The record number of entries at Somerford Park International Horse Trials meant that the CIC2* and CIC1* dressage has extended to three days.
In the CIC1* Brazilian International, Carlos Parro, heads the field on Watsui on 21.9 penalties ahead of World Number One Oliver Townend and Innislucky Paddy on 24.2, with one more day of dressage again tomorrow.
Eight other classes were completed today with the final list of winners as follows:
Open Intermediate (C) : Jonelle Price and Cloud Dancer 11 (24.2)
Intermediate (D): Piggy French and Highdown March (31.7)
Open Intermediate (E): Amy Martin and Sparkys Reflection (28.2)
Intermediate (F): Michael Winter and Gilexio (28)
Open Intermediate (G): Laura Collett and London 52 (21.4)
Novice (H): Laura Greenhalgh and Vivogue (25.3)
Novice (I): Nicola Wilson and Chabadu (20.3)
Open Novice (J): William Fox-Pitt and Grafenacht (25.3)
Commented William Fox-Pitt:
“It’s been a long while since I’ve been to Somerford but it’s an event which always gets a good press. It’s been such a bad year for cancellations, the horses really needed a run. It was a long way to come from Dorset but we brought 5 up and it was a really good education for them. We are so lucky to get this good ground. They are a great team at Somerford, who really know their job and I hope to be back.”
Laura Greenhalgh, winner of Novice H on the 8 year old Vivogue, had made the 3 hour journey from near Retford in Nottinghamshire. She described it as her biggest eventing win to date:
“I have been to Somerford once before, a couple of years ago. We came here today because we thought it would be a good prep run for the One star at Osberton. It’s such an amazing event and the going was perfect.”
Full Somerford results via http://srsresults.co.uk/