A relentless rain didn’t put a damper on the first horse inspection at the 2019 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Md. The CCI3*-L presented first in front of the ground jury of Helen Brettell (GBR) and Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride (USA) and all 62 horses were accepted to start the competition. C Me Fly ridden by Colleen Rutledge and Jos UFO De Quidam ridden by Heather Jane Morris were both sent to the hold, but were accepted upon reinspection. Lasse 73 ridden by Jennifer Salinger was asked to jog twice, but was accepted after the second pass down the lane.
The 47 CCI4*-L horses got the worst of the rain, but the ground jury of Martin Plewa (GER), Angela Tucker (GBR), and Robert Stevenson (USA) accepted them all upon inspection. The only horse in the division sent to the hold was Early Review ridden by Sydney Solomon, but she was accepted after a second look.
Will Faudree and FRH Ramona will be the first pair down centerline tomorrow in the CCI3*-L. The CCI4*-L dressage starts tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. with Clayton Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper. The USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships dressage and conformation phases get underway at 7:44 a.m. YEH ride times are available here.
There were a few last-minute dramas at the first horse inspection for the Tokyo Olympics which took place in the main equestrian park at Baji Koen Equestrian Centre at 9:30 a.m. JST today.
It’s the most hotly anticipated few hours of the eventing year - the cross-country from Tokyo 2020. What will Derek di Grazia’s track have in store for the Olympic riders?
We’re nearly there! Olympic mania has taken over the world, and we’re in the final countdown to the Olympic eventing competition in Tokyo, which starts with the first horse inspection on Thursday. Our USA riders are raring to go, but let’s remind ourselves of the history that precedes them. Just how well has the US team done in past Olympics?
After Germany’s Michael Jung won the second of his two consecutive Individual Olympic Equestrian Eventing titles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he was asked what he had next in his sights. “Tokyo 2020, of course, and the Europeans and maybe the world title along the way!" he replied.