British individual rider, Izzy Taylor (above) rode a personal best test in her first ever senior championship with KBIS Briarlands Matilda at Malmo’s HSBC FEI  European Eventing Championships to sit in third place individually after the second morning’s dressage.

“I was thrilled with that,” she said. Izzy felt relaxed about asking the mare for big marks — “I know her very well and she’s not the kind to blow up” — and the judges rewarded her accordingly, even giving a nine for her riding.

A few minutes earlier, GBR team rider Tina Cook had also ridden an accurate test on Miners Frolic, her former European team and individual gold medallist, for 43.3pen. “I was hoping I might do 40 or 41, but we’re close enough and I was pleased with him,” said Tina. She is fifth individually at this stage.

Also muscling into the top three, now an all-lady line up, is Olympic silver medallist Sara Algotsson-Ostolholt (SWE), this time on a younger horse, Reality 39. She sits behind overnight leader Ingrid Klimke of Germany, on a score of 40.6pen.

The team placings are unchanged as yet, but with William Fox-Pitt still to go on the very talented Chilli Morning, that could yet change this afternoon.

Individual placings by lunch time of the second day’s dressage

  1. Ingrid Klimke (GER), FRH Escada JS, 39.4pen
  2. Sara Algotsson-Ostholt (SWE). Reality 39, 40.6pen
  3. Izzy Taylor (GBR), KBIS Briarlands Matilda, 42pen
  4. Niklas Lindback (SWE), Mister Pooh, 42pen
  5. Tina Cook (GBR), Miners Frolic, 43.4pen
  6. Dirk Schrade (GER), Hop and Skip, 44.2pen
  7. Stefano Fioravanti (ITA), Nodin d’Orval, 44.8pen
  8. Lucy Wiegersma (GBR), Simon Porloe, 45.2pen
  9. Frida Andersen (SWE), Herta, 46pen
  10. Astier Nicolas (FRA), Piaf de b’Neville, 46pen

Team placings so far

  1. Sweden, 128.6pen
  2. Germany, 131.6pen
  3. Great Britain, 136.2pen
  4. France
  5. Italy
  6. Ireland