Saturday roundup from Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International incorporating FEI Eventing Nations Cup
CIC3*, incorporating the FEI Eventing Nations Cup
With the last few horses doing their dressage this morning Great Britain completed the first phase at the head of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup leaderboard, with a cumulative score of 88.0. Holly Woodhead performed the best test for the British team to lie in sixth place individually.
Germany sat in second place on 89.2 penalties with Sweden third on 95.6. Individually, Pippa Funnell held first and second places on MGH Grafton Street and Billy Beware respectively.
The showjumping phase shaked the order up a little. Funnell remains in the lead, but on Billy Beware. A rail down dropped MGH Grafton Street to sixth place ahead of tomorrow's cross country. Laura Collett and Mr Bass have climbed two places to second, and Woodhead now sits in third.
From a team perspective Great Britain and Germany had no penalties to add. Sweden has dropped a place to fourth with Ireland moving up to third. The USA lies in fifth and, with 20 penalties to add, New Zealand are sixth.
Brook Staples (AUS) and Thomas Carlile's (FRA) Atos Barbotiere dropped out of contention during today's cross country phase. Staples was eliminated after three refusals, while Carlile's fifth placed ride collected 31 jumping penalties for both a refusal and the breaking of a safety clip on one of the fences.
Carlile continues to lead the field with Upsilon, Piggy French still breathing down his neck a mere 0.2 of a penalty behind. Gemma Tattersall completes the top three on Chilli Knight.
Of the overnight top five after dressage, only Caroline Harris came unstuck across country – she suffered a rider fall at the final fence, having jumped clear to that point. Dirk Schrade (Dajara ), Jesse Cambell (Diachello), Piggy French (Highdown March) and Tom Jackson (Clonlaras Chacoa Princess) all came home clear and inside the time. Schrade has a two-and-a-half penalty advantage over Campbell, but with the fall of a showjump rail incurring four penalties there is still much to play for. Schrade can afford to have one rail down and stay ahead of both French and Jackson.
NAF British Eventing under 21 National Championships
Bubby Upton has retained her 1-2 after the cross country phase, keeping a clean sheet on both Cola III and Eros DHI. She also jumped clear on her third ride in the class, Cannavaro, who has climbed up from 13th to seventh. Yasmin Ingham has moved up a place to third on Rehy DJ, with less than a showjump separating the top three horses.