Five-times Belgian Olympian Karin Donkers stole a late place atop the leader board in CCI3* today at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.  Kiwi eventing legend held the lead for much of the day with Maria Bordone’s Amacuzzi on 41.2.  But the Belgian rider, making her second trip to Bramham, made the most of her late draw, third last, with Victor Donkers and Lea Sterkens’ Lamicell Unique.  The ten year old chestnut mare really impressed in the arena with German judge Martin Plewa really enjoying the spectacle to award 76.15%.  A final penalty score of 38.5 snatched the lead from Todd.

A delighted Karin said:  “I’m always pleased with a score in the 30’s!  It was the mare’s best performance and I’m very happy.  Today she was really rideable which was great as she can be quite stubborn but she was focused and gave me a good feeling.”

Ireland’s Aoife Clark completes the International leader board with P J Hegarty’s Fenyas Elegance with 45.4.  William Fox-Pitt is best of the British in fourth with his 2014 challenger for an eighth Bramham CCI title, Freddy Mac, owned by Lindy Best and Jane Kier, on 46.2.

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