Six nations are represented in the three top spots in the three international classes at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
In the final of the Event Rider Masters series, Oxfordshire’s Izzy Taylor tops the leaderboard with a stunning score of 35.7 aboard Be Touchable.
“I’m delighted with him,” said Taylor. “He's always shown that he has three beautiful paces, so you're halfway there. His brain’s very good, and since I’ve had him he’s upgraded very quickly, which is great in some ways, and then you pay for it in other ways.
“What’s exciting is that there’s definitely still more to come from him. He loves his job, all three bits of it - he loves showjumping, and he loves his cross country.”
Australia also lies in second position in this class, courtesy of Shane Rose and CP Qualified, who scored 35.8. Alex Hua Tian, representing China, is in third with 36.4 on Don Geniro, ahead of British rider Oliver Townend (38.3 with Cooley Master Class).
U.S. representatives, Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are in ninth on a 40.3, Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot slotted into 26th on a 48.8 and Katherine Coleman is in 34th on 53.3.
Kazuma Tomoto. Matt Nuttall Photo.
Japanese rider Kazuma Tomoto remains in first place in the CIC3* for 8- and 9-year-old horses at the end of dressage.
Kazuma, who only turned to eventing from show jumping less than two years ago, topped the billing on Thursday and no one managed to topple his score of 40.7 on Brookpark Vikenti during the second day of dressage.
But Britain’s Francis Whittington – a former winner of the CCI3* class here – has slipped into equal second place with Nimrod II. The 9-year-old is a new ride for Francis this year. Both he and Australia’s Christopher Burton (Cooley Lands) scored 42.6.
And young British rider Holly Woodhead took fourth place with Parkfield Quintessential on 43.1.
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp who did her test yesterday with Deniro Z are now in seventh and Lauren Kieffer is in equal 21st on a 48.8 with D.A. Duras.
The CCI3* dressage concluded on Thursday, and Germany’s Julia Krajewski heads to tomorrow’s cross-country phase in the lead with 33.4 on Chipmunk FRH. She has a 2.3 point lead over Britain’s Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street.
The U.S.’s Kim Severson is in third with 37.8 aboard Cooley Cross Border.
Tomorrow is an action-packed day at SsangYong Blenheim. CCI3* cross-country starts at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Event Rider Masters showjumping at 10:30 a.m. Show jumping for the CIC3* for 8- and 9-year-old horses takes place in the afternoon, as does the final cross-country phase of the Event Rider Masters.
In the busy Attractions Arena, one of the highlights must be Joey, the star of the National Theatre’s War Horse show, who will be in the tradestand area in the afternoon.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
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