The tempo picked up at Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International today with showjumpers, both affiliated and unaffiliated, occupying the three arenas for the duration. Showjumping will continue for the rest of the weekend, while on Sunday it will also be the turn of those contesting the unaffiliated and team dressage classes.
Another 156 event horses, at two-, three- and four-star level, performed their dressage test under clear blue skies. Due to huge entries this year, another 22 four-star combinations still have their tests to do tomorrow, starting at 8.30am, before all showjump. The four-star horses run across country on Sunday.
Four Star, including FEI Nations Cup
Germany has increased her lead in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, following the test of new overnight leader, reigning European Champion Ingrid Klimke. Ingrid rode Asha P to a score of 23.2, 1.6 points ahead of her team mate, yesterday's leader, Christoph Wahler.
Team standings are as follows, ahead of tomorrow's final riders:
In the individual rankings New Zealander Jesse Campbell has moved in to third place with Diachello II on a score of 28.0, dropping Swiss rider Robin Godel down a place to 4th. Best of the British riders is still Tom McEwen, 6th on No Excuse.
Norfolk-born Piggy French leads the three-star by the narrowest of margins – the same as her winning margin at Badminton earlier this month. Calling Card posted a score of 26.3, dropping last night's leader Holly Woodhead down a place; Scuderia 1918 Future lies on a score of 26.4.
The first three-star competitor, Harry Meade riding Mosstown Prince, sets out across country at 15.27 tomorrow.
Three Star Young Rider British National Championship
The Saracen Horse Feeds sponsored British Eventing National Championship got underway today, and it was the final horse before the judges who took the lead. Bubby Upton from Suffolk swept to the top of the table riding Eros DHI, who scored 28.6. Bubby also lies in 3rd place on last year's Houghton runner up Cola III, her rides separated by long time leader Phoebe Lock on Union Fortunus.
The Young Riders go cross country from 1345.
The top of the two-star leaderboard remains unchanged at the end of the dressage phase. Piggy French and First Lancer have held their advantage, ahead of Willa Newton and Zara Tindall.
It is two-star competitors who will get tomorrow's cross country action started. Jerome Robine and Brave Heart 10 for Germany will be counted down in the start box at 9am.