An impressive performance from start to finish saw British event rider Laura Collett claim the prestigious seven year old title at this weekend’s FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses in France (15 – 18 October 2015). The Berkshire based UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Podium Potential rider added nothing to her dressage score of 45.2 penalties to secure the win on her own, Keith Scott and Nick How’s Mr Bass.
Lying in seventh place after the dressage phase 26 year old Laura and the German-bred, Carrico sired gelding came home clear inside the time across the Pierre Michelet designed cross country course to move up to fourth place going into the final phase.
A faultless clear round from the 2015 Senior European Eventing squad member in Sunday’s showjumping test secured the young combination victory with a 1.3 penalty lead over France’s Thomas Carlile (Upsilon) in second with Vincent Martens (Eiskonig) for Belgium in third on a score of 47.6 penalties.
A delighted Laura spoke via Facebook following her fantastic win; “I can't quite believe it ... Mr Bass is 7yo WORLD CHAMPION Mondial Le Lion!”
Laura and Maggie Sargent’s Cooley Again also took 16th place in the seven year old Championships. In the six year old Championship Kitty King and Diana Bown, Sally Lloyd Baker, Sally Eyre and Samantha Wilson's Vendredi Biats finished best of the Brits in seventh place on a score of 50.2 penalties with the title going to current World number one Michael Jung (GER) and Fischerincantas.
A full list of results can be found on the Mondial du Lion website: http://www.mondialdulion.com/en/lists-and-results/