Leading CH-Y** Division after cross-country is David Ziegler (who was also competing in the dressage division) riding his second horse of the competition, Critical Decision (Consul x Two a Day), his 18-year-old Oldenburg gelding, on his dressage a score of 46.3. The pair currently has a 13.9 lead on second place.

“All the credit has to go to my horse. He is a cross-country machine and it’s what he lives for,” said Ziegler. “We had a great ride today.”

“It was a technical 2* cross-country course, but Critical Decision’s experience shone and he and David went clear,” said Kathleen Ziegler, chef d’√©quipe of Alberta.

In second is April Simmonds of Uxbridge, ON and Impressively Done, Don Simmonds’ nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding sired by Eulogize. Simmonds, who was sitting in sixth after dressage, added only 3.2 cross country time penalties to her dressage score of 57.0 for a two day total of 60.2.

“My horse was awesome,” said Simmons. “I have never felt so confident going out on a cross country course on him. He used his second gear of gallop, which he normally does not use. He was just on fire. I was just so happy that I was on my horse today. I would not have wanted to be on any other horse going out there.”

Currently leading in the CH-J* Division on her dressage score of 49.2 is Moira de Ste Croix-Laframboise of Kars, ON and Blue Ben, a 13-year-old Westphalian gelding sired by Gambit Z and owned by de Ste Croix-Laframboise and Teddie Laframboise. The pair moved up from third place to the top the leaderboard after cross country.

Eventing concludes tomorrow with CH-J* jumping at 12:30 p.m. and CH-Y** jumping at 3 p.m.