Find out how the top of the leaderboard looks after day one of dressage in the CCI4*-L at Bicton
Pippa Funnell leads the CCI4*-L section at Bicton International Horse Trials supported by Chedington on Billy Walk On, after the first day of dressage today (10 June). She posted a score of 29.4 aboard the Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw-owned 12-year-old to sit .3 of a penalty ahead of second-placed Laura Collett and Dacapo.
Piggy March and her 2019 Badminton winner Vanir Kamira are third on 29.9.
“That wasn’t her best test but it was a clear round,” Piggy said afterwards. ”I know that sounds ridiculous as she’s done a lot and is quite experienced, but I’ve actually found it very difficult since she had a busy year in 2019 with Badminton and finishing second at Burghley that year too — it was all very exciting with big occasions, prize-givings, the whole thing. Since then she has been picked up and put down so many times and it has actually been a nightmare with a horse with such a fragile temperament.
“She’s not a natural dressage horse at all — she’s built to run fast with her head down and off she goes. I’ve always said there’s a fine line with her temperament and ability and getting the very best out of her.
“I actually wasn’t really sure what my plan was today, apart from to just have a happy horse and a nice test and I felt that she was that, so I’m really pleased — she didn’t shoot her brain was brilliant. She picked her ears, she was settled and she was happy to be there. She was very true and mistake-free.”
Read the full report from Bicton in the 17 June issue of Horse & Hound magazine and keep checking back to horseandhound.co.uk for further updates and insight
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