Rise and Shine, It’s Pratoni Cross Country Time! Your FEI World Championships XC Live Updates Thread – Eventing Nation – Three-Day Eventing Info, Outcomes, Motion pictures, and Commentary

The final combination on course presents a wide variety of options, but the straight route is a direct line between two brush horses.

Well, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: cross country day at the 2022 FEI World Championships! The stage is set for some exciting cross-country action today, and we’re wishing safe, clear, and fast rides to all competitors.

If you’re just tuning in, here are a few things to catch up on:

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Today’s challenge stands to be an interesting one. Riders will be up against a tight optimum time of 9 minutes, 50 seconds — and there is a whole lot of terrain on the first part of the course. Couple this with the twisting, turning nature that has some riders thinking it may not allow for as much of a gallop rhythm as their horses may prefer, and this is a test unique from its course counterparts around the world.

The full list of starters can be found here, but I’ve pulled times for the North American riders + the top 10 individuals:

  • Hawley Bennett-Awad (CAN) and Jollybo – 10:38 a.m. local / 4:38 a.m. EST – 20 jumping, 20.4 time
  • Monica Spencer (AUS) and Artist (=7th) – 11:06 a.m. local / 5:06 a.m. EST
  • Will Coleman (USA) and Off the Record – 11:10 a.m. local / 5:10 a.m. EST
  • Yasmin Ingham (USA) and Banzai du Loir – 11:26 a.m. local / 5:26 a.m. EST
  • Karl Slezak (CAN) and Fernhill Wishes – 12:02 p.m. local / 6:02 a.m. EST
  • Lauren Nicholson (USA) and Vermiculus – 12:34 p.m. local / 6:34 a.m. EST
  • Laura Collett (GBR) and London 52 – 12:42 p.m. local / 6:42 a.m. EST
  • Ariel Grald (USA) and Leamore Master Plan – 1:30 p.m. local / 7:30 a.m. EST
  • Holly Jacks (CAN) and Candy King – 1:54 p.m. local / 7:54 a.m. EST
  • Tamie Smith (USA) and Mai Baum (5th) – 2:26 p.m. local / 8:26 a.m. EST
  • Tom McEwen (GBR) and Toledo de Kerser (=7th) – 2:34 p.m. local / 8:34 a.m. EST
  • Kevin McNab (AUS) and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam (9th) – 2:38 p.m. local / 8:38 a.m. EST
  • Alex Hua Tian (CHN) and Don Geniro (4th) – 3:06 p.m. local / 9:06 a.m. EST
  • Michael Jung (GER) and fischerChipmunk FRH (1st) – 3:18 p.m. local / 9:18 a.m. EST
  • Mike Winter (CAN) and El Mundo – 3:26 p.m. local / 9:26 a.m. EST
  • Karin Donckers (BEL) and Fletcha van’t Verahof – 3:54 p.m. local / 9:54 a.m. EST
  • Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg TSF – 3:58 p.m. local / 9:58 a.m. EST
  • Oliver Townend (USA) and Ballaghmor Class (6th) – 4:06 p.m. local / 10:06 a.m. EST

Our first out of the start box will be Germany’s first team rider, Christoph Wahler with Carjatan S at 10:30 a.m. local / 4:30 a.m. EST. I’ll be updating you as frequently as I can, but I highly encourage you to pick up a pass to watch yourself on FEI.TV, which is a part of ClipMyHorse.TV. You can learn more and sign up here (there is a free trial for new members!).

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To use this thread, start from the bottom — the latest updates will be posted at the top, so refresh periodically to see the most recent items.

4:56 a.m. EST: A gutsy ride down the KEP Pratoni Slide at 7 for Najda. You can really see the downhill element of this question on the live stream. Meanwhile, he’s a peek at one of the uphill pulls as ridden by Esteban and Milana 23:

GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

4:55 a.m. EST: Senne has about 40 seconds to get home with about 3 fences to go.

4:54 a.m. EST: Esteban also takes flags with him at the fischer Brush but he has a nice ride through this question. Senne is clear through 25 and we are also joined by the first rider for the Swiss, Nadja Minder and Toblerone.

4:53 a.m. EST: Esteban looks to be cooking a bit more in terms of pace early on (or it could be Milana’s diminutive stature and a shorter stride!).

4:52 a.m. EST: Now on course are Spanish pair Esteban Benitez Valle and Milana 23. Astier is coming to the final combination, the Pratoni Horses at 29.

4:51 a.m. EST: Senne takes the left hand flags as she tackles the fischer Brush question at 11 — this is a turning question set on the side of the hill, and I think this question may prove to be fairly influential as the day progresses. The good thing is it comes relatively early on course, before horses will be tired and less adjustable.

4:50 a.m. EST: Astier’s second 20 is no longer showing on live scores.

4:49 a.m. EST: Hawley is home with that 20 she’ll be kicking herself for and about 51 seconds of time for the Canadians. Also joining us now for the Belgians are Senne Vervaecke and Google van Alsingen.

4:47 a.m. EST: Ah, we’re really not seeing much yet while the cameras work out their kinks. But Hawley has shown as a having a 20 at the in to the Hydro Water at 21A. Astier is also showing with another 20, the B element of 11, the fischer Brush.

4:46 a.m. EST: Astier is showing as having a 20 at the C element — the second arrowhead following the KEP Italia Slide — the first to run into trouble on course. The C does seem to come up quickly and has a rather lofty landing, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more horses taking a peek and running by here.

4:44 a.m. EST: I think the time is absolutely going to be doable today as Sam comes home only six seconds over — granted, we didn’t see much of him, but he didn’t look to be absolutely pushing hard to make that time. He will also be on orders to bring back information for the rest of the Irish.

4:43 a.m. EST: There are a LOT of questions basically carved into the side of these hills, which are taxing in multiple ways: they shift the horse’s weight and encourage runouts, they affect a rider’s line, and they sap energy. There are many reasons why the riders are calling this ” a thinking course”. Hawley is clear through the Pagoda at 14.

4:42 a.m. EST: We’ve hardly seen any of Sam, sadly, but he’s clear through 24. Hawley is clear through 10 and Frenchman Astier Nicolas with Alertamalib’or are also on course.

4:40 a.m. EST: Just a few fences left for Christoph, who peeks back to make sure he hasn’t had a pin down at the KEP Italia Open Oxer question at 27/28. He’s about 24 seconds over the time of 9:50 as he comes home, but this is a really really nice pathfinder round. Meanwhile we’re now joined by Canadian Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo, all the way from California to trailblaze for the Maple Leafs.

4:38 a.m. EST: Christoph is clear through the water at 24, the Longines Water Complex.

4:34 a.m. EST: Clear through the Pagoda at 14 for Christoph. There is a LOT to do out there in just under 10 minutes: there are 42 jumping efforts (more so if you take any alternate routes) and 30 numbered fences, coupled with a lot of turning and navigating pulls uphill to add some more horse management requirements. And our second, Sam Watson for Ireland with SAP Talisman are underway! Sam shared some really interesting thoughts on the track in Tilly’s preview — check it out here.

4:32 a.m. EST: And…we’re off! Christoph Wahler is the first to see this track today — an unenviable task in some ways — and he’s clear through the KEP Italia Pratoni Slide at fence 7, getting a hair close to the second chevron but making it look very rideable. This is a pair you won’t see pushing hard for the time — Christoph’s job here will be a clear round and information to bring back to his teammates.

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