COLLETT SECURES FIRST 5* WIN AT LES 5 ETOILES DE PAU
Great Britain’s Laura Collett secured her first ever win at CCI5*-L level at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau in France with the impressive 11-year-old gelding London 52.
Winners at Boekelo CCI4*-L 2019 and Little Downham International CCI4*-S 2020, the duo had no room for error with less than a pole separating the top four. Laura and London 52 rode a beautifully judged show jumping round to complete on their dressage score of 21.3 – the lowest finishing score recorded at 5* level.
Laura and her own, Karen Bartlett and Keith Scott’s London 52 were foot perfect across all the phases, leading the field after dressage; storming around the cross country inside the time and show jumping clear on the final day to win at this year’s only 5* event.
2019 Blenheim Palace CCI4*-L winners Piggy March and Brookfield Inocent owned by John and Chloe Perry and Alison Swinburn also stepped up to compete at their first 5* together at Pau. They show jumped clear to secure the runner up spot on a final score of 22.2, the second lowest score ever recorded at Pau.
New Zealand’s Tim Price on his own and The Windrush Equestrian Foundation’s experienced campaigner Wesko completed the top three. They maintained their overnight spot picking up just 0.8-time penalties in the show jumping to finish on a score of 24.2 for third place.
The experienced GB combination of Alexander Bragg and Mr and Mrs Ellicott’s Zagreb kept their cool to ride a classy clear round to complete on a score of 24.9 for fourth place, finishing on their dressage score.
The Brit’s dominated at Pau with seven GB combinations placed in the top ten. Tom McEwen with Fred and Penny Barker, Jane Inns and Ali McEwen’s Toledo De Kerser showed their consistency and class to take fifth place on 27.0, and Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules owned by Tom Joules climbed the leader board with a commanding clear round for sixth place, 30.3.
21-year-old Richard Coney, a debutant at 5* level put in an incredible performance on his own and Wendy Coney’s ten-year-old mare Mermus R Diamonds to finish on a score of 34.6. The combination rose from 34th place after dressage, to 16th place following the cross country to complete in 9th place after their quick and faultless show jumping round.
Another 5* debutant, 23-year-old Mollie Summerland on her own Charly Van Ter Heiden rounded off the top ten after lowering a couple of rails. The impressive pair completed 34.7 for tenth place.