Today was a scorcher at Barbury, not only was the weather roasting hot but so was the eventing action.
The CIC*** saw several changes to the leaderboard today. William Fox-Pitt had led overnight on his new ride Clifton Signature and they managed to maintain 3rd place on 40.7. This afternoon though Bill Levett produced an outstanding test on Lassban Diamond Lift to score the only sub 40 score of 36.1. But we have heard Bill has withdrawn the talented 9yo who is aimed at the CIC*** at Jardy which meant that Tina Cook who produced a lovely test on Billy the Red for 40.4 will be in pole position heading into tomorrow’s showjumping with William sitting in 2nd. Ringwood Sky Boy was on form for Tim Price sitting in 4th overnight on 41.3.
This year sees three CIC** sections, all of which are strongly contested with a true international feel. Chris Burton leads a section on Sue Lawson’s Lawtown Boy, with Emily King and Cooley Currency only 0.1 penalties behind. Section D is led my Amy O’Connor on the talented 7yo who put it a stellar test of 41.1 for his debut at the level. Pippa Funnell sits close on her heels on Sandman 7. Laura Schroter leads section E on her own Willem Van Wup on 38.9. Wills Oakden on Ballbreaker SD and Ludwig Svennerstal riding Box Leo share 2nd place overnight on 39.5. Tomorrow will see showjumping followed by cross country throughout the day with the sections running in order.
The novice classes occupied the cross country course for the day including a hotly contested Pony Trial. Finishing top, on their section leading dressage score of 28, was 14yo Georgina Herrling on her impressive 8yo stallion SF Detroit. This combination is long listed for the European championships and this win, along with 5th in the pony championship at Brand Hall last month will surely put them in contention for a team position. 2nd place went to Saffron Cresswell aboard her own 12 year old gelding Cuffesgrange Little Ric and third went to Molly Faulkner riding Mr John Thornton’s 13 year old gelding Sycamore Lad.
Chris Burton looks to have another dressage superstar in his stable, winning section I aboard Sue Lawson’s Lawtown Girl (not a relation to Lawtown Boy leading the CIC** though!). They added nothing to their 14.8 dressage score, finishing nearly 8 penalties clear of 2nd place. This is a second sub 20 dressage score for the 6yo mare this season, and so will be surely one to watch for the future.
Another combination to win on their sub 20 dressage score was Piggy French and Jennifer Saunders’ 9yo gelding Cooley Monsoon. Today marked their hugely impressive 5th win of the season, and third on the trot, which included the CCI* at Houghton in May and CIC* at Great Witchingham last week.
The ever popular ROR IN class which includes an additional SJ final tomorrow saw two in the top three for Izzy Taylor who won upon Zippi Jazzman and finished third on Star of Memory. Fitting in the middle was Judith Barker on her own My Diss Sire.
The very very exciting ERM CIC*** starts tomorrow with the dressage running up in the ERM arena. The start list is truly phenomenal and we are struggling to choose a favourite which includes a number of international riders. For those unable to attend you can watch the action starting at 10:30am via the ERM website and we will of course update you tomorrow evening with all of the action.