EVENT REPORTS – Tattersalls International Horse Trials

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Sarah Carless reports….

Record crowds at Tattersalls as France win Nations Cup

Tattersalls International Horse Trials attracted record crowds to the event this year, with more than 32,500 visitors over the five days of competition. 

The World’s best equestrian riders including 18 Olympians, World and Olympic Champions were among the 343 strong international field from 10 countries that thrilled the crowds. 

 After five days of fantastic eventing action the CCI3* competition was won by Italian rider Vittoria Panizzon on her Chequers Play The Game with a score of 35.5. Vittoria is the first ever Italian rider to win at Tattersalls where she led from the first day’s dressage phase through a faultless cross-country performance and having just one time fault in the show jumping which was the part she was most worried about overnight. In second place was Team GB’s Piggy French on her Quarrycrest Echo with a score of 39.3 which was her dressage mark. Another British rider, Willa Newton on Caja 20, rounded off the podium. 

The FEI Nations Cup was won by Team France with a great overall display by their riders Luc Chateau,

RECORD CROWDS ENJOY THRILLING CROSS COUNTRY ACTION, SHOWJUMPING AND COUNTRY FAIR AT TATTERSALLS INTERNATIONAL EVENT Sunday 4th June 2017 Ireland's Sarah Ennis on Horseware Stellor Rebound during the Cross Country  Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan   A large crowd of just over 10,000 people enjoyed the international equestrian action and country fair in the Co Meath countryside in Tattersalls today contributing to a record crowd of just over 32,500 for the five day event which was up on last year’s figure of 30,000. Amidst bursts of sunshine the big crowd was treated with the ever exciting popular, spectacular cross country action with the jumping and obstacles at the popular water complexes being the most popular vantage point to view the Irish and international horses and riders going at top speed. The World’s best equestrian riders including 18 Olympians, World and Olympic Champions among the 343 strong international field from 10 countries thrilled the crowds with their daring displays of horsemanship over the huge jumps in the 6km long cross country whilst reaching speeds of up to 30mph.   Some well known celebrities enjoyed the country action in Co Meath including TV sport commentators Ted Walsh and Tracey Piggott, Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Robbie Power and top trainers Gordon Elliott and Irish Grand National heroine Jessica Harrington. Well known names in the sport of three day eventing taking part were Olympic medallist and former World Champion Zara Tindall, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth and Bella Lloyd Webber daughter of English composer and impresario of musical theatre Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. The international event is important from an Irish eye for potential selection for the European Championships later in the year and is the start of the next Olympic cycle for the Tokyo 2020 Games.   It wasn’t all about horses at Tattersalls all weekend asthe shopping village consisting of local artisan foods, pancakes, gourmet burgers, arts, craft

Raphael Cochet, Sidney Dufresne and Pierre Touzaint finishing on an overall score of 137.60. The French continued to show their eventing dominance leading the competition from start to finish. Great Britian finished in second with Ireland finishing the podium in third. 

Having competed in all three legs of the series, Great Britain now leads the Nations Cup series with 270 points, ahead of Germany on 200 points with France in third on 100 points. The next Nations Cup event takes place at Wiener Neustadt in Austria (June 30 – July 2). 

The individual competition was won by Luc Chateau on Propiano de l’Ebat with a final score of 37.2 incurring just 1.2 time penalties on his cross country round to add to his dressage score whilst English rider Oliver Townend came in second after a flying cross country round within the time allowed of seven minutes and no penalties throughout the jumping phases, whilst New Zealander Tim Price took his spot on the podium in third with Ascona M. 

Price went on to win the CCI2* Kilcooley Cruising with a great score of 38.3 incurring no penalties after his dressage. Vittoria Panizzon took second with One Night Love with France’s Arthur Duffort and Cemie taking third spot on the podium. Price had a double of international wins, also taking victory in the CCI* with Flaco, ahead of Ireland’s Michael Ryan (Kilpipe Jewel) and Britain’s Tom Jackson (Court Casper). 

The CCI2* Under 25 competition was won by Great Britain’s Samuel Ecroyd on his Tuallaher Sunrise with a score of 42.7, with the pair subsequently being long listed for the British Young Rider team. Tom Jackson finished on the same score as Sam but placed second whilst Millie Dumas made it a British one, two three by rounding off the podium with Cameya. The CCI** Under 25 included a team competition which was won convincingly by Great Britain’s Top Hats team with the British Bowlers team finishing second and the Irish Leprechauns finishing third. 

The CIC* Young Horse class for six and seven year olds provided a showcase for the stars of the future and potential Olympic contenders. This was won by Britain’s Oliver Townend and Menlo Park, ahead of a two, three placing for William Fox-Pitt with The Graduate and Shannondale Percy. 

Ireland took a clean sweep of the podium in the CCI* Junior Class, with Alex Power heading up the field with Lakantus ahead of Katie Riley (Versace Biscuuit) and Izzy Riley (Ballycarron Lad). It was also an Irish clean sweepo int eh CCI* for Ponies, with Sophie Foyle and Little Miss Fernhill topping the podium ahead of Hannah Adams (Myshall Rodge) and Cameron Kiernan (Mr Blue Skies). 

Photographs courtesy of Lorraine O’Sullivan

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