Pippa retains pole position at Blenheim

  • Jo May, a freelance riding instructor from Somerset, rewrote the leader board at Blenheim this morning with a stunning test aboard Faerie Vision.

    May’s 44 pen score secured her second place, with two penalties in hand over Daisy Dick in third. Fairie Vision is by Diana Scott’s English thoroughbred Ben Faerie who also sired the famous Priceless, ridden by Ginny Elliot in the 1980s. May and Faerie Vision finished 19th at Boekelo in 2004 but an injury kept Faerie Vision from competing in 2005.

    British WEG team member Daisy Dick (pictured) and 11-year-old Springbok IV produced a stylish test to take third place behind May on a score of 46 pen. Although Dick’s score pushes Jeanette Brakewell and William Fox-Pitt down the rankings, it ensures British riders dominate the leader board, holding the top eight places.

    Britain’s Louisa Brassey, 21, from Tetbury also rode an impressive test this morning, completing the dressage phase on a score of 50 penalties. Amy Tryon from America heads up the international competitors on a score of 50.4 pen.

    Dressage day two: lunchtime

    1. Pippa Funnell (Ensign) 40.4 pen
    2. Jo May (Faerie Vision) 44 pen
    3. Daisy Dick (Springbok IV) 46 pen
    4. Jeanette Brakewell (Sidewinder) 46.9 pen
    5. Birthday Night (William Fox-Pitt) 47.3 pen
    6. Olivia Haddow (Patris Filius) 47.9 pen

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