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!
Tamie Smith and Mai Baum were the highest placed combination of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ The Netherlands hosted at the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L in Enschede, the Netherlands, earning a final score of 31.9 for 11th place out of a competitive field of 97 starters. The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, comprised of Tamie Smith, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Jennie Brannigan and reserve Matt Flynn, was led under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander.
Mya Poulos and Vanessa Stroh were the junior and adult amateur recipient of the award at the Otter Creek Farm Fall Horse Trials, September 13-15, 2019, which hosted the Area IV leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award takes place in each of the 10 USEA Areas and rewards one junior and one adult amateur riders for their safe and effective cross-country riding.
The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is only two months away! Multiple keynote speakers, three-day eventing inspired films, and a 60th anniversary celebration – the schedule is packed with special highlights that will make this year unforgettable. The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is on Dec. 12-15 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
In the thrilling finale to the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 series at Boekelo, The Netherlands today, Team Germany posted their fourth win of the season while league leaders Sweden held on to take the series title. However, some of the biggest smiles were on Swiss faces when they pulled Olympic qualification out of the bag.