It’s time for everyone’s favorite day: cross-country day! Eighty-three riders will be setting out on Captain Mark Phillips’ 5,700-meter, 10-minute course at 11:00 a.m. to tackle the spectacular 26 fences and 42 jumping efforts he has set for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 eventing world championship.
The general consensus from riders is that, while not an overly difficult track in terms of fence size, the combinations require accuracy and focus to navigate successfully. Riders looking to be competitive against the clock will need to take the direct route through the combinations, while riders looking to complete will have slightly more time-consuming options that pose less demanding accuracy questions. Interested in seeing a fence-by-fence preview of the course? Click here for our course preview!
The FEI released a statement last night stating that, while cross-country would still begin at 11:00 a.m., the interval between riders has been decreased from four minutes to three minutes. The distance of the course remains at 5,700 meters but modifications have been made to two fences, 23A and 23B. The first rider will leave the start box as 11:00 a.m. and the last rider goes out at 3:03 p.m. U.S. Team ride times are below. Click here for complete ride times.
Looking for ways to watch the WEG cross-country? NBC Sports will be broadcasting live cross-country coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA beginning at 12:00 p.m. and NBCSN will air a recap at 11:30 p.m. For details about the television schedule and different ways to watch, including on your tablet or mobile device, click here.
Want to view more comprehensive coverage of cross-country day? FEI TV will be live streaming today’s entire cross-country competition. A WEG Pass, which will allow you to watch all the WEG coverage aired on FEI TV, is $26.99. Click here for all the package options and get signed up!
If you want to follow the action but don't want to shell out for FEI TV, keep your eye on the USEA Instagram Story!
The USEA is taking a look behind the curtain at the World Equestrian Games at some of the different roles that make this event possible. Click on the links below to check out the USEA Event College videos and read the Backstage at WEG articles.
The USEA interviewed several riders, including all the U.S. Team riders, following their dressage tests over the last two days. Ready to hear their reactions? Watch the videos below!
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).