Catch up with all the latest news from the world of horse trials in our weekly column from Eventing magazine editor Kate Green
Horses in the WEG squad were in action over Nigel Taylor’s new advanced course at Aston le Walls, Northants, at the weekend.
William Fox-Pitt, who is listed with Tamarillo, won one of three advanced sections on his reserve horse, Stunning. Leslie Law was runner-up on Shear H20, who isalso in the squad.
Mary King and King Solomon, reserves for WEG, won another of the advanced sections.
Bettina Hoy was runner-up to Mary on Unsung Hero, one of three horses she has listed for the German team. Her husband Andrew was placed on his two Burghley horses, Mr Pracatan and Printer’s Absolutely Primitive, on whom he now has the ride permanently.
Pippa Funnell was placed on all her second strings, Primmore’s Pride and Walk On Star, who are bound for the British Open at Gatcombe, and Cornerman. She has confirmed that her Badminton winner and European champion, Supreme Rock (pictured), will have just the one outing, in the Scottish Open CIC*** at Thirlestane Castle in Scotland in August prior to WEG.
Performance manager Yogi Briesner says that there will be no official trial and no changes to the original list unless a horse goes lame or a rider is injured.
“It is much better for riders to know where they stand from the start because then they can prepare for the World Games. Otherwise they tend to prepare for selection only, which is not the same thing at all.”
Brook Staples, who is listed for the Australian team on Master Monarch, has broken his ankle after a fall at Tythrop; he is likely to be out of the saddle for a month.
Results from Aston-le-Walls and other weekend events can be viewed on the British Eventing website: www.britisheventing.com.
This coming weekend, advanced horses will be heading for Lulworth.
Catch up with all the latest eventing news in the next issue of Eventing magazine, which includes reports from the Doubleprint Festival of Eventing at Gatcombe, Mitsubishi Eventers Grand Prix at Hickstead, European Pony Championships at Hagen, Germany, and Britain’s new three-day event at Hartpury College.
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