Sam Griffiths wins World Cup event at Chatsworth Horse Trials

  • Sam Griffiths (pictured) clinched his second CIC*** victory this year when he won Britain’s World Cup event at Chatsworth Horse Trials yesterday.

    The Australian and Happy Times — with whom he was third at both Badminton and Burghley last year — added just eight time-penalties across country to his dressage score of 43.8. They also won Belton’s CIC***, the Grantham Cup, last month.

    Lucy Wiegersma was best of the British in second with Woodfalls Inigo Jones, the horse she rode at last year’s European Championships in Fontainebleau.

    “It’s great to get rid of the demons from Badminton,” she said, referring to their run-out at the troublesome double of corners.

    Fiona Hobby was third on the 11-year-old mare Roma ML, with last year’s Bramham CIC*** winner Upleadon fourth under Neil Spratt.

    The two CIC*** sections went to Ruth Edge on Carnaval Prince II and Sharon Hunt and Tankers Town, making amends for their glance-off at Huntsmans Close at Badminton two weeks ago.

    There was a dramatic incident in the showjumping when former British junior medallist Jolyse Clancey took a fall from On A Star when her saddle slipped.

    Jolyse was taken to hospital for X-rays and an MRI scan, but her mother Alyse reported this morning that she is just badly bruised and On A Star is also fine.

    Two other people, who were injured when the loose mare headed to the collecting ring, were also taken to hospital. They were not seriously injured.

    Full report from Chatsworth in Horse & Hound on Thursday (20 May).

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