Posted on 15th October 2020

Britain in Pole Position After Day One at Young Horse World Championships

The first day of dressage at the 2020 FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Six- and Seven-Year-Old Championships (Mondial du Lion, France) sees Britain’s Tom McEwen heading the table in the six-year-old class with Laura Collett in third in the seven-year-old class.


Six-Year-Old Championship (CCI2*-L)

Riding Fred and Penny Barker’s MHS Brown Jack, Tom McEwen leads the way on day one with an impressive dressage score of 26.6 penalties. The OBOS Quality 004-sired gelding has a commanding start in the competition with second placed Merel Blom (NED) and Corminta Vom Gwick over four penalties behind on 30.7. Germany’s Felix Etzel and Promising Pete TSF completes the top three on 30.8.

Kitty King and Adrian Sweet’s gelding Monbeg Hendricks currently hold fifth place on their first-phase score of 32.4 penalties. The final British rider in the six-year-old class, Oliver Townend, completes their dressage at 11.42am* on Friday, 16 October, with Paul Ridgeon’s Cooley Rosalent.

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Seven-Year-Old Championship (CCI3*-L)

First into the arena for the seven-year-old horses was GB’s Laura Collett on Teresa Stopford Sackville and Charlotte Heber Percy’s Moonlight Charmer. The combination got the competition off to a very strong start posting a score of 31.4 penalties to put them in third place. Germany’s Sophie Leube (Sweetwaters Ziethen TSF) occupies the top spot on 27.6 and Caroline Powell for New Zealand sits in second place on 30.6 with Greenacres Special Cavalier.

Kristina Hall-Jackson with her own Igor B were up next for Great Britain, scoring 41 to put them in 20th place overnight. Rhian Smith riding Kim Franklin, Kerry Smith and her own Irene Leva were the final Brits in the dressage on day one and scored 45.2 to sit in 22nd place.

The final day off dressage in the seven-year-old championship will be started for GB by Rosalind Canter and Izilot DHI, owned by Alex Moody and Ros, at 3.06pm. Ardeo Premier, owned by Debbie and Neill Nuttall and ridden by Alex Bragg, enter the arena at 3.58pm with Polly Stockton and Susan Goodall’s Ballingowan Leia concluding the dressage for the British squad at 4.12pm.

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All competition is being livestreamed on the Mondial du Lion Facebook page

*all times shown in (CEST)