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09 Jun 18

Taylor makes it a double

The British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* proved a nail biter right to the very. Dressage leaders Ros Canter and No Excuse lowered a pole in the showjumping as did second placed Izzy Taylor and Be Touchable which handed the lead to local rider Nicola Wilson and her European team gold medallist Bulana who jumped an immaculate clear.

France’s Pau four star winning duo Gwendolen Fer and Romantic Love went into second with a clear round. News came in that Nicola decided to withdraw Bulana as she plans to run at the Luhmuhlen CCI4* in Germany next week with an eye on selection for the World Equestrian Games so Gwendolen became our leader, giving her pole position in the cross country as last to go.

Japan’s Toshiyuki Tanaka put in an excellent cross country round to finish two seconds inside the time allowed of 6:39 which left him on his dressage score of 30.7 with Talma D Allou to set a bench mark for the others to match. Challenges came from Hanna Berg (SWE), Mollie Summerland and Selina Milnes who all jumped but the time was proving tough to make and time faults kept them behind the Japanese rider who was nervously waiting to see if he’d done enough.

It was then on to last year’s BETA CIC3* winner Izzy Taylor to make her challenge with Sophie Dodds’ Be Touchable but her day wasn’t going to plan having been eliminated in the CCI3* after a fall. They were near foot perfect all the way round and cruised to the finish with plenty in the tank some five seconds inside the time to end on a score of 28.5 and take over the lead. Second last to go was Ros Canter and Michele Saul’s No Excuse, who, at ten is relatively inexperienced at this level. Ros gave him a great ride but picked up 8.4 time penalties to drop down the order but the horse will have picked up a great deal of confidence from his run around Bramham Park.

The pressure then fell to the experienced duo of Gwendolen Fer and Romantic Love; they needed a clear inside the time to take victory – not one second over the time. They put in a typically French round – free flowing in a fantastic forward rhythm and they crossed the finish line with no jumping penalties. So we just had to wait for confirmation of the time…which seemed to take an age but then it was given as 6:40…one second over. The 0.4 of a penalty put her level with Izzy on 28.5 but the rules are such that Izzy was declared the winner by virtue of a fault free cross country, giving her second BETA CIC3* win in two years.

A delighted Izzy said; “It’s all very exciting; running the cross country in reverse order puts a bit more pressure on us riders which is great. To finish on the same score with one second dividing us is amazing. I was angry with myself that I’d had a fence [in the showjumping] as he has an exceptional record. I’d also had a horse fall in the CCI with Spring Power so I was not in the best of moods this morning but gave myself a bit of a talking to and make sure I gave him a good ride. I’m grateful for the win, the horse hasn’t run since Blenheim last year and he was very professional in all three phases.”

Full results here

Equi-Trek CCI3*

Kitty King took the title of best Brit in the Equi-Trek CCI3* on board Diana Bown, Samantha Wilson, Sally Eyre and Sally Lloyd-Baker's Vendredi Biats. Finishing on a score of 29.4 penalties, the pair added just 2.4 cross country time penalties to their dressage score on 27.

The win went to Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH for Germany on an incredible score of 19.4 with New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson on Swallow Springs and Bill Levett for Australia on Lassban Diamond Lift in second and third places respectively. 

For Great Britain, Richard P Jones (rider, Dinah Saunders and Sandra Martin's Alifies Clover), Gemma Tattersall (Caroline Teltsch's Santiago Bay) and Francis Whittington (Victoria Matthews' Nimrod II) all secured a top 10 finish. 

Full results here