From The Wilcox to Hitchcock woods, the cross country course at the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field is undeniably Aiken. As the only showcase for the snowbird paradise city, course designer Capt. Mark Phillips and course builder Eric Bull have dedicated the project to honoring the city.
The course is similar to last year, but defending champion Liz Halliday-Sharp says this year feels a bit tighter, and predicts that the time may be harder to achieve. Riders will want to come home in less than 4 minutes and 3 seconds. Here’s a look at the course, and you can find a gallery at the end of this post:
We can confirm 12 combinations have withdrawn, including overnight leaders Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Boyd has said that “Thomas” ran at Pine Top just six days ago, so in the interest of best preparing him for Kentucky, he’s opted to sit this one out.
Start time for cross country is 2:34 p.m. with Allie Knowles and Morswood as the first to go. You can watch it on EQTV or right here on EN.