While we’ve been largely focusing on Maryland this week and we’re ultra excited for cross country to kick off today, let’s take a moment to check in with the goings on at the FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships at Mondial du Lion.
Great Britain’s Mollie Summerland leads the 6-yeard-old division aboard tall, dark, and handsome Mojo after turning in a neat 25.1 in the dressage, while Nicolas Touzaint and Gauguin du Busson have given the home nation a thrill after scoring 23.5 to lead the 7-year old division.
Chris Talley and Gina, who made the trek to France thanks to The Dutta Corp and the USEA’s Holekamp/Turner Grant, took to the sandbox yesterday (where thank goodness it seems to have dried up a bit since arena familiarization and yesterday’s tests), scoring a 33.7 for 36th place in the very large 7-year-old division. Chris and Gina won the 5-year-old division of the YEH East Coast Championships hosted alongside the inaugural Maryland 5 Star in 2021. How fitting to watch the culmination of their young horse journey alongside Maryland this weekend!
Chris and Gina leave the startbox today at 4:54 PM CET/ 10:54 EST and live streaming of Le Lion is available on the FEI YouTube channel! Watch the 6-year-old cross country here and the 7-year-olds here. Ride times for each division are here and here, respectively.
Here’s a look at how the rest of our American contingent at Le Lion faired between the boards and what time they’ll tackle the always beautiful Pierre Michelet track today:
- Quidley Kellerman and Blakeneys Cruise posted a 34.9 to sit 31st in the 6-year-old championships. XC ride time: 11:42 AM CET / 5:42 AM ET.
- Chris and his business partner Hannah Heritage have also brought Loughtown Cici over to contest the 7-year-old division. They scored 40.8 to sit in 69th. XC ride time: 1:24 PM CET / 7:24 AM ET.
- Also representing the USA in the 7-year-old championships are Hallie Coon and Lucky Fortuna, who sit in 51st on a score of 36.0. XC ride time: 2:24 PM CET / 8:24 AM ET.
I hope you’ve braced yourself for a long day of live streaming! When you’ve finished watching Le Lion, cross country at Maryland today kicks off at 9:05 AM ET with the CCI3*-L and then the 5* starts at 1:35 PM ET, both brought to you via ClipMyHorse.TV/USEF Network in the US and via Horse & Country TV for those abroad. I’ll also be bringing you live updates from the 5* right here on EN!
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Sponsor Corner: World Equestrian Brands‘ Trainer Team Rider Lea Adams-Blackmore and her horse, Frosty, are looking good! Cheer them on in the CCI3* at the Maryland Five Star Event.
Morning Viewing: Here’s a flyover of this year’s course at Mondial du Lion!