British riders fill the top eight places after two days of dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, with Oliver Townend scoring a one-two. He is the first rider ever to sit in this position overnight at the Gloucestershire CCI5*.
Scroll down to see the top 10 in pictures.
1, Oliver Townend
Cillnabradden Eva remains out in front with the only sub-20 penalty score — a record-breaking 19.7pens (80.26%).
“This is a situation I dream of every day,” said the Yorkshireman, referring to his overnight one-two.
“I start early in the morning and struggle away in front of big mirrors. This is why I do it really.”
2, Oliver Townend
His 2017 Burghley winner, Ballaghmor Class, lies second on 21.1pens (78.91%).
“Everyone expects so much of him because he won Burghley. But he wasn’t established then — he won there as a novice,” said Oliver.
“He’s not far off established now. If I press the right buttons he does the right things.”
3, Tom McEwen
Yesterday’s 24.7pens (75.26%) means Toledo De Kerser hangs on to third going into the cross-country.
4, Piggy French
Vanir Kamira’s good test (26pens/74.04%) on Thursday leaves the mare in fourth.
Yesterday, Piggy said Eric Winter’s 33-fence cross-country track “puzzled” her. Following a few more course walks, she added today: “The more I walk it the clearer I’m seeing it. I’m certainly not confident, but I’ve got more of a plan in my head.”
5, Pippa Funnell
Billy Walk On, a first-timer at this level, lies fifth on 73.53pens (26.5%).
“He’s been so lovely all week that I worried about not doing enough work with him,” confessed Pippa. “Outside the arena, I thought ‘oh no’ when he saw the camera. Luckily I got my head on, forgot where I was and hoped that by riding boldly I’d give him the confidence to be confident.”
6, Kitty King
Vendredi Biats slots into sixth on 27.2pens (72.82%).
7, Millie Dumas
Millie and her Thursday ride, Artistiek, hang on to seventh with 27.3pens (72.69%).
8, Laura Collett
Mr Bass fills eighth on 27.6pens (72.44%).
“He’s built like a wheelbarrow, so trying to get him to sit behind and come up in front is hard, but he knows we have to do the dressage to get to the fun bits,” smiled Laura.
9, Christopher Burton
The Australian rider lies ninth overnight aboard Graf Liberty (27.7pens/72.31%).
10, Andrew Nicholson
Swallow Springs is best placed of the New Zealand horses at this stage, lying 10th on 27.8pens (72.18%).
All images by Mitsubishi Motors/Kit Houghton.
For the full results click here.
Tomorrow’s cross-country phase kicks off at 11.30am. Pippa Funnell will be first out on the course with her first horse, Majas Hope.
You can view pictures of every fence here.
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