Cross country is underway at Stable View’s 5th Annual Oktoberfest Horse Trials! We’re ready to follow the action as 21 CIC3* horses face off over Capt. Mark Phillips’ course in Aiken, SC. Check out Leslie Threlkeld’s course preview here.
12:15 – Joe Meyer and Johnny Royale are first out of the box! There are five corners on this course, making straightness paramount. Our trailblazers glance off the corner at 11B, then pick up another 20 at the water.
12:20 – Nilson Moreira da Silva retires on course with his first ride, Muggle, at the first water.
12:22 – Joe and Johnny Royal cross the finish flags carrying 40 jumping penalties and time.
12:23 – Clayton Fredericks and Luksor, a new partnership, slither over 11A then kick on for the B element.
12:26 – Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre are in the top 5 after show jumping. Leslie looks to be giving the horse a careful, confident ride.
12:27 – Clayton and Luksor complete with no jump penalties, some 30 seconds over time.
12:29 – Autumn Schweiss and Oakport Strauss are held on course, awaiting word about a possible fence repair; Leslie and Voltaire de Tre are allowed to continue on and are clear through 17.
12:31 – Leslie and Voltaire de Tre are through the finish; it sounds like they have picked up 50 penalties at the Derby Bank for not clearing a flag in addition to 12.8 time penalties.
12:33 – Autumn and Oakport Strauss are back up and running after the hold. Doug Payne and Getaway, 2nd after show jumping, are away from the startbox after being held there for a few moments.
12:38 – Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless are on course, their first international run since Kentucky. Doug and Getaway are clear through 17 — the horse looks to be hunting the flags and very much on his game, which bodes well for their upcoming trip to Boekelo in October.
12:40 – Seventy percent of this field has never made the time at the three-star level. (Lots of great trivia and stats from the live stream commentator team of John Kyle and Jenni Autry!) Autumn and Oakport Strauss are our first double clear of the day, coming home inside the time by one second.
12:42 – Boyd Martin and Kyra, 3rd after show jumping, skip to the left of the corner at 11 but are successful on second attempt.
12:44 – Doug and Getaway are home clear jumping and with 6.4 time.
12:44 – Elisa and Simply Priceless are home and 31 seconds over time.
12:46 – Overnight leaders Tamie Smith and Mai Baum now have a bit of a cushion, with those in closest pursuit, Doug with Getaway and Boyd with Krya, picking up penalties (time and time + 20, respectively) on course. They can afford 20 seconds over time and still win.
12:50 – Kelsey Briggs and the Gentleman Pirate pick up two refusals at 8 and later elect to retire.
12:52 – Jon Holling’s mount Avoca Druid grinds to a halt at the first of two corners coming off the Derby Bank.
12:53 – Jon and Avoca Druid are two from home and carrying 40 jump penalties plus time in the horse’s three-star debut.
12:57 – Katherine Rivera and Royal Lufttanzer look a bit underpowered and their luck runs out at the 8 combination, where they fall, triggering the MIM clips in the process. Horse and rider are on their feet. A hold on course while the fence is repaired.
1:02 – Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Zeta are home with 20 jumping penalties — awaiting word on time.
1:05 – Leaders Tamie Smith and Mai Baum held at the box as fence 8 is repaired.
1:06 – Tamie and Mai Baum are off and running.
1:09 – Bugger! Tamie and Mai Baum are questionably between the flags 11A, followed by a run-out at the second element of Derby Bank. *Update: After reviewing the video footage, the ground jury later decided to remove the jumping penalties since he made the effort to jump the fence.
1:13 – Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready are on course and, being in sixth position with some scoreboard shakeups above them, have an opportunity now to make a big move up and are the only ones with a chance of besting Doug Payne and Getaway, our new leaders.
1:14 – Phillip and I’m Sew Ready jump an extra fence at 8, but it’s not cross flagged, so he carries on without penalty.
1:15 – Nilson Moreira da Silva is on course with his second mount, Cash.
1:17 – Ashley Kehoe and Kiltealy Toss Up are home with no jumping penalties and 16 time.
1:18 – Phillip and I’m Sew Ready look to be wasting no time out there. Next stop on the calendar for this horse is the French four-star, Pau.
1:19 – Nilson has retired with Cash.
1:20 – Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude now on course, our second to last pair to go. Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie head to the box from warmup.
1:22 – Phillip and I’m Sew Ready are provisionally inside the time — which means they overtake Doug and Getaway to be our Stable View CIC3* winners!
1:26 – Jenny and Fernhill Fortitude are through the finish flags. Boyd and Steady Eddie are going for it, looking to capitalize on all the time and jump penalties picked up by the field to move up the scoreboard. Boyd is fresh off an Advanced win here earlier in the day with On Cue.
That’s a wrap for CIC3* cross country. Click here for the complete report from our boots on the ground, Leslie Threlkeld. Go Eventing!