Piggy is on the March at Cornbury House Horse Trials
Britain’s Piggy March is in the lead after dressage in the principal CCI3*-S class at the inaugural Cornbury House Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.
She scored 27.8 on seven-year-old I Diablo Joe, owned and bred by Geoffrey Burton, and has one penalty in hand over Tom McEwen and Brookfield Benjamin Bounce.
Piggy said: “It’s amazing - the effort that has gone into this event is clear for everyone to see. What a spectacular setting. We’re so lucky, especially in the current situation, to be here doing what we’re doing.
“The cross-country courses are beautifully built; it feels like being at an international three-day event with the amount of effort that has gone into it. It’s great for young horses to have a run at an event with this type of atmosphere to give them experience.”
Andrew James is in pole position in the CCI2*-S class. His dressage mark of 22.6 with eight-year-old mare Holywell Cavaliere Classic - owned by the Countess of Clarendon - is the best score at the level on British soil this year. It is a personal best at an international event for the Bedfordshire-based British rider. William Fox-Pitt lies in second with 23 penalties aboard Centurian Bay.
In the NAF-sponsored Youth Performance Under-21 classes, Phoebe Locke and Pica D’Or are on top in the CCI3*-S with a mark of 27.2, while Archie Smith-Maxwell and Akolien scored 25.5 to head the CCI2*-S.
The showjumping and cross-country phases of the international classes takes place tomorrow (Sunday, 13 September), and will be shown on the event’s livestream (www.cornburyhousehorsetrials.co.uk or www.facebook/cornburyhouseht).
There were six national novice classes at Cornbury House today, and the winners were Emily Young-Jamieson (The Empress), Georgie Strang (Speedwell), Giorgio Nardilli (Rhythm N Blues II), Stephen Heal (Quidam De Lux), Charlotte Rowe (Leacourt Touch Of Clover) and Dani Evans (Unique Van Der Hoeveweg Z).