Live From Great Meadow!

We are braving the heat down in Middleburg and getting our first glimpse of the 2016 US Olympic Eventing Team!  In addition to this weekend being the mandatory outing for our event team, it is also the first Nations Cup held here in the USA.  Last night we kicked off the evening with a press conference introducing the team and their plans for this weekend’s event and their training program leading up to their departure for Rio.

Take a glimpse of the video clip from the rider interviews from last night.

 

Cindy Lawler is also here and sent a group of photos from the jog and the team procession last night before the bareback high jump contest, which was a crowd pleaser as usual, with Chris Talley nailing the win clearing the bars at 5’3″!

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Chris Talley Winning The High Jump, Photo Credit Kendal Thomas

Boyd had a lovely test on Welcome Shadow, poised in 12th on a 48.8 and he was quite happy with his dressage test on Red, feeling that they went into the ring and put in their best test.  They round out the top 10 on a 47.7.  Team member Clark Montgomery is in the lead on a 36.3, impressing the judges even after Loughan Glen made a grand entrance with a bit of attitude coming down center line…..the rest of the test reconfirmed why they were was selected for the team.  Maya Black on Doesn’t Play Fair and Lauren Kieffer on Veronica also showed their international flair, sitting in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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The footing improvements here at Great Meadow are truly impressive with our friends at Attwood Equestrian working double time designing both the new warmup and new stadium ring with their Nations Cup Blend (footing) which was based on the custom footing originally created for David O’Connor at Stonehall.  This evening’s show jumping in the main arena kicks off at 5pm, running in the same order as dressage.

Cross country runs tomorrow morning and the event will wrap up shortly after the lunchtime hour.

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Follow along with all the live updates from EN as well.

Photo credits below of scenes from Great Meadow (Kendal & Lisa Thomas)

We’ll send more updates tonight after show jumping!

 

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