EVENT REPORTS – Le Grand Complet

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Sarah Carless reports …

Burton takes control at Le Grand Complet

Christopher Burton left his mark on Le Grand Complet, winning two of the feature classes at Haras Du Pin. 

The Australian claimed the CICO3*, featuring the FEI Nations Cup, with Quality Purdey, leading from start to finish. The pair finished on their dressage score of 36.7, finishing four penalties ahead of his nearest rival. 

Three of the French team’s riders finished in second, third and fourth – contributing to their team victory – Karim Florent Laghoaugh (Entebbe De Hus), Lionel Guyon (Tactic De Lalou), Nicolas Touzaint (Topsecret D’Eglefin) whilst Britain’s top rider was Will Furlong with Collien P2 who finished in sixth.

Of Britain’s Nations Cup team members, Imogen Murray was the highest placed with Ivar Gooden, finishing in tenth. Laura Collett finished 12th with with Mr Bass, with Holly Woodhead and Parkfield Quintessential finishing in 22nd. Britain’s fourth team member Georgie Spence was unfortunately eliminated during the cross-country phase, despite having a great round until they fell after getting too close to a skinny fence at the last water (Fence 17). 

In the Nations Cup competition, France had a stronghold on proceedings from the outset allowing them to take victory on home soil. The French finished 34.4 penalties ahead of Great Britain, with Germany finishing third.

Britain’s second place sees them maintain their lead in the FEI Nations Cup Series, with 560 points. Germany also maintain their second position in the standing (480 points) with France now lying in third (255 points). 

Burton’s second victory came onboard Limited Edition in the CCI**. The pair had been in third after the dressage but took the lead after the cross country. Burton had little room for error going into the show jumping but kept his cool and a clean sheet to take victory with a score of 42.0. 

Britain’s Holly Woodhead finished in fourth with Mr Sneezy and also 11th with Barina 50. Another British rider making it into the top ten was Emily Baldwin who finished 9th with Uppercourt Cooley, whilst Jasmine Abraham rounded out the top ten with Catherston Coh I Noor. 

New Zealander Tim Price took victory in the CCI*** with Ascona M, leading from start to finish, with the highest placed British rider being Tom Crisp, who finished eighth with Liberty And Glory. 

Burton looked to add to his two victories in the CCI*, holding a ten penalty lead with Lawtown Boy on a score of 31.9. However, the pair were eliminated cross country (Fence 12) promoting Jean Lou Bigot into the lead, with his ride Aktion De Belheme adding nothing to their dressage score. However, three penalties in the show jumping dropped the cross country leader down to fifth and handed the win to Maia Vanel and Noutlaw Gabin, who had been sitting in third going into the final phase. A clean sheet also moved Britain’s Georgie Spence up to second position in the final standings with Calvin, with the pair finishing on their dressage score of 42.6. 

The CIC* was won by France’s Raphael Cochet riding Scarlett Louviere. The pair had been in second place going into the show jumping but with the overnight leader dropping two poles this promoted the pair to the winner’s spot. British Nations Cup team member completed her successful weekend with another top ten position with Roheryn Ruby finishing on their dressage score of 44.4 in fifth position. 


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