Day 3 roundup from Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International

Posted on April 7, 2021 by Categories: Blogs
Piggy French & First Lancer Saracens Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials Houghton, Norfolk United Kingdom, GBR 25/05/19 – MANDARTORY Credit Sophie Harris/ SEH Photography – NO UNAUTHERORISED USE – 07825091348

Four Star, including FEI Nations Cup

Germany remains at the top of the leaderboard after the showjumping phase, but the gap has narrowed. At the conclusion of the dressage this morning German team members Ingrid Klimke, Christoph Wahler and Felix Etzel lay in first, second and fourth places. However, two rails down by Ingrid’s ride Asha P and one for Felix’s Bandit 436 has resulted in Ingrid having become the discount score at this stage. Jerome Robine’s score now counts.

All four of the Swedish team showjumped clear, piling the pressure on Germany ahead of tomorrow’s cross country. Meanwhile Belgium has moved up to third and Great Britain to fourth, courtesy of all the British team, Piggy French, Bubby Upton, Richard Coney and Eliza Stoddart, keeping the coloured poles in their cups. Switzerland had an expensive jumping phase and dropped from third to sixth.

The team rankings at close of play today are:

Germany 84.0
Sweden 87.4
Belgium 92.7
Great Britain 94.4
Netherlands 96.1
Switzerland 97.7
France 103.6
Italy 105.9
Spain 129.9

Christoph Wahler is the new individual leader, Belgian team rider Karin Donckers is in second place with Fletcha Van ‘T Verahof, Swiss team rider Salome Ludi is third on Supper Rossi – but just 2.3 penalties separate the top three.

The cross country is due to start at 10am BST, and will be livestreamed here:

Three Star

Whilst the leader of the remaining two Three Day classes is unchanged tonight, Heidi Woodhead is now leader of the three-star after Piggy French and Calling Card suffered a parting of the ways on course, although she doesn’t have a fence in hand over new runner up Harry Meade riding Gideon. Kylie Roddy lies in third place with both Heidi and Harry hard on her heels on other rides. Less than one penalty separates second to fifth places so there is all to play for tomorrow.

Three Star Young Rider British National Championship

There has been little change on the Young Rider leaderboard. Bubby Upton retains first and third places, her rides separated by Phoebe Locke. Heidi Coy has climbed the rankings a little on three of her rides; Russal Z, Halenza and Royal Fury occupy fourth, fifth and seventh places.

Two Star

Piggy French retained the lead after cross country courtesy of a clear round inside the time on Lancer Stud’s First Lancer. In fact the top three remain unchanged, Germany’s Stephanie D’Andrimont riding Casperelli sitting 1.4 penalties behind Piggy, and Willa Newton on Cock A Doodle Doo just 0.2 of a point behind Stephanie.

The only casualty from yesterday’s top six was Zara Phillips who retired fourth placed Gladstone on course not long after a running out at the Saracen Horse Feeds Hedge (fence 5b).

Showjumping action kicks off at 8.30am tomorrow. 

Photo credit: Piggy French & First Lancer © Sophie at SEH Photography

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