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British Eventing team leads at Chatsworth International Horse Trials

Great Britain leads the FEI Nations Cup team competition after the dressage phase at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials, sponsored by Delarki.

The British quartet of reigning world champion Yasmin Ingham, former world champion and Badminton winner Rosalind Canter, Bubby Upton and David Doel have a 6.5-penalty lead over the French squad, which includes dual European champion and Olympic gold medallist Nicolas Touzaint, who is in individual fourth place.

Belgium is third of the seven teams, followed by Italy, Netherlands, USA, Spain and New Zealand. Chatsworth is the second leg of the prestigious FEI Nations Cup series of team competitions which culminates in a final in Boekelo, the Netherlands, in October.

Ros Canter also heads the individual leader board in CCI4*-S Section G with the outstanding score of 18 on her team horse, Izilot DHI, a 10-year-old, Dutch-bred bay gelding. “This was real dressage,” exclaimed Ros afterwards. “Izilot has really come into his own this season.

“His ability was never in doubt – he’s a fantastic horse – but he is not straightforward at home and can be spooky. However, he has a good brain for the arena and we managed to get some real training in over the winter. As a result he is more rideable and is more on my terms.”

Another British combination, Mollie Summerland and Charly Van Ter Heiden, winners of the German CCI5*-L at Luhmuhlen in 2021, are renowned for their prowess in the dressage arena and they are less than a penalty in arrears of Ros, on the brilliant score of 18.9.

France’s Stephane Landois is third on Chaman Dumontceau on a score of 22.8.

In an alteration to the timetable, the show jumping and cross-country phases for CCI4*-S Section G and the FEI Nations Cup will take place tomorrow (Saturday, May 13), with show jumping starting at 8am and cross-country from 12 noon.

The jumping phases for CCI4*-S Section H, which is currently led by Caroline Harris and D Day on a score of 26.0, and the advanced class will take place on Sunday, May 14.

For up-to-date scoring and start times, visit www.eventingscores.co.uk

In addition to the eventing action, there are more than 80 tradestands and great family entertainment including the Yorkshire Countryman, dog agility, the Sheep Show, scurry driving, Pony Club jumping and a children’s entertainment zone.

caption: Poetry in Motion: British team member Rosalind Canter and Izilot DHI scored 18 in the dressage to head the individual leaderboard in CCI4* Section G at Chatsworth International Horse Trials, sponsored by Delarki (Credit: Libby Law/Chatsworth International Horse Trials)

For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org/events/horse-trials

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