Jun 30, 2021

Day One Report for the U.S. Eventing Mandatory Olympic Training Session

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff

It was a hot and humid first day at the U.S. Eventing Mandatory Olympic Training Session at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. A total of 12 athlete-and-horse combinations went down the jog strip, with 11 of those combinations representing the U.S. and one combination representing Canada, Colleen Loach on Qorry Blue d’Argouges. After this evening’s horse inspection, all 12 combinations will move forward to tomorrow’s cross-country.

The event schedule was updated to avoid tomorrow’s expected thunderstorms. Instead of the Thursday morning dressage rides, there were dressage test rides that ran today from 12:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. with judges Mark Weissbecker and Debbie Adams. These test rides were not included in the scoring but, cross-country and show jumping will have live scores available through The CourseWalk App. Cross-country will run tomorrow morning and will be the only phase running tomorrow. The schedule for Friday will remain the same.

Designed by Ian Stark, tomorrow’s cross-country course is a CCI4* level track with a total of 34 efforts. The first rider out of the start box will be Boyd Martin riding On Cue at 10:00 a.m. The last rider out of the box will also be Boyd Martin riding Tsetserleg TSF at 11:06 a.m.

Updated Event Schedule:

Wednesday, June 30

  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. | Dressage Test Rides
  • 5:30 p.m. | First Horse Inspection

Thursday, July 1

  • 10:00 a.m. | Cross-Country

Friday, July 2

  • 8:00 a.m. | Second Horse Inspection
  • 10:00 a.m. | Show Jumping

Due to the nature of the competition being an Olympic training session, there will be no award ceremonies or presentations on Friday after show jumping.

This event will not be open to public spectators and will not be live-streamed, but make sure to follow the USEA social media for live updates and coverage of the event.

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