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Aussies in action at Hartpury and Le Haras du Pin

Sam Griffiths on Paulank Brockagh

Sam Griffiths riding Paulank Brockagh, pictured here at a previous event.

Le Haras du Pin (France)

Following the second day of dressage at Le Grand Complet (Le Haras du Pin, France), Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh are in seventh place on 31.5 penalties in the CCIO4*-S class. Sam also holds 25th place on 34 penalties with Paulank Kings River and 43rd with Sea Summer Bay on 35.9. Isabel English and Feldale Mouse are 31st on 34.5, in a big field of 78 competitors.

Swiss rider Felix Vogg leads the field with Colero on 29.2 penalties.



Isabel English and Feldale Mouse were the first on this morning

Isabel English and Feldale Mouse, pictured here a few weeks ago at CHIO Aachen.

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Hartpury Horse Trials (UK)

The dressage is now complete at Hartpury. Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam have ended up in seventh after their personal best score of 25.4. Kevin is also in 53rd place on 33.3 with Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend.

Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill are 21st on 28.7, Thea Horsley on Kelecyn Supernatural are 79th on 37.3, and Bill Levett with Piltown Colours are 88th on 38.6 in a huge field of more than 100 competitors.


Good luck to all on cross country tomorrow!

Pippa Funnell retains her lead at Hartpury, but with Billy The Biz

Pippa Funnell retains her grip on the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S competition after the second day of dressage, albeit with her third 4* ride – Billy The Biz. The striking grey looked effortless on Friday afternoon earning a score of 23.3 and setting the standard going into Saturday’s showjumping and cross country phases.

Sarah Bullimore had a busy but successful Friday finishing with her least experienced horse in third place. The first on the board was Sarah’s top horse and reserve on the British squad for the European Championships, Reve Du Rouet who scored 28.5 but it was the homebred eight-year-old Corouet who moved into the lead just before lunch with a score of 23.6.

Tom McEwen soon matched Sarah’s score of 23.6 with Toledo De Kerser moving ahead due to collective marks. Speaking to An Eventful Life after his test, Tom said “There was nothing I wanted to particularly aim for this year so we’ve just kept him ticking along at national level.

He’s got a really expressive medium canter so I really tried to show it off today”.

The final hours of the CCI4*-S dressage phase with a host of top-class names including Piggy French, Tina Cook, Tim Price and Sarah Bullimore who returned with her final ride, Conpierre.

Last year’s winners of this class Tina Cook and Billy The Red put in a solid test to earn a mark of 23.7 ahead of Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street.

This year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials winners, Piggy French and Vanir Kamira, lie in ninth after dressage on a score of 25.8. Piggy’s other ride Quarrycrest Echo goes into the showjumping in 11th with a score of 26.6.

Tom, Piggy and Tina are all headed to the European Championships at Luhmuhlen and all three have brought their Championship horses for a run. A number of other combinations are Burghley-bound.

Twenty-seven riders in the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S earned sub-30 dressage scores setting up exciting showjumping and cross country phases tomorrow.

With the Met Office forecasting high winds on Saturday, organisers have taken the decision to move the CCI4*-S showjumping phase indoors. The cross country course remains in good condition with near perfect going.

In the NAF Five Star Mpower CCI2*-L  and NAF Five Star Superflex CCI3*-L competitions the leaders remain unchanged from Thursday with Sarah Holmes and Harley Brown, and Piggy French and Brookfield Quality, leading respectively.

Source: Event press release







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