Of the 15 horses who left the start box in the CCI** division today, only 11 crossed the finish line. Of those, only 5 horses had no cross-country jumping penalties. And of those 5 only overnight leader Rowdie Adams and her long time partner No Money Down added nothing to their dressage score.
Watch Rowdie and No Money Down (aka Boxer) at the Head of the Lake
Dressage leader Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace added 2.0 time penalties to sit in 2nd place going into show jumping tomorrow, only 1.3 penalty points behind leader Rowdie Adams.
Watch Caroline and Quantum Solace (aka Nacho) at the Head of the Lake
Staying in 3rd place, is Jennifer Caras and Fernhill Stowaway. She added 11.6 time penalties, mostly due to ending up on the wrong side of the roping leaving the Head of the Lake.
After watching Mary Atkins Hunt & Nuance in the dressage yesterday (where he tolerated it beautifully for a 53.7 to sit in 6th), I just knew this horse would be a cross-country machine. They did not disappoint, adding 10.0 time penalties to move up to 4th place.
Erin Strader and the wonderful Radio Flyer II moved up the most number of places (from 12th after dressage to sit in 5th going into show jumping) after a fast cross-country round adding 2.0 time penalties.
Dasha Ivandaeva and her wonderful partner Autorytet are the top placed Canadians after cross-country, sitting in 8th place after having 1 refusal and adding 17.6 time penalties cross-country.