Plenty of clear rounds in France

Some lovely young horses did a great job of the cross country phase.

Ingrid Klimke rides Weisse Deune (Interim-1ST) during the CCI2*7YO Cross Country at 2016 Mondial du Lion FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. (Image: Libby Law Photography)
Ingrid Klimke and Weisse Deune (Image: Libby Law)

There were a lot of clear rounds across country at the French event, Mondial du Lion, the World Eventing Breeding Championships, in both the six- and seven-year-old classes.

Ingrid Klimke on Weisse Duene (36.9) has held her lead after posting a good clear under the time, albeit with a couple of flag-shaking jumping efforts.

Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On (39) looked great to retain their second place after dressage, with Frenchman Maxime Livio improving his leaderboard position on both his horses: Vroom D’Auzay (45.7) is now third and Vegas Des Boursons (46.8) is fifth.

Pippa Funnell rides Billy Walk On (Interim-2ND) during the CCI2*7YO Cross Country at 2016 Mondial du Lion FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. (Image: Libby Law Photography)
Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On ((Image: Libby Law)

Gemma Tattersall is in fourth place on Chillis Gem (45.9), with Jonelle Price on Cooley Showtime (47.3) moving up to sixth (she was tenth after dressage) after a good round under the time.

Jonelle Price rides Cooley Showtime (Interim-6TH) during the CCI2*7YO Cross Country at 2016 Mondial du Lion FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. (Image: Libby Law Photography)
Jonelle Price and Cooley Showtime (Image: Libby Law)

Not such good news for Jonelle on her second horse, OBOS Impressive, however. They recorded 10.4 time penalties and a 20, and it was a similar score for Dan Jocelyn on Blackthorn Cruise: 20 faults and 7.6 time.

Jonelle Price rides OBOS Impressive (Interim-39TH) during the CCI2*7YO Cross Country at 2016 Mondial du Lion FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. (Image: Libby Law Photography)
Jonelle Price and OBOS Impressive (Image: Libby Law)

Tim Price notched up a clear under time on Kincooley Cruising, to sit in 14th place.

Dan Jocelyn rides Blackthorn Cruise (Interim-38TH) during the CCI2*7YO Cross Country at 2016 Mondial du Lion FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. (Image: Libby Law Photography)
Dan Jocelyn and Blackthorn Cruise (Image: Libby Law)

There were even more clear rounds in the six-year-old class, which mean that while Dan posted a clear round under time on Fjury, he didn’t move far up the leader board, going from 38th after dressage to 31st.

Dan Jocelyn rides Fjury (Interim-31ST) during the CCI1*6YO Cross Country at 2016 Mondial du Lion FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. (Image: Libby Law Photography)
Dan Jocelyn and Fjury (Image: Libby Law)

This class is still led by Kai-Steffen Meier on Painter’s Maxim (40.3), from Lara de Liedekerke-Meier on Ducati D’Arville (42.3) with Izzy Taylor remaining in third on Jockey Club Fleurelle (43.4).

Kai-Steffen Meier rides Painter's Maxim (Interim-1ST) during the CCI1*6YO Cross Country at 2016 Mondial du Lion FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. (Image: Libby Law Photography)
Kai-Steffen Meier and Painter’s Maxim (Image: Libby Law)

In the Stud Book leaderboard, the Selle Français horses are still ahead, and the KWPN Dutch Warmbloods (Koninklijk Warmblood Paardenstamboek Nederlands) are second, with the Irish Sport Horse Studbook team making a leap into third after a great cross-country showing.

Tim Price rides Kincooley Crusing (Interim-14TH) during the CCI2*7YO Cross Country at 2016 Mondial du Lion FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. (Image: Libby Law Photography)
Tim Price and Kincooley Crusing (Image: Libby Law)