Girl power claims the top honours

Equitech Bramham International 2014

Irish Olympian Aoife Clark proved that clears win prizes when a faultless show  jumping round with the stunning chestnut  Fenyas Elegance won her the Equi-Trek CCI3* 2014 title.  The Oxfordshire based  rider lay 11th after dressage with the PJ Hegarty owned and bred mare and finished just two seconds over the optimum time on yesterday’s cross country in testing conditions to climb to second.   A clear round over Di Boddy’s coloured poles then put the pressure on overnight leaders Izzy Taylor and Orlando, owned by Di Davies, Irene Graham and Anita Dalton.    They lowed a rail which dropped them to second and gave Aoife her second CCI3* with the horse having won at their local Blenheim last September.  As well as the Sugden Perpetual Trophy, Aoife takes home an Equi-Trek Sonic horse box for a year which she’s very much looking forward to! 

Aoife said; “I’m over the moon!  I was hoping she’d jump well as she finished full of running yesterday.  I knew Izzy (Taylor) and Orlando are good jumpers so the pressure was on.  I’m so thrilled with her, she’s such a superstar.  I’m shell shocked; to win at Blenheim and now here is amazing.”

Third spot went to William Fox-Pitt with his exciting prospect, Freddie Mac, owned by Lady Best and Jane Keir who climbed from 15th after dressage with a good cross country and faultless show jumping.  Local heroine Nicola Wilson also made a significant rise up the leader board as one of only two riders to finish on their dressage score with Mary and Barry Tweddle’s Annie Clover from 20th to fourth.  A fence down for Jodie Amos dropped her from third to fifth with Wise Crack.

Ben Hobday (Ramilo) and Angus Smales (It’s a Jackpot) will have each share the George Lane Fox Memorial prize as the riders who most improved on their dressage position.  So the beautiful three handled  tankard will sit with them for six months each.

The Angela Cotton Memorial Trophy for the highest placed mare went to PJ Hegarty. 

The Horse Health Pro-Am pairs competition was claimed by Izzy Taylor and Brazil’s new star Gabriel Cury.

Full results from www.bdwp.co.uk/bra and interviews are in the media section.

Tom tops the under 25s

For the second time this week, the national anthem rung out over the Equi-Trek main arena to signal a British victory and this time, it was for Ashford based Tom Jackson in the Bishop Burton College u25 CCI3*.  It was his first three star win and the pride was clear on the 21 year old’s face as he took to the podium. 

Riding his parents and his own Waltham Fiddlers Find, he took the win with a five point margin over Germany’s rising star, Niklas Bschorer on Tom Tom Go 3.  Both riders lowered two poles but it left their placings unaltered after Saturday’s cross country.  Hector Payne took third with eight faults riding Michael Payne’s Blue Moonshine after the overnight third placed rider Wills Oakden added 24 to his score.

Victorious Tom said; “He wasn’t jumping his best but he tried his heart out.  The ground was holding and sticky but the ground guys have done all they can.  To win is overwhelming; I don’t think it’s sunk in yet – maybe it will on the long five hour drive home!”

Final results on www.bdwp.co.uk/bra and you can hear what the top three had to say in our media section.

Sunday timetable changes

There has been some changes to Sunday’s timetable:

09:30  Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3* horse inspection followed immediately by the Equi-Trek CCI3* horse inspection

11:00  Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3* show jumping followed  by prize giving at approximately 11:30

12:00 Equi-Trek CCI3* show jumping for lower placed competitors

1.30  Equi-Trek CCI3* show jumping for the top 25 followed by prize giving.

All other classes are as previously advertised.  The weather forecast is set fair so come and join us for a fabulous final day at Bramham!

 

Hat-trick for Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning

After a day of showers, the sun shone bright on William Fox-Pitt as he collected his first place rosette and cheque for £2000 this evening for winning the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3*.  He and Christopher Stone’s Chilli Morning completed their hat trick of Bramham victories when they added just 5.6 time penalties to their dressage of 31.5 after a faultless show jumping display in the morning.  Dressage second place combination Oliver Townend and Black Tie II withdrew ahead of show jumping as they’re heading to Luhmuhlen CCI4* next week which opened the field up.  Up stepped Dee Hankey with her own Chequers Playboy from seventh with a show jumping round of a single time penalty followed by a clear cross country inside the time to be William’s nearest rival but some 9.1 penalties adrift.  Third went to Karin Donkers from Belgium with Fletcha van ‘T Verahof who also rose up the ranks with a clear show jumping and quick cross country to finish on 48.4.

