CICs with XC last. Y'all have been doing it that way at horse trials for years.

How often does a horse do good dressage, pull a bunch of rails in sj, and be able to make up a comeback through XC? Is it common?

It just seems to me that there could be CIC horses and CCI horse, not even taking into account the differences in length . You have the WB specialities first and ending with very low penalty points could give insurmountable leads going into XC--assuming that the horse doesn't refuse, etc. The way the FEI now describes the CIC XC as just as difficult as CCIs because the intensity and frequency of jumping efforts is greater--or at least that's how I interpret what the FEI now says.