The Event Rider Masters next heads to Belgium for Leg 3 of the 2019 series at Concours Complet D’Arville, where the action will take place amidst the rolling hills and expansive woodlands of the family estate of Guillaume de Liedekerke. Which horses and riders will take on the challenge of Rüdiger Schwarz's cross country course? We are thrilled to reveal the riders who will compete in Leg 3.
The star-studded crop of riders includes two ERM series champions, six leg winners, four five-star winners and last year's Arville victor in Australia's Chris Burton, who will ride Quality Purdey. Chris, the 2018 ERM series champion, is just 2 points off the top of the series rankings following Leg 2. Great Britain's Laura Collett currently tops the rankings alongside Michael Jung and will look to pick up valuable series points at Arville with Dacapo. With one ERM leg win already this season at Chatsworth, Laura also has strong Arville form, having finished second last year with London 52.
All eyes will be on New Zealand power couple Tim and Jonelle Price, who are bringing two Luhmühlen CCI5*-L winners in Wesko and Faerie Dianimo, respectively. Tim is also in red-hot form coming off the back of a Luhmühlen win with Ascona M, a mare he competed in the ERM previously for 10th at Barbury 2018 and second at Blenheim Palace 2017. Both Tim and Jonelle are still hunting for their first ERM leg win.
Britain brings forward a strong contingent including 2017 ERM series champion Gemma Tattersall, who will ride her Chatsworth 2017 winner Quicklook V. Blenheim 2017 winner Izzy Taylor comes forward with Fonbherna Lancer for the horse's CCI4*-S debut.
Team GB's quest for the Arville podium is further strengthened by Wiesbaden 2017 winners Sarah "Cutty" Cohen and Treason; Jardy 2018 victor Alex Bragg with Alcatraz; and Nicola Wilson and Bulana, who won individual bronze at the 2017 European Championships. Tom Jackson also brings forward an exciting entry in Capels Hollow Drift, who finished second in the 7-year-old World Championships at Le Lion d'Angers last year.
Germany's Dirk Schrade is entered with Bettina Hoy's five-star partner Designer 10. Italy's Vittoria Panizzon will look to secure Italy's first podium finish with her brilliant mare Borough Pennyz. Perennial favourites Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan, who finished third last year at Arville, will return in search of another podium placing for Australia.
Twenty-two combinations representing seven different nations: Who will top the podium for Leg 3? Watch live and for free on www.eventridermasters.tv on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June. The full starting list will be available here.