top-10 finishes for British riders

  • Oliver Townend produced a fault-free spherical within the Mars Maryland 5 Star showjumping this afternoon (16 October) to safe third place with five-star first-timer As Is.

    The British rider rode a ahead spherical and Sir John Peace’s 11-year-old gray responded to go away all of the fences up over Ken Krome’s monitor.

    “I’m delighted with him, clearly,” stated Oliver. “He was bought earlier this 12 months by my new employers, the Peace household at Crew Caunton. It’s the primary time I’ve had a job since I used to be 21 so to ship outcomes for people who find themselves using me for the primary time this 12 months could be very particular to me.

    “We thought he was able to this, however you’re by no means certain, it’s five-star and something can occur. He went out a bit inexperienced and cautious yesterday and I believed final night time, ‘I hope he’s as cautious showjumping as he was throughout nation.’”

    Oliver took over the journey on As Is after he completed fifth at Blenheim Horse Trials four-star lengthy with Andrew Nicholson final 12 months, after which Andrew introduced he was stepping down from top-level competitors. The Brit has beforehand taken over various horses from Andrew, together with 2014 Badminton Horse Trials runner-up Armada.

    World quantity three Oliver added: “I really felt a little bit of strain in the present day – I stated to Andrew I felt no strain on Armada as a result of all of us knew he destroyed the place, however understanding I used to be on a superb jumper, it was right down to me to press the proper buttons and get the proper distances. He was very particular within the ring in the present day and it’s vastly particular for the Caunton crew and my crew at house to have a horse of this calibre.

    “I feel they’ve undoubtedly set their stall out by way of the actual fact I’ve had two new horses at five-star for Caunton this 12 months they usually’ve each completed high 10 [the other being Lukas, eighth at Luhmühlen]. It’s a really good begin to my job and we’ve obtained some stunning youthful horses behind these, so hopefully lengthy might it final.”

    Fellow Brit Harry Meade additionally added nothing to his rating in the present day within the Maryland 5 Star showjumping and moved up from fifteenth to seventh with Mandy Grey’s Superstition, repeating the pair’s end result from Maryland final 12 months.

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