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Forty-seven horses were listed on the order of go for the second horse inspection, including Boyd Martin’s Blackfoot Mystery and Phillip Dutton’s Mighty Nice. One, Just Chocolate, from Japan was not presented for inspection. Of the 46 that did present, three were held, but accepted upon re-inspection: Cooley Rorkes Drift of Ireland (ridden by Jonty Evans); The Duke of Cavan of Japan (ridden by Yoshiaki Oiwa), and Mighty Nice of the U.S.A. (ridden by Phillip Dutton).
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Cross-country, the heart of eventing competition, proved to be demanding for the 64 athlete-and-horse combinations who contested Pierre Michelet's technical course at the Olympic Equestrian Center at Deodoro on Monday. Only three entries finished double-clear, and only 26 crossed the finish without jumping penalties. U.S. veterans Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin rode brilliantly and stand fifth and sixth, respectively, entering Tuesday's concluding show jumping phase. Dutton and Martin were the only members of the U.S. team to complete the course, dropping the U.S. from contention in the team competition.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Eventing competition at the Olympic Equestrian Center at Deodoro continued on Sunday with the second day of dressage. The U.S. Olympic Eventing Team moved up from seventh place and is now tied with New Zealand for sixth place on a total of 137.50. Lauren Kieffer and Phillip Dutton gave strong performances for the U.S. in a hotly contested team competition. Germany currently leads the team standings on a total of 122, followed closely by France in second on 122.20, and Australia in third on 126.40.
Pierre Michelet’s 2016 Olympic cross-country course proves what many have come to love about the sport: it is not a dressage competition. The track is relentlessly technical and will require very accurate riding.
Pierre Michelet. Allen MacMillian Photo.
Sinead Halpin was looking for a confidence-building weekend for herself and Manoir de Carneville before heading to Ireland for the Millstreet International Three-Day Event, and their solid performance earned them the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced Division at the Millbrook Horse Trials at Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, NY.
All top five horses show jumped around double clear, and “Tate,” a 16-year-old Selle Francais gelding owned by the Manoir de Carneville Syndicate, performed a solid round in front a crowd of hundreds of spectators whose attention was divided between the competition right in front of them and the Olympic competition on the live stream in the VIP tent, since Phillip Dutton’s dressage test in Rio coincided with Halpin’s round.
The heat has continued to build this afternoon both in the ambient outdoor temperature and in the scores in the arena! Temperatures have climbed to around 90 degrees now, causing spectators to look for shadier seating and riders to go right for the PowerAde or water (both provided by Coca-Cola Company, a major sponsor of the Games) after they dismount following their tests.
Only seven out of 43 entries in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced Division at Millbrook Horse Trials had jumping faults on today’s cross-country phase, but the leaderboard looks very different than it did yesterday after dressage. One of only four combinations to go double clear, Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville, a 16-year-old Selle Francais gelding, moved up from a tie for 3rd place to take the lead on their dressage score of 27.10. Overnight leader Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border added 7.6 time faults to currently stand 5th.
The opening day of equestrian eventing competition has finally arrived with sunny skies, a light breeze and temps in the low 80s. The Olympic Equestrian Park in Deodoro is a very nice facility with a new stadium, world-class footing on the cross-country and a sand-fabric footing in the main stadium. More about the facility later today.
One of the final horses to go in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division, Kim Severson on the Cross Syndicate's Cooley Cross Border stole the dressage lead with a score of 25.7 at the Millbrook Horse Trials at Coole Park Farm. Courtney Cooper and her homebred Who’s A Star are second on 26.9, and Laine Ashker on Anthony Patch is tied for third with Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville on 27.10.
Bom Dia (pronounced Bom Gia and means “Good Day” in Portuguese) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! We had a whirlwind trip down to Rio from our home in Indiana filled with as many challenging obstacles as a 4*cross-country course, but we finally arrived in Rio yesterday, August 4th (a day later than planned, but very happy to be here)!
The Maryland Horse Trials, located at Carolyn Mackintosh’s Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Md. is one of the most versatile competition venues in Area II. Home to the East Coast Future Event Horse Championships, popular starter and recognized horse trials, and now CIC1* and CIC2* competitions, Mackintosh attracts competitors up-and-down the East Coast. Loch Moy Farm prides themselves in offering competitions, schooling shows and clinics for all levels of horses and riders.
Dear Eventing Enthusiasts,
We are looking forward to hosting the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in four short weeks. It is exciting to know that at this time we now already have over 500 entries for this year’s event. The cross-country course is ready and we are doing the final grooming and preparation for the AEC.