We reported yesterday that William Fox-Pitt had earned nine career wins at Tattersalls International and was on the verge of making it a perfect ten as the overnight leader of the Eventing Ireland CCI2*. Then today, without a rail in hand, William and Catherine Witt’s stunning 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding Secret Night jumped clear to secure the win on a 39.7, adding another international victory to William’s long list of career accomplishments and assuring us all that William is back in top form.
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Jonelle Price (NZL) and her and Suzanne Houchin’s 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood Cooley Showtime had put the pressure on with a clear round. They finished second on a 42.0. Oliver Townend (GBR) and Ridire Dorcha, and 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Oliver and Karyn Shuter, moved up from fifth with a clear round to finish third.
America’s own Katherine Coleman and her own 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse Back to Business picked up two time penalties in today’s show jumping, finishing 28th in the mare’s first CCI2*.
In the Connolly’s Red Mills CCI2* Under 24, Tom Jackson (GBR) and Susan Jenkins’ 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Dusty jumped one of only three clear show jump rounds in the class to secure the win in their first attempt at a CCI2*.
In second place was David Doel and Kiltubrid Rhapsody, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Niki Ryan and Dr. Elizabeth Donald. Hector Payne and Dynasty, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Jeremy and Judith Skinner and David and Margie Hall, also jumped a clear round to move up from sixth to third.