Two of Britain’s brightest hopes in the sport of eventing are in pole position in their classes at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, held in the magnificent grounds of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s family home near Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Kitty King, who is in line to secure a place on the British team at the Rio Olympics, has set the target in the new Event Rider Masters (ERM) CIC3* section, and 20-year-old Emily King (no relation) heads the leaderboard on Loxley in section C of the Dodson & Horrell Challenge CIC3*, a class in which she finished third last year.
Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, one of the most successful riders in the sport, and the stallion Chilli Morning are still at the head of affairs in section B of the Dodson & Horrell Challenge, and New Zealander Andrew Nicholson leads the Advanced class.
These two riders suffered serious falls last year and so have received a great reception from the bumper crowd at Chatsworth. Nicholson, 54, who broke his neck last August, says he is “taking things quietly”, but he is in first and second places on Qwanza and Tesio, his two horses separated by just 0.3 of a penalty.
Gloucestershire-based Kitty King, 33, who is ranked 14th in the world, produced a beautiful dressage test on Ceylor LAN to take an early lead in the ERM class, which is the first leg of an innovative new countrywide series for the world’s top-ranked riders.
She scored 32.9 penalties to take a 3.7 lead over Ireland’s Aoife Clark on Fernhill Adventure. Germany’s Bettina Hoy is third with Seigneur Medicott going into tomorrow’s show jumping and cross-country phases which will be streamed live.
“I’m over the moon,” said King afterwards. “It’s the horse’s best test at this level by nearly 10 marks. He’s still young and sometimes gets out of balance, but he has matured over the winter.
“He does prefer a flatter cross-country track [than at Chatsworth] because he is not a thoroughbred and takes time to get into fear, but he is a lovely horse to jump and I’m really excited about tomorrow.”
Young riders were to the fore in four competitive international one-star (CIC1*) sections. Teenagers Katherine Cross, 17, and Lizzie Baugh, 18, winners of sections F and H respectively, were notching up their first international victories and revelling in the big-occasion feeling of Chatsworth.
Suffolk-based Cross, 17, who was riding Romeo Z, is on a gap year. “It’s the biggest atmosphere I’ve ridden in,” she said.
Baugh, 18, who was riding the Irish-bred Quarryman, also referred to Chatsworth’s “special atmosphere”. She is reading equine sports science at Nottingham Trent University and plans to consolidate at this level before aiming for the Young Rider team next year.
Sections E and G were won by Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal, 25, on Silver Skymaster and David Doel, 23, on Cracker Jack. Both live in Wiltshire, Svennerstal being based with double Olympic champion Sir Mark Todd.
A relaxed crowd soaking up the sunshine in the spectacular parkland surrounding Chatsworth House had plenty to entertain them aside from the equestrian action, with gundogs, Sheep Show, arena eventing, dog agility, scurry driving and falconry, plus a huge variety of tradestands and food to cater for every taste.
“The competition at Chatsworth gets better day by day, with many of our world-class riders competing; it really is an event not to be missed,” said Sam Horrell, Chief Executive of Dodson & Horrell, the title sponsor. “Congratulations to today’s winners and we look forward to the final day with the Dodson & Horrell Challenge show jumping and cross country phases playing a key part in tomorrow’s action. Good luck to all!”
The action starts tomorrow with show jumping for the Dodson & Horrell Challenge at 8am. Adult tickets for cost £18, children aged under five go free and those aged five to 14 inclusive are £5.
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