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Sarah Carless reports…
America’s Kim Severson won the CCI*** at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials – 16 years after her first victory at the event.
Severson had been placed in third following both the dressage and cross country phases with the Cross Syndicate’s Irish-bred Cooley Cross Border. But the show jumping proved influential as both Pippa Funnell and Julia Krawjewski, who had been second and first respectively after two phases, had eight faults. This handed Severson, who had one of nine clear rounds, victory.
As well as taking home a cheque for £16,000, title sponsor SsangYong added a Tivoli 4×4 to the prize-fund, which was presented by SsangYong Motors UK CEO Paul Williams.
“I am thrilled,” said Severson. “It’s been a long partnership – I’ve had the horse since he was four. He’s had a few little issues but he’s always been competitive and a super horse. I knew he had a big win in him.”
Laura Collett, who jumped a superb clear on Mr Bass, rose two places to second on her dressage score. Overnight leader Krawkewski finished third with Chipmunk FRH.
Australian Olympian Christopher Burton won the prestigious CIC*** for eight and nine-year-old horses with a typically stylish cross-country performance. Cooley Lands, a nine-year-old by Cavalier Land, is produced at home by his owner Kate Walls.
Burton was handed the lead after two phase leader, Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto – a former show jumper who has only been eventing for two seasons and is based with William Fox-Pitt, dropped two second place – just 0.1 penalties behind the winner, after adding two time faults on the cross country. Tomato was watched nervously by Fox-Pitt, and was held on the cross-country as the course was briefly halted due to a fall ahead. Burton was the only rider in the class to come home inside the optimum time, proving he remains one of the fastest riders across the country.
“Kate does all the hard work,’ said Burton after his victory. ‘It’s no secret that we think a lot of this horse.”
Britain’s Holly Woodhead was third on Parkfield Quintessential, an emotional result as the horse spent some time on the sidelines with injury last year.
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography