Hello from Ireland! It’s a beautiful day in Dublin and soon I’ll be on my way to Ratoath for the first horse inspection at Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair. We have a strong field of North American combinations competing in the CCI3*:
- Katherine Coleman and Back to Business II (USA)
- Buck Davidson and Carlevo (USA)
- Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation (USA)
- Phillip Dutton and Z (USA)
- Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee (CAN)
- Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border (USA)
CCI3* dressage starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. GMT/4 a.m. EST and will be streamed live for free here. Check back after the first horse inspection, which starts at 2 p.m. GMT/9 a.m. EST, for ride times. In the meantime, read on for 10 fast facts about the Irish Field CCI3* and George Mernagh Memorial CICO3* courtesy of EquiRatings.
10 TATTERSALLS FAST FACTS
1. British riders have won the CCI3* five out of the six years since it began in 2011: William Fox-Pitt (2011 & 2012), Pippa Funnell (2013), Izzy Taylor (2014) and Kitty King (2015). Paul Tapner (AUS) halted the British winning streak last year.
2. There has never been a sub-40 finishing score in the CCI3*. Izzy Taylor (GBR) and Allercombe Ellie finished on their dressage score of 41.0 in 2014 to hold the record for lowest finishing score in the class.
3. One in five horses that leave the start box in the CCI3* come home clear and inside the time.
4. Kathryn Robinson (CAN) and Let It Bee are the most experienced combination in this year’s CCI3* field with 40 international runs on their record.
5. Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class have four international wins on their record, more than any other pair in the CCI3* field. Kim Severson (USA) and Cooley Cross Border are right behind them with three international wins.
6. The CIC3* was introduced at Tattersalls in 2008 and the Irish have taken the title in every Olympic year since. But only Patricia Ryan has given the Irish a win in a non-Olympic year, winning in 2009 with Fernhill Clover Mist.
7. Five of the past seven CIC3* winners have been in first or second place after dressage.
8. Only Mark Todd and NZB Campino (NZL) have managed to break the 30s as a final score in the CIC3*, finishing on 36.9 in 2015 to take the win.
9. Sarah Ennis (IRL) and Horseware Stellor Rebound are one of the strongest cross country combinations in this year’s CIC3* field, finishing within 12 seconds of the optimum time in their last four CIC3* starts.
10. Looking to other strong cross country pairs in the CIC3* field, Blyth Tait (NZL) and Darius have gone clear in all 15 of their international runs together. They’ve also finished inside the time in their last three runs.