Tina Cook netted first place in the CIC** at the Amlin Plus-sponsored Brightling Horse Trials.

Challenges came from Kerrie Daykin and Wild Card II, who led the dressage, and local rider Clare Lewis on Sidnificant, who took over the top spot after cross-country, but Tina triumphed after the final show jumping phase with her former Burghley Young Event Horse Champion Miners Frolic.

Andrew Nicholson and Rosemary Barlow’s grey Jumbo gelding Avebury finished in third place, fighting off a strong challenge from the multi-horsed Oliver Townend, who ended up fourth with ODT Mouse, fifth on ODT Master Rose, seventh with Best Of Spirits, and 10th on Divine Inspiration. Emilie Chandler split Oli’s rides by piloting Cavaliers Knight into sixth place.

Sweden’s Dag Albert claimed the combined open intermediate and under-21 section with his experienced campaigner Whos Blitz. Laura Collett finished second and consequently claimed the under-21 open intermediate with Mercator Du Ry.

Andrew Nicholson scored a two-point victory in the intermediate over Jonathan Chapman and Kenny.

Read this report in full, including details of which riders were caught out by the challenging cross-country course, in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (19 July, ’07)