A steady rain fell overnight here in Unionville, which softened up the footing nicely for cross-country day at Plantation Field. The real question is how the footing will hold up for the CIC3* division, which doesn’t start until 2:10 p.m. this afternoon. In addition to live updates on all the action, which you can view in this post, be sure to tune in to PRO’s Ustream channel, as Max Corcoran and Nate Chambers are running live radio commentary all afternoon. After the dressage and show jumping, Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville hold a comfortable lead over Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda, with Boyd Martin and Trading Aces waiting in the wings in third place. All three riders told me they intend to go for it to some degree, so it will be an exciting conclusion to the CIC3*. Be sure to check out my preview of Tremaine Cooper’s CIC3* cross-country course to see photos of each fence on course. Go Plantation Field!
2:20: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive parted ways when the horse hung a leg over 15C in the water complex. Both are ok.
2:23: Caitlin Silliman and Catch A Star fell at the A element of the water complex at 15abc. Both are up and ok.
2:28: Hallie Coon fell from Namaste toward the end of the course. No word yet on her condition.
2:42: Courtney Cooper fell from Who’s A Star at the drop into the water at 15A. She’s OK.
2:37: Maggie Deatrick and Divine Comedy fell at the drop into the water at 15A. I’ve seen each fall so far and it looks like the big drop in is catching horses off guard.
2:49: Aqua Tom stumbled after the drop into the water at 15A and Helen Hayn smartly took the option. A huge crowd has gathered at the first water to cheer riders through what has quickly become the trickiest element on course.
2:54: No More Rocks stumbled after the drop into the water at 15A and Buck rerouted to the alternate B option. He picked up a stop there and then successfully cleared it.
3:00: Susan Beebee and Wolf nearly mowed down a hoard of spectators as there was a miscommunication at the galloping lane crossing.
3:06: Susan Beebee and Wolf galloped right by 16ab and kept going. That will be a technical elimination.
3:10: Caitlin Calder and Jolliyat have retired on course before the water complex.
3:11: Share Option stumbled after the drop into the water at 15A, and Lillian tried to take the direct route to the keyhole. The horse glanced off the side of the keyhole and Lillian fell. She’s OK.
3:17: Spirit of the Outback stumbled after the drop into the water at 15A and Caitlin Romeo couldn’t quite hang on. She’s up and ok.
3:20: Selena O’Hanlon and Bellaney Rock fell after the drop into the water at 15A. Both are up and ok.
3:24: We have a hold on course while event officials examine the water complex.
3:30: Fences 15ab have now been removed from the course. Riders are now just jumping the skinny brush at the C element. We’re back underway.
3:49: Ian Roberts and Faolan have had two runouts at fences 9 and 16. And a third stop at the big corner at the second to last jump from home.
3:53: Lisa Marie Ferguson fell from Feral Errol at the table after fence 10. She’s ok.
3:58: Buck Davidson and Petite Flower had a runout at the big corner just before the finish.
4:07: Phillip Dutton and Mr. Medicott are the first double clear of the day.
4:16: Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville came home 13 seconds inside the time to win. Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda are second and Erin Sylvester and No Boundaries are third. Stay tuned for the full report!