WEG Cross Country Open Thread: Boyd Martin Into 9th

It’s cross country day at WEG, EN! Fortunately, the weather looks to be a bit drier than we’ve seen so far, so hopefully the ground will firm up a bit for the horses and riders who are getting ready to tackle Pierre Michelet’s course. Don’t forget, fences 20 & 23 have been removed from course, in turn taking off a minute from the optimum time. The optimum time is now 10 minutes and 30 seconds.

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12:37 p.m. EST: Team standings have been updated.


10:25 a.m. EST: That’s a wrap on cross country – here are your team standings going into the final day. Stay tuned for the full recap!


10:24 a.m. EST: William will take gold medal positioning into show jumping, but with virtually no breathing room. Here are your top 10 after a wild cross country day!


10:23 a.m. EST: Sandra Auffarth have 16.8 time to take silver position going into show jumping tomorrow. What a ride through the last water!

Sandra 2

10:20 a.m. EST: Andrew Nicholson worked his tail off to get Nereo home with 7.2 time for fourth place.

10:17 a.m. EST: Sandra and Opgun Louvo survive a hairy moment at the first water.


10:15 a.m. EST: We found Harry! #wheresHarry


10:12 a.m. EST:  The Silver Fox is on course and looking full of run. Overnight leaders Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo are also off and running.


10:11 a.m. EST: Harry Meade and Wild Lone come home clear with 26.4 time. He did not appear one time on the screen.

10:08 a.m. EST: Harry Meade is clear through 29 – still has not made an appearance on our screen. #nobigdeal

10:08 a.m. EST:

10:05 a.m. EST: John Kyle: “It really would be nice to see Harry Meade!”

10:02 a.m. EST: Aoife Clark and Fenyas Elegance are clear for Ireland with 16.8 time.


10:00 a.m. EST: Andreas Ostholt has been returned to fifth place, the elimination has been revoked.

9:58 a.m. EST: Selena becomes the latest victim at the fish in the final water with a refusal.

Selana 2

9:55 a.m. EST: As John Kyle has pointed out, Selena may not be the quickest but she needs to make it home for her team’s sake.


9:52 a.m. EST: Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High looking strong in the early going.


9:49 a.m. EST: Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High are the last pair on course for Canada.

9:48 a.m. EST:

9:42 a.m. EST: Paul Tapner is having a fantastic round with Kilronan. They’re over time now but the horse looks like he’s still got some left in the tank.


9:40 a.m. EST:

9:35 a.m. EST:

9:32 a.m. EST: Live scores are showing Andreas Ostholt as eliminated.

9:31 a.m. EST: Unfortunately, the camera stopped showing Boyd, but he’s come home clear with just 13.6 for fifth place on a 59.9!


9:28 a.m. EST: Boyd is clear through 29.

9:26 a.m. EST: Karin Donckers (BEL) and Fletcha Van’t Verahof make a textbook run through 4 & 5.


8:23 a.m. EST: Tricky distance at 4 and 5 but Boyd gets it done.


8:22 a.m. EST: Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 are now on course.

9:20 a.m. EST: Andreas Ostholt have a sticky ride through the final water but blaze home with 10.4 time for fourth place.

Andreas 2

9:18 a.m. EST: Jonelle Price comes home with just 4.0 time penalties and goes into bronze position! She’s the only Kiwi to finish, and she’s got the fastest time today.

9:13 a.m. EST: Andreas Ostholt and So Is Et are out for Germany. Pats for So Is Et as he gets it done.


9:10 a.m. EST:

9:08 a.m. EST: Jonelle Price and Classic Moet are on course as New Zealand individuals and are looking strong so far. They take out the flag at fence 4 but are safely through.


9:05 a.m. EST:

9:02 a.m. EST: Stuart Tinney and Pluto Mio are having a lovely go for Australia.


8:59 a.m. EST:

8:55 a.m. EST: Both Jacek Jeruzal and Denis Mesples have had falls on course. The fall from Denis caused a brief hold, but both riders are back up on their feet.

Denis Mesples falls from Oregon De La Vigne

Denis Mesples falls from Oregon De La Vigne

8:53 a.m. EST: Hawley’s score has been updated to an E for three refusals.


8:48 a.m. EST: Jock Paget has decided to retire .

8:43 a.m. EST: Jock Paget and Clifton Promise are on course.

8:38 a.m. EST:

8:35 a.m. EST: Hawley is listed with 100 jumping penalties – will confirm this score once more information is available.

8:33 a.m. EST: Live scores are showing another 20 for Hawley at fence 30, the final water. That combination has caused a lot of problems today.

8:30 a.m. EST: Ruy Fonseca (BRA) and Tom Bombadill Too on course now and looking professional.


