‘Oh, I’ll show off and flick my front feet around’: Susie Berry goes into top three in CCI4*-L at Bramham

  • Ireland’s Susie Berry has gone into third place in the CCI4*-L on the second day of Bramham Horse Trials dressage riding Ringwood LB. The 26-year-old rider and Helen Caton’s 13-year-old impressed the ground jury of Polly Ann Huntington from Australia, Britain’s Annabel Scrimgeour and France’s Xavier Le Sauce to score 29.6.

    “I’m really pleased with him. He actually was just a little bit behind my leg so it could be even better,” Susie said after her test. “But we had a clear round and I thought he tried really hard because in the warm-up he sort of shrunk into himself a little bit. But he went in with a bit more atmosphere and he was like, ‘Oh, I’ll show off and flick my front feet around’, so I’m thrilled with him.”

    Susie, who spent many years based with Piggy March before setting up her own yard in Northamptonshire at the end of 2019, took on the ride on Ringwood LB from Jonty Evans, after he suffered his serious fall. They have since gone on to clock some solid results including finishing eighth in the CCI4*-S at Chatsworth last month and finishing 13th in the CCI4*-L at Blenheim in 2019.

    “He had a really good run at Chatsworth, which is quite similar to Bramham, so hopefully, he can reproduce that here and I’d be thrilled,” said Susie.

    Going into the final afternoon session of Bramham Horse Trials dressage, Izzy Taylor leads the CCI4*-L after her performance with Monkeying Around on 24, while Frenchman Tom Carlile and Armagnac De Beliard are second on 29.3.

    Keep up-to-date with all the action from Bramham via horseandhound.co.uk and read the full magazine report in the 16 June issue of Horse & Hound

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