|Lucinda Fredericks Completes The Cross Country With An Inflated Life Jacket|
|Andrew Nicholson | One of Several Kiwis Competing|
The kiwis seemed to be out to win, or at least put their horses' fitness to the test. Andrew Nicholson rarely canters round the cross country and today was no exception giving each of his rides a good run that gave him a first and second in one of the IO classes, followed closely by Mark Todd on NZB Campino, one of the best horses he currently has.
|Paul Tapner | Inonothing Back On Course|
As importantly I was interested in the horses headed to Badminton with young British riders looking to pick off some prizemoney whilst others are saving their best for London, or they're hoping to show the selectors they have a horse in peak condition ready for the Greenwich onslaught. As a first season run, Tweseldown is probably a good starting point for that goal. To this end Rayef performed an outstanding dressage test before being withdrawn by Laura Collett, Kitty King sailed round the cross country on a very keen Boondoogle picking up 20 penalties, but made up for that with a 2nd and 3rd place on her other two mounts Zidante & High Havoc, and Francis Whittington barely broke a sweat on his two Badminton bound horses.
The most exciting season of recent times is truly underway......
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