Saturday, October 8, 2011
Photo from the official Boekelo website. For the complete gallery click here.
Both Remi and Otis galloped around the Boekelo cross-country course clear. Remi had a hard time with the muddy going and copped 16 time penalties to drop from 8th to 32nd place; it's a tight, competitive field and any faults are costly. Otis really stepped up and showed that he's a horse for the future: he added only 4.4 time faults and moved up to 23rd place from 55th after dressage. It was a tough day for Team USA, and both Mike and Tami rode well but are out of the running.
With 110 horses entered and 200,000 spectators Boekelo is a truly awesome event and a showcase for the sport. For complete results click here for the Leaderboard and be sure to check back tomorrow for the news after show jumping. Also have a look at the USEF website to follow the US eventing squad's adventures in Europe, with lots of great photos and videos.