Saturday #AEC2019 Quotes From the Top: First to Rise, Last to Bed

Boyd Martin and Long Island T, Advanced champions: “He jumped fantastic. I was a little bit nervous; I have never jumped him under lights before. He has been a little bit suspect in the show jumping early on, so I was a bit traumatized from early days with him,” Martin explained. “But to his credit, he went in there and he jumped like a buck. He really went in there, tried, he wasn’t spooky. I couldn’t be happier with the horse; he was giving me everything he’s got this weekend.” Photo by Alison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photo. [US Equestrian]

It’s 11:07 p.m. on Saturday night, and the top three finishers of the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final — Boyd Martin, 1st with Long Island T; Leslie Law, 2nd with Voltaire de Tre; and Phillip Dutton, 3rd with Z — have just climbed onto the podium. Boyd uncorks the bubbly and it sprays everywhere, much to the displeasure of nearby horses who are now standing straight up on their hind legs, waggling their hooves in the air like stallions in a Disney movie. We should all be in bed, and yet here we are.

It’s been a long week …

Actual footage of the USEA staff rn

… but the heart of American eventing is still beating strong in Lexington, Kentucky. Saturday saw the show jumping finale of Advanced and Novice divisions, while Beginner Novice competitors tested their mettle on the cross country course.

Here are links to all 12 of the 23 total leaderboards that saw action on Saturday:

Once again the USEA media team was hard hustling to interview all the day’s division leaders. Check out the Advanced and Novice winner interviews and photos they posted to Instagram (@useventing).


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For more “Quotes from the Top,” check out the USEA’s daily reports on each level — click here for the complete newsfeed.

Go Eventing.

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