Even a sharp rain shower towards the end of proceedings couldn’t spoil a perfect day one at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.

In the signature Equi-Trek CCI4*-L section there’s a truly international flavour to the leaderboard. Swedish visitor Jonna Britse riding her own Quattrino held the advantage for much of the day with 29.9 awarded by the Ground Jury of Angela Tucker (C), Tim Downes (H) and Ernst Topp (B).

Then in the final session it was all change as North Somerset rider Selina Milnes produced a polished performance with William Rucker’s Iron IV, know at home as Bentley, to edge ahead on 29.2. Then it was the last rider of the day, and winner of our HiHo Best Dressed female at yesterday’s First Horse Inspection, Camilla Kruger from Zimbabwe who slotted neatly into second with Biarritz II on 29.4.

Selina, who was fourth with Bentley at Blenhiem CCI last September, said; “I’m really pleased; he did a super test. He keeps his head [in the atmosphere] and I’d actually even like him a bit sharper now! He was a bit fresh this morning but I knew before we went in he’d do a good test. We’re a bit short of runs this year but I think Bramham [cross country] will suit him. He’s got it in him to be right up there.”

In the British Horse Feeds CCI4*-L U25, it’s Camilla’s fellow HiHo Best Dressed winner in the male category, former Junior European Team medallist Richard Coney, who holds the edge with the only sub 30 score in a British top five. Riding Kananaskis, which he co-owns with Wendy Coney, Richard (20), from Grantham, stole the lead from Yasmin Ingham who went just before him with a score of 29.8.
Yasmin, riding the former Pippa Funnel ride Sandman 7, owned by Janette Chinn, swept into the lead with 30.1 but it was sadly short lived for the Cheshire-based rider. Third place is held by Will Rawlin riding VIP Vinnie on a score of 30.9.

Richard, enjoying his first visit to Bramham, commented; “It wasn’t perfect but he performed will. It’s a very tight section so it will be all to play for on Saturday. I was pleased with his mark, he deserved it. Hopefully we can make a good round of it [the cross country] – it’s big and bold!”

At the half way stage in the 86-combinaiton strong Land Rover CCI4*-S, it’s local rider Nicola Wilson who sits atop the leaderboard. Riding the young talent JL Dublin, by Diarado, for owners Deidre Johnson, James Lambert and Jo Lambert, Nicola posted 25.1 this morning when she went early in the second session under judges Sue Baxter, Andrew Bennie and Martin Plewa. It was a score which couldn’t be bettered but late challenges came from Ben Hobday riding Shadow Man II, who he jointly owns with Jane Chambers, and Nini French riding Time for Harry who lie second and third on 26.0 and 28.1 respectively.

A beaming Nicola said after her test; “He’s just stepped up to this level and to go into the arena with an atmosphere like Bramham…well, I’m just so proud of him, he’s phenomenal. He’s been a super horse to work with, he’ trainable and has a super brain. There were a few tiny mistakes but I felt the whole test was solid. He’s a young horse just gaining experience and it’ll be a hugely educational week for him!”

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