Eventing’s stars of the future were on display at Osberton International Horse Trials in Nottinghamshire today as they took on the cross country phase of the 2022 British Eventing Young Horse Championships, supported by The Howden Way.
The Championships are considered the best way to see some of this country’s finest young event horses, with the national five-year-old, six-year-old, and seven-year-old titles being contested. The overall champions will be crowned after the show jumping tomorrow, but today saw the thrill of these talented young horses in action over the cross country test.
The Howden Way 5YO Championship
Van Kaunitz, owned and ridden by Sara Squires, remains in the top spot in the 5YO Championship at the end of the first two phases. The pair added just 0.8-time penalties on the cross country course to leave them on a current score of 28.7. A clear inside the time for Kitty King and MBF Redhouse Evoque has moved them up into second; swapping places with Ros Canter and Silvesters Finesse, who drop back to third after picking up 1.2-time penalties.
The Howden Way 6YO Championship
The top 3 places in the 6YO Championship remain unchanged after cross country, with the leading combinations coming home clear inside the time. Australia’s Kevin Mcnab has held on to first place with Sofia Von Moltke’s gelding, Faro Imp. They stay on their score of 26.9, just ahead of Tom McEwen and Monbeg Equity in second and Caroline Harris and Pepper Dream in third – both combinations sitting on a score of 28.3.
The Howden Way 7YO Championship
It’s all change at the top end of the leader board in the 7YO Championship. Quick clear rounds proved particularly valuable, as demonstrated by Britain’s Piggy March who moved up to take the top two positions. Piggy currently holds the lead with Olivia Davidson’s Dassett Arthalent (28.9) and second place with Brookfield Future News (29.2). Adding just 1.2-time penalties to their total to leave them on a two-phase score of 33.8, Emily King and Sunny Side Up complete a British top 3 ahead of tomorrow’s final phase.
The show jumping gets underway at 9.30am tomorrow morning. Follow the live scores here.
Find out more about Osberton International Horse Trials here.
The BE Young Horse Championships are supported by The Howden Way, as part of The Howden Way Young Horse Academy framework. For further information on The Howden Way and the training and development it offers with BE, click here.