Young pretenders take the crown
The winners of the KBIS British Young Horse Championships for Four and Five year Olds were crowned at Osberton International Horse Trials today.
KBIS Five Year Old Championship
The Five Year Old Championship was led from the outset by Monmouthshire-based rider Vicky Tuffs on Its Cooley. They put in a convincing performance to win by 3.2 penalties.
Piggy French came home in second and third positions with Ballycanu (27.3) and Carsten of Westoak (27.4). William Fox-Pitt piloted Blickfield into fourth (28.0) with Eventing Worldwide’s LVS Stonehavens Quebec, ridden by Alexander Bragg, rounding out the top five on a score of 29.5.
It was tight at the top and there was no room for error. But the quality of the field was evident as none of the horses in the top 12 gained any jumping penalties.
The show jumping was most influential with 48% of those jumping incurring jumping penalties (24% gained four faults, 12% gained eight faults, 8% gained 12 faults and 4% gained 16 faults or more). The cross course caused fewer problems with only five of the 48 combinations starting out on cross country gaining jumping penalties with the majority having an issue at fence 8. Time was not an issue with 77% coming home within the optimum time.
KBIS Four Year Old Championship
Piggy French continued her good form with a win in the KBIS British Young Horse Championships for Four Year Olds on AKD Coraline. It was another convincing winner’s margin for the combination who won on a score of 27 penalties – 3.1 penalties ahead of the runner up.
Second place went to Annie Bellamy Shannondale Aston (30.1 penalties) whilst Vicky Tuffs followed up her win in the Five Year Old Championships with third in the class on board Goldwin. Quite Something ridden by Emilie Chandler took fourth whilst Jason Hobbs and Grandiamo rounded out the top five.
Again the show jumping was influential with 62.85 of the 35 starters incurring jumping penalties (40% gained four faults, 14.2% gained eight faults and 8.6% gained 12 faults). The cross country caused a number of problems for the four year olds with 25.7% incurring jumping penalties in the final phase, where like the Five Year Olds, fence eight caused a number of problems.
CICYH1* and CIC2YH2*
Friday saw Dressage get underway in the CICYH1* competition for six year olds and CICYH2* competition for seven year olds.
At the half way stage in the CICYH1*, the lead is held by Australian Paul Tapner on Wickstead Kangeroo on a score of 37.5. He is followed by William Fox-Pitt on Little Fire and Hollybradshaw on Archfield Echo who both scored 39.6 penalties.
Action continues tomorrow and first into the arena will be Kitty King and Vendredi Biats, a horse who has won four times this year. Kitty won the six year old championship in 2014 with Creevagh Cooley.
Willa Newton is currently in the lead in the CICYH2* class with Caja 20 on a score of 44.5. The combination were third in the CCI1* at Hartpury Internation earlier this year. Emily King and Dargun are in second (45.6) with William Fox-Pitt ridden and The Soapdodger in third on 47 penalties. Lucy Jackson will kick off the action tomorrow with Global Cobra.
CCI1* and CCI2* Classes
In the CCI1* the lead is currently held by Tanya Kyle and Gortfadda Diamond and and Akolien ridden by Alex Portolowsky, both on a score of 37.2. Third going into cross country is last year’s six year old championship winner Creevagh Cooley ridden by Kitty King.
Oliver Townend leads the field in the CCI2* on board Cillabradden Evo. In their first event together, they have a 4.7 penalty lead over France’s Stanislas De Zuchowicz and Sobbys Des Champs (32 penalties) with William Fox-Pitt and Ramdam De Mons in third (35.5 penalties). After dressage, Eventing Worldwide blogger Emily King and Walitze F Vejgard lie in 15thposition.