After a day of showers, the sun shone bright on William Fox-Pitt as he collected his first place rosette and cheque for £2000 this evening for winning the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3*.  He and Christopher Stone’s Chilli Morning completed their hat trick of Bramham victories when they added just 5.6 time penalties to their dressage of 31.5 after a faultless show jumping display in the morning.  Dressage second place combination Oliver Townend and Black Tie II withdrew ahead of show jumping as they’re heading to Luhmuhlen CCI4* next week which opened the field up.  Up stepped Dee Hankey with her own Chequers Playboy from seventh with a show jumping round of a single time penalty followed by a clear cross country inside the time to be William’s nearest rival but some 9.1 penalties adrift.  Third went to Karin Donkers from Belgium with Fletcha van ‘T Verahof who also rose up the ranks with a clear show jumping and quick cross country to finish on 48.4.

After the prize giving, William said; “He’s been in great form and hasn’t put a foot wrong all week – he was ‘in the zone’.   After a fairly miserable day, he was a bit quiet when I got on and he always go better if his blood is up but as soon as we started, he picked up.  We’ve achieved what I wanted; it was a nice run with enough to do.”  The duo are now aiming for Aachen CCIO3* and William feels the stallion has the credentials to be his horse of choice for September’s World Championships.

After securing his ninth win at Bramham, William added why this is such a special event for him; “ There’s such a great atmosphere here.  Look at today; the public were out in force despite the rain.  They were enthusiastic and supported the riders the whole way round.  I’ve been lucky to have the right type of horse for Bramham and the courses, particularly Ian’s, are fantastic.  It’s a perfect stepping stone for horses on their journey to the top.”

Final results are on www.bdwp.co.uk/bra plus interviews with our top three in the media section.