The CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S divisions were able to complete their show jumping before the torrential rain interrupted the competition for the CCI2*-S division.
The show jumping course was designed by Chris Barnard. When asked how he felt about his courses, he remarked that the CCI4*-S "walked as tough as it rode." With only 14 clear rounds in the CCI4*-S, there were many changes to the leaderboard after dressage. Barnard designed his courses to be "fair for the level - the good ones have questions to answer, and the greener ones at each level are still quite comfortable to jump around. It's such a beautiful ring, and it's easy to design a nice, flowy course. It's good footing and the horses jump well off of it."
The outdoor arena drained nicely for CCI2*-S competition to resume. The cross-country footing is in excellent shape after the rain for the final phase of the FEI competition tomorrow.
The leaderboards going into the final phase tomorrow are as follows:
1st: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp & Fernhill By Night (24.50)
2nd: Matthew Flynn & Wizzerd (25.90)
3rd: Doug Payne & Quantum Leap (26.80)
4th: Will Faudree & Caeleste (27.40)
T-5th: Doug Payne & Vandiver (28.30)
T-5th: Clayton Frederick & FE Always In Time (28.30)
1st: Alexander O'Neal & Miss MoneyPenny V (29.00)
2nd: Boyd Martin & Fernhill Prezley (29.40)
3rd: Boyd Martin & Penhill Celtic (29.60)
4th: Hallie Coon & Cooley SOS (30.40)
T-5th: Sydney Elliott & Commando D'Osthuy (31.00)
T-5th: Kurt Martin & D.A. Lifetime (31.00)
1st: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp & Maryville Sir Henry (27.40)
2nd: Kelly Prather & Catch Me Cooley (28.90)
3rd: Leslie Law & Tout De Suite (30.50)
4th: Kimberly Steinbuch & Classiro (32.30)
5th: Dana Cooke & FE Whole Lotta Rosie (32.40)
Clayton Fredericks' Galway Downs International cross-country did not change the top rung of the CCI4*-L, CCI3*,-L, or CCI2*-L leaderboards, but there is evidence of the course proving difficult in the standings below that and in riders' reports.
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