Less than three marks separate the top two after dressage at the NAF Five Star BE80 National Championship at Braham International Horse Trials.
Cornwall-based Emily Tamblyn and her 15-year-old, 18.1hh Irish Sport Horse gelding Knockenpower Rory, pulled off a flowing dressage test to finish day two in front on a score of 29.3.
The pair made the seven-hour journey from Cornwall to contest their first ever BE80 championships.
“He is very good in the dressage and is a dressage diva – he knows what he’s doing, it’s just whether I can keep up with him,” said full-time lorry driver Emily. “He loves a stay away show – he thinks it’s a big party.
Emily, who has owned Rory for two years, spends a lot of time hacking out to keep him fit: “We spend a lot of our time riding over Bodmin Moor, and event for a bit of fun.”
The pair are now focussing on tomorrow’s showjumping and cross-country. Of the course, Emily said: “There’s definitely a couple of decent questions out there, but I’m feeling fairly confident.”
The current runner-up after dressage is Amy Bevans and Annas Delight with a score of 31.8, while Carys Waligora and Fisherhill Pearl sit in third with 32.1.
Full results and a list of jumping start times are available here.
LOOKING AHEAD TO TOMORROW
It’s all to play for as we head into tomorrow’s showjumping and cross-country. We caught up with international rider James Adams who joined some of the BE80 riders on a course walk to find out how the course is looking ahead of tomorrow’s cross-country.
“It’s fair and asks the right amount of questions,” he said. “The undulating land will be new for some of the riders, so they will need to focus from the point of coming out of the start box to coming through the finish line.
“However, it’s a welcome challenge for anyone competing at this level, and it is a championship that everyone should aim for as it is quite something to come and have the opportunity to ride at such a prestigious venue. The standard of the course, the design and the way it’s presented is exceptional and it really is a mini Bramham!”
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