Severson 3rd as International Riders Take Charge of Blenheim Dressage

Credit : Blenheim International

Friday 15 September - 08h35 | Lulu Kyriacou/Press release

Severson 3rd as International Riders Take Charge of Blenheim Dressage

It was all change at the SSang Yong Blenheim International Horse Trials on Thursday as the international visitors stopped British dominance in its tracks.  The CCI3* is now led by Germany's Julia Krajewski and for the first time ever, a Japanese rider heads the board at a British CIC3* with Kazuma Tomoto claiming the top spot in the 8/9 Year Old section.

 - Severson 3rd as International Riders Take Charge of Blenheim Dressage

Julia Krajewski, Chipmunk
Credit : Adam Fanthorpe

Riding Chipmunk FRH, the 28-year-old Krajewski scored 33.4, which gives her a 2.3pen lead over Britain’s Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street.
Julia said: “I normally don’t get nervous before dressage, but when you’re right at the end you have time to think about it. This is the highlight of Chipmunk’s season - he was my reserve horse for the Europeans, so he was fittened up for that, and we thought Blenheim would be a good alternative. He wants to please and he’s very genuine - if he understands something, he’ll do it.”
The USA’s Kim Severson is in third with 37.8 aboard Cooley Cross Border. Severson led a good performance overall by the large visiting American contingent with herself and Hannah Sue Burnett (RF Demeter) making the top ten in this section and Liz Haliday Sharp claiming fifth spot in the CIC 8/9 year old section. Doug Payne and Vandiver are top twenty placed in the hugh 84 starter CCI 3*. 
The international theme was continued in the CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses. After the first day of dressage for this prestigious class, Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto is in first place aboard Brookpark Vikenti with a mark of 40.7.
Kazuma, who has been based with one of Britain’s most successful riders, William Fox-Pitt, for the past three months, admitted that he was “very surprised” to find himself in the lead. A former showjumper who is only in his second season of eventing but who aims to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, he said: “He was a bit tense today in the warm-up but settled down in the arena.
“The cross-country course looks big and tricky – William [Fox-Pitt] said it was easy, but not to me!”
Second is Australian Christopher Burton, who picked up a mark of 42.6 with Cooley Lands. And Oliver Townend, winner of Burghley two weeks ago and a member of Britain’s gold medal-winning team at the recent European Championships, is third on Ridere Dorcha with 43.4.
The competition continues tomorrow with the second day of dressage in the CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses, and the dressage phase of the Event Rider Masters competition.

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