Michael Jung and Chipmunk were already in the lead after dressage. That didn’t change after the Kentucky CCI5*-L cross country course. Two horses had to be transported to a clinic.
Michael Jung’s “Five Star Victory Mission” is underway. After the cross, the Olympic champion is still in the lead with fischerChipmunk FRH in the Kentucky Horsepark near Lexington. In the CCI5*-L cross-country course, the duo stayed on time without making any mistakes. Thus, the 20.1 penalty points are still on the account of both. They had entered the cross-country course with its 27 obstacles as dressage winners. Canter for over 11 minutes – a first for the Jung/”Chip” combination, but no problem. So far, both were only in the four-star range. Here, only about seven minutes of routes are announced.
Michael Jung and the Hanoverian son of Contendro increased their lead over the pursuers. With 29.3 points, the American Olympic runner Boyd Martin now ranks with the Trakehner Tsetserleg TSF by Aubaine in second place. This means that Michael Jung can theoretically afford two jumping errors in Sunday’s course without jeopardizing the winner.
Third is Britain’s Yasmin Ingham with Banzai du Loir after the pitch. The pair didn’t quite keep the required time and got 2.8 time errors on top of their dressage result (28.1). With 30.9 points, the Briton is still well ahead of another American. Bruce Davidson jr., third after dressage in the saddle of Carlevo (27.4), took ten time penalty points (37.4).
Two horses at the clinic
32 horses completed the cross country course. Two had retired in front of the Cross. Seven others were eliminated and four were eliminated.
Two horses had to be transported to a clinic after a fall. Fleeceworks Royal, the 13-year-old gray mare of American Amazon Tamra Smith, had to be withdrawn from competition at jump 13, Pete’s Hollow, due to an acute lameness. Emporium, another 13-year-old KWPN gelding by Cartano, which was launched by American rider Ashlynn Meuchel in Kentucky, fell into the well-known Horsepark stadium pool complex. The motorcyclist is unharmed. The horse had to be sedated on the spot and, like Fleeceworks Royal, was transported to the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute clinic. The organizer initially did not release any further information on the condition of the horses.
The jump begins tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time. Michael Jung had won the CCI5*-L three times in a row with Rocana. Kentucky is one of seven five-star trials on the annual all around schedule. A total of $375,000 in prize money is up for grabs. The constitutional review begins at 7:30 a.m. local time (11:30 a.m. in Germany).
All results can be found here.