Funnell & Team GBR Lead At CICO Houghton Hall

Pippa Funnell & Billy Beware take the lead
Credit : Lulu Kyriacou

Saturday 26 May - 19h14 | Lulu Kyriacou/Press release

Funnell & Team GBR Lead At CICO Houghton Hall

The British team now have a slender lead in the CICO3* section at the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton Hall International Horse Trials while Pippa Funnell took the individual lead on Billy Beware.

 - Funnell & Team GBR Lead At CICO Houghton Hall

Bubby Upton
Credit : Lulu Kyriacou

It has been a pretty good day for British riders overall.  In the CCIYR section the reigning Junior European Champion, Bubby Upton has maintained her grip and still holds first and second positions on Cola III and Eros DHI respectively. She is also seventh in Cannvaro but the rest of the top ten are within a fence of her.

​The British team are only a penalty in front on the Germans in the CICO with the Irish holding third. Sweden, the USA and Newzealand complete the line up. Individually,  it is a British top three after showjumping with Laura Collett (Mr Bass) and Holly Woodhead (Parkfield Quintisential) completing the podium places.

​The CCI2* is still being lead by France's Thomas Carlile and Upsilon. Carlile had a problem in the CIC3* when the fifth placed Optimum de Buissy went lame in the show jumping. Although it looked dramatic the horse was able to be treated on site at the stables. Piggy French and Gemma Tattersall are second and third. Brook Staples (AUS) and Thomas Carlile's (FRA) Atos Barbotiere dropped out of contention during today's cross country phase. Staples was eliminated after three refusals, while Carlile's fifth placed ride collected 31 jumping penalties for both a refusal and the breaking of a safety clip on one of the fences.

Of the overnight top five after dressage, only Caroline Harris came unstuck across country – she suffered a rider fall at the final fence, having jumped clear to that point. Dirk Schrade (Dajara ), Jesse Cambell (Diachello), Piggy French (Highdown March) and Tom Jackson (Clonlaras Chacoa Princess) all came home clear and inside the time. Schrade has a two-and-a-half penalty advantage over Campbell, but with the fall of a showjump rail incurring four penalties there is still much to play for. Schrade can afford to have one rail down and stay ahead of both French and Jackson

​Full results are here

 - Funnell & Team GBR Lead At CICO Houghton Hall


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