Barbury Horse Trials - Day Two: Britain's Kristina Cook leads in the CIC three star
Britain’s Kristina Cook and Billy The Red are the overnight leaders in the CIC*** competition after the second day (July 7) of the St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials.
The former European Eventing champion and three times Olympic medallist produced a stunning test riding the ten-year-old gelding, securing a mark of 40.4.
Kristina Cook was really pleased with her test: “Billy is only a young horse and there is masses of atmosphere here today. He can be a buzzy, which makes him good on the cross country, but means he can show some tension in the dressage, but he was great in the arena today and I am delighted how he responded”.
Australia's William Levett performed the best dressage test with a remarkable 36.1 on Lassban Diamond Lift. However, the combination withdrew from the competition following their test, leaving Cook to take pole position ahead of Saturday's show jumping phase.
Britain's William Fox-Pitt the overnight dressage leader after day one, riding Clifton Signature now sits in second place on 40.7.
Two Wiltshire based riders are in third and fourth place. New Zealand's Tim Price (based in Mildenhall) riding Ringwood Sky Boy delivered a smart dressage scoring 41.3. Vendredi Baits and Kitty King (based at Lower Stanton St Quintin) scored a dressage mark of 42.2.
The CIC*** competition continues on Saturday and concludes on Sunday with the cross-country, run in reverse order of merit.
Saturday at the St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials also features the dressage phase of Leg Three of the Event Rider Masters, the CIC** showjumping and cross country as well as the JCB Champions Challenge.
For the record marlborough.news has sponsored an obstacle on Barbury's famous cross country course. Although the fence looked amiable enough, it caused a couple of refusals. These two seasoned competitors took it in their stride.
Remember that you can watch live streamed television coverage of the Event Rider Masters competition at Barbury on your computer or iPad or whatever:
Saturday, July 8: Dressage coverage from 10.15am (GMT)
Sunday, July 90: Showjumping from 9.15am and cross-country from: 2.15pm (GMT)