Georgia Dixon reports ….
A new Equi-Trek CCI3* winner has been crowned at Bramham International Horse Trials. Andrew Nicholson took the win from overnight 3rd position after Oliver Townend rolled two poles
The CCI3* show jumping was the final class to present and it was by no means the least exciting. The first show jumping clear didn’t come until about an hour into the class, when Sophie Brown rode Wil to a fluid clear round. Sophie rode with very forward and positive strides into each fence, and that must be just how her ride Wil likes it. The crowd leapt with a loud cheer as she went on to be the first of very few clear rounds. She was one of only 5 combinations to add nothing to their overnight scores in the final phase.
The top 4 riders going into the show jumping all switched around final positions as the show jumping proved very influential. Lauren Shannon who was in overnight 4th finished 2nd, despite adding 4 faults to her score to finish on 45.6. The winner, Andrew Nicholson was originally in overnight 3rd and then after also adding 4 faults to his 2 phase score, it seemed that the pressure may have been eased from Oliver Townend, who now had a pole in hand to take the win. Oliver Townend kicked out fence 2 and then picked up to do what seemed like a promising round, until the first part of the treble at 8A. The crowd let out a huge sound of despair for Ollie as the pole dropped to the floor and he lost his lead.
Both Ollie and Andrew had two horses in the top 10, with Andrew winning the class on Jet Set IV and then also coming 7th on Teseo. Oliver Townend finished with MHS King Joules in 3rd and Samuel Thomas II in 9th.
The top 10 consisted of 4 New Zealand riders, one Australian and 5 British Riders.
The overall results for the CCI3* class were; Andrew Nicholson and Jet Set IV in 1st place on 45, Lauren Shannon and Quality Purdey in 2nd on 45.6, Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules in 3rd on 45.9, Sammi Birch and Hunter Valley II also on 45.9, Ibby Macpherson and Ballingowan Diamond in 5th on 49.
Tom McEwen has become the only two-time winner of the Bishop Burton CCI3* u25 class after finishing positively with only 4 faults being added to his score, in a class where there wasn’t even one combination who managed to leave all of the show jumps up. Tom won this year riding Toledo De Kreser after having the best dressage in the class and maintaining his lead to be the leading rider throughout the whole competition. He previously won in 2013 aboard his ride Diesel.
The overnight 2nd placed rider, Bert Bolton didn’t have a great time during his round. He went from 2nd place to 10th after knocking down 6 poles and adding 2 time penalties to his score leaving him on a score of 72.6. 19 year old Sam Ecroyd was bumped up into 2nd from 3rd with Wodan III despite knocking down the first part of the last double. Emily Prangnell was the highest placed female rider being third behind these two after also adding only 4 penalties.
The British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* class incorporating the Olympic trial was the first class of the day and really got the crowd warmed up with it’s unpredictable results and influential rounds. Gemma Tattersall jumped a beautifully smooth clear round on Chico Bella P to win, after the up and coming rider, Holly Woodhead dropped from overnight 1st to 8th.
Holly Woodhead was the last rider to go being the leading rider, however after having 3 expensive fences down and attaining 12 faults, she quickly moved down the scoreboard to sit just above William Fox-Pitt, who came 9th on Chilli Morning after jumping a clear round. This meant that Gemma Tattersall – who recently came 3rd at Badminton on Arctic Soul – had taken the lead after finishing on 42.7.
It was a British Ladies one-two-three and even four with both Kristina Cook and Pippa Funnell riding Billy the Red and Billy the Wiz for 2nd and 3rd place. Kitty King came in 4th after adding one time fault to her overnight score.
There were three riders who didn’t add anything to their dressage scores throughout the whole competition and those were Gemma Tattersall and Chico Bella P, Kristina Cook and Billy the Red and Nicola Wilson and One Two Many. Local Rider Nicola Wilson finished in 6th place.
It’s been an exciting Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials this year but there can only be one winner in each class. Our 2016 winners are:
Equi-Trek CCI3*- Andrew Nicholson and Jet Set IV
Bishop Burton CCI3* u25 – Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser
British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* – Gemma Tattersall and Chico Bella P
Event Rider Masters CIC3* – Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro.
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