Day 1 roundup from FEI Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International
At the end of the first day of dressage at Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials, Great Britain's first two team riders complete in the FEI Nations Cup CCI4*-S with a team score of 67.5 penalties.
Christoph Wahler, riding for the German Nations Cup team, leads the field individually ahead of Swiss team member Robin Godel.
Christoph rode Carjatan S to a score of 24.8, almost four penalties clear of the field. Tucked in close behind Robin is British individual rider Tom McEwen partnering No Excuse, on whom he has the ride while Ros Canter is expecting a baby. Less than a penalty separates the next six riders.
The Netherlands have only fielded a team of three, so complete today on a single score of 33.7. Of the teams with two scores posted, Germany lead on 55.0, with Sweden on 59.0, Switzerland on 60.5, Belgium on 66.6, Great Britain on 67.5, France on 68.8, Spain on 77.9 and Italy bringing up the rear on 81.7.
The Three Star also has a clear leader at the end of day one, Holly Woodhead riding Scuderia 1918 Future. Holly moved ahead of long term leaders Selina Milnes on Vivendi Time with Harry Meade and Gideon in hot pursuit. Holly also sits in fifth place and Harry in seventh on Vivian 47 and Mosstown Prince respectively.
The seemingly unstoppable Piggy French leads the dressage phase this evening, riding Lancer Stud's First Lancer. This horse has come back from a serious injury sustained in the field, and after much care and convalescence administered by the Craggs family, was a winner with Piggy at Rockingham Horse Trials last weekend.
Willa Newton on Cock A Doodle Doo and Zara Tindall with Gladstone are close behind in second and third places.
Competition for the Saracen Horse Feeds Young Rider National Championships starts at 11.20am on Friday 24 May, full start list can be found HERE.
Dressage restarts at 9am tomorrow morning, with gates opening at 8am.