Three horses who could have finished in the top 10 at the Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials fell out of the competition at this morning’s final horse inspection.
In the Bishop Burton College under-25 CCI3*, Bert Bolton’s ride Purple Sands (ninth after cross-country, above) was sent to the holding box, then eliminated when re-presented to the ground jury of Andrew Bennie, Jane Tolley and Nikki Herbert.
In addition, Caroline March withdrew Postmaster (10th overnight) before the trot-up.
In the Equi-Trek senior CCI3*, the ground jury of Angela Tucker, Christina Klingspor and Harry Payne asked Izzy Taylor’s mount Dax Van Ternieuwbeke (ninth overnight) to go to the holding box. Izzy then withdrew.
Several other pairs have also left the competition.
In the senior class, Jo Ward pulled out Primitive Data (52nd) from the holding box. And the following riders withdrew before the trot-up: Michael Owen (Bradeley Law, 28th), Austin O’Connor (Morning Venture, 32nd), Gordon Murphy (Batec, 48th), Alexander Whewall (Salt And Pepper, 55th) and Nana Dalton (Uwald, 58th).
Among the under-25s, Ireland’s Michelle Kenny was sent to the holding box with Asilomar Independance (16th) and then withdrew. Charlie Clover also decided not to present A Pair Of Monkeys (18th) this morning.
Swedish rider Ludwig Svennerstal trotted up Emily King’s ride Brookleigh — who lies third overnight in the under-25 class — as Emily could not run after a fall yesterday at the Generator Power Ditch Brush (fence 15) with her CIC3* ride Walitze F Vejgard. The mare ended up jumping into the ditch, rather than over the fence, sending Emily on over the brush without her.
The under-25 CCI3* wraps up this morning, with the jumping starting at 10.15am. Overnight leader Holly Woodhead (DHI Lupison) has a fence in hand over second-placed Dani Evans (Smart Time).
In the senior class, which concludes this afternoon, Flora Harris (Bayano) is less than a fence ahead of William Fox-Pitt (Fernhill Pimms).
Final updates from Bramham online later today. Full report in the magazine this week, out Thursday, 18 June.