With the dust settled after dressage at Military Boekelo CCIO3*, Team USA sits just behind Great Britain in the Nations Cup standings, holding second place on a score of 139.6. The Netherlands holds third place for the home team on 141.3. Ten teams are competing for the Nations Cup trophy, making this the most hotly contested event of the series this year.
Two horses inside the top 20 certainly helps from a Nations Cup standpoint, as Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen hold the overnight lead on 35.2, with Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night in 20th on 47.9. Tiana Coudray and Kinnordy Rivaldo’s score of 56.5 puts them in 59th in the 89-horse field.
Unfortunately, Sharon White’s withdrawal of Under Suspection prior to dressage leaves the team without a drop score as we look ahead to cross country day tomorrow. Sue Benson’s track has proved problematic for two of the three horses on the team in the past, with Liz and Fernhill By Night picking up a runout on course last year and Clark and Loughan Glen recording a stop in 2012. This is Kinnordy Rivaldo first CCI3*.
That said, all three of the riders have jumped clear around the track on previous attempts. Tiana finished sixth with Ringwood Magister in 2010 after a clear round and 7.6 time penalties. Clark jumped around clear with Universe in 2012, also with 7.6 time penalties, and Liz jumped clear with 4.8 time penalties aboard Red Letter Day in 2008.
You can preview the cross country course here courtesy of our friends Uptown Eventing, and don’t miss this video of Sue giving a behind-the-scenes look at the course. Cross country will stream live starting at 3:45 a.m. local time, or 9:45 a.m. EST. Ride times for Team USA and Canada are as follows:
10:08 a.m./4:08 a.m. EST: Tiana Coudray and Kinnordy Rivaldo
11:36 a.m./5:36 a.m. EST: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night
12:44 p.m./6:44 a.m. EST: Lindsay Traisnell and Candar van het Neerveld
2:04 p.m./10:04 a.m. EST: Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen
Joanie Morris is posting photos of Team USA on the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page here, and Boekelo is also posting photos on Facebook here. Keep checking back for much more from Boekelo. We’ll post the live stream link in the morning and follow up with updates throughout the day.