Day 2 roundup from FEI Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International
Another 156 event horses, at two-, three- and four-star level, performed their dressage test under clear blue skies. Due to huge entries this year, another 22 four-star combinations still have their tests to do tomorrow, starting at 8.30am, before all show jump. The four-star horses run across country on Sunday.
Four Star, including FEI Nations Cup
Germany has increased her lead in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, following the test of new overnight leader, reigning European Champion Ingrid Klimke. Ingrid rode Asha P to a score of 23.2, 1.6 points ahead of her team mate, yesterday's leader, Christoph Wahler.
Team standings are as follows, ahead of tomorrow's final riders:
- Germany 78.2
- Sweden 87.4
- Switzerland 94.9
- Belgium 97.2
- Great Britain 99.5
- France 103.6
- Italy 114.1
- Spain 118.4
The Dutch only have a team of three, their current score after two riders is 66.2.
In the individual rankings New Zealander Jesse Campbell has moved in to third place with Diachello II on a score of 28.0, dropping Swiss rider Robin Godel down a place to 4th. Best of the British riders is still Tom McEwen, 6th on Michele Saul's No Excuse.
Norfolk-born Piggy French leads the three-star by the narrowest of margins – the same as her winning margin at Badminton earlier this month. Calling Card posted a score of 26.3, dropping last night's leader Holly Woodhead down a place; Scuderia 1918 Future lies on a score of 26.4.
The first three-star competitor, Harry Meade riding Mosstown Prince, sets out across country at 15.27 tomorrow.
Three Star, Saracen Horse Feed Young Rider British National Championship
The Saracen Horse Feeds sponsored British Eventing National Championship got underway today, and it was the final horse before the judges who took the lead. Bubby Upton from Suffolk swept to the top of the table riding Rachel Upton's Eros DHI (pictured), who scored 28.6. Bubby also lies in 3rd place on last year's Houghton runner up Cola III, also owned by Rachel Upton, her rides separated by long time leader Phoebe Lock on her own Union Fortunus.
The Young Riders go cross country from 1345.
The top of the two-star leaderboard remains unchanged at the end of the dressage phase. Piggy French and The Lancer Stud's First Lancer have held their advantage, ahead of Willa Newton and Zara Tindall.
It is two-star competitors who will get tomorrow's cross country action started. Jerome Robine and Brave Heart 10 for Germany will be counted down in the start box at 9am.
Image credit: Adam Fanthorpe