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Boyd En Route to The Fork Three-Day Event at TIEC

I am currently en-route to the Tryon International Equestrian Center, armed up with four very fit, on form horses. At the moment, these are my top four advanced horses in work, and we are in the final stages of preparing them for the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. I have picked Tryon for their final event as it is perfect timing, being three weeks before Kentucky. On top of that, the dressage and show jumping at Tryon is top notch and will be held in stadiums that have plenty of atmosphere, and the cross country is usually a very good track on good footing.
The horses have been working very well in Pennsylvania.  I have been galloping them every four days up the mountains in the Cheshire Hunt country. Peter Wylde was here on Monday training them over the show jumps. Erik Duvander helped me on the flat this week, and I have had Silva schooling them up in the dressage. I am well prepared!
My game plan cross country is to ride each horse in a fashion that sets them up for success at Kentucky.
Luke 140:  I went pretty quick on him at Bruce’s Field, so I plan to give him more of a settling ride around the cross country on Sunday so he is not too wild and crazy at Kentucky.  I will aim for 10-15 time penalties.
Tsetserleg TSF (Thomas): I will zip him around and try to be competitive.  I will not go for broke, but it would be good to remind everyone who the best Trakehner horse in America is!
Long Island T (Ludwig): A little like Luke. I will give him a good gallop, but try to keep in mind that he needs to be settled in his next run. He was very good at Bruce’s Field last month.  Out of all of the horses it’s most important to give this bloke a perfect trip.
On Cue:  I believe a fast-ish ride with giving her plenty of time to be confident at the tricky looking fences will be best. She looks fit and well, but needs this run to be ready.
I am arriving a day early at this show to really get the horses settled in for the dressage. I believe that all four horses should do sizzling dressage tests.  I would like to have all of the horses in the 20s after the dressage.
In the show jumping, obviously I want them all to jump clear. That being said, I will not protect them in the ring too much, and I will not try to sharpen them in the warm up for the stadium. These older horses get wise to all of the tricks, and we want to have them responsive for when it really counts. It looks like we are jumping under lights on Saturday night.
I purposely put the horses in different classes. It will be the same course in the showjumping and cross country.  By putting them in different classes, it will give me more time to warm them up and cool them down, and also more time for me to catch my breath between rides. One is the FEI class, and the other is the National class. Same course.
I really hope this weekend goes well. I have been working very hard to prepare these horses. I have also avoided a lot of the other big events with them with the idea that I would like the horses fresh, happy and ready to run.

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