Bazoges Horse Trials

Britain’s Steven James enjoyed a bonanza weekend at the recent horse trials at Bazoges, France (19-23 September), winning both the CCI** and the CCI*.

In the CCI**, Steven led from the front with Sue Wood’s Envoy and finished nearly 15 marks clear of New Zealand’s Joe Meyer, second on Red Letter Day.

Steven won the CCI* on Cornacrew. He lay second after dressage and moved up to take top spot when the dressage leader, France’s Franck Bourny (Classic Snow Leopard), had one show jump down to drop to third. Franck was also second on Morpheus.

Last year’s young rider team gold medallist Alice Dunsdon was next best Brit in both classes, finishing sixth in the CCI** on Wolf Tone and fourth in the CCI* with War Paint.

Kreuth Horse Trials

Melanie Wilder and Minuteman put in the best British performance in the CCI*** at Kreuth, Germany (27-30 September) to finish 10th.

Gemma Tattersall kept the British end up in the CCI**, finishing eighth on Nyali Beach. Kathryn Robiinson was also 10th for Britain on Hugo Simon.

The home side made a clean sweep of victories, with Simone Deitermann (Free Easy NRW) winning the CCI***, Julia Mestern (Schorsh 6) taking the CCI** and Kai Ruder (Edino 15) scoring in the CIC*.

Read more eventing news and reports in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (4 October, ’07)