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Equestrian: Good start for British team in Eventing Dressage

October 1, 2010

After day one of the Eventing Dressage at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, it is Germany who are occupying the top spot in both the team and individual events. Britain are placed fourth, 9.4 points behind the leader.  Team member, William Fox-Pitt, is currently third in the individual event with a composed ride on the relatively inexperienced 10 year old, Cool Mountain.

The first rider of the day was GB’s Nicola Wilson on Opposition Buzz who got the team off to a solid start with a mark of 51.2 putting her in 18th place.  Speaking after her ride, Wilson commented; “I’m disappointed with the mark.  It was hard going first but someone has to do it.  Opposition Buzz was lovely and very rideable and we haven’t disgraced ourselves.  I’m looking forward to supporting the others now”.

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Second to go in the team event was William Fox-Pitt on Cool Mountain, this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event Champion.  Fox-Pitt had nothing but praise for his horse; “Cool Mountain has definitely improved since his trip here in the spring and this score will be a personal best for him.  He’s ready for the challenge…he takes everything in his stride and is very dependable”.

Pippa Funnell was the first of the individual riders, returning to the British squad after a five year gap.  Riding nine year old Bramham winner, Redesigned, Funnell was the final rider of the day.  A score of 45.5 puts them in eighth place, and speaking after the ride, a disappointed Funnell said; “I’m gutted.  I set my expectations quite high and was hoping for something excellent.  When you take into account Redesigned has never been in an arena like that, he coped really well with the atmosphere.  I had to aim for balance and this is not a disaster but he’s been training really well”.

Piggy French will now compete in the individual event on Jakata as well as Kristina Cook on Miners Frolic and Mary King on Imperial Cavalier in the team event.

Kirsty Page, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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