After an exciting day at Thoresberton International, Izzy Taylor and Hartacker maintain the lead they gained in the dressage phase with a fantastic clear cross-country over the Thoresby parkland.
The Camilla Behrens owned eight-year-old made light work of Stuart Buntine’s course to continue their progress in the main CCI3*-L section on a day that generally held fair with a scattering of showers interspersed between brilliant autumnal sunshine.
Northamtonshire’s Piggy March, having a great run at Thoresberton so far, also kept the silver placing from dressage day with Sportsfield Top Notch as did Mark Davidson and the attractive grey, Highlight K when maintaining third position.
Holding the lead in the CCI2*-L is Jamie-Lee Day and the eight-year-old, Hanleen Didjeridoo making their trip from North Somerset a successful one after dressage and cross-country.
Jamie-Lee’s scorching round on the eight-year-old, bay gelding really showed the great flow of Stuart’s cross-country course which made its way round the stunning Thoresby Park.
The lawn provides a wonderful bowl for spectators able to see a host of fences from what quickly became a ‘must visit’ vantage point for support teams.
Overnight leader, Emily King and Imposant were left to fight another day after parting company while time penalties for Sarah Holmes and Harley Brown, in second after the dressage, saw them drop way down the leaderboard with 12.8 time penalties.
Emily Young-Jamieson and Obos Nidge hold second place, on the same score as Jamie-Lee but just further off the optimum time, while Caroline Harris and Cadannus hold an additional 0.8 penalties for third place.
Surrey-based Tom Jackson is in first place in the British Eventing Seven-Year-Old Championship with a smart clear round in the showjumping moving them up to pole position with 26.4 penalties.
Overnight leader, William Fox-Pitt and Under Oath fell by the wayside after five fences hit the ground while Frenchman Gaspard Maksud and Zaragoza II moved up to second place after a great clear round leaves him on his dressage score of 29.3 penalties.
Irish rider Susie Berry and Wellfields Lincoln owned by Anne Marling and Sue Wilkinson are in third with the Luidam gelding also moving up the leaderboard after a fantastic clear in the showjumping ring.
In the British Eventing Six-Year-Old Championship with dressage and showjumping complete, Piggy French and the attractive grey, Cooley Goodwood maintain the lead they claimed after the first phase.
Owned by Susie Wood, the Obos Quality gelding gave the show jumps plenty of room to score a clear round and keep their first place with 24.6 penalties.
Cheshire-based Hayden Hankey and Head’s Up moved to second position thanks to their clear showjumping while Bubby Upton and Cooley As Ice dropped a place after one of the coloured poles fell.
With just one day to go, Thoresberton and the stunning Thoresby Park venue continues to receive huge praise from riders and supporters delighted to have the Nottinghamshire estate join the eventing calendar.