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On Cue Leads the U.S. Contingent at the 2021 #LRK3DE

Boyd Martin and On Cue. Photo: The Chronicle of the Horse

Today was a seriously tough day of cross country that saw dreams dashed for numerous horse and rider combinations at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, and Boyd was no exception. But there is still a bright light for Team Windurra: at the end of the day, On Cue rose above the rest to stand second overall, and in the top placing out of U.S. horses and riders in the CCI5*-L going into tomorrow’s show jumping phase. Here is how cross country played out:

Long Island T

Ludwig started off looking good, and the weather was still fair. He was halfway around the course and just out of the Head of the Lake when he clipped the back of the jump coming away from the water and he and Boyd parted company.

On Cue

The five-star debutante, who is an otherwise seasoned competitor at age 16, had a foot perfect round just slightly outside the time to stand second overall after cross country, and lead the U.S. contingent.

Thomas

Tsetserleg was leading the pack at the end of the day and nearly home. It was absolutely lashing down rain through his entire go, but he seemed to defy gravity, skipping around the course like it was a piece of cake. Then he slipped on landing after the last combination and he and Boyd hit the deck.

Both horse and rider are fine after the fall, though Boyd decided to call it a day and withdrew his four-star ride, Luke 140, given the rapidly deteriorating conditions on course and the fact that he had two falls today.

Boyd checked in at the end of the day and said he’s physically fine even if his ego is a bit bruised. “Obviously today was a day of highs and lows, but this is the sport at the top level,’ he said. “I must say I’m proud of all of the horses as they tried really hard and gave everything they had. Both Ludwig and Thomas went down trying, and Cue was an absolute rock star.”

Tomorrow On Cue will take on the show jumping in her bid for victory.

From The Chronicle: https://www.chronofhorse.com/article/townends-on-track-for-his-third-land-rover-kentucky-win-after-an-eventful-cross-country-day

Many thanks to Christine and Tommie Turner, owners of Tsetserleg TSF and On Cue, the members of the Long Island T Syndicate and the Luke 140 Syndicate, our entire support staff and crew, and our sponsors:

Ariat

Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Bemer USA

Charles Owen

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Majyk Equipe

Purina

Smartpak Equine

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