks particularly sharp.
9:07 am: On course now is Sofia Sjoborg of Sweden and beautiful gray DHI Mighty Dwight. They’re clear through fence 10. Kylie Rody and SRS Kan Do are still going well and clear through 21.
9:05 am: I can’t get gifs to work correctly, so apologies to anyone I’m disappointing on that front. But here’s a screenshot of Kylie Rody and SRS Kan Do streeeeeetching over one of the early fences on course.
9:03 am: Huge cheers for Maxime as he crosses the finish flags! They finish one second under time and will stay on their dressage sore of 30.6.
9:01 am: Maxime is giving his horse a good ride and they’re nearing the end of the course, clear so far. Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford would have been next out of the box but withdrew before XC, so Kylie Rody and SRS Kan Do are up next and they’re clear through fence 9.
8:59 am: That’s how it’s done! Kevin and Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend are home 12 second under time and looking great. They’ll stay on their dressage score and that makes them our clubhouse leaders.
8:58 am: Kevin is galloping down the long stretch before the area. He’s looking good on the clock.
8:55 am: Another fabulous finish for a five-star first-timer! Alice Casburn and Topspin are through the flags with a handful of time but no jumping penalties. Kevin and Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend are clear through fence 26.
8:52 am: Here’s Maxime Livio and Vitorio Du Montet on course now and with some fancy footwork to get the angled brush at 5a after the steep downhill. We had hoped to see Maxime at Maryland with this horse this year, but they had to reroute here to Pau after the horse’s pre-export bloodwork came up positive for a tick-borne disease for which USDA APHIS has a strict no-import policy.
8:49 am: We have two new riders on course now: Alice Casburn with Topspin, who are currently through fence 19, and fresh out of the box are Australia’s Kevin McNab with Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend — they’re ones to watch as they sit on a 26.2 in 5th place after dressage.
8:46 am: Regis Prud Hon and Tarastro picked up a stop at 27B — same spot at Alisa — and then they’re red flagged and pulled up as they enter the arena before the lest few fences. That will mean elimination. Perhaps the ground jury thought the horse looked too tired.
8:42 am: Whoops, we have a bit of catching up to do on finishers here. Sidney Dufresne and Swing De Perdriat are home with 4.8 time penalties. That will drop them down the headboard a smidge. I’m pretty sure we also saw Arthur Duffort finish, however the scoreboard is reading that they were eliminated after fence 28.
8:38 am: Tarastro is a bit stick dropping into the first water for Regis Prud Hon and scrambles bit over the brush swan, losing both overreach both. Doesn’t look like they’ve lost too much confidence though and they’re continuing on strongly.
8:37 am: Another couple riders are out on course now: Arthur Duffort with Toronto D’aurois and Regis Prud Hon with Tarastro.
8:34 am: Alisa and Woodlands Persuasion are home now. I’ve accidentally neglected to mention that Sidney Dufresne and Swing De Perdriat have been on course for a while now — clear through fence 28 and nearing home. This is a round to watch too as the pair was 8th after dressage.
8:31 am: Dang — Alisa picks up a stop with Woodlands Persuasion at 27B, a smaller element on top of a mound. Our commentators think it may be a little confusing to the horses because the fence almost looks like a decoration since it’s not 5-star sized. Woodlands Persuasion just didn’t quite read it.
8:28 am: Oh no! Danielle Dun and Grandslam pick up 20 penalties just before the finish at the combination in the arena. They took a huge jump at the 30A element and couldn’t make the B element and had to swing around and jump it again.
8:24 am: Clear so far still for both Danielle Dun and Grandslam as well as Alisa Wates and Woodlands Persuasion.
8:23 am: Heck of a round from Cyrielle Lefevre and Armanjo Serosah! They’re double clear and the horse looks like he’s ready to go around again!
8:20 am: Through the finish flags for Florian Ganneval and Blue Bird De Beaufour! They collect a bit of time in addition to those 11 penalties. Cyrielle is nearing the end of the course with Armanjo Serosah, who’s looking strong still at the end of the course. Danielle Dun and Grandslam are also on course now and clear through 15, and another five-star first-timer Alisa Wates and Woodlands Persuasion and just now out on course as well.
8:15 am: Whoops! Florian drops a MIM clip at 22A, but they recover well and jump the next easily.
8:13 am: We have another home team ride out on course now: Cyrielle Lefevre and Armanjo Serosah. So far so good for them!
8:11 am: Simon Grieve and Mr Fahrenheit — who’s a dang cute little chestnut, barely 16-hands — are home with no jumping faults but a over a minute over time. Simon looks absolutely thrilled with his little horse.
8:08 am: Also now on course are France’s Florian Ganneval and Blue Bird De Beaufour with a stylish and bold ride through fences 4 and 5ab — a drop fence to two angled brushes. Florian is a five-star first-timer and an amateur rider/ full-time farrier!
8:04 am: Both Simon Grieve and Mr Fahrenheit (clear through 19) and Jo Rimmer and Isaac Newton (clear through 10) are out on course now. Joesph comes home 5 seconds over time and jumping fault free.
8:01 am: William is home after giving Oratorio an unhurried ride over the final few fences in the arena. Bummer for that pair, but we’re sure to see them back at the top soon!
7:57 am: Joesph Murphy and Calmaro are our newest pair on course — they’re clear through fence 12. WPF and Oratorio are through the final water, still sitting on the 20 penalties from earlier.
7:56 am: We haven’t seen much of David Doel and Carneyhaugh Rua on the livestream, but hey! They’re home and under time! They aren’t going to be challenging the top of the leaderboard, but he’ll have to be happy with that round. We’ll see David again at the end of the day on his second ride,
7:53 am: Uh oh, WFP has a little bit of a hairy moment over that beautiful brush swan in the first water. Looked like they didn’t quite figure out a stride. They get over the swan fine, but later pick up 20 penalties at 10B.
7:52 am: Bubby is powering through end of the course — patting her horse on the long gallop before fence 29. They’re through the arena flawlessly and come in under time! Fabulous run from this exciting rider
7:49 am: Here goes William Fox Pitt and Oratorio out on course!
7:48 am: Turns out that Izzy decided to retire after fence 7a — we didn’t get to see her on the live stream again, so we’re not sure if she had another problem or just decided to save it for another day. David Doel and Carneyhaugh Rua are now on course as well and clear through fence 13. Bubby is clear through 26.
7:44 am: And Oliver and Ridire Dorcha are home! A masterful ride for this first-time five-star horse as they cross the line 11 seconds over time.
7:40 am: Isabelle “Bubby’ Upton is next on course with Cola. She’s an exciting up-and-coming British young rider with two very cool horses here at Pau this weekend.
7:37 am: Ah crud, an earlu problem for Izzy as Ringwood Madras runs out of the angled brush element at 5b.
7:35 am: Oliver and Ridire Dorcha are over halfway through the course and showing us all how it’s done. Izzy Taylor and Ringwood Madras are out of the box now.
7:30 am: And they’re off! Trailblazers Oliver Townend and Ridire Dorcha are on course!