The inform partnership of Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V has continued their run to produce a stunning dressage display which the judges duly rewarded with an average percentage of 75.51 to leave a penalty score of 36.7 for the lead in the Equi-Trek CCI3*. The duo were winners of the first leg of the Event Rider Masters just a few weeks ago at Chatsworth and Gemma is hoping that ‘Pebbles’ can continue her form. “She was a little star in the arena today and just loves to perform. She was really settled and enjoying her work. It was a lovely test and I’m really pleased with her.”

Gemma has been focusing on her flatwork and the hardwork is paying off. “She’s improved so much in the last year, and so have I! I now have a much better understanding of dressage and what the judges want from a test. Today I had her connected and through meaning she was rideable and really confident in her work.”

Yesterday’s leaders Jesse Campbell and Cleveland held on for second with their 39.5 but there’s a new face in third in the shape of two time Bramham winner Pippa Funnell. Riding Sandman 7, whom she owns with mum Jenny and her mentor Ruth McMullen, she scored 40.6 for what she felt was a ‘clear round‘ test.

In the Bishop Burton College CCI3* u25 section, it was a day of French domination with seven of their riders filling the top ten. The leader’s tag is still held by Thibault Fournier with Siniani de Lathus but countryman Aurelien Leroy scored 43.4 with Seashore Spring to relegate Emily King to third.

Aurelien is making his second trip to Bramham but it’s the horse’s first. “I was really happy with the horse today but disappointed to make a mistake with one of my flying changes,” said Aurelin. But he feels it’s all to play for tomorrow. “I have a very good cross country horse and it’s a difficult course tomorrow with lots of effort required so I’m hoping for a good result.”

Paul Tapner maintained the ascendency for Australia with Prince Mayo on 42.1 in the British Equestrian Association CIC3* but last year’s winner Gemma Tattersall made it a truly excellent day at the office to slot into second with her new ride, Clive Smith’s Pamero 4.

The pair have had just two outings together at Open Intermediate level but have impressed but this will be their biggest test so far in a promising partnership. 2015 CCI winner Flora Harris lies third with Monarts Masterpiece with 43.3.

Saturday’s action gets underway at 8:30 with the BETA CIC3* show jumping in the Equi-Trek arena before the CCI section set off on Ian Stark’s 40 jumping effort cross country with the first horse going at 9:30. The BETA CCI3* u25 follow on and then a quick course change before the CIC comes to an exciting climax when the 2017 champion will be crowned.

Don’t forget that if you can’t be with us in person, all three classes will be live streamed in full via www.britisheventing.tv with a presenting team of Lizzie Greenwood Hughes, Ellie Kelly and Angus Smales.

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