Tom McEwen Claims First Five Star Win
Great Britain impressed at Les Étoiles de Pau in France this weekend, as Tom McEwen secured his first CCI5*-L win at on board Fred Barker, Penny Barker, Jane Inns, Ali McEwen’s Toldeo de Kerser.
Twenty eight year old Tom followed up on his success last year, that saw him taking a World Championship team gold medal, with his first 5* title and a performance that left him 8.1 penalties ahead of the rest of the field. After posting a dressage score of 24.9 penalties, Tom led the competition from the first phase and held on to his advantage throughout. The combination added just 0.8 time penalties from the cross country, stopping the clock just two seconds over the optimum time, and on the final day the 12 year old Selle Francais gelding maintained his renowned show jumping record, jumping clear to finish on a score of 25.7.
Australia enjoyed a successful event with Christopher Burton taking the runner up spot on Claire Poole and Rebekah Burton’s Quality Purdey with a score of 33.8 and Shane Rose third on his own and Michelle Hasibar’s Virgil, scoring 34.6.
Fifteen year old gelding Zagreb, kept up his consistent 5*results, with a fourth place finish under Alexander Bragg. After a strong start in the dressage, scoring 28.8, the pair completed cross country clear within the time and added eight faults from the show jumping for owners Philip Ellicott and Sally Ellicott. In her return to 5* level after giving birth to her first baby Ziggy in July, Rosalind Canter claimed fifth place on her own 15 year old gelding Zenshera, on a score of 41.2.
Sarah Way gave Great Britain another top ten finish, placing tenth on Kate Willis and Mel Pritchard’s Dassett Cooley Dun. The 13 year old gelding, who only stands at 15.1hh, completed on a score of 65.8 penalties.