MILL SPRING, N.C.--At the National Eventing Championship held in Tryon, N.C., Nov. 12-15, in which Boyd Martin on Tsetserling just edged Phillip Dutton for the Championship, a number of riders commented on the floods that preceded the Event and all the work that the committee did to ensure that the cross country course was safe.
These photos and comments from Allen Macmillan show the huge effort that was expended to keep the cross country course safe.
"Very heavy rain on Tuesday & Wednesday flooded much of the cross country course, causing many to ponder a cancellation," said Macmillan. "But, the relentless staff and crew at TIEC showed once again that they are not easily bested. A couple of days of intense sun coupled with the preparation of the grounds allowed Saturday cross country to start as planned. Some riders with multiple mounts said the track actually got better with every ride."
The heavy equipment noise from bulldozers, steam rollers and dump trucks droned for three minutes, shut down as the next rider came through, and then restarted for another three minutes on the far loop of the 4-star long division course. The grounds crew relentlessly addressed the footing between riders of this rain-soaked path. They added crushed stone, raked it level and then packed it with a small steam roller. Dump, smooth, rake, roll, let-the-rider-through, repeat in three minutes. The effort and the result was lauded by many of the division’s competitors.
This photo shows one new section of the 4-star long course which was particularly hard hit by the flooding needed extra, and continual work throughout the day on Saturday.
Boyd Martin gallops past the heavy equipment used to repair the course.
Boyd Martin on the stadium jumping course and the presentation. All photos by Allen Macmillan.