Blenheim Horse Trials Friday dressage start times: former winners, young guns and eventing legends – find out when your favourites will ride

  • Friday dressage start times are out for competitors in both the CCI4*-L and CCI4*-S for eight- and nine-year-old horses at Blenheim Horse Trials.

    The first 45 combinations in the CCI4*-L started their campaigns today, with 24-year-old Yasmin Ingham and Banzai Du Loir topping the provisional leaderboard on the end of day one.

    Matthew Heath and Ballycoog Guinness will be first into the arena on Friday at 9am.

    Bella Innes Kerr and Highway II kick off the list of former Blenheim Horse Trials CCI4*-L victors to watch on Friday. Bella, who took Blenheim glory in 2018, has a dressage start time of 9.49am.

    It’s 20 years since Andrew Nicholson last won the feature class at Blenheim Horse Trials (he has since won the young horse section) and this year he returns with the 10-year-old OBOS Quality son Monbeg Exclusive at 10.28am.

    Pippa Funnell has lifted the CCI4*-L trophy here on four occasions. Her ride at this year’s event is the 11-year-old Jaguar Mail gelding Maybach (2.51pm). Piggy March, winner here in 2011, holds second place overnight with Brookfield Quality and is in action on her second ride in this class (Sportsfield Top Notch) at 12.56pm.

    Bicton CCI5* winner Gemma Tattersall is in action on the second of her two rides this week, Jalapeno, in the CCI4*-L at noon. She is currently holding third place in the young horse CCI4*-S on Flash Cooley (28.3).

    World champion Ros Canter, overnight leader in the young horse CCI4*-S with Izilot DHI and provisional sixth in the CCI4*-L with Rehy Royal Diamond, takes to the white boards on Friday with the multiple four-star winner Lordships Graffalo at 3.12pm.

    Tokyo Olympic eventing team gold medal winners Oliver Townend and Tom McEwen both have further rides on Friday. Tom, who also won individual silver in Tokyo, partners Bob Chaplin at 3.26pm, while Oliver and new ride Swallow Springs round off the day at 4.35pm.

    Blenheim Horse Trials start times: CCI4*-S Friday dressage

    The second day of CCI4*-S dressage will start at 10.30am with Piggy aboard Cooley Lancer. The pair are followed by French rider Gaspard Maksud and Zaragoza II, the highest-rated eight-year-old in the field.

    Izzy Taylor and the talented Hartacker, a horse who has wins at two- and three-star level under his belt in his exciting young career, will be one to watch at 12.42pm. Rosie Fry and Romantic round off the young horse class at 3pm.

    See the full list of Blenheim Horse Trials dressage start times

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