Two in the Top Three after Cross Country at Galway Downs CCI4*-L

It was a stellar day of cross country for Boyd and his two horses at the Galway Downs CCI4*-L, with both horses jumping clean and finishing just under the time allowed. Luke 140 maintains the lead, and Long Island T moved up to 3rd place heading into tomorrow’s show jumping phase. Boyd reports:

My first horse of the day, Long Island T was absolutely brilliant today in the cross country. Obviously yesterday in the dressage was frustrating where anything that could have gone wrong went wrong. But today Ludwig was absolutely spectacular across country: he was the first horse on course and he was looking for his fences, jumping bold and brave. I just barely missed the time which was quite frustrating because he had plenty left at the end.

Luke 140 was equally as good as Ludwig today. I had my tail up after yesterday’s dressage. But to be quite honest the pressure was off today because I felt if I had a mistake cross country, I could blame Phillip’s training since he’s been riding the horse for much of the year since I’ve been injured! But seriously, Luke is an exciting horse for the future, he has something in his DNA where he’s going to find his way through the flags no matter what position I get him to the jump. He’s got speed and he’s a real fighter who is brave to the end.

Both horses pulled up fit and sound and hopefully will trot up well for the show jumping tomorrow.

The trip to California has been wonderful for both horses the facility is the beautiful, the preparation for the footing is remarkable and Robert Kellerhouse and his team have done a lot of work to make sure every horse is jumping on a prepared surface. As a competitor I can’t say enough how much we appreciate this event, where so so much effort goes into the courses, especially this year when so many events have been canceled due to Covid-19.

Clayton Fredericks definitely built a course up to scratch: the first three minutes were very twisty and turny and then he opened the track up and had some long gaops, and the last minute was twisty and turning again so you had to have your horse adjustable and balanced and super fit. I was going for it and missed the time on both horses but I was quite pleased to jump both around clear on both horses after missing so many events this year.

I’m here on a grant from the USEF, who chipped in for part of both horses’ flights to California. I believe the trip here to this event is an absolutely brilliant opportunity for helping to develop both of these two horses for big championships in the future. The competition has an amazing buzz and atmosphere. Phillip and I have been wandering around, feeling like we’re in a different country. The different venue and the different faces, and the flight here, gives it a real international feel.



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