Welcome to cross country morning, on German time at least! We’ve got a few hours of incredible cross country on tap this morning — the entry list is so star-studded that it nearly feels like it’s World Championships. If nothing else, it’s a solid preview of some pairs we’re very likely to see heading to Italy in September — and maybe even a few who could top the podium at the end of it all.
Today’s cross country course is designed once again by Rüdiger Schwarz, and we’ll see a total of 42 horses and riders over the next few hours, with the first pair out on course at 3:30 a.m. EST / 9:30 a.m. local time in Germany. You can view all ride times here; some notable times include:
4:38 a.m. EST / 10:38 a.m. CEST: Will Coleman and Off the Record (13th – 32.5) – CLEAR 2 time
4:46 a.m. EST / 10:46 a.m. CEST: Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire (34th – 41.6) – CLEAR 7.6 time
5:06 a.m. EST / 11:06 a.m. CEST: Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent (15th – 32.8)
5:54 a.m EST / 11:54 a.m. CEST: Buck Davidson and Carlevo (7th – 29.9)
5:58 a.m. EST / 11:58 a.m. CEST: Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS (6th – 29.8)
6:10 a.m. EST / 12:10 p.m. CEST: William Fox-Pitt and Little Fire (3rd – 27.2)
6:14 a.m. EST / 12:14 p.m. CEST: Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser (2nd – 26.4)
6:18 a.m. EST / 12:18 p.m. CEST: Michael Jung and fischerChipmunk FRH (1st – 22.2)
Keep this page refreshed often for more updates! If you want to start from the beginning, scroll all the way to the bottom — I update this from the top so the latest update shows first. My updates are nothing compared to the real thing, however, so be sure to spin on over to ClipMyHorse.TV — you can sign up for a free month-long trial if you’re a new member, or pay for a single month for about $16 if you aren’t. I believe you may also be able to access the live stream in a small player — but don’t quote me on that! The English commentary cross country stream can be found here if you want to try. The phases are also made available on demand and can be sorted to watch a specific rider/horse — pretty cool!
You can take a quick spin around the track with Team USA below (or here if the embedded post does not show up for you):
And here is a map view of the track — you can also follow along for a cool live tracking on SAP Equestrian Analytics here. Optimum time is 6 minutes, 59 seconds with 35 efforts across 25 numbered obstacles.
4:59 a.m. EST: Camilla Speirs survives a trip through the arrowhead at the Deutsche Bank Complex at 11 — scores show a ??? for now while the ground jury reviews whether the horse successfully cleared the flags. Also on course are New Zealand representatives Jesse Campbell and Gambesie. Camilla does have trouble at 18C and it does look like she’s been given a flag penalty at 11.
4:56 a.m. EST: Catching up quickly, we have French rider Ben Massie on course with Climaine de Cacao and clear through 22, as well as Irish rider Camilla Speirs and BT Angelo. We’re also just one rider away from seeing the Tokyo individual gold medalist, Julia Krajewski with Amande de B’Neville.
4:54 a.m. EST:M/strong> 7.6 time accrued for Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire, who have quickly established a reputation of reliability on cross country for Team USA. Here’s a look at them through the final water:
4:51 a.m. EST: Jonelle is home clear with Kilbunny Andy, and Sydney is now clear through fence 17.
4:48 a.m. EST: A bit of a peeky jump into the Rolex Water for QC Diamantaire, but they’re clear through 6.
4:47 a.m. EST: Next away are our second pair of Americans, Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire, currently on a score of 41.6. Jonelle Price and Kilbunny Andy are through the Rolex Water.
4:45 a.m. EST: 5 seconds, 2 time penalties for the quickest of the day for our defending Aachen champions! What a blasting ride from our American trailblazer. We’ll see him back later with Chin Tonic HS. Off the Record goes into clubhouse second on a 34.5.
4:45 a.m. EST: Will has about 30 seconds as he tackles the final water…can he get closest to the time so far?
4:43 a.m. EST: Now away is our first for New Zealand, Jonelle Price and Kilbunny Andy. Meanwhile, Will is through the coffin complex at 17.
4:41 a.m. EST: A look at Will and Off the Record at the Rolex Water:
4:39 a.m. EST: Now we have our first U.S. pair of the day and our 2021 winner, Will Coleman with Off the Record. They come forward in 13th on a 32.5.
4:36 a.m. EST: Michael has a green moment with Kilcandra Ocean Power, just ducking out to the right at the brush following the owl hole at 16D.
4:34 a.m. EST: Whew……Felix and Cartania are very lucky. They come in too long and hot to the fruit table in the Main Arena and catch front legs, somersaulting over and pinning Felix momentarily. Thankfully they are both up and appear to be ok.
4:32 a.m. EST: Michael sits chilly and lets Kilcandra Ocean Power find his feet as they wind their way through the Rolex Water.
4:30 a.m. EST: Michael Jung is now away with his first ride, Kilcandra Ocean Power, the first Aachen cross country for this 9-year-old.
4:28 a.m. EST: Felix is beautifully through the Rolex Water — no issues with the jump in here for this pair.
4:26 a.m. EST: Ok, we’re back underway now with Felix and Cartania. This also means Louise Romeike and Waikiki 207 have also withdrawn.
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4:25 a.m. EST: William Fox-Pitt says “lemme take a look at what y’all are messing with here”:
4:21 a.m. EST: Interesting. They appear to have moved the sprinkler to where it’s now splashing on almost the exact landing spot of the rail into the water. To me, this looks like it would be more of a distraction? But there have been quite a few to have very funky jumps from here so we’ll see if this affects anything going forward. India’s Fouaad Mirza has withdrawn Siegneur Medicott, and I think Felix Vogg, winner of Luhmühlen last month, with his WEG hopeful mare, Cartania, will be out next.
