Do you want to see the British Olympic eventing team horses having their last run on British soil before they go into quarantine and then board that plane for Japan? Of course you do! And we are here to fulfil that wish…
All four horses ran in the open intermediate class and jumped double clears. Unsurprisingly, all were taken very slowly across country as this was simply a preparation event – the foot-to-the-floor winning performances will hopefully follow in Tokyo in four weeks’ time.
Tom spoke to H&H about his reaction to his selection: “I don’t know if it’s called relief – it’s definitely happiness. It’s been a long road and different to most years.
“We’ve got the most incredible group of horses and riders for selectors to choose from and I wasn’t expecting to have to be so competitive so many places. Toledo has been phenomenal everywhere and he was amazing the two places I aimed to be competitive this spring [Aston-le-Walls and Bicton], plus he’s obviously got history with three-days events and a team competition [2018 World Equestrian Games] already.”
Oliver Townend and Karyn Schuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s Ballaghmor Class landed a 22.3 dressage before their foot-perfect jumping performances.
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A pat for Karen Bartlett, Keith Scott’s and Laura Collett’s London 52 from Laura as he adds a double clear to a 22.7 dressage.
Piggy March and Brookfield Inocent scored 21.4 for their dressage before penalty-free jumping performances. Brookfield Inocent is owned by John and Chloe Perry and Alison Swinburn’s Brookfield Inocent. Piggy and Brookfield Inocent are the alternates for the team, so they will travel to Japan and can be substituted into the team during the competition if necessary.
Pictures by Nico Morgan Media
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