|Mark Todd & NZB Campino | Olympic Selection Contender - 5th After Dressage|
I missed the rainy start to the day, and sadly also Phillip Dutton's ride on Mystery Whisper. I was however very pleased to have caught Mark Todd's ride on NZB Campino, probably his best team selection candidate for the London Olympics. Campino's test today might not have been the most exuberant & stunning we have seen over the past few days, or perhaps as good as his Houghton score in warm sunny conditions, but this was a very nice relaxed, athletic and correct test to score 44.0, just 2.4 marks off Andrew Nicholson's leading score of 41.6 on Avebury. I think Mark's horse has every chance of finishing on his dressage score here.
|Group Hug | The US Shortlist With Mark Phillps|
Less than 5 points separate the top ten in the CIC*** and going on previous years' results at Barbury, I recon any of the top 15 have a chance of winning here, if they can keep a clean sheet over the weekend!
|Laura Collett | Winner Of 2 Novice Sections|
|Matt Ryan | Nicely Through The Adapted Box Water Fence|
|The Familiar Dolphin In The First Water Fence|
|Laura Collett (Again!) | Riding Allora 3 In The CIC**|
With a friend riding in the CIC** I trundled off to the other side of the showground in golf cart late afternoon to watch their dressage, and surprise, surprise, there was Laura Collett again, this time on a very flashy looking dark coloured mare named Allora 3. I had heard Laura mention the horse before in tweets, but never seen it - what a truly classy looking horse, and one that has a useful record and Laura's respect. They scored 41.7 to sit equal 5th in their section after dressage.
There will be no coat tails flapping in the wind as we move on to showjumping and cross country tomorrow in the International classes. With a tail wind and hopefully some mobile reception, I'll be tweeting (Barbury's sadly not built for mobile internet). In the meantime here's a few useful links:
A FEW OF MY PHOTOS
Barbury Castle Horse Trials Website
Photos from Uptown Eventing
If you can make it to Barbury, you should, it's fantastic family fun!