Event reports sponsored by Elite Horse Owners
Sarah Carless reports …
Six nations are represented in the three top spots in the three international classes at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
Japanese rider Kazuma Tomoto remains in first place in the CIC3* for eight- and nine-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 in what is their first three star event together.
Britain’s Francis Whittington – a former winner of the CCI3* class – slipped into equal second place with Nimrod II. The nine-year-old is a new ride for Whittington this year, with the horse previously being campaigned by Sammi Birch. Both he and Australia’s Christopher Burton (Cooley Lands) scored 42.6, whilst Holly Woodhead took fourth place with Parkfield Quintessential on 43.1.
In the final leg of the Event Rider Masters series, Izzy Taylor topped the leaderboard with 35.7 aboard Be Touchable. The horse has had fine form with Taylor this year, winning the CIC*** at Millstreet and second in the CIC*** at Camphire, with in Ireland. The pair also won their other completion in 2017 – an Open Intermediate at Aston Le Walls.
“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.”
Australian Shane Rose, who won the ERM at Blaire Castle International Horse Trials, and CP Qualified lie in second on a score of 35.8 whilst China’s Alex Hua Tian is in third with 36.4 on Don Geniro.
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 penalty lead over Britain’s Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street. America Kim Severson is in third with 37.8 aboard Cooley Cross Border.
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography