Catch up with all the latest news from the world of horse trials in our weekly column from Eventing magazine editor Kate Green
Andrew and Bettina Hoy were in unstoppable form at Germany’s national championships at Luhmhlen CCI*** at the weekend. They finished first and second, 20 penalties clear of the rest of the field.
Andrew was riding Moonfleet, who is owned by Derby-winning owner Sue Magnier. Moonfleet may be Andrew’s best hope for WEG if Darien Powers’ show jumping cannot be sorted out in time.
His wife was second on Andrew’s former ride Ringwood Cockatoo. Her leading horse, Woodsides Ashby, owned by the German Federation, led the dressage on 28.6 but dropped to seventh with a stop on the cross-country.
Sophie Balfour was the only rider from the small British contingent to complete, in 14th place on Fernleigh Ambassador.
British best at Burgie
Meanwhile, in Scotland, British team members William Fox-Pitt, riding Ballincoola, and Jeanette Brakewell on the stallion McGuigan were first and second in the CCI** at Burgie.
Louisa Brassey, a 17-year-old schoolgirl, did well in such good company to lead the dressage on Bruce Rock, before an unhappy cross-country round dropped her down the order.
Anne-Marie Taylor won the CCI* on Sunrise Safari, who is ownedby her fiance Toby Vintcent. Sunrise Safari was bought to cheer her up Anne-Marie while she lay in hospital with a broken neck last year.
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