4:19 a.m. EST: The grounds crew is checking out that rail into the Rolex Water to just check out the landing side — they seem to be maybe moving the sprinkler to hit the surface of the water and agitate it for visibility purposes.
4:16 a.m. EST: Wow, not one you’d expect to have trouble but Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa has called it a day with two stops at the in to the Rolex Water at 6 with the very experienced Calle 44. When it’s not your day, it’s simply not your day unfortunately. Meanwhile Lea Siegl has about 18 seconds left on the clock as she comes into the Main Arena with DSP Fighting Line.
4:13 a.m. EST: Ooo! Lara and Ducati D’Arville survive a little stumble in the final water in the Main Arena, but she’s home clear after a gutsy round. She’ll collect about 25 seconds of time.
4:10 a.m. EST: We’ll now see another Olympic pair, Austria’s Lea Siegl and DSP Fighting Line. Meanwhile, Lara de Liedekerke-Meier takes the long route after a funky jump into the Rolex Water at 6.
4:09 a.m. EST: Well Nadja and Aquila B have had quite the round here on their Aachen debut — they’ll certainly have some time, but she’s got a very impressive clear under her belt now as she makes a bid to represent the Swiss at Pratoni in a couple of months.
4:07 a.m. EST: Next out will be Belgian Olympian Lara de Liedekerke-Meier with Ducati d’Arville.
4:03 a.m. EST: Sarah Bullimore and Corouet finish — Sarah had to work for that one with just how enthusiastic of a ride Corouet is — collecting 22.4 time penalties. We’re joined by Swiss rider Nadja Minder and Aquila B, making their Aachen debut this weekend.
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4:00 a.m. EST: Another one to take a big peek at the rail into the Rolex Water for Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Chicuelo. Sara came around to attempt the long route, but Chicuelo says no again and this will sadly be a very early end to their day.
3:58 a.m. EST: Oof, not the feeling you want up a huge bank: Corouet leaves a leg taking off up the bank at 11, the Deutsche Bank Complex. It makes for a funny jump over the big, skinny arrowhead at the top of the hill. Sarah’s air vest also appears to have popped — always fun trying to breathe with that going on.
3:57 a.m. EST: Gosh I just can’t get enough of this horse’s expression — he jumps huge into the Rolex Water but handily makes his way through. Meanwhile, it sadly looks like Anna Siemer has pulled up FRH Butt’s Avondale just before fence 21. I didn’t quite catch it, but it looks like perhaps the mare took a funny step just ahead of it. I’ll keep an eye out for more.
3:55 a.m. EST: Now comes Sarah Bullimore with the absolutely cheeky and adorable Corouet, who you may recognize from Kentucky earlier this spring.
3:54 a.m. EST: Anna Siemer navigates the final two elements of the Rolex water at 6:
3:53 a.m. EST: We’ve yet to have anyone come close to the time, and Sophie’s going to be one of the quickest so far but still collects about six seconds to add to her clear round.
3:51 a.m. EST: Anna Siemer now tackles the track with FRH Butts Avondale, while Sophie now winds her way through a combined driving question to tick off questions near the end of her course.
3:50 a.m. EST: A strong finish for Jan Matthias, who finishes just with time at Granulin 2.
3:48 a.m. EST: Sophie is very handily through the Rolex Water at 6 — one of those twirly, spaghetti-feeling complexes that spins you around and dares you to stop coming forward at the same time. Questions like this really set the tone for what Rüdiger Schwarz has up his sleeve as you continue on.
3:46 a.m. EST: Ah, now the mare has ducked out at the first angled brush at 18, the Fendt Complex. She’s lost her rhythm and confidence a bit after the trouble earlier on and will now have to walk home. Meanwhile, Sophie Leube and Jadore Moi are now on course for Germany, on a score of 31.5 after two phases. This pair has rerouted here after a spot of trouble on cross country at Luhmühlen in June.
3:45 a.m. EST: The in to the Turkish Airlines coffin complex at 16 is quite offensive to Dame Decouer Tardonne, who essentially faceplants into the frangible open oxer at A, taking the front pin. She’s through on the second attempt.
3:43 a.m. EST: Now joining us is another German rider, Jan Matthias on the very keen-looking Granulin 2.
3:40 a.m. EST: Dame Decoeur Tardonne has a look at the big rail dropping into the water at fence 6, the Rolex Complex, and a big jump in on the second attempt prompts Camille to pull around for the option. This 9-year-old would still be a bit green at this level; this weekend marks her third start at 4*.
3:38 a.m. EST: Arne is going to finish with plenty of time accrued, but a really nice first round here at Aachen — this is their first appearance at this event together. Now we’re joined by French rider Camille Lejeune and Dame Decoeur Tardonne, currently on a score of 34.3. Time is always a factor at Aachen, with its tight roping, twists and turns, and technicality — so expect to see a bit of shuffling done on that alone today.
3:36 a.m. EST: You can follow each rider’s progress around the track here on SAP Equestrian Analytics — I feel like I’m suddenly back tracking Leslie as she traipsed around Mongolia on the back of a wild horse.
3:30 a.m. EST: We’re getting all set here with our first pair out on course, Germany’s Arne Bergendahl with Checkovich, coming forward on a two-phase score of 51.3.
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