Britain is off to a promising start at Badminton Horse Trials with Ruth Edge (pictured) and Terry Boon taking first and second place as the judges break for lunch. Karin Donckers (Bel) is currently in third place with Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Britain’s Daisy Dick less than four penalties behind.

Polly Stockton was first to enter the sun-drenched main arena at Badminton this morning, performing an accurate test with Regulus. World Class Potential squad member Lucy Wiegersma was next to go with In the Purple, scoring an impressive 53.7 pen. Andrew Hoy was the first international rider in the arena and a workmanlike performance from Mr Pracatan saw the pair taking an early lead with a score of 49.1.

William Fox-Pitt and Tamarillo executed a dynamic test but resistance from Tamarillo on the flying changes lost them valuable points, relegating them to second place below Andrew Hoy by mid morning.

But Fox-Pitt’s score was soon to be eclipsed by an excellent test from Daisy Dick after the coffee break. Dick’s polished performance with Spring Along earned her a score of 49.4, pushing her into fifth place. Ruth Edge rode an accomplished test on Two Thyme, only making one mistake on the last flying change, to take the lunchtime lead with a score of 40.6 pen. A good test from Terry Boon and Foreign Exchange put him just 0.3 pen behind Edge. Foreign Exchange’s advanced outline ensured high marks for paces and submission. Last to go, Karin Donckers from Belgium with Gormley scored 45.6 pen – trumping Hoy’s score to take third position behind Edge and Boon.

But with Pippa Funnell, Rodney Powell and Caroline Powell all riding this afternoon, as well as France’s Pascal Leroy and Germany’s Ingrid Klimke, the scoreboard could change dramatically by evening.

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