Thanks again to our friends at EN!
Last year when I rode at Millbrook I had a stupid fall at the coffin, but if memory serves every other advanced competitor finished the course. Today the course caused more problems despite the quality of the field. 5 riders finished the advanced with at least a stop and 6 did not complete the course. From the reports I have heard the course was tough but rode well overall. The word is that the footing at Millbrook is firm despite the strong efforts of the organizers, so a lot of riders took it easy around the course. Time penalties led to huge shifts in the leader boards for the intermediate and advanced.
[Live Millbrook Scores]
In the advanced A division, Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen moved up 4 spots to take the lead with a speedy cross-country round. Boyd dropped to second and third with Neville and Remington respectively by picking up 11.6 and 8.8 time penalties. Nonetheless, Boyd has to be ecstatic to successfully finish Neville's first advanced cross-country since the fire. Michael Pollard and Icarus moved up to 4th. Buck and the Pan Amercian Games short listed Absolute Liberty are in 6th. The only double-clear in the advanced A division was Sara Kozumplik with Manolo Blahnik.
In the advanced B division, Buck Davidson and Ballynoecastle widened their lead to 12 points with one of only two double-clears in that division. EN blogger Lisa Marie Fergusson and Smart Move jumped all the way from 12th to second with 1.6 time penalties. Burghley bound Collen Rutledge and Shiraz moved up to third, also with 1.6 time penalties. Boyd and Ying Yang Yo go into the show jumping in 4th.
As a smattering of notes on the advanced cross-country, Erin and No Boundaries are fine despite their retirement on course without a stop. Erin just pulled up because No Boundaries stung his leg. Doug Payne had two stops on Running Order at the corner in the water, and Leslie Law fell off Rehy Lux on the infamous Millbrook downhill slide.
The intermediate divisions at Millbrook are nearly as exciting as the advanced. Peter Atkins and HJ Hamptonmoved up 7 spots with just 6 time penalties to sit behind 1st placed Mara DePuy and Fun Maker in the OI-B division. Jon Holling and the Pan Am short listed Downtown Harrison are in 4th in that division, and Carl Bouckaert is in 5th with his new ride Mensa. Stephen Bradley and Leyland expected to take it wasy today as a result of the footing and they dropped to 10th with 24 time penalties.
Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda successfully made their return to eventing after Luhmuhlen with one of the fastest rides of the day to take the lead in the open intermediate A division. Sara Kozumplik is in second with Tatton Winter and Leslie Law is third with Zenith ISF. The Pan Am short listed pair of Will Colemand and Obos O'Reilly stayed in 4th with 18.4 time penalties. Another Pan Am short listed pair, Michael Pollard and Schoensgreen Hanni scored a 19.6 in the dressage, but took their time on the cross-country to drop to 12th. It's good to see Holly Payne and Madeline back doing well and in 5th in the OI-A division.
Cross-country is still running in the other divisions at Millbrook. Jon Holling will have a quick report for us soon from Millbrook and until then, go eventing.