At the end of the second day of dressage at the Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials, it’s still advantage Germany in the showcase CCI3* section with Julia Krajewski holding her near six penalty lead over Matthieu Vanlandeghem and Trouble Fete ENE HN for France.  From third to seventh, new names occupy the leaderboard.  The red, white and blue of France also sits third in the form of Karim-Florent Laghouag who took with a score of 25.9 with Entebbe du Hus.  Pippa Funnell was followed with her second ride, Billy Walk On, owned by the Walkinshaw’s, and came very close with 26.0 but had to settle for fourth and best for Britain.  Andrew Nicholson completes the top five with Swallow Springs for New Zealand on 26.4.

In the British Horse Feeds CIC3*, it’s a very British feel with the Union flag next to the top six combinations.  Rosalind Canter’s 24.4 score couldn’t be toppled with Michele Saul’s No Excuse and Izzy Taylor held second partnering Be Touchable with Nicola Wilson still third with Bulana but Selina Milnes, the final rider in the section, nipped into fourth with one of her best tests to date with Scott Milnes’s Iron IV with a score of 25.6.  Yesterday’s pathfinder William Fox-Pitt holds fifth with Fernhill Pimms while Nini French is sixth on 27.4 with Time for Harry.

Two familiar names from day one still feature in the British Horse Feeds u25 CCI3* but there’s a new name at the top in the shape of Emily King riding Jane Del Missier’s Dargun who squeaked in ahead of yesterday’s leader Caroline Martin of the USA by just 0.5 of a penalty with 25.5. British duo Katie Bleloch and Bulano are now third on 26.9 with the final rider of the day, Sam Ecroyd, going fourth with his second horse, Cooley Currency.  Caroline also completes the top five with her second horse, The Apprentice on 28.2.

A very pleased Emily said; “I’m over the moon with him!  He’s very talented on the flat.  As a youngster he was very relaxed and big moving but now he’s knows a bit more, he’s much more jolly! He warmed up beautifully; he was obedient and really listened and felt just like he does at home.  The scores are very tight under the new scoring system and the jumping is more influential and this is the biggest three star there is!  The ground is perfect; they’ve done an amazing job watering, mowing and aerovating but it’s big, technical and undulating out there.  Going later is great as it gives us young ‘uns chance to watch the ‘oldies’ and see how the course is riding!”

Caroline, who’s spent just over a month in the UK, followed in saying; “I’m really proud of my two horses.  It was great leading yesterday but I’m happy with second as we’re all close together. It’s a tough track out there – more like a three and a half star – and there aren’t many let ups with tough tests right to the end when horses will be tired. But that’s why I’m here, if the horse go well, I’ll be four star ready in the fall.”

Caroline re-routed to Britain when a broken foot lead to a five day stay in hospital which curtailed her plans to run at the Lexington four star and help from the USET Foundation and Karen Stives Endowment Fund helped fund her trip.

Ian Stark has finished all his cross country course preparations with course builder David Evans and his team so it’s all systems go for Saturday’s action.  The day gets underway at 8:30 with the showjumping phase for the BETA CIC3* section and the first horse and rider, Arthur Duffort and In Your Dreams for France, set off as pathfinders over Ian’s course in the Equi-Trek CCI3* at 9:00am.

Gates open at 7am and traffic will be busy as a fine day is expected so allow plenty of time for your journey.  For those who aren’t able to join us, there will be a livestream of the all the cross country action.

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