Daisy pulls it off

  • There is no stopping Daisy Dick. A week after clinching a team silver medal at the World Equestrian Games, she has been crowned 2006 Blenheim Champion.

    A quick and careful cross-country round yesterday on Springbok IV left her in second place – just 3.2 penalties (less than a show jump) behind overnight leader Pippa Funnell. But when Funnell and Ensign knocked a pole in the main arena this afternoon, Dick was catapulted into first position.

    “It is a career peak – my finest win,” Dick told HHO afterwards, “I had a little dream that I could win it after the cross-country but I didn’t expect to.” Today’s win marks her third three-day victory– she won a one-star in 1992 and Aldon two-star last year. “I hoped he [Springbok IV] would show jump well but in my wildest dreams I didn’t think he’d jump that well. He was a little professional.”

    Blenheim 2006 was a good event for British riders. William Fox-Pitt and Parkmore Ed also jumped clear to take third place behind Funnell and Rodney Powell on Major Sweep finished fourth.

  • Read the full report on all the action from Blenheim in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (7 September, ’06)

    Final Results

    1. Daisy Dick (Springbok IV)
    2. Pippa Funnell (Ensign)
    3. William Fox-Pitt (Parkmore Ed)
    4. Rodney Powell (Major Sweep)
    5. Amy Tryon (Samurai) USA
    6. Jo May (Faere Vision)
    7. Francis Whittington (Sir Percival III)
    8. Hannah Bate (Valdemar)
    9. Sam Griffiths (Noble Opposition) AUS
    10. Rodney Powell (Zinzan II)

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