Pau, France—Oct. 23
Australian Christopher Burton (22.0) was in the lead of the provisional ranking yesterday evening, but in the end it was Great Britain’s Laura Collett and London 52 who topped the competition this morning, with another record-setting score of 21.3. Collett also sits in 10th place with Mr. Bass (26.2).
“I am very happy with both my horses!” she said. “This is the first CCI5* eventing competition for London 52. He was a bit nervous when he entered the track, but then he was well focused throughout the test. Of course, the event is not over yet, and the cross-country tomorrow will undoubtedly shake up the ranking, but I have confidence in my horses. Mr Bass is experienced at this level of competition and is a very good cross-country horse. London is less experienced, but he is in great shape this weekend, and I can’t wait to see how he will perform tomorrow. We are very lucky to be here this weekend, and I am very happy to be able to compete with these two outstanding horses.”
Close behind, Burton and Great Britain’s Piggy March (22.2) remain in second and third place, respectively. Six of the 10 top scores were British riders. New Zealand’s Tim Price, who ranks second in the world, took fourth place with a score of 23.0 penalty points with Wesko. German rider Christopher Wahler (25.6) also made it to the top 10 with Carjatan S.
Cross-country starts tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. EST.