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Blair Castle horse trialsThe 2015 eventing season in the northern hemisphere is drawing to a close.

The senior championships this year for Britain was the European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle, Scotland (10-13 September).

Having a championship “at home” offered a particular opportunity for British riders, as the host nation can field 12 pairs, rather than the usual six.

Team debutant Kitty King and Persimmon led the home side effort finishing fourth individually and spearheading the team to silver behind the mighty German squad. The other team members were Pippa Funnell (Sandman 7), Nicola Wilson (One Two Many) and William Fox-Pitt (Bay My Hero).

Britain’s eight individuals also went well, with six completions and two finishing in the top 10 — Izzy Taylor was sixth on KBIS Briarlands Matilda and Gemma Tattersall took ninth with Arctic Soul.

Germany’s Michael Jung completed an amazing fortnight at Blair when he added the individual European title (FischerTakinou) to his Burghley win with La Biosthetique-Sam FBW the week before. This feat was made all the more remarkable as it transpired afterwards that he had chipped a bone in his ankle at Burghley in a fall from his first horse, the 2014 WEG individual silver medallist FischerRocana FST.

FischerRocana had more luck at the first four-star of 2015, Kentucky in April, which she and Michael won.

Also back in the spring Badminton in May went to William Fox-Pitt, who secured his second title here and made history by riding the first stallion winner, Chilli Morning.

The lead was held from the outset by William’s old rival, New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson, but he faltered in the final phase and dropped to sixth place on Nereo. Meanwhile William’s showjumping clear moved him up from second after dressage and cross-country to top spot.

At Luhmühlen, Germany, in June, the home side’s Ingrid Klimke secured the title on Escada JS. This was her second win at the level after taking Pau last autumn on Horseware Hale Bob, also runner-up at Badminton this year.

Ingrid’s strong placings gave her the 2014/2015 FEI Classics title and she picked up her winners’ cheque at Burghley. She is the second woman (after Mary King) and first Continental European to win this series.

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