Boekelo, The Netherlands
Laura Collett and London 52 have laid the ghosts of this season firmly behind them with a win at Boekelo in the CCIO4*-L class. The pair finished on their dressage score of 26.0, beating Australia’s Christopher Burton and Clever Louis thanks to being closer to the optimum time during the cross-country phase.
Boekelo weekend will also be one to remember for young British rider Mollie Summerland, who moved up from 29th after dressage to eventual ninth with Charly van ter Heiden. The pair were the highest climbers of the competition and earned themselves the title of best first-timers.
Overall, the British team of Laura Collett and Dacapo, Izzy Taylor and Artful Trinity, and Mollie Summerland and Charly van ter Heiden, finished fifth in the Nations Cup Final. For the full story, click here.
Strzegom October Festival, Poland
Harry Meade has firmly cemented his partnership with new ride Superstition following a win in the CCI4*-L in Strzegom. Formerly ridden by Kiwi eventer Lucy Jackson, the 10-year-old gelding had only been with Harry for ten days prior to their win.
Georgia Wilson and Midnight (Grade II) and Natasha Baker and Keystone Dawn Chorus (Grade III) each pulled off a hat-trick of wins in the CPEDI3* classes at Keysoe.
While Georgia’s partnership with Midnight is well established – they won the Grade II Freestyle gold medal at the European Championships in Rotterdam – Natasha and ‘Lottie’ are still a relatively new combination, having only been together since March. This hasn’t stopped them from also qualifying for and coming second in the Novice Silver class at the National Dressage Championships in September.
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FEI Driving World Rankings
British driver Roger Campbell has come out on top in the latest FEI rankings for Pony Four-in-Hand. He sits on 32 points, three points ahead of Marijke Hammink from the Netherlands. This means that Roger, who recently represented Great Britain in the FEI Driving Pony World Championships, has achieved the FEI Top Driver Award for 2019. To see the rankings in full, click here.
Main image: Harry Meade and Superstition at Strzegom. Credit: Leszek Wójcik