Eventing in numbers: a 100% completion rate, a 15.5 dressage score and 1 very speedy rider

  • H&H’s eventing editor continues our new series rounding up fun statistics from the week’s eventing action

    Dates: 9-15 March, second week of the 2015 season

    The basics

    Number of British Eventing (BE) fixtures: 3 (Tweseldown (1), Oasby (1) and Poplar Park)
    Number of BE sections run this week: 74
    Number of BE sections run so far this year: 131


    Best dressage scores

    Poplar Park: 16.4, for Pippa Funnell and Billy Landretti, who finished second in the open intermediate
    Tweseldown: 18.8, for Sophie Callard and Gucci Darco, who stayed ahead to top BE90 section R
    Oasby: 15.5, for Arthur Duffort and Cemie, who dropped down to 12th in intermediate section K after 20 jumping penalties across country. Arthur also takes on the mantle of having the leading dressage score of the season so far


    Speedy gonzales


    4: number of pairs who beat the 4min 57sec optimum time over the intermediate course at Poplar Park — Sophia Lee and Porters Hill (sixth in the intermediate), Andrew Nicholson and Swallow Springs (winners of the open intermediate), Katherine Coleman and Courage Under Fire (third in the open intermediate) and Jo Chipperfield and On Your Marks (pictured, fourth in the open intermediate)
    1: number of pairs who beat the 5min 3sec optimum time over the novice course at Poplar Park — Victoria Fleming and Glenavadra Whos Who, second in novice section M

    And also…


    4: number of starters in the advanced intermediate at Poplar Park
    8: number of sections with a 100% completion rate this weekend — 2 at Tweseldown and 6 at Oasby
    0: number of riders who beat the optimum time over the intermediate course at Tweseldown
    2: number of riders at Oasby who racked up more than 40 time-penalties across country


    Further afield

    9: number of British-ridden horses who have been entered for Rolex Kentucky
    2: number of days until entries close for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
    8: number of fixtures in the FEI Nations Cup calendar this year, which starts this weekend at Fontainebleau, France. The British team consists of Nick Gauntlett (Crown Talisman or El Grado), Flora Harris (Amazing VIII), Izzy Taylor (KBIS Briarlands Matilda) and Francis Whittington (Easy Target)

    Full reports from Tweseldown, Oasby and Poplar Park in H&H this week, out Thursday, 19 March.

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