8:29 a.m. EST: Hawley and Gin & Juice pick up a runout at fence 16, in the second water. Same location as Donner’s runout.

8:27 a.m. EST: Team Italy officially out of contention now, as Stefano Fioavanti and Nodin D’Orval retired while being held.

8:25 a.m. EST: Hawley has been sent back on her way.

8:24 a.m. EST:

8:20 a.m. EST: Correction – riders still being held. Apologies – the live feed is skipping about a bit.

8:13 a.m. EST: A look at Hawley and Gin & Juice’s trouble at the first water.


8:11 a.m. EST: Ginny puts on the brakes at the drop down at fence 9, then uncharacteristically refuses the jump into the water. Hawley was then flagged down and is now being held.

8:08 a.m. EST: Hawley Bennett is on course. Quickly chooses the alternate route at 4 and successfully jumps through.

8:03 a.m. EST: Maxime Livio goes into third place on 58.5 after a lovely round. They were really hustling; took the long route at the final water and still came home with a quick round. Reports of a horse fall at fence 30 for Anna Hilton and Matrix W.


7:58 a.m. EST:

7:56 a.m. EST: Lynn and Donner also picked up a refusal at 27, a big corner.

7:52 a.m. EST: Lynn and Donner have a runout at fence 15, at the Land Rover Water. Saumur winner Maxime Livio is now on course.


7:48 a.m. EST: Lynn Symansky and Donner are on course and getting lots of love from the crowd.


7:47 a.m. EST:

7:46 a.m. EST:

7:43 a.m. EST: Peter Thomsen and Horsewares Barny turning for home, back on after the long hold.


7:39 a.m. EST: Camila Spears and Portersize Just a Jiff literally banked the first water earlier on course.

7:34 a.m. EST: Chainsaws are out!


7:26 a.m. EST: Camila Spears and Portersize Just a Jiff are held at fence 29 while the C element of fence 30 is repaired from Lucy’s fall.

7:25 a.m. EST: Lucy Jackson and Willy Do have a tumble at the final water. The Kiwis are just not having their day today.

7:20 a.m. EST: Apologies for no images of Kim – camera only stayed on them for a couple of seconds between fences. They are home and are in 18th with 20 penalties at fence 30 and 20.4 time.

7:18 a.m. EST: Live scores reflect that Kim picked up 20 at the final water. No video.

7:15 a.m. EST: Ollie has a frightening glance off at 27. He continued on but retired after another stop at the last water.

Ollie 2

7:15 a.m. EST: No video of Kim yet, but live scores show them clear through 19.

7:11 a.m. EST: Ollie Townend and Black Tie make quick work of the Land Rover Water.


7:09 a.m. EST: How fun is this guy to watch?

Rodolphe 2

7:08 a.m. EST:

7:08 a.m. EST: French rider Rodolphe Scherer having a ball out on course today.

Rodlphe salute



7:00 a.m. EST:

6:56 a.m. EST: Nicola and Annie Clover turn in one of the best looking rides of the day with 18 time for third place.


6:51 a.m. EST: Nicola Wilson smartly through the bounce after the Land Rover Water.


6:50 a.m. EST:

6:46 a.m. EST:

6:44 a.m. EST: Ingrid Klimke’s refusal at 9 (the first water) has been taken away.

6:42 a.m. EST: Tim Price and Wesko are walking home with Tim off his horse. Not sure what went wrong but the live scores have them eliminated at the last. New Zealand now join the USA and Belgium as out of medal contention.

6:27 a.m. EST: Ingrid Klimke survives a scary moment at the first water and then picks up a refusal. Clear on the attempt at the alternate route and she continues on her way.


6:25 a.m. EST:

6:29 a.m. EST:

6:27 a.m. EST: Another sticky ride through the final water, but William gets the job done and is on his way home clear. He comes home 32 seconds over time, adding 12.8 to his score. 50.3 to stay in the lead.


6:23 a.m. EST: William’s Conquerors as ridden by “William the Conqueror,” according to commentator John Kyle.


6:22 a.m. EST: William and Chilli Morning clear through the second water so far.

6:17 a.m. EST: William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning are away and on course.


6:16 a.m. EST:

6:13 a.m. EST: Jessie is home clear with 33.6 time penalties and a huge smile. Team Canada is still very much intact.


6:10 a.m. EST: Jessie and Pavarotti have yet to appear on our screen, but the live scores report they are clear through 30 so far.

6:07 a.m. EST: A very well-ridden moment for Elaine Pen and Vira, riding for the Netherlands.


6:06 a.m. EST: Jessie Phoenix and Pavarotti are on course for Canada.

5:59 a.m. EST: Italy’s Evelina Bertoli nd Leitrim Orient Express are given a refusal at 9A:


5:48 a.m. EST:

5:55 a.m. EST: We couldn’t agree more!

