William was also in action on several horses including Chilli Morning who was having his first run in the open intermediate since winning last year’s Badminton Horse Trials.
“He show jumped a super clear, over quite a decent track, and on the cross country he felt lovely. He went very nicely indeed, felt very relaxed and didn’t pull at all. He was very happy to be out and enjoyed the decent ground and lovely intermediate track,” said William on his website.
“Helen West and her team have really done a superb job to produce a good flowing track. The intermediate course was spot on for this time of year and she had really ironed out some of the tougher terrain to make the course flow well.”
Virage Des Falaises, was one of two wins for Kitty King winning a novice section with 7.6 time penalties added to their dressage score of 26.
“He made one mistake in his counter canter when he got a little excited as he thought he should be doing a flying change! He has been learning them at home so I was pleased he was thinking about them, but it was a shame it was in his test. He scored a very competitive 26,” said Kitty.
Vendredi Biats also headed an intermediate section. Kitty said:
“He stormed round the cross country in pretty wet and muddy conditions. He made the course and the testing conditions feel very easy and gave me a great ride. We picked up a handful of time faults to win the section by nine marks.”
Mary King denied Kitty a third win with King Robert II finishing less than a point in front of Kitty’s Virage Des Faliases in another novice section. Julia Norman riding the seven-year-old Joblesse Can Bareelhof won the remaining section.
Crewkerne’s Thomas Hawke took the open novice riding Mr Cruise Control and was second in the open novice under 18 class on Irish Jester to Talullah Bartlett riding Tiggity Boo.
BE100 sections went to Lauren Pinnell and Tihui Sept, Dani Evans and Fun Time Cilla, Millie Dumas riding Electric Lux and Tom Mcewen on The Magician.
The BE90 sections were headed by Maxime Jambleu on Cante Jondo Rocio, Pippa Tucker on Rambo II, Suzie McGeorge on Langarth Gwendolen and India John riding Balllyhooly,
Nearly 800 riders contested the three days with the plaudits coming thick and fast on Social Media following the event.
Speaking after the event, Organiser Helen West said
“It was a very good event and we’re delighted. The rain on Friday tested the team to the max, but everyone stepped up to the mark and we produced a great day of competition. The ground was put right on Friday evening and by Saturday morning the going was perfect. We benefitted from lovely weather on Saturday and Sunday which brought out plenty of spectators to enjoy the competition. This year I’ve really worked on designing courses that flow and are encouraging while asking questions at the appropriate levels. The comments we had following the event were superb, and gave us a lot of encouragement that we are putting on events that competitors and spectators want. My next aim will be to secure an advanced and CIC*** here at Bicton Arena.”