The Land Rover CCI1* has been won by Dani Evans on Marstonpark Lupina, leading from the dressage and adding nothing to her dressage score. Emily Chandler was second on Cooley Roller Coster and Jock Paget was third on Optimum Prime, the horse produced by Janine Hayde and ridden here in New Zealand under the name Brentwood Tradition. Jock also finished fifth on Zazu, after having one rail in the show jumping. Canterbury’s James Avery had a good outing on Cadillac, who he really rates. They have finished in eighth position on their dressage score. James also finished 22nd on Visual Impact, the four faults in the show jumping dropping him down the placings. Tim Price was 12th on Koh I Noor after a show jumping rail and Dan Jocelyn finished 51st on Diamond Louie with a nice clear round over the coloured poles.
William Fox-Pitt has won the Cooley Farm CCIYH1* on Little Fire. His job was made slightly easier as Jonelle had to withdraw Obos Impressive before the cross-country as “the horse wasn’t right.” William added just one show jumping time fault to his dressage score. Tattersalls is one of his favourite grounds: he has won nine international events here compared to three wins by Andrew Nicholson, Oliver Townend and Camilla Spiers. Tim Price held on for second despite a show jumping rail on Kincooley Cruising. Daniel Jocelyn was 35th on Southfork after an expensive show jumping round.
Eleanor Hope (GBR) on MGH Smarty won the CCIJ1* and Zara Nelson (IRL)on Millridge Buachaill Bui won the CCI1* Ponies class.
In the Eventing Ireland CCI2*, Jonelle had two good cross-country rounds on her horses Cooley Showtime and Ascona to move up to second and third. William Fox-Pitt still leads on Secret Night, but he retired Top Biats on cross-country after finishing second in the dressage phase. William doesn’t have a rail in hand, so the show jumping will be interesting. Dan was very pleased with the mighty Beaucatcher, having a run at two-star level after competing at Badminton. They did a good clear round and are currently in tenth position. Dan is also 22nd on High Light, with 1.6 cross-country time faults, and 26th on Blackthorn Cruise with 3.2 time penalties.
The Irish Field CCI3* had a change in leader after dressage top-scorer Sammi Birch from Australia on Hunter Valley II had a fall across country at the sunken road fence (both Sammi and her horse are okay). Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy on Mr Chunky had no issues, nor did Paul Tapner on Prince Mayor or Andrew Hoy on The Blue Frontier to take up second and third positions. There were only six clear rounds under the time so there have been big changes in the leaderboard. Zara Tindall, riding New Zealand thoroughbred Watkins (by Viking Ruler out of Vargas Diamond) had a run-out at fence 10c and 9.2 time faults.
The George Mernagh Memorial CIC3* class have done their show jumping; their cross-country is still to come. Austin O’Connor on Kilpatrick Knight retained his lead with a clear round and Tim Price was also clear on Ringwood Skyboy, which moved him up to second. Jonty Evans on Cooley Rorkes Drift is third. Jock Paget and Angus Blue had a rail that left them in 18th place, and Tim Rusbridge on Oneforthenotebook is 21st after a rail and two show jumping time faults.
Over in the UK at Little Downham, it was the day for bringing out your young horses. Caroline Powell recorded some good results with her team, three eighth placings, and a seventh. Hannah Norvill was fifth in a novice class.