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.
This week's USEA Podcast is about all things Galway! The Galway Downs International Event is taking place this weekend starting on Wednesday, October 28 with the first horse inspection for the FEI levels. Nicole Brown is joined on the show by Galway Downs's cross-country course designer Clayton Fredericks for a chat about what riders can expect at Galway this weekend before she and Diarm Byrne of Equiratings discuss which pairs to watch this weekend.
After the dressage test and the cross-country course, the champions of international eventing had a final hurdle to jump this evening at the Domaine de Sers in the show jumping competition. Despite a few twists in the plot among the top 10 during the event, British rider Laura Collet didn’t put a foot wrong with London 52 (Landos x Vernante), her own, Keith Scott, and Karen Bartlett's 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding.
Today was the final day of competition in The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) and USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. Activities began on the combined show jumping and cross-country course early in the morning for the YEH 4- and 5-year-old Championships, testing the jumping aptitude of these very promising youngsters. Championship judges Debbie Adams and Peter Gray evaluated seven 4-year-olds and 15 5-year-olds.
Once again this year, the cross-country event at Les 5 Étoiles de Pau staged a magnificent show for its spectators. Thirty-one combinations and 45 efforts to be negotiated along the 6.3-kilometer course, and all in just 11:08 minutes. That was the challenge that French course designer Pierre Michelet set the 45 competitors on the start list for the only CCI5*-L cross-country event this year.