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Ros and Oliver take centre-stage at Osberton International

Ros Canter galloped to success in the main BEDE CCI3*-L at Osberton International Horse Trials with MHS Seventeen.

The Lincolnshire-based rider has been in great form this year and her championship run continued at the Nottinghamshire-venue for owners Lady Milnes Coates and Deidre Johnston.

Ros and the attractive bay gelding, battled to the end with a superb clear in the showjumping to overhaul overnight leader Mollie Summerland and Flow 7 when a fence fell for the pair.

Said Ros: “Vinnie has been fantastic all week and it was really down to me. He is a brilliant jumper and it was up to me to pilot him well.”

Ros took over the ride from Nicola Wilson, following her accident earlier this year and was delighted with the win.

“I only started riding him three months ago and he has been beautifully produced for me to just jump on to.

“He is a really careful little horse and there is lot more to come. It was his first long format on the cross country and he coped really well throughout.”

Claiming second place was Pippa Funnell and Billy Wonder who jumped a good clear round to move up a place.

Mollie Summerland and Flow 7, who led after both the dressage and cross-country, finished third.

In the Investec CCI2*-L it was the turn of Oliver Townend and Sir John Peace’ talented seven-year-old Finley Du Loir, a new ride this year that Oliver has high hopes for.

Said Oliver: “I was delighted with him, you have to be in such a huge class and with so many starters.

“I really think he is very talented and has so much potential for the future.  He has had an unbelievable season and I think he is the best novice horse in the country.

“He has won his three-day here and of course he has his green blips but I couldn’t have asked more from him this week.

“He hopefully has a very long career ahead of him and we will take our time and make sure that he is done right to make him a top-level horse for the future.”

Claiming second was Finn Healy with Treamble who jumped a fantastic clear round, with Imogen Murray and Monbeg Heartbeat taking third.

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