Bramham Everything Else

Equitrek Bramham – Event Riders Masters Showjumping

Starting early this morning in the rain and mist the riders tackled Di Boddy’s show jumping course for the second leg of the CIC*** Event Riders Masters in reverse order of merit after the dressage. The original time for the course was tight at 90 seconds but was then tightened further to 84 seconds making it near impossible to achieve resulting in all the first three riders picking up numerous time penalties at which point it was extended back up to 88 seconds.

Leaders after showjumping Alex Hau Tian

Leaders after showjumping Alex Hau Tian

The course itself was twisty, bright, bold and technical including an interesting option at the final fence where riders could choose either an upright plank fence on a shorter time saving line, or a safer oxer option that took a longer time consuming line.

Early riders picked up both time and jumping faults but fifth rider in the ring Matthew Heath and the Lion produced a fast and clear round. Next in Katie Preston aboard Templar Justice repeated Matthew’s performance producing a classy clear but then the poles started falling again. Blyth Tait and Xanthus III were next to go clear which would see them rise several places up the leader board. There was again a wait until Laura Collett and the reigning 7yo World Champion Mr Bass went clear, although Mr Bass did not give Laura an easy ride as he fought with his head.

Jodie Amos was unfortunate when Wise Crack’s back boots slipped round causing him to become uncomfortable and stopping at the boat fence. Whilst the fence was being rebuilt Jodie got off to adjust the boot but in doing so was eliminated. Sarah Bullimore and Reve Du Rouet made the course look easy to go clear. William Fox-Pitt followed on Cool Mountain who unfortunately wasn’t in a careful mood and tipped out two expensive poles to drop down the order. It was great to see Allstar B back jumping for Ros Canter after they withdrew after dressage at Badminton. They produced an exquisite clear with Allstar B never looking to touch a fence, birthday girl Izzy Taylor repeated this immediately after on Be Touchable as then did Jonelle Price on Faerie Dianimo.

Several riders in the top ten then picked up expensive penalties including a time penalty for Pippa Funnell before Alex Hau Tian entered the ring on Don Geniro. They put their very expensive jumping round at Chatsworth behind them to pull a clear out of the bag to put pressure on the top two riders. Both Bill Levett on Shannondale Titan and Clark Montgomery on Loughan Glen couldn’t then stay clear picked up a pole each meaning into the XC Alex leads and therefore will start last.

The current top ten is after showjumping;

No Horse Rider Dres S.J. Total Pl
314 DON GENIRO CHN Alex Hua Tian
40.1 3
40.1 1  
317 LOUGHAN GLEN USA Clark Montgomery
36.5* 1
4 40.5 2  
306 FAERIE DIANIMO NZ Jonelle Price
42.9 8
42.9 3  
308 BE TOUCHABLE GBR Izzy Taylor
42.9 8
42.9 4  
324 SHANNONDALE TITAN AUS Bill Levett
39.0 2
4 43.0 5  
330 ALLSTAR B GBR Rosalind Canter
43.3 10
43.3 =6  
305 MIRAGE D’ELLE GBR Pippa Funnell
42.3 6
1 43.3 =6  
337 REVE DU ROUET GBR Sarah Bullimore
44.4 14
44.4 8  
319 PICA D’OR FRA Maxime Livio
40.8 4
4 44.8 9  
309 ANNIE CLOVER GBR Nicola Wilson
42.3 6
4 46.3 10

We expect though the XC to be heavily influential and the leaderboard will once again be shaken up before the final results are decided.

Remember the XC can be watched live from 3pm on eventridermasters.tv

About the author

Katie