It was a quiet day for our North Americans competing in the CCI3* at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair, as they had a break between yesterday’s dressage and tomorrow’s cross country. But we still had plenty of dressage action in the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup.
After dressage in the George Mernagh Memorial CICO3*, Luc Chateau (FRA) and Propriano de l’Ebat, a 14-year-old Selle Francais stallion (Clown du Chesnay X Astuce de Thelle, by Mistrigi) lead the way on 36.5.
Sarah Ennis (IRL) and Horseware Stellor Rebound, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by VDL Ricochet, sit second on a huge personal best of 36.5. Tim Price (NZL) and Escona M, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Cassaro X Naomi, by Carpaccio) are third on 39.5.
France and Great Britain each have three team riders in the top 10 to sit in first and second in the Nations Cup standings after dressage on 122.6 and 128.1, respectively, with Ireland in third 132.3.
EquiRatings crunched the numbers after dressage. Here are six fast facts:
• Dressage leaders Luc Chateau and Propriano de l’Ebat are already FEI Nations Cup winners, having won at Houghton Hall CICO3* in 2015. They have scored in the 30s in five of their last seven international dressage tests.
• Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound’s score of 36.5 is a new personal best and the first time they have ever scored in the 30s at any level in their international career.
• Tim Price’s score of 39.5 with Ascona M is his best at three-star level since 2014, when he scored 39.2 in the CIC3* here at Tattersalls with Wesko before going on to win.
• Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules‘ score of 39.7 is their best at CIC3* level, but doesn’t catch their overall personal best of 37.9 from Bramham CCI3* in 2016.
• Five of the past seven CIC3* winners at Tattersalls have been in first or second after dressage. Luc Chateau and Propriano de l’Ebat have never finished on their dressage score at international level, while Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound have five times, including at Tattersalls.
• Only Mark Todd and NZB Campino have finished on a final score in the 30s in the CIC3* at Tattersalls, winning on 36.9 in 2015. Luc Chateau (36.0), Sarah Ennis (36.5), Tim Price (39.5) and Oliver Townend (39.7) all sit on scores in the 30s after dressage, but only Luc and Sarah can set a new record by beating Mark’s score.
Nations Cup action continues tomorrow with show jumping at 2:45 p.m./9:45 a.m. EST. CCI3* cross country starts at 3:30 p.m./10:30 a.m. EST and will stream live here. Ride times for our North American combinations are:
Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation: 3:30 p.m./10:30 a.m. EST
Buck Davidson and Carlevo: 3:39 p.m./10:39 a.m. EST
Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee: 4:12 p.m./11 a.m. EST
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border: 4:24 p.m./11:24 a.m. EST
Katherine Coleman and Back to Business: 4:39 p.m./11:39 a.m. EST
Phillip Dutton and Z: 4:57 p.m. EST/11:57 a.m. EST
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