Team GBR in second place ahead of cross-country phase.

30th Aug 2019

Great Britain is second behind hosts Germany, for whom Michael Jung and Ingrid Klimke top the individual standings. Laura Collett, who led the field after day one of dressage with her own, Keith Scott and Karen Bartlett’s London 52, is now third. She’s joined by three other Team GBR riders in the top ten – Oliver Townend (7th), Kitty King (8th) and Tina Cook (9th).

Laura commented that competing as an individual might help ease the pressure tomorrow: “I’ll be able to do my own thing and concentrate on my own horse”. She also revealed that she’ll be wearing her lucky gold horseshoe in the cross-country: “I was given it by a friend at a Junior competition years ago and I found it when I was getting packed for coming here the other day, so I’ll definitely be wearing it.”

Tina Cook on Elisabeth Murdoch’s Billy The Red was the first Team GBR rider to perform in the dressage arena on the second day of competition, and she posted a score of 28.3 to stand ninth after the dressage phase. Commenting afterwards, Tina said: “[Billy The Red] has the potential to do a really amazing test. He was born sharp and bright, and you can’t take that out of him – for a little horse, he’s very elegant. I have to be so relaxed myself to make it seem as though we’re in the school at home and there are not thousands of people watching him.”

Kitty King, on Diana Bown, Sally Eyre, Samantha Wilson and Sally Lloyd-Baker’s Vendredi Biats, is competing at Luhmühlen as an individual. She posted a score of 27.9 and lies eighth going into the cross-crountry phase. “It’s probably the biggest atmosphere [Vendredi Biats] has been in and he coped really well,” she said after her test. “He may not be the finished article just yet but it’s exciting and there’s more to come. He’s just getting stronger and more mature.”

The anchor rider for Team GBR was Oliver Townend on Angela Hislop’s Cooley Master Class. He scored 27.6, putting him in seventh, and is looking forward to the cross-country phase on Saturday: “It’s a proper course – beautifully designed and beautifully built. Sometimes, you get a gimmicky course where you feel they’re trying to catch your horse, where for me I prefer one where, if you’re on your line and your horse is 100% switched on and focussed, then you should do well.”

The cross-country phase begins at 10:00CET on Saturday 31 August. The Team GBR riders will begin their rounds at the following times:

10:32CET              Pippa Funnell – Majas Hope

11:48                     Piggy French – Quarrycrest Echo

12:24                     Laura Collett – London 52*

13:44                     Tina Cook – Billy The Red

14:04                     Kitty King – Vendredi Biats*

15:04                     Oliver Townend – Cooley Master Class

* denotes riding as an individual