|Yogi Breisner - Very Pleased|
Interestingly this horse and Mark Todd's Grass Valley, have both been through the hands of Alberto Giugni, an Italian rider based in Baydon, near Lambourn. Possibly a good place to go shopping.
Personally I think she's as deserving as anyone. I'd even go as far to say she has an outside chance of an individual medal, although I don't think it'll do the image of the sport any good to have a world champion called Piggy!
The New Zealander's on the other hand had a less successful time over all. Andrew Nicholson was the only gilt edge, winning one CIC*** class and coming second in the other with two of his selection list horses. Whilst Mark Todd won the CCI** , he must be getting a little nervous about team selection, having posted another less than perfect dressage score (55.6) on NZB Grass Valley. I would still send him to WEG though, as in a major championship or top 4* this man really can deliver. He took Grass Valley round Badminton like an experienced horse (he's only 10), and he won Badminton on a horse he'd barely sat on (Horton Point in 1994, and drawn 1st). The rest of his qualifications are legendary, and leaving him out would be like leaving Beckham out of the World Cup Squad. Caroline Powell did OK on Mac Macdonald and for me, she's done enough to go to WEG, but I wouldn't say the same for Black Drum (Annabel Wigley).
|Meyer - Has he already done enough?|
It was a mixed bag for the Aussie's too. Badminton winner, Paul Tapner delivered an OK test on Inonothing scoring 50.2 and rolling a rail, whilst Sam Griffiths produced a best Dressage score (41.2), but brought down 2 rails and clocked up enough time penalties for Tapner to finish in front of him.
|Alex Hua Tin - Moving up the ranks|