Polly Stockton (pictured) has taken fourth place in the dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Horse Trials, with 14 competitors still to perform their tests.
Polly is the only British rider at the American CCI**** this year, as funding normally allocated to the trip has been diverted to this summer’s Olympics in Hong Kong. Polly’s sponsor Charles Owen has helped fund her visit, and her mount Tangleman now has the sponsor’s name prefixing his.
Polly and Charles Owen Tangleman scored 52.2 to slot into fourth, nearly 13 penalties behind the current leader.
The home nation’s Becky Holder and Courageous Comet took the lead yesterday, scoring 39.3. This pair, who were 15th at Burghley 2006, have not been headed so far today, although Heidi White has come close, with a mark of 40.6 on Northern Spy. Stephen Bradley is third with Brandenburg’s Joshua.
The 14.1hh pony Theodore O’Connor, third last year with Karen O’Connor, is currently 14th on 58.2.
Polly goes across country at 2.35pm local time tomorrow (7.35pm British time).