Emilie Chandler became the youngest ever winner of the Ford Ranger Eventing Grand Prix when she rode Kelly Moss to victory ahead of 2005 winners Mark Kyle and Drunken Disorderly.

Fourth to set out on course, it became apparent that an early draw was going to prove fortuitous as the weather deteriorated rapidly during the second half of this 20-strong class.

“He [Kelly Moss] is used to hunting in the mud, so the conditions didn’t faze him at all,” said Emilie, who admitted that she was shocked to win. The pair looked on track for an elusive clear round until they lowered the first part of the final fence, the Devils Dyke.

“I knew there were some good combinations to come after me, so I just had to sit and wait. It still hasn’t really sunk in yet,” added the 26-year-old former Junior European silver medallist.

Mark Kyle and Drunken Disorderly recorded by far the fastest time of the day (195.26sec), but five rails down dropped them to second.

Matthew Wright and the mare Caunton Welldone finished third, ahead of previous winner Gary Parsonage and Peter Street.

The highest placed of the three show jumpers who took part was last year’s victor Shane Breen, who finished seventh with Royal Concorde.

Results

1. Kelly Moss (Emilie Chandler)
2. Drunken Disorderly (Mark Kyle)
3. Caunton Welldone (Matthew Wright)
4. Peter Street (Gary Parsonage)
5. Huszar II (Cressida Claugue-Reading)
6. First Flight (Kristina Cook)
7. Royal Concorde (Shane Breen)
8. Castaway II (Piggy French)
9. Peter Pan (Richard Waygood)
10. Over To You (Jeanette Brakewell)

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