Results Cross Country Eventing
Lucinda Fredericks chats to Amy about todays events of the Cross Country phase of the Eventing in Rio.
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We started the day on a high with William Fox-Pitt in the lead going into Cross Country, but as the day went on it seemed Pierre Michelet’s Cross Country course was a struggle for many riders.
Gemma Tattersall on Quicklook V was first to set off around the 3.6 mile course designed by Pierre Michelet. With a strong start they looked like a powerful partnership, but sadly a couple of tight turns right Quicklook V found a bit of a struggle and ran out. Gemma composed herself, took the long route and made a stead run, completing the course with 40 jumping penalty points.
Gemma commented afterwards; “Unfortunately today, for whatever reason, she went very ‘green’. She jumped fence three absolutely enormously and I think that frightened her a bit. She certainly would never want to do anything wrong, but I think she had a bit of a fright.”
William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning were next to go for Great Britain, with William leading after dressage on a result of 37 penalty points. While William set off, his main rival Christopher Burton (AUS) was mid-run and it was a test between the two of who would finish in first place.
Halfway around William’s run, Christopher Burton finished within the time and no penalty points ensuring he took the top spot of first place.
William and Chilli sadly received 20 penalty points on a technical error at the the Ski Jump (fence 19ab and 20), a big drop down to two skinnies, where William crossed over his own line. A frustrating result for William, but he and Chilli made it home with a beautiful, controlled and well jumped performance. With 10.4 time-penalties also on his score, he is still Britain’s best rider in 22nd.
Commenting William said; “I had a very good run, it’s just annoying that I went past that third element. It was really unfortunate and my fault entirely. I went too quickly for him and there
Pippa Funnell & Billy The Biz had a lovely run right up until the last water jump, Amazonian Forest (fence 28, 29ab and 30). The Frog jump took many riders off balance and sadly Pippa suffered penalties. She finished on 40.4 for Cross Country after time penalties.
Flying round the course, Pippa produced some great riding, but also incurred an unlucky run-out towards the end of the course.
“I’m very proud of him,” commented Pippa, “when I walked that last fence I thought it was really unlucky at that stage of the course; I know other great horses have done it, but when you see a lot of horses struggling, I was a little worried because he’s so special but I’m delighted with him today. I’m just gutted for Yogi, the team and all the connections.”
Kitty King and Ceylor LAN were last to run for Great Britain, but after a run-out at the first angled brush after a step up at the Pan Am Wall combination (fence 11ab and 12), received 20 penalties and additional time faults, but explained she dropped her whip earlier on in the course which didn’t help.
Kitty spoke afterwards saying; “There are a lot of positives to take out of it, and he still did a great job. He jumped really well in the warm-up and felt fantastic and he felt brilliant over the first few [fences]; as soon as he jumped the first two I thought we’re going to have a good ride and we did.”
At the end of Cross Country the INDIVIDUAL leaderboard looks like this:
The TEAM Cross Country leaderboard looks like this:
The judges were: Sandy Phillips GBR, Andrew Bennie NZL, Marilyn Payne USA
The only 3 riders who managed to finish within the time limit of 10:15 all hold the top 3 places, in with a chance of medals.
Team Great Britain are out of the running for medals, however as Lucinda Fredericks said in the #HorseHour podcast, she’s heard of 6th place moving up to take a medal so it could be any of the top 6 taking the accolade.
It’s still set to be an exciting day of jumping as Michael Jung (GER) defends his title as Individual Gold Medal winner in London 2012 and Christopher Burton (AUS) has a young horse Santano II, but a history of fabulous jumping skills.