Oliver Townend and Cooly Master Class Hold onto the Lead after XC

Oliver Towned and Cooly Master Class Lindsay Berreth Photo

Oliver Townend and Cooly Master Class retained their lead after XC today in Kentucky, adding just 1.2 time faults to their dressage score. This gives him less than a rail over Boyd Martin who moved up to second on Tsetserleg (I do have a liking for dark brown Trakehners!) Note: “Coolio” lost a shoe mid-way […]

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Oliver Townend and Cooly Master Class Take the Lead after Dressage in Kentucky

Cooly Master Class

Last year’s winners, Oliver Townend and Cooly Master Class had a fabulous test today, springing four points into the lead with a final score of  24.1. I had the chance to watch a few of the tests today, and many of those riders were sitting on powder kegs. I was quite impressed they kept their […]

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And a Rail Makes the Difference in Kentucky

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class

Show jumping is typically not the most exciting part of an even like Kentucky. That’s usually reserved for cross country. However, coming into the final phase today, the top three riders were separated by only 1.2 points, so even a time fault would change the rankings. When Michael Jung and Christopher Burton both had rails, […]

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Oliver Townend holds on for the Win

Oliver Townend’s lucky color must be gray. After winning Burghley in 2007 on Carousel Quest, Ballaghmor Class carried him to victory again today. They used up the rail they had in hand early on in the course, but managed to jump clean with only one time fault. It was a tough course — only five […]

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Oliver Townend Takes the Lead at Burghley

After the first rider on course, Tina Cook on Star Witness, galloped around with a double clear, speculation was rife that this year’s Burghley XC course was too easy. By the end of the day, that misconception had been put to rest as the course caught out some of the biggest names in eventing, and […]

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Have you been watching Burghley?

I have and it’s been absolutely fantastic. Burghley TV allows you to watch each rider/horse individually and I really appreciate being able to follow the horse around the course rather than moving back and forth between riders. The quality of the video is very good. After cross country, Caroline Powell from New Zealand is in […]

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This is why you should replace your helmet after a fall

After Oliver Townend’s fall at Rolex, his inflatable vest was widely attributed for saving him from more serious injury. Now it seems like his helmet should be getting the credit for protecting him. According to an article on the U.K. website Horsemart: Oliver sent the Champion Ventair helmet that he was wearing at Kentucky back […]

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Oliver Townend suffers only minor injuries after nasty fall at Rolex

Oliver Townend, who won both Badminton and Burghley in 2009 had his hopes of winning eventing’s Triple Crown cut short after a nasty rotational fall at The Hollow at Rolex. His horse, Ashdale Cruise Master, caught a leg on the first element and fell right on top of Townend. Here’s the good news: Townend will […]

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