British team retains its lead at the European Eventing Championships after second day of dressage

Aimi Clark

Team Great Britain has confirmed its place at the top of the FEI Eventing European Championships leaderboard at the end of dressage day two.

Britain’s team score is 64.8 going into tomorrow’s cross-country phase, just 4.9 penalties ahead of Germany on 69.7. France lies third with a team score of 77.3.

In the individual standings, Britain’s Ros Canter (Allstar B) has slotted into second after a lovely test from Allstar B today. They are only 0.4 of a penalty behind the defending individual champions, Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob for Germany, while Britain’s Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin are third.

Less than one penalty separates the top three.

Kitty King also rode her test today and lies eighth individually with Vendredi Biats. They are the team’s discount score, with Piggy French and Brookfield Inocent occupying sixth.

Ingrid Klimke is on track for a third individual title. Credit: FEI/Richard Juilliart

Britain’s individuals, Sarah Bullimore (Corouet) and Izzy Taylor (Monkeying Around) lie fifth and 20th respectively.

It means Ingrid is on target for a record three-in-a-row individual European title with the same horse.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” said the German rider who missed the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a serious chest injury in a fall at Baborówko, in Poland in May.

The cross-country phase kicks off at 11.00am local time tomorrow.

After completing her dressage test yesterday, Piggy French described the Mike Etherington-Smith-designed course as “very technical”.

“The single fences are big enough as well, a lot of twists and turns, so we are going to have to be on our A-game,” she said. “It’s a proper championship track for sure. This is not going to be a dressage competition.”

View the full standings.

Main image: Ros Canter and Allstar B. Credit: FEI/Richard Juilliart

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As the editor of Your Horse Online, Aimi oversees all our digital content. She has worked in equestrian media for over 15 years and joined Your Horse as editor in 2017. Aimi has owned and ridden horses all her life. She grew up on a farm in Devon and was a Tetcott & South Tetcott Pony Club member, joining with her first pony — a New Forest called Prudence — before moving on to a Danish Warmblood called Marcus and competing in all activities, but particularly enjoying eventing. She has rehomed and retrained more than 10 ex-racehorses and dabbled in point-to-pointing. There have been plenty of bumps, setbacks and heartache along the way, as well as a lot of fun and many successes. Aimi has two young children and she still loves ex-racehorses. You can often find her hacking her Thoroughbred in the Oxfordshire countryside, flying the flag for Your Horse's #Hack1000Miles challenge.

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