The times for the cross-country phase of the Mars-sponsored eventing at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) have been released.

The cross-country takes place tomorrow (Saturday, 15 September) and riders will be setting off at intervals of three minutes, instead of the planned four, in an effort to get the competition completed before the heavy rain associated with Hurricane Florence arrives.

British team:

  • Gemma Tattersall and her own and The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul — 11.12am local time (4.12pm British time)
  • Piggy French and Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo — 12.12pm local time (5.12pm British time)
  • Tom McEwen and Jane Inns, his own and his mother Ali’s Toledo De Kerser — 1.30pm local time (6.30pm British time)
  • Ros Canter and her own and Caroline Moore’s Allstar B — 1.33pm local time (6.33pm British time)

British individual:

  • Tina Cook and Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy The Red — 1.03pm local time (6.03pm British time)

The individual dressage leader, Germany’s Julia Krajewski, will set off across country at 12.06pm (5.06pm British time) with Chipmunk FRH. The German team is also currently leading the team standings.

Her team-mate Ingrid Klimke, who currently lies second, is scheduled to leave the start box at 2.27pm (7.27pm British time) with SAP Hale Bob OLD.

Kai Rüder (Colani Sunrise) will lead off for the German team at 11.06am (4.06pm British time), with third team rider Andreas Dibowski (FRH Corrida) heading out at 1.24pm (6.24pm British time).

The best-placed rider for the US team, which is currently in bronze, is Boyd Martin (Tsetserleg) and he is slated to start at 12.09pm (5.09pm British time).

There are two Irish riders in the top 10 after dressage and their start times for tomorrow are 1.45pm (6.45pm British time) for Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky and 2.48pm (7.48pm British time) for Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound. The other Irish team members are Sam Watson on Horseware Ardagh Highlight (11.24am local time, 4.24pm British time) and Cathal Daniels on Rioghan Rua (12.27pm local time, 5.27pm British time). Irish individual Patricia Ryan (Dunrath Eclipse) starts at 2.06pm (7.06pm British time).

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Sometimes there are delays on the course, which can result in riders having to start later than their original allocated time. This is usually the result of falls, which lead to the course being stopped while injured horses and riders receive veterinary or medical attention, or broken fences are repaired.

Mark Phillips, the cross-country course-designer, has also used frangible technology on some fences in a bid to improve safety. This means the fence will collapse if horses and riders hit them in a certain way in order to prevent a fall. Replacing or resetting frangible devices can also lead to a delay.

Horse & Hound has two journalists and a photographer in Tryon for WEG. Keep up to date with all the news on horseandhound.co.uk and in the magazine issues dated 20 and 27 September.