Ian Stark’s tracks caused quite the shuffle on the leaderboards at Bramham International today, with just a handful of the original top 10 in all three divisions remaining in position following cross country.
Overnight leaders Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V retained their dressage lead, adding 6.5 time on cross country today for a total score of 43.1. Gemma will not have a rail in hand looking ahead to tomorrow’s show jumping finale, and “Pebbles” is historically a pretty consistent show jumper — he has not yet had a rail at the CCI3* level.
In second place after cross country are Australia’s Sammi Burch and Hunter Valley II, who moved up from fourth place with 3.2 added for a score of 44.8. Hunter Valley II, a 12-year-old Australian Sport Horse gelding (Wirragulla Hamlet – Lilly, by Brilliant Invader) owned by Lyndon and Sammi McLeod, is a seasoned three-star campainger looking to improve on a fourth place finish at this event last year.
Third are Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Calle 44, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cristo – Sara IV, by Quebec), who moved up from fifth place with 2.4 time added for a two day score of 45.4. This is the first CCI3* start for Calle 44, who also competes in FEI show jumping at the CSI2* and CSI3* level.
The sole American in the CCI3*, Lauren Kieffer with D.A. Duras, owned by Debbie Adams and Ms. Jacqueline Mars, were sadly eliminated on course when “D” clipped a corner at fence 6 and twisted just enough to unseat Lauren. We’re happy to report that both Lauren and D are just fine and in good spirits. Lauren told EN that she is thinking of re-routing to the Barbury CIC3* at the beginning of July.
Leading the U25 CCI3* are British pair Will Furlong and Collien P 2, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare (Carentan – Compita, by Carolus), who are making their debut at the CCI3* level together. This pair had the quickest round of the day in the U25 division, adding two seconds of time to move them into first after sitting sixth following dressage. Their two-day score of 48.4 is more than enough to give them a hefty lead overnight.
Second placed pair Gina Ruck and Rehy Too also were rewarded with a big move up the board after lying 14th in the dressage. This pair added 10 time to go into tomorrow on a 60.0, followed by compatriots Charlotte Bacon and Last Touch, whose quick turn of hoof moved them up 20 places into third on a 62.2.
Caroline Martin had unlucky 20s on each of her two rides in the U25. “I was too bold into the final water (with Pebbly Maximus) and we left a stride out at the first skinny, and I landed on his neck so we had to circle to make the B element,” Caroline said. “Both were my mistakes and my horses are amazing athletes. I’m very lucky to be here and have such a good team.”
Regardless, Caroline remains in seventh position following cross country on a two day score of 74.1 with Pebbly Maximus, owned by Sherrie Martin, and 13th on an 87.8 with The Apprentice, also owned by Sherrie.
Izzy Taylor won the CIC3* aboard Trevidden, a 12-year-old British Sport Horse (Fleetwater Opposition – Assine, by Torus) owned by Dr. Patricia Turner, on a final score of 47.4. This pair sat in 15th following dressage and moved up to seventh after show jumping early on today. They turned in the only other double clear effort across Ian Stark’s track to cement the win, the first at the level for Trevidden.
And last but certainly not least, we’re thrilled for Tiana Coudray and Under the Clocks, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred (Woodborough X Regal Kate) owned by Murray Lamperd and Jade Wishart, who put in an effortless double clear run in the CIC3*, the second fault-free round of the division.
We reported yesterday that Tiana has had “Ninja” in her yard for three years now, keeping him in work for Australian rider Murray Lamperd, who travels between Australia and the UK to compete.
Picking up third in the CIC3* are Willa Newton and Neelix on a final score of 55.2, moving up from eighth following cross country.
Cross country was influential across all three divisions. On the CCI3* track, fence 6 proved to be quite problematic for many pairs in both divisions, causing several rider falls and many other refusals and retirements. Fence 6 was a combination involving a trakehner, double corners and another trakehner on the way out. Click here to see photos of this ABCD combination.
We’ll be updating this post with photos from photographer extraordinaire Adam Fanthorpe, so check back for more from beautiful Bramham!