A record-breaking weekend for Piggy French
Piggy French has broken the record for the most international eventing wins in a season. Her total currently stands at 14, following victories in the CCI3*-S and CCI3*-L at Osberton over the weekend.
Eventing data analysis company Equiratings has been tracking her season closely
The record was previously held by Germany’s Michael Jung, who clocked up 13 wins in 2009, 2014 and 2015.
Piggy’s first win of the season came at Badminton in May, where she rode Vanir Kamira. This was then followed by victories at a number of prestigious events, including Chatsworth, Houghton Hall, Barbury Castle and Blenheim.
Oliver Townend is World Number One
Oliver Townend has reclaimed the top spot in the FEI Eventing World Rankings. This is the third time he’s held the world number one title, having previously done so in 2018 and 2009.
Fellow Brit, Piggy French, has moved up from third position to second behind Oliver by only 50 points.
Oliver and Piggy will both have claimed points at the FEI European Championships, where they were part of the silver medal-winning British team, and at Burghley Horse Trials, where they were placed third and second respectively. Oliver has also had notable wins this season at Kentucky CCI5* and in both Burnham Market CCI4*-S sections.
Gemma Tattersall makes it three British riders in the top ten, moving up from 10th to seventh. Two notable climbers in the rankings are Pippa Funnell, who’s gone from 47th to 14th, Sarah Bullimore, who’s risen from 43rd to 25th, and Imogen Murray, who’s rocketed from 117th to 32rd.
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Horse of the Year Show
The Horse of the Year Show took place at the NEC in Birmingham from the 2–6 October.
British riders were on strong form, with notable results including…
- Robert Whitaker and new ride Dekato were victorious in the Accumulator class
- Guy Williams, riding Mr Blue Sky UK, and Robert Whitaker, riding Major Delacour, were joint winners in the Puissance
- Tabitha Kyle made history by winning both the 128cm and 138cm Championships
- Robert Whitaker, riding Cash Sent,and Emma Stoker, riding Kontador VDM,tied in the Five Fence Challenge
- William Whitaker and RMF Echo came out on top in the Speed Horse of the Year class
- Charlotte Dujardin claimed her fourth consecutive title in the Dressage Future Elite Championship, this time riding Mount St John Valencia
Barcelona Challenge Cup
The British squad, competing as Team NAF, finished third in the Barcelona Challenge Cup.
Comprising of Amanda Derbyshire and Luibanta BH, Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny, Ellen Whitaker and Arena UK Winston, and Ben Maher and F One USA, the squad finished on a score of eight penalties, leaving them tied jointly with Brazil and the USA.
The Challenge Cup was open to the nine nations who didn’t qualify for the second round of the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final.
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