Pippa Funnell in the lead of CCI5*-L after Thursday’s dressage at Luhmühlen

Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street are currently in the lead after the first day of dressage with a score of 23.1, followed by Kitty King with Vendredi Biats (26.8) and Laura Collett with Dacapo (29.7)

Pippa Funnell was delighted with MGH Grafton Street’s performance: “I was really chuffed. He was with me all the way and I personally think it was one of his best – if not the best test – he’s ever done. I’m always trying not to overwork my horses, so I worked him in a jumping saddle for the last couple of days to keep him happy, because he gets bored otherwise. The course is very good – plenty of arrowheads, plenty of corners. On Saturday, I have to make sure that he’s focused on the tasks. If I get his focus on the question he’s normally very good. So, it’s my job to get his eyes between the flags.”

Kitty King was also full of praise for Vendredi Biats: “I was absolutely thrilled with my test. He really stayed with me. It was a test you could just ride and enjoy. He likes the stadium here in Luhmühlen. He went very well and confidently, and has improved a lot. We’re looking forward to going cross-country on Saturday.”

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Images: TGL/Annette Dölger

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