Tiana Coudray, one of two U.S. riders competing at the Saumur CCI*** in France, placed second after dressage with Ringwood Magister (41.4) behind England’s Laura Collett on Rayef (38.0), but both riders had problems on cross-country, and Saumur turned into a showcase for Australian rider Chris Burton. Burton finished first with Haruzac and second with Holstein Park Leilani.
Coudray and Ringwood Magister had a run-out at fence 15B, an angled brush combination, and incurred 13 time penalties on cross-country as well. She then show jumped clean to finish in 11th.
Cross-country proved quite dramatic, with leader Collett eliminated on course after two refusals and a fall at the water jump at 25. The only double-clear performance of the CCI*** was Andrew Nicholson on Viscount George, who eventually finished third behind Burton with two rails in show jumping. Burton had been in 10th place after dressage with winner Haruzac, and he picked up just 5.6 time faults on cross-country and then show jumped with just 1 time fault to win. His second-placed horse, Holstein Park Leilani, was fourth after dressage, incurred 4.8 cross-country time penalties, and then had a rail and 1 time fault in show jumping.
Coudray’s clean show jumping round was one of just six out of the 38 who show jumped.
Coudray, 23, hails from Ojai, Calif., but she’s been living in England for almost a year. She relocated after the Luhmuhlen CCI**** (Germany) in June of 2011 and spent the summer at Mike and Emma Winter’s farm.
After the Blenheim CCI*** (England) in September of 2011, where she and “Finn” placed second, she moved to Nick Gauntlett’s yard in Gloucestershire and has been there ever since.
Finn is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Master Imp—Cloonkeen View, Carrabawn View) owned by Jatial Inc. and the rider.
The other U.S. rider, Julian Stiller, was in 20th place on Enjoy Me (50.8) and tied for 37th with Chapel Amble (60.4) after dressage, but she was eliminated on both mounts on cross-country. Stiller is based in Great Britain.