On July 7-9, some of the top eventing horses will be competing in The Plains, Va., at the Great Meadow International. In addition to a CIC***, the event hosts the only North American eventing Nations Cup on the FEI schedule, and teams from the United States, Canada and Great Britain are in town to vie for victory.
When: The first horse inspection is at 10:00 a.m. ET on the morning of Friday, July 7. Dressage tests begin at 5 p.m. on that day, and there’s a bareback puissance after that section of dressage is complete.
Dressage action resumes at 8:00 a.m. ET on the morning of Saturday, July 8, with the remaining tests. The show jumping phase takes place at 5:00 p.m. ET on the evening of July 8.
Cross-country action starts at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 9 and runs with a horse starting every 4 minutes for two hours, until 11:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.
Who: There are four British riders and eight Canadian horse/rider combinations (with one lone Australian representative—Clayton Fredericks) joining 20 U.S. horse/rider combinations to make up the starting field. You can find all the entered riders here.
The British have sent Nicky Roncoroni on Watts Burn, Emily Llewellyn on Emirati Night Sky and Matthew Heath on One Of A Kind to join U.S.-based British rider Justine Dutton on Jak My Style for their Nations Cup team. The Canadian team is: Lisa Marie Fergusson on Honor Me, Selena O’Hanlon on Foxwood High, Jessica Phoenix with Pavarotti and Waylon Roberts on Kelecyn Cognac.
The U.S. team is made up of: Jennie Brannigan on Cambalda, Buck Davidson on Copper Beech, Phillip Dutton on I’m Sew Ready and Boyd Martin on Steady Eddie.
Where you can watch: USEFNetwork is live-streaming the Great Meadow International with commentary from Will Faudree, John Kyle and Karen O’Connor—CLICK here.
How to follow along: The Chronicle will be on site with full reports, great photos and behind-the-scenes stories for the whole show. Don’t forget to follow the Chronicle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Chronofhorse