5:52 a.m. EST:

5:51 a.m. EST: That’s a very shiny helmet you have there, Cedric! #FashionPolice


5:48 a.m. EST: Belgium is also out of medal contention.

5:45 a.m. EST: Cedric Lyard and Cadeau Du Roi getting a ton of love from their home crowd and are having a scrappy round.


5:42 a.m. EST: Phillip and Trading Aces have to climb their way through fence 24. Phillip stayed on and attempted to re-present, but Oscar did not want to play anymore. With that, the USA is officially out of medal contention with two riders retired.


5:39 a.m. EST: Although still going slow, the rides are improving as the day goes on.

5:37 a.m. EST: So far so good for Phillip and Oscar.


5:34 a.m. EST: The third U.S. pair is on course: Phillip Dutton and Trading Aces. Let’s go Phillip! He looks to be setting a sensible time so far.


5:31 a.m. EST:

5:29 a.m. EST: A quick look at the standings:


5:28 a.m. EST:

5:26 a.m. EST: Sinead and Tate are home with 20 jumping and 35.6 time. Sinead does her traditional fist pump at the finish.


5:24 a.m. EST:

5:23 a.m. EST: Sinead approaching the final water. She’s had to work very hard today. She scraps her way through the water – fierce determination!

5:17 a.m. EST: Sinead and Tate have a runout at fence 4 – very uncharacteristic for this horse.


5:15 a.m. EST: Sinead and Tate are on course!

5:14 a.m. EST: Here’s a look at Toddy’s fall.

Mark fall

5:09 a.m. EST: 11.6 time penalties for Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST.

5:07 a.m. EST:

5:04 a.m. EST: Mark Todd has fallen from Leonidas II at the bank in the final water. A very strange looking fall, and it looked like he might save it. This element causing a lot of problems today.

5:02 a.m. EST: fischerRocana FST is full of run for Michael Jung. John Kyle wondering if perhaps she’s trying to go a bit faster than he’d like, as they’ve had a few disagreements.


4:59 a.m. EST: Mark Todd hangs on tight and gets the job done at fence 11 ABC.


4:57 a.m. EST: Jerzy Krukowski and Apokalipsa M are eliminated after Jerzy goes off the side at fence 7.


4:55 a.m. EST: Mark Todd and Leonidas II on course now.


4:52 a.m. EST: Another hairy moment for Zara and High Kingdom, but they’ve gotten home with one of the quickest times of the day – 36 seconds over.

Zara 3

4:50 a.m. EST:

4:47 a.m. EST: Zara has a great save moment at 17 & 18 but she pulls it off and gallops on.

Zara 2

4:45 a.m. EST: Zara riding with a vengeance today and getting the job done.


4:42 a.m. EST: Three pairs out of five home clear with time. Sam Griffiths, Sam Watson, and Giovanni Ugolotti.

4:41 a.m. EST: Zara Phillips has her game face on.


4:29 a.m. EST: Peter has finished with 20 penalties (it appears his circle was not penalized) and about two minutes worth of time. But look at that smile!


4:36 a.m. EST: They’re still on course – Canada is still a complete team at this point! Kilrodan Abbott still galloping with ears pricked.


4:34 a.m. EST: Peter Barry circled in between 15 B and C – not sure yet if he was given a 20.

4:31 a.m. EST: The Netherlands also down to a team of three now after Andrew Heffernan and Boleybawn Ace have a runout at fence 30C. They have chosen to retire.


4:29 a.m. EST:

4:27 a.m. EST: Canada’s trailblazers, Peter Barry and Kilrodan Abbott, pick up a glance off at fence 5. Clear on second attempt.


4:24 a.m. EST:

4:23 a.m. EST: Sam Griffiths had a very scrappy ride through the final water, which has caused problems for nearly every rider so far. Paulank Brokagh is also looking quite tired coming towards home.


4:17 a.m. EST: Belgium’s Joris Van Springel and Lully Des Aulnes have had a fall at the final water complex.


4:14 a.m. EST: Pascal Leroy (FRA) riding well through the second water complex.


4:10 a.m. EST: Buck and Reggie have retired at the end of the course after two very tired looking refusals at the final water complex. A big shame, as they were looking brilliant earlier on. This is going to be a tough course.

4:09 a.m. EST: Buck and Reggie are almost home. The ground is definitely taking the gas out of Reggie’s tank, so Buck is nursing him home a bit.

4:05 a.m. EST: Reggie is jumping superbly for Buck. The spectators are really showing the love too – wait until there’s a French rider out there! They’re doing exactly what they need to be doing as trail blazers.


4:01 a.m. EST: And Buck and Reggie are on the trail!


4:00 a.m. EST:

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