International riders in control at Blenheim 

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Sarah Carless reports 
 
International riders took control on the second day of dressage at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
 
Germany’s Julia Krajewski took pole position at the end of dressage in the CCI3* with Chipmunk FRH. The 28-year-old scored 33.4, which gives her a 2.3 penalty lead over Britain’s Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street.
 
Krajewski said: “I normally don’t get nervous before dressage, but when you’re right at the end you have time to think about it. This is the highlight of Chipmunk’s season – he was my reserve horse for the Europeans, so he was fittened up for that, and we thought Blenheim would be a good alternative. He wants to please and he’s very genuine – if he understands something, he’ll do it.”
 
Behind Funnell, American rider Kim Severson is in third with 37.8 aboard Cooley Cross Border. In all, seven riders scored in the 30s. Amongst these is Kitty King, who led at the end of dressage on Wednesday with Vendredi Biats, who scored 38.6, and Will Furlong who scored 39.4 with Collien P 2.
 
The international theme was continued in the CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses. After the first day of dressage Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto sits in first place aboard Brookpark Vikenti with a mark of 40.7.
 
Kazuma, who has been based with William Fox-Pitt, for the past three months, admitted that he was very surprised to find himself in the lead. A former show jumper who is only in his second season of eventing, he aims to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. After his test he commented: “He was a bit tense today in the warm-up but settled down in the arena.The cross-country course looks big and tricky – William said it was easy, but not to me!”
 
Australian Christopher Burton sits in second, scoring 42.6 with Cooley Lands with Britain’s Oliver Townend in third on Ridere Dorcha with 43.4.
 
The competition continues tomorrow with the second day of dressage in the CIC3* for eight and nine-year-old horses, and the dressage phase of the Event Rider Masters competition.
 
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole 
 

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