The Equi-Trek CCI3* got underway this afternoon in idyllic conditions with the resplendent Bramham house as a back drop in a sunbathed scene for the first horse inspection.  Number 50, Highland Ford, ridden by Richard Jones and owned by Jane and David Miles withdrew at the horse inspection and numbers 36 (Horseware Stellor Rebound/Sarra Ennis IRL and 77 (Crown Talisman/Nick Gauntlett) were both held by the ground jury but then passed after a few nervous moments.  So that gives us 72 combinations to come forward for dressage in the main arena http://topmednorx.com under the ground jury (judges) Angela Tucker, Harry Payne and Christina Klingspor (SWE).  The CCI starts at 10:00 with our first rider, Mark Kyle for Ireland with Ron Pearson’s Jesmond Justice.

The British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* gets the day underway beforehand at 9:00am when locally born and bred Oliver Townend trots up the centre line with Sue Chadwick and Komfi’s Samuel Thomas II; the first of 56 combinations.  The judges for this all-important class are Andrew Bennie (NZL), Jane Tolley and Nikki Herbert.

Follow the scores through the day on www.bdwp.co.uk