Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the live stream of the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day CCI5*-L cross-country? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course of which William Coleman called the “hardest Kentucky he has ever ridden,” and stay tuned for the day’s full recap with lots of quotes from the riders!
Oliver Townend and his Burghley winner Ballaghmor Class, the 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Courage II x Kilderry Place) owned by Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop, and Val Ryan are the overnight leaders heading into tomorrow’s show jumping on a 27.3. The pair moved up from fifth place by adding just 0.8 time penalties. Their score showed 20 penalties briefly after Townend had to take a long route at a water, but it was removed.
Just 0.5 behind in second place is Boyd Martin and On Cue who also added 0.8 time penalties and were the fastest of the U.S. pairs. On Cue, the Turner family’s 15-year-old Anglo European mare (Cabri D’Elle x On High), was the only one of Martin’s three rides to finish the day and is well-positioned for tomorrow.
Sixty-one horses left the start box as two pairs withdrew before the start: Colleen Rutledge with Covert Rights and Hawley Bennett-Awad with Jollybo.
There were 45 pairs who crossed the finish line and only four made the time. Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam from Australia were the first to do so by finishing bang on the optimum time of 11 minutes. Then Harry Meade and Superstition from Great Britain crossed at 10 minutes and 54 seconds – the exact same time as Tim Price and Xavier Faer from New Zealand. Jonelle Price also joined the double clear club with Classic Moet finishing in 10 minutes and 55 seconds.
There were 13 falls, two technical eliminations, and one retirement in addition to a variety of runouts and stops throughout the course.
The Head of the Lake saw six problems, Pete’s Hollow had four problems as did The Park Question, The Mighty Moguls caused three falls, and several others were scattered throughout the course. If you need a refresher check out the course preview here.
Watch Boyd Martin and On Cue's ride:
Here’s a play-by-play of the day:
#3 Dondante hung a leg at The Head of the Lake and William Coleman fell off
#5 Long Island T didn’t quite clear the final element of The Head of the Lake (12C) and Boyd Martin fell off. The course was held while the fence was repaired.
#8 AP Prime jumped the wide section of a corner and got held by the vets to be checked but was able to continue and finished
#11 Cooley Quicksilver runs out at the final element of the brush at The Hollow at 17B
#12 Karl Slezak falls from Fernhill Wishes at the final element of the brush at The Hollow at 17B when they don’t quite get the striding right.
#14 William Fox-Pitt and Oratorio both take a tumble just three from home at the Mighty Moguls (26ABC)
#16 Daniela Moguel falls from Cecelia at the final element of The Head of the Lake (12C)
#19 Delux Z was surprised coming out of the woods and stopped at fence 23, Fox on the Fly.
#20 Michael Pendleton fell from Steady Eddie at the Mighty Moguls (26ABC)
#21 Lillian Heard fell at the D element of the Frog Pond (7ABCD) when LCC Barnaby ran out to the right and she went left over the jump.
#23 Joe Meyer and Johnny Royale pick up 20 penalties at 17B – the second brush at The Hollow.
#27 Nilson Moreria da Silva and Magnum’s Martini pick up 20 penalties at The Head of the Lake (11AB), have trouble at The Park Question at 24ABCD and ultimately was pulled up for missing an element.
#30 – Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara pick up 20 penalties at The Head of the Lake (11AB) and then both fall at the Triple Scoop at 22. She also activated the frangible pin there.
#37 Erroll Gobey stopped at 4A (the in of The MARS Sustainability Bay) and Buck Davidson called it a day.
#38 Harbour Pilot leaves a leg at the first element at the Park Question (24ABC), Hannah Sue Burnett makes it over the ditch but runs out at the C. They are then pulled up for not jumping the D element and are technically eliminated.
#39 Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo withdrew before the start.
#42 Valerie Vizcarrondo and Favian fall when Favian leaves his knees on fence 13, The Park Gate.
#44 Colleen Rutledge withdraws Covert Rights before the start.
#52 Allison Springer falls at 4A, the in at the MARS Sustainability Bay when Business Ben was really sticky on the approach.
#61 Mai Baum activates the frangible pin at 24A (the in of The Park Question) when he bellies the jump with Tamra Smith
#62 Doug Payne and Quantum Leap have a runout at 19B (The Rolex Grand Slam Challenge)
#63 Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois both fell in the water at 19A (The Rolex Grand Slam Challenge)
#65 Clayton Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper have a run out at 12C, the final element at The Head of the Lake, and then Fredericks falls at 17B (The Hollow)
#69 Boyd Martin falls from Tsetserleg when he hangs a leg at the B element of the Mighty Moguls (26ABC) – just three from home
Don't forget to follow the USEA event coverage on social media!
James Alliston was the big winner today at The Event at Rebecca Farm, with three top two finishes in the FEI divisions. Alliston won first in the CCI4*-Long, as well as first place and second place in the CCI3*-Long.
We know a lot about the athletes representing the USA on our Tokyo team, but what about those essential people, the grooms? Catherine Austen finds out more about Courtney Carson, Emma Ford, Bridget London, and Steph Simpson in this edition of Tokyo Talk.
Ian Stark’s cross-country course resulted in changes among the FEI divisions on Saturday
Cross-country day for the FEI competitors at Rebecca Farm resulted in big changes in the top three standings in the 4* divisions. The current top three riders in the CCI4*-Long all put in double-clear rounds to maintain their dressage scores from the first day of competition.
Phillip Dutton and Z are on the road to Tokyo! Dutton, the 6-time Olympian, is going into his 7th Olympic Games. Dutton’s first three Olympics he represented Australia and helped secure the team gold medal twice (1996 - team gold, 2000 - team gold, and 2004). The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were the first Olympic Games that Dutton rode for the U.S., and he has been on the U.S. Olympic team ever since. Dutton’s most recent Olympic performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he earned the individual bronze medal with Mighty Nice.