Awesome Olympic Cross-Country Ride for Boyd and Otis!
Otis and Boyd did awesome!!! Even though I knew Otis and Boyd would have an awesome trip cross-country, I was very very nervous about today. After all, it is the Olympics! Even though I have a lot of confidence in Boyd and Otis on cross-country, to be out first is never easy. Boyd has been walking the couse probably about ten times, but riding it is another story.
Boyd took the direct route at every jump and kept the speed up right from the start. Looking back at it now it would have probably been better if Boyd would have gone a little slower at the beginning, in order to have more horse left at the end. But there was no way of knowing if it would be possible to catch up on the time later without watching anybody go around the course first.
The course was very, very hilly with lots of ups and downs. Otis jumped super well and confident and really looked like an Olympic horse out there. Unfortunately he got pretty tired towards the end and they added 3.6 time faults to their score. (Click here for results, or copy and paste
Again, we are so proud of little Otis. He is still a young horse and he tried his heart out for Boyd today!
Phillip and Whisper and Karen and Cave, (Mr.Medicott) looked amazing and only added a few time faults to their scores. Will and Twizzel had an unfortunate stop at the Leaf Pit, but the rest of their round looked really good. Tiana and Finn unfortunately had a stop at the third fence but amazingly they finished with only 5 time faults on top of the 20.
Tomorrow should be a good day . Otis ia a great showjumper and I think he will be amazing! Fingers crossed one more time please!!!!!!
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  1. Such an amazing showing and so very hard to go first. They have a lot to be proud of.

  2. Anonymous says

    Watched their ride live this morning, they both looked fantastic! Congratulations!

    I don’t really understand the Olympic format for eventing.. will they be doing one or two show jumping rounds tomorrow? Either way, good luck!

  3. Anonymous says

    Great ride today! Awesome! My fingers are crossed for a good vet check and a clean round! Thanks for keeping us up to date–been watching the tweets and facebook!

  4. Anonymous says

    both Boyd and Otis look fabulous!!! we will be cheering them on tomorrow

  5. Anonymous says

    Awesome job! End.of.story! Huge Congrats!

  6. Thought they looked fantastic going xc (thank you nbc for live streaming), still very bummed about the unfortunate dressage score though. Boyd and Otis deserve to be higher in the standings!

  7. Anonymous says

    looked fantastic, start to finish – and thanks for keeping us up to date! hope everyone rests well tonight.

  8. Anonymous says

    This last leg is Otis’ forte; he’s GOT this!

  9. Anonymous says

    Watched the jumping this morning and saw that sadly, Martin and Otis did not compete. Broke my heart and I prayed that all is well. I hope nothing terrible has happened. Good luck…God Bless, my prayers are with you!!

  10. Anonymous says

    Apparently, Otis just sprained his ankle during XC. So he should be fine.

  11. Anonymous says

    Dearest friend Boyd …. we had follow u since the beginning then u bought Otis and the time came through ….. watching u at the Olypic made r harts awfuly beating hard …..especially knowing that Neville was with u …. to tell u the truth were about to call u … then no otis on jumping qualification … shit we said what happened?? then we got the news about him … well good to know nothing dramatically bad … give him is deserved rest and everything will be alright .. you my friend too ….. get ready for the next one ….. day by day you will …… ciao Guido & Alice

  12. I was so sad that you and Otis couldn’t finish your Olympic trip that way you wanted. As a horse owner, showman, and rider, I applaude you putting Otis before a medal and choosing his health above all else. It shows your true character as a person, this is why they give so much to you. We love you lots!!! Your Kansas Buddies

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