Monday 18th of February 2019
Eventing

Piggy French takes top honours at Somerford Park

British WEG squad member, Piggy French, took top honours at the Somerford Park International Horse Trials today in the CIC2* and narrowly missed ‘the double’, finishing a close second to Millie Dumas in the CIC1*. 

 

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Rookery Park Stud CIC2*

Piggy won the Rookery Park Stud CIC2* aboard Alison Swinburn and John and Chloe Perry’s 9 year old gelding Brookfield Innocent, finishing on her dressage score of 27.  Hot on her heels was last year’s 2 star winner, Izzy Taylor who took second and third place with the identical score of 27.2 (separated only by her showjumping times) on Liscarrow Conista and Fonbherna Lancerrespectively.

In a record field of 126 starters, just 1.5 penalties separated the Top 10 at the beginning of the day.  Dressage leaders, Mark Todd and Kiltubrid Rhapsody put in a lovely steady run ahead of Burghley finishing with a double clear and 2.8 penalties, putting him down the field to 7th on 29.1.

“This horse is a new ride who came to me 2 months ago, produced by Kevin McNab.  He is a fabulous horse and was really set alight by the cross country here.  It has a 3 day event feel about it and you could really get galloping and see what horse you’ve got. He just cruised round and is a very exciting horse for the future.  The CIC3* at Blair is next for him,” commented Piggy.

Top 3 placings:

Piggy French and Brookfield Innocent (27)
Izzy Taylor and Liscarrow Conista (27.2)
Izzy Taylor and Fonbherna Lancer (27.2)

Cooke Coachbuilders CIC1* 

© Somerford Park

Somerset-based Millie Dumas took the Cooke Coachbuilders CIC1* with Ellie Guy’s 6 year old mare Universal Cooley, finishing on her dressage score of 19.9, fending off competition from over 100 other starters. Piggy French finished in second with Sportsfield Top Notch and Oliver Townend and Innislusky Paddy behind in third.

“We took this mare last year as a 5 year old and I’ve produced her through the levels to win 4 novices already this season.  We came here today to qualify for Le Lion d’Angers. The selection is quite soon so we hope we might be considered for that. She’s a great cross country horse and she made it feel very easy today,” commented Millie Dumas.

Top 3 placings: 

Millie Dumas and Ellie Guy’s Universal Cooley (19.9)
Piggy French and Tom March’s Sportsfield Top Notch (23.8)
Oliver Townend and Innislusky Paddy (27.2)

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