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EQUESTRIAN: In-form King wins again
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
KITTY King can seemingly do no wrong at the moment and she was clearly suffering no ill effects from her recent broken wrist, in claiming yet another win at the Osberton Championships, writes NICKI STRONG.
The Lower Stanton St Quintin-based rider took the six-year-old class aboard Ceylor L A N, who finished on a 38.5 dressage score.
The horse rarely picks up any jumping penalties and he made no mistake here either, and made the perfect step up in class having won the five-year-old equivalent here last year.
King placed 11th with Caeleste in the same section, adding only minor time penalties to their dressage mark, whilst Mo Cuiske pulled out all the stops to come third in the seven-year-old class. King was thrilled with his 47.6 dressage in very wet conditions.
Elsewhere, at Little Downham Andrew Nicholson was on form with two wins. Jet Set IV provided one of those at Intermediate, continuing his remarkably consistent season with another double-clear to add to his 11. Teseo followed suit to win his Advanced section, only adding 1.6 time penalties to a 35.7 dressage. The time actually proved to be very influential with nobody going inside.
Quimbo also campaigned at Advanced, but couldn’t continue his winning form from Gatcombe, despite leading after the dressage phase with an impressive 26.3.
The horse picked up 20 cross-country penalties as well as four faults showjumping. Badgerstown’s young star Tom McEwen finished ninth with Dry Old Party, who was having a pre Pau four-star run. Clearly happy to be out, he earned a rather fiesty 42.1 which would not be his best result. Incidentally, McEwen ran through his test a second time without competing and was judged at 29.5 – a marked improvement.
He added some quite hefty time penalties when taking things steady across the country, but a super double-clear was just what the doctor ordered after McEwen was unseated at their last outing together at Burghley.
Laura Collett took a trip to Dauntsey Park with three rides, all of whom finished in the top 10 of their respective sections. Noble Bestman performed best of all to come third with a double clear and a dressage worth 28.2 in the Open Intermediate.
A number of Wiltshire riders made the journey to Lignieres for the two-star and Tim Price was the highest placed representative with Wembley III, who finished on a competitive dressage score for sixth place. He also partnered Haddon Trump Card to 16th, while his wife Jonelle Richards was unable to get competitive with her rides.
Lambourn’s Chris King was 11th with GI Master Caster and Highworth’s Paul Tapner competed with Pioneer Milly and Up In The Air, who finished 25th and 36th respectively. Both horses jumped clear cross country rounds with a few time penalties as well as picking up four faults a piece showjumping, but the dressage marks favoured Pioneer Milly.
Many of the locally based riders have now made their way to Boekelo for the three-star competition, and finale of the Nations Cup series.
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