Oliver Townend held the top three spots in the open intermediate at Isleham Horse Trials in Suffolk (1-2 March) after dressage with Clover Curtis, Waterview, Divine Inspiration.

He ultimately landed the spoils with Clover Curtis, finishing 2.3pen ahead of Chase The Moon, ridden by Piggy French.

Young rider Rachael Lupton, 20, impressed with her two speedy greys, Blue Brook and Holly Blue Curtis. They finished third and fifth respectively — sandwiching Lucy Holliday and High Times in fourth.

Oliver put in a spirited bid to land an Isleham double in the intermediate section, but was foiled by Andrew James’s superb jumping display on Lucy Williams’ Cudlic Earl. Oliver finished second in this section on Black Ace and third on Tribal Leader.

Read the full results

Read the full report on all the early season action from Isleham in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (6 March, ’08)