McEwen Maintains Overnight Lead at Young Horse World Championships
With the first phase complete at the 2020 FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Six- and Seven-Year-Old Championships (Mondial du Lion, France), Tom McEwen holds on to his lead in the six-year-old class for GB and Laura Collett heads the Brits in the seven-year-olds.
Six-Year-Old Championship (CCI2*-L)
Oliver Townend on Paul Ridgeon’s Cooley Rosalent were the only British combination to take to the dressage arena today in the six-year-old championship. A score of 30.3 was enough to put them in the top five at the end of the first phase.
Following the remainder of the class today, Tom McEwen and Fred and Penny Barker’s MHS Brown Jack maintain their position at the top of the table (26.6 penalties) and go into the cross country as the overnight leaders. Ingrid Klimke for Germany closes the gap at the top, slipping into second place on Cascamara with a score of 27.4, and New Zealand’s Samantha Lissington takes third on Ricker Ridge Ricochet with 29.1.
Completing their tests yesterday for GB, Kitty King and Adrian Sweet’s gelding Monbeg Hendricks move to tenth place on their score of 32.4 penalties.
Seven-Year-Old Championship (CCI3*-L)
First in for GB in the seven-year-old class, Rosalind Canter and Izilot DHI, owned by Alex Moody and Ros, put in a great performance to score 31.5. The combination’s result puts them in seventh place, and they sit just a fraction of a penalty behind teammate Laura Collett on Teresa Stopford Sackville and Charlotte Heber Percy’s Moonlight Charmer in sixth place (31.4).
Ardeo Premier, owned by Debbie and Neill Nuttall and ridden by Alex Bragg, produced a score of 35.4 penalties to hold 16th place, with Polly Stockton and Susan Goodall’s Ballingowan Leia completing their test in 17th place on a score of 35.7 penalties.
Taking to the dressage arena on Thursday, Kristina Hall-Jackson with her own Igor B are now in 37th place (41 penalties) at the end of all the dressage and Rhian Smith riding Kim Franklin, Kerry Smith and her own Irene Leva go into the cross country in 42nd on 45.2.
The top three in the Seven-Year-Old Championship are: Sophie Leube (GER) and Sweetwaters Ziethen TSF on 27.6, Nicolas Touzaint (FRA) and Diabolo Menthe on 29.1 and Merel Blom (NED) riding Crossborder Radar Love with a score of 30.3.
Cross Country Times* Saturday, 17 October:
- 10.37am MHS Brown Jack and Tom McEwen
- 10.54am Monbeg Hendricks and Kitty King
- 12.39am Cooley Rosalent and Oliver Townend
- 1.37pm Moonlight Charmer and Laura Collett
- 2.15pm Igor B and Kristina Hall-Jackson
- 2.19pm Irene Leva and Rhian Smith
- 3.22pm Izilot DHI and Rosalind Canter
- 3.43pm Ardeo Premier and Alex Bragg
- 3.50pm Ballingowan Leia and Polly Stockton
All competition is being livestreamed on the Mondial du Lion Facebook page
*all times shown in (CEST)