Oct 16, 2021

The Maryland 5 Star Daily: Cross-Country Day

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo

It's the day we have all been waiting for, cross-country day at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star! Both the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L field will contest Ian Stark's terrain-filled track across the historic grounds at Fair Hill today and there is lots of chatter about how the questions, terrain, and time allowed might impact the current placings.

The first rider to gallop out of the start box on the CCI3*-L track will be Allison Springer and the RICO Syndicate LLC's 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Vandyke (Vancouver x Shannondale Willow) at 9:15 a.m. Overnight CCI3*-L leader Kurt Martin and Debbie Adams' 9-year-old Holsteiner mare D.A. Lifetime (Flemmingh x Timeless) are 20th in the order-of-go and will kick off their cross-country run at 10:12 a.m.

Buck Davidson and the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding Carlevo (Carasino x Ramatuelle) owned by Katherine O'Brien are the first CCI5*-L pair to tackle Stark's impressive course. All eyes will be on overnight leader Oliver Townend and Angela Hislop’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Master Class (Ramiro B x The Swallow)as they make their way around the track starting at 2:26 p.m. Not only does Davidson have the honors as the first CCI5*-L rider to try their hand at the course, but he also will be the last rider to contest it with Erroll Gobey (Cassini II x Ula II) the 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Cassie Segal, Natalie Sander, and Lisa Darden.

Here’s what you need to know to follow along today:

  • Time allowed for the CCI3*-L is 8 minutes and 25 seconds and the time allowed for the CCI5*-L is 11 minutes even.
  • Check out the course map for the CCI5*-L here and see the courses fence-by-fence here.
  • The entire CCI5*-L will be available via livestream through USEF Network in North America and through Horse & Country outside North America. USEF Network will also provide exclusive coverage of the CCI3*-L. Additionally, press conferences will be livestreamed through the event’s Facebook page.
  • Follow along with the live scores for all divisions here.
  • Ride times for the CCI5*- L can be found here.
  • Ride times for the CCI3*-L can be found here.
  • The USEA will be posting updates throughout the day on Instagram. Follow @useventing to keep up with the action on the story.
  • Did you miss our 2021 Maryland Five Star Rider Roster? Click to take a look at all of the CCI5*-L competitors, and learn a little bit about each pair.
  • Want more facts? Read through the USEA’s fast facts of the Maryland 5 Star!

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