Piggy March and William Fox-Pitt lead the Young Horse Championships
The third day of 'Thoresberton' International Horse Trials saw major stars of the sport head to the top of the leaderboard across all four sections.
In the BEDE CCI3*-L Izzy Taylor and Hartacker head to cross-country in pole position for owner Camilla Behrens.
The Oxfordshire rider and the eight-year-old, bay gelding by Spartacus showed true class finishing on 25.7 penalties with Piggy March and Sportsfield Top Notch holding runner-up position.
Said Izzy: “It is fantastic to be at Thoresberton in what is a truly brilliant venue with the ground in excellent shape. I am really looking forward to cross-country day and it is great to be on such a picturesque estate with the team doing everything they can to put on the event.”
Emily King and Imposant claimed top spot in the BEDE CCI2*-L after the seven-year-old bay shone bright with a consistent performance throughout.
Owned by the Kerr-Dineen family, the 17hh, gelding by Namelus R put on an attractive test that delighted the Clwyd-rider.
“It is great to be out eventing again and the estate at Thoresby looks in great shape, we are very lucky to be here,” said Emily.
British Eventing Seven Year Old Championship
Eventing maestro, William Fox-Pitt and Lady Best’s chestnut, Under Oath enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere of the lawn at Thoresby Hall to head the dressage leaderboard in the British Eventing Seven-Year-Old Championship.
In second place is Tom Jackson with HH Moonwalk, while Wiltshire-based Georgie Strang and the mare, Darcey De La Rose are in bronze position.
British Eventing Six Year Old Championship
Two Cooley horses are out in front in the British Eventing Six-Year-Old Championship with Cooley Goodwood and Piggy March holding first and Bubby Upton with Cooley As Ice in second place.
Another rider to praise the Nottinghamshire-venue, Piggy said: “The Thoresby Estate provides a magnificent backdrop for the event and really has an international flavour. It gives these young horses great experience at a major fixture but the relaxed atmosphere of the lawn was perfect.”
With the grounds team pulling out all the stops to ensure the very best going possible for tomorrow’s cross-country it’s going to be a busy day at Thoresberton International.
Horse & Country TV are streaming all of the cross country action on Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11 October, including the CCI2*-S YH (BE Six Year Old Championship) and CCI3*-S YH (BE Seven Year Old Championship), along with Osberton’s CCI2* and CCI3* long format sections.
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