As the heatwave spreading across the UK started to reach full force today, the competition in the CCI-S 3* at the Keyflow Feeds Barbury International Horse Trials was also hotting up!
With a number of the top placed combinations choosing to give their horses a steadier, educational run in the cross country, the door was opened for some serious gains to be made by those who were able to deliver quick clear rounds – something that our winners, Alex Bragg and the 12-year-old mare, Quindiva did in style. Two super jumping rounds left them on their dressage score of 28.7 and saw them take the 2022 CCI-S3* title.
The pair had been lying tenth after dressage, a position that Alex could see had potential.
“Quindiva did a really good dressage test that left her lying about 10th and in a good position for the jumping phases,” he said. “The main arena at Barbury is spectacular and she jumped a wonderful [show jumping] clear. She’s very talented in that sphere.
“The cross country is always difficult for the time because it is very undulating – you’re on the side of the bank and you are always up and down or turning and you need a very athletic sort of horse and Quindiva is certainly that. She pulled off a great cross country round, really, really scopey, and finished on our dressage score; and pulled off a convincing win actually, a few marks ahead of the rest of the field. So her owners are happy, I’m happy, the team’s happy and I have been enjoying the win in this wonderful atmosphere, so thanks to Barbury and to Musketeer.”
Max Warburton and the Nicholson’s Monbeg Exclusive finished on their dressage score of 32.6 to leap up the order into second and Wills Oakden and Cooley Pot of Gold completed the top three – another combination to benefit from strong jumping performances.
A record-breaking day for Mollie in the CCI-S 4*
Mollie Summerland and Charley Van Ter Heiden posted an incredible dressage score of 18.7 in the CCI-S 4* on Friday morning – that’s the best four-star dressage test by a British rider since Izzy Taylor with Orlando at Bramham in 2014 – also 18.7!
The record CCI-S 4* finishing score here at Barbury is 22.1, set by Tom Carlile and Upsilon in 2017. Can Mollie and Charley Van Ter Heiden better that? We find out soon.
Pippa Funnell leads the chasing pack with two horses in the top three after the dressage. She is lying second on a score of 23.4 with Billy Walk On and third with Billy Wonder on 24.7. The Japanese duo of Kazuma Tomoto and Toshiyuki Tanaka fill fourth and fifth positions respectively, putting down their challenge as we head into the jumping phases.
Congratulations to all our national class winners today:
It has also been a good day of national competition over the Novice course, especially for our young riders. Congratulations to all our winners:
Pony Trial, Section I – Charlotte Cooke and Liscannor Tulira, 30.5
Novice, Section J – Aoife Clark and Monbeg Ainslie, 28.1
ONu18, Section K – Alice Gates and Shanbeg Pandora, 28.9
Sunday at Barbury
Who will be this year’s CCI-S 4* Champion at Barbury. Can Mollie Summerland build on her record-breaking dressage score? There is plenty to look forward to!
There will be more action over the Novice course, including the prestigious Novice Masters, and the whole family will be able to enjoy the Shetland Grand National in the main arena!
Tickets are available by clicking the link at the top of the page. They can also be purchased on the day at the gate.
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