After the prize giving, William said; “He’s been in great form and hasn’t put a foot wrong all week – he was ‘in the zone’.   After a fairly miserable day, he was a bit quiet when I got on and he always go better if his blood is up but as soon as we started, he picked up.  We’ve achieved what I wanted; it was a nice run with enough to do.”  The duo are now aiming for Aachen CCIO3* and William feels the stallion has the credentials to be his horse of choice for September’s World Championships.

After securing his ninth win at Bramham, William added why this is such a special event for him; “ There’s such a great atmosphere here.  Look at today; the public were out in force despite the rain.  They were enthusiastic and supported the riders the whole way round.  I’ve been lucky to have the right type of horse for Bramham and the courses, particularly Ian’s, are fantastic.  It’s a perfect stepping stone for horses on their journey to the top.”

Final results are on www.bdwp.co.uk/bra plus interviews with our top three in the media section.

Jackson jumps his way to pole position

The riders in the Bishop Burton College had to do battle with the worst of the rain as well as Ian Stark’s cross country.  It was Junior and Young Rider European medallist Tom Jackson who faired best to climb from fourth after dressage to the top after the fastest clear of the day for eight time faults.  This was his and his horse, his parents, Ian and Sara’s Waltham Fiddlers Find debut three star three day event but it certainly didn’t show in their round and a final tally of 55.5 put them top.  German rider Niklas Bschorer now lies second after adding 12.8 time penalties to a dressage of 47.7 with his own Tom Tom Go 3.  Wills Oakden was our pathfinder for the class with his first ride, Frances Hay-Smith’s Alfi Brown and the second quickest round of the class was rewarded with an 11 place gain up the leader board to be third on 60.9.

Hector Payne (Blue Moonshine) and Brazillian Gabriel Cury (NZB Grass Valley) complete the all-male top five.

Dressage leader Dani Evans now lies seventh after an unlucky 20 penalties after a keen Raphael II didn’t lock on to the corner after the SureGrow Fertiliser Owl Hole.

Tom has just one fence in hand going into tomorrow’s show jumping in the Equi-Trek arena which gets underway at 11:00am.

Results from www.bdwp.co.uk/bra and listen to interviews with our top three in the media section.

Taylor still on top

Izzy Taylor retained the leader’s position after an eventful cross country phase in the Equi-Trek CCI3* but with a much reduced margin.   Her excellent dressage with the French-bred Olrando gave her a ten point advantage but that’s now been shaved to just 3.3, less than a fence in tomorrow’s decisive show jumping phase.  Taylor took the long route at both waters to be safe but this incurred time faults. It’s now Ireland’s Aoife Clark who’s hot on her heels in second after a quick cross country gave them just 0.8 of a time penalty for being two seconds over the optimum time of ten minutes.  She came from 11th to second on 46.2 with Fenyas Elegance and also lies fourth with her second ride, Vaguely North on 46.3.  Jodie Amos splits the Clark rides in third with Wise Crack who finished on the same score as Vaguely North but was faster across the country by two seconds.

Izzy told us; “He was hard work but kept jumping well.   It wasn’t in my original plan to take two long routes but I wanted a clear.  He’s not a natural traveller and you have to ask from the word go so a three day tests my fitness as well as his! It wouldn’t have been his favourite going as he likes the top of the ground but I’m pleased with him.”

Frenchman Eric Vigeanel showed typical flair over Ian Stark’s cross country test to finish one second under the optimum time, adding nothing to a dressage of 47.1 and marching 11 places up the leaderboard to complete the top five.

The timings for tomorrow have changed as the horse inspection now starts at 9:30am with the U25 section with the CCI3* following immediately afterwards.  The CCI3* jumping starts at 12:00 for the lower placed riders with the top 25 in action from 1:30.

