It was a win for Izzy Taylor with her own and British Eventing Chairman Mark Sartori’s 11 year-old gelding Monkeying Around earlier today in the CCI4*-L at Bramham International Horse Trials.
From a very strong field of more than fifty starters the Brits certainly dominated by taking seven of the top ten placings. It was Izzy though, who having taken the lead yesterday after the cross country with just 1.2 time penalties to add to her dressage score, held on to it through the final showjumping round to conclude what had proved to be three great days of competition.
Entering into the showjumping arena Izzy knew that she had a few time penalties in hand but needed to jump clear if she was to hold onto the lead. Doing just that she finished with all fences untouched stopping the clock just 3 seconds over the time allowed to claim the win. Taking the title would have certainly been a great birthday present for Izzy who had celebrated her 39th birthday yesterday. Talking after the cross country izzy said “It’s a tough gritty course and he dug deep and got on with it. He’s a very careful horse and he was very good to me”.
After the presentation Izzy said “I’m just thrilled with him. He [Monkeying Around] won his first four star at Burnham Market in 2020 and to then come here, which is a whole different competition in many respects, just proves to me that he is a proper horse. He’s a real one. I’m really thrilled for everyone that’s involved with him. There’s a lot of work behind them all, as we all know, so I’m delighted.”
It was a particularly strong line up for Great Britain with the top three all carrying the union flag. Ros Canter on Pencos Crown Jewel owned by Annie Makin and Kate James took 2nd on a final score of 28 which was her dressage score to which she had nothing to add. This saw them finish just 1.6 penalties behind Izzy who had finished on 26.4. Kirsty Chabert with her own and the Daisy Chain’s Opposition Loire finished in 3rd place on 32.5 penalties.