What better way to spend Good Friday than enjoying top class international eventing in North West Norfolk at the 2022 Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials!
Spectators were treated to a display of ultimate precision and elegance today (15 April) as the final competitors in the international classes performed their dressage tests.
In Section B of the CCI-S 4* Oliver Townend and his Olympic Team Gold medal winning partner, Ballaghmor Class had led overnight. Oliver was back in action this morning, riding the first test of the day with Dreamliner. Their performance left Dreamliner just behind his stable mate in second, on a score of 26.4.
With just a few riders left to go, it was looking like Oliver would hold on to the two spots heading into the jumping phases of the competition – until Ros Canter and Rehy Royal Diamond performed a beautiful test (24.9) to take the lead and move Oliver into second and third.
In Section C of the CCI-S 4*, overnight leaders Mollie Summerland and Charly Van Ter Heiden have moved down just two places into third. They now sit behind Oliver Townend and Swallow Springs (lying second after dressage on a score of 24.6) and new leaders, Izzy Taylor and Monkeying Around (22.9) at the end of the dressage phase.
After another full day of dressage in the CCI-S 3* (Section A) the top three remain unchanged, with Tom McEwen and Brookfield Benjamin Bounce holding the lead on a score of 24.2. Mollie Summerland and Flow 7 stay in second (25.8) and Gordon Murphy and BGS Star Attraction complete the top three at this stage, with a score of 26.4.
The jumping phases of the international classes get underway at 8am tomorrow morning, beginning with show jumping for the combinations in the CCI*-S 3* competition.
In the national classes, the Advanced class provided some great competition – with many combinations looking for a good final run before Badminton and Luhmuhlen. In the end it was Bubby Upton that took the win with Cannavaro.
“He was superb all day,” said Bubby. “He did a lovely test and then a super double clear. It was a bit of a shock to win. I didn’t come to ride for the win, it was more of a preparation run for his big aim which is Luhmuhlen in just over six weeks’ time.”
The national class winners on Saturday were:
Intermediate Section J, Matthew Hecking and Evenstar (37.4)
Intermediate Section K, Sophie Callard and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise (31.4)
Open Intermediate Section L, Piggy March and Halo (30.9)
Open Intermediate Section M, Nicola Wilson and Total Belief (26.8)
Advanced Section N, Bubby Upton and Cannavaro (36.6)
Novice Section O, Saffron Cresswell and Vivendi Hero (21)
Novice Section P, Gemma Tattersall and Chilli Wednesday (26.5)
Open Novice Section Q, Emily Young-jamieson and Ramatuelle (20.3)
Full results are available here.
Why not come and join us in the Norfolk sunshine! Tickets are available on the gate.
Gates open and competition gets underway at 8am tomorrow. View the full timetable here.
All the cross country action from today and tomorrow will be available to watch via your mobile, tablet, TV or desktop with H&C+ – live and then on catch up. Visit the Horse & Country website to find out more.