William Fox-Pitt and 2014 Rolex Kentucky winner Bay My Hero won the 90-horse Superflex CIC3* division at the NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, UK today. The experienced combination took an early lead with a 37.1 dressage score followed by a double-clear show jumping round. Yesterday’s rain gave way to “glorious sunshine” today, and William and “Moonie” made quick work of the the Eric Winter designed cross country course, adding only 0.8 time penalties to secure the win.
Hartpury served as a prep event for next month’s Burghley CCI4* for a number of competitors. William, who was also fifth with Luxury FH and seventh with Fernhill Pimms in the CIC3*, has both Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero and Fernhill Pimms, owned by Catherine Witt and Carol Gee, entered at Burghley.
Sarah Bullimore and Reve du Rouet produced one of only four double-clear cross country rounds in the division to move up to second place, finishing on their dressage score of 40.4. Sarah and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Christopher Gillespie and Brett Bullimore are also entered at Burghley.
Ibby MacPherson and her own Ballingowan Diamond rounded out the top three in the Hartpury CIC3* having added only 1.2 time penalties to their dressage score of 41.9. Britain-based U.S. rider Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp was second after dressage with Fernhill By Night on a 38.9. One rail in show jumping and 4.4 time penalties across the country resulted in an 8th place finish.
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