Posted on 17th October 2020

Cross Country Complete at the 2020 World Young Horse Championships

At the end of the cross country phase, Tom McEwen holds on to his lead in the six year old championship and, after an influential day, the seven year old class sees a big shake up of the leader board at the 2020 FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Young Horse Championships (Mondial du Lion, France).


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

A clear cross country round inside the time for Tom McEwen and Fred and Penny Barker’s MHS Brown Jack ensures they hold their place at the top of the leader board in the six year old championship. A perfectly timed round – stopping the clock five seconds off the 8min 58 second optimum time - without any jumping faults, keeps the combination on their leading dressage score of 26.6 penalties, and ahead of second placed Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Cascamara on 27.4. 

Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent, owned by Paul Ridgeon, also had a good day on the cross country and remain on their dressage score of 30.3. Problems for riders higher up the leader board sees Oliver moving into the bronze medal position, from fifth, going into tomorrow’s final show jumping phase. 

Sadly, a problem just three fences from home for Kitty King and Adrian Sweet’s Monbeg Hendricks added 20 jumping and 16 time penalties to their score, dropping them down to 30th place from 10th after the dressage.

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

Clear rounds proved very valuable in the seven-year-old class with errors throughout the strong CCI3*-L course. Claiming one of those clears was Laura Collett on Teresa Stopford Sackville and Charlotte Heber Percy’s Moonlight Charmer. With no jumping or time penalties to add to their dressage score of 31.4 penalties, Laura heads into the show jumping just 0.1 penalty outside the medals in fourth place.

Alexander Bragg cruised around the track on Debbie and Neill Nuttall’s Ardeo Premier, stopping the clock one second inside the time to stay on their score of 35.5 and move up the table from 16th to seventh place.

Kristina Hall-Jackson with her own Igor B were another combination to jump a clear round inside the time, moving them up from 37th place after the dressage, on a score of 41.0, to 15th place.

Rhian Smith, riding Kim Franklin, Kerry Smith and her own Irene Leva, picked up 20 penalties at fence 7c, along with 6.4 time penalties, to complete on a score of 71.6 in 26th place.

After a refusal at fence 7b and 15b, Polly Stockton and Susan Goodall’s Ballingowan Leia added 40 jumping penalties and 23.6 time to their overnight score of 35.7, finishing on 99.3 penalties in 27th place.

Following their good start in the dressage – scoring 31.5 - Ros Canter on Alex Moody and her own Izilot DHI were unfortunately eliminated at fence 18 for a third refusal, following a stop at fence 4b and 10c.

Going into the show jumping in the medal positions are, dressage leader, Sophie Leube (GER) on Sweetwaters Ziethen TSF on 27.6, Nicolas Touzaint (FRA) with Diabolo Menthe (29.1) and Donatien Schauly Adj (FRA) riding Dgin Du Pestel Mili (31.3).

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Following the second horse inspection for both classes on Sunday morning, the show jumping starts at 11am (CEST) on Sunday, 18 October, with the six-year-old horses. 

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