Bettina Hoy (GER) now has the sole lead in the Three Star after fellow dressage leader Jesse Campbell (NZL) and Cleveland rolled a couple of show jumps. Seigneur Medicott’s clear round has also increased Germany’s lead in the FEI Nations Cup competition; Bettina and Julia Krajewski both jumped clear, with Andreas Ostholt lowering a single pole.
A rail down by the ‘on a roll’ Piggy French’s ride Vanir Kamira has made Piggy the discard score for the British team at this stage and with another four penalties to add from Oliver Townend’s Arctic Mouse, despite clears by both Will Furlong and Georgie Strang, the Germans have an overnight lead of just over 20 penalties.
In fact, German ridden horses hold four of the top five individual placings at the close of play today. With Bettina remaining in the lead, Julia Krajewski has climbed three places to second and Andreas Ostholt is both fourth and fifth.
Pippa Funnell has been flying the British flag most successfully, and holds third place with Sandman 7 and sixth with Billy The Biz. Oliver Townend lies in ninth and 14th while Will Furlong is eighth and 19th.
Tomorrow’s often influential cross country phase starts at 11am.
CCI Two Star
Piggy French rode Moorswood to a fault free round across country, keeping her grip on the top spot she earnt in the dressage phase. Her nearest rival after dressage, Caroline Powell, retired Flipper K on course. This enabled Laura Collett to move up a place to second, albeit almost four points off the pace with Dacapo, Gemma Tattersall also moving up one place to fourth on Billy Senora.
CCI One Star
The top of this leaderboard also remains unchanged after today’s cross country phase. Courtesy of another fault-free round Piggy still tops the table with Jennifer Saunders’s lovely Cooley Monsoon – a horse who has won twice this season and only once finished outside the top five.
Gemma Tattersall’s Billy Hopefull looked equally impressive to retain second place, while Mary King has clumbed two places to third on King Bill. The biggest faller of the day was Germany’s Josephine Schnaufer: third after dressage with Ronaldo, two refusals on course dropped her down to 66th place this evening.
Showjumping for the One Star class starts at 9.30am in the main arena, followed by the Two Star at 1.15pm. Three Star cross country starts at 11am.
Camel racing, in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, will run at approximately midday and 3.30pm, with the final prizegivings of this year’s Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International at 4.45pm.
Tickets can be bought on the Gate, which opens at 8.30am.