Georgia Dixon reports..
Chinese team rider, Alex Hua Tian has made an incredible comeback from being dead-last at the first Event Rider Masters (ERM) leg at Chatsworth to winning the £16,000 1st place prize money in the ERM here at Bramham Park. It’s been an exciting third day at Bramham Park with the ERM CIC3* final results being determined and with cross country action from all classes.
Cheshire based rider Alex Hua Tian rode Don Geniro around the CIC3* course adding nothing to his dressage score of 40.1. Don Geniro was previously a dressage horse and Alex spoke about his ‘range’ in the show jumping making him difficult to ride when jumping. However, the partnership has seemed to pull it together after Chatsworth to jump clear around the show jumping course and to produce a stylish and speedy cross country round adding no jumping or time penalties to their dressage score.
Clarke Montgomery rode the quickest ride of the day to take second place in the ERM and afterwards commented; “He [Loughan Glen] was fantastic and we wanted to go quickly, I think that’s the best way to prepare for a major championship, by putting the pressure on yourself.” Clarke added 4 show jumping penalties to his impressive dressage score of 36.5 to finish on 40.5. The USA Olympic selectors would have been watching very closely and this performance should bode well him ahead of selection.
Jonelle Price rode Faerie Dianimo accurately around the course and into third place behind Clarke and Alex after finishing up on her overnight dressage score of 42.9. She described Faerie Dianimo as “careful as a little cat, nimble, scopey, all the things you could hope for.” Rosalind Canter was the highest placed British Rider, coming fifth on Allstar B, finishing on 43.3.
In the CCI3* class, Oliver Townend and Sammi Birch have remained in their overnight dressage positions at the top of the leaderboard. Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules remain on their dressage score of 37.9 to hold the lead and Sammi Birch added 1.2 time with Hunter Valley II to take their score to 39.9, but still holding second spot on the board.
3 riders were eliminated on the cross country and 9 riders retired on course, one of the combinations who retired was Sammi Birch and The Court Jester who were lying in third after the dressage, third place is now taken by Andrew Nicholson and Jet Set IV who completed a speedy and accurate round to take a score of 41 forward into the final phase tomorrow. There’s only 4 penalties between the top 4 placings meaning the pressure is on for the show jumping tomorrow and nobody can afford to have a pole.
Tom McEwan who rides Toledo De Kerser remains in the lead in the Bishop Burton College CCI3* u25 despite adding 2.4 time penalties to his dressage score and now having a score of 42.8 to take forwards into the final phase tomorrow. Bert Bolton and Purple Sands have secured second place after the cross country after Emily King – who was second after dressage – retired Charlemagne on course. Bert Bolton added nothing to their dressage score of 46.6. Sam Ecroyd and Wodan III also added nothing to their dressage score of 47.3 to go forwards into the show jumping tomorrow in third place. Tom doesn’t quite have a pole to spare when looking at the overnight scoreboard, and Sam is also only 5 penalties behind him in 3rd. A tight scoreboard means there’s no room for error tomorrow.
It’s currently a British one, two and three in the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3*. Last years CCI3*u25 winner Holly Woodhead is currently lying in first place after todays cross country action, after adding no penalties with DHI Lupison to their dressage score of 40. The original leader after the dressage phase, Pia Munker withdrew before setting off. Gemma Tattersall still has 2 rides up in the top 5, with Chico Bella P in 2nd place and Quicklook V in 5th. Kristina Cook with Billy The Red remain on their dressage score and secure third place overnight on a score of 43.1. It’s another tight scoreboard and so the top riders will have to ride an accurate and careful show jumping round tomorrow.
Tomorrow is the final day of The Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials and so a new CCI3*, CCI3*u25 and CIC3* champion will be crowned after the potentially influential final phase takes places.
Photographs courtesy of LorrainePorter