Full results on www.bdwp.co.uk/bra

Evans excels in the U25s

It was déjà vu in the Bishop Burton College CCI3* u25 section when we ended dressage with Dani Evans and Vanessa Watson’s Raphael II atop the leader board as was the case in 2013.  This year however, they’ve bettered their score with 37.3, even with an error of course.  Evans puts the improvement down to being part of the lottery funded UK Sport World Class Programme and the help she receives from it.

She said; “He was lovely today.  That’s his personal best at 3* and it’s great to see that we can continue to improve each year.  Being on the World Class Programme has really helped.  I was so focussed during the test and lost my way.   I knew as soon as I’d done it but you feel like you’ve let the horse and your owners down but it was still a 37 and I know there’s more to come.”

In second spot is Wills Oakden who was last to go with David Kenwright’s Greystone Midnight Melody with 44.2. Lydia Hannon completes the top three with My Royal Touch on 47.3.

The Under 25s are sandwiched between the CCI and CIC sections on cross country tomorrow and run from 12.44 to 13.58.

Follow the scores on www.bdwp.co.uk/bra.

Taylor made for dressage

No one in Bramham Park was more surprised by a score of 28.1 than its recipient, rider Izzy Taylor in the Equi-Trek CCI3*.  Riding the French-bred Orlando, Izzy’s face was a picture as the commentator announced the amazing score to an expectant crowd.  The elegant chestnut, owned by Di Davies, Irene Graham and Anita Dalton, consistently scored eights and nines with a single perfect ten to finish for Izzy’s riding from one judge. This gives them over ten penalties in hand over Thursday’s leader, Belgium’s Karin Donkers with Lamicell Unique on 38.5.  Third last to go Pippa Funnell snuck into third with Or Noir de la Loge with the only other sub 40 score to upset Mark Todd’s stranglehold on the top five as he lies fourth and fifth with NZB Campino and Amacuzzi respectively.

A stunned Izzy said; “He felt good and there weren’t any particular mistakes – perhaps his changes let him down a little.  He’s attractive with good paces and flatwork is his thing but I never expected a 28!  We got 37 at Chatsworth and I thought today’s test was worth about the same but was surprised with the mark.”

Izzy’s looking forward to riding the cross country test set by designer Ian Stark; “It’s our first three day together and he has some super CIC form from last year so tomorrow will be interesting.  You never really know what they have until you ask.  It’s a nice track; I like Ian’s courses as they suit my riding style,” she said.

Listen to a full interview in our media section.

The Equi-Trek CCI gets the cross country action underway at 9:00am and Huddersfield born Oliver Townend is first out of the box on ODT Ghareeb.

For times and results, visit www.bdwp.co.uk/bra

 

Win number three in William’s sight

There was little change to the top ten in the British Equestrian Trade Association at the end of the dressage phase. William Fox-Pitt still holds a commanding lead with Christopher Stone’s stallion Chilli Morning with the remaining top five unaltered with the exception that Zara Phillips lies equal fifth on her 2012 London partner High Kingdom, http://www.healthcarewell.com/online-pharmacy/ owned by Gleadhill Stud.

William and Chilli are bidding for a third consecutive Bramham win – albeit in different sections.

The section show jump from 9:00am in the Equi-Trek arena over Di Boddy’s course in number order and they then go cross country later in the day after the CCI and u25CCI.

Results and start times from www.bdwp.co.uk/bra

 

Under 25s get underway

The Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3* runners and riders got their preliminary taste of Bramham 2014 when they had their first horse inspection in the evening sunshine in the shadow of Bramham House.  22 go forward to tomorrow’s dressage which gets underway at 11:30am.

Bishop Burton are celebrating ten years of sponsorship here at Bramham and it’s great to see them here again.  This section has grown in stature over the years and is now a recognised springboard for international talent – if you can win big at Bramham, you have the talent to go all the way.

Jeanette Dawson OBE, principal and chief executive of Bishop Burton College, said: “I have really enjoyed this relationship with Bramham Horse Trials.

“It has been exciting to witness this competition for young riders grow into the key showcase for equestrian talent that it now is. This is the class to watch to see the superstars of the future.

“The general public probably aren’t aware how much our students also benefit from this sponsorship. There are course walks, visits – they get to really experience our involvement with such a major event in the equestrian calendar.”