Severson Wins Second Blenheim Title

Kim Severson the Duke of Marlborough and Paul Williams CEO of SsangYong.jpg
Credit : Adam

Sunday 17 September - 17h10 | Lulu Kyriacou

Severson Wins Second Blenheim Title

Kim Severson  has won world's most valuable CCI3*, the Ssang Young CCI3* Blenheim International  Horse Trials, in England, after jumping an arena clear and Julia Krajewski of Germany rolled two poles. It was also a good day for the breeders of the horse, Richard Sheane's Cooley Farm as they also provided the morning's CIC3* 8/9 Year Old winner Cooley Lands for Australia's Chris Burton.  

 - Severson Wins Second Blenheim Title

Laura Collett, Mr Bass 2nd
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The win came 16 years after Severson won here on the legend that was Winsome Andante took the title but it has not all been plain sailing for the pair.  They only got as far as the 8 minute marker at the CCI4* in Kentucky in the spring so Severson rerouted him to Tattersalls in Ireland where the ten year old found it all a bit too much so she left the horse in the care of Cooley Farm  and flew back and forth from the States to compete him  as she thought the opportunities were better to regain his confidence. That plan has paid off in spades and the rider gave full credit to Cooley farms for the part they have played in the success.

The 44-year-old takes home a cheque for £16,000, and title sponsor SsangYong added a Tivoli 4x4 to the prize-fund this year, which was presented to Kim by SsangYong Motors UK CEO Paul Williams (pictured below). "“I am thrilled,” said Kim. “It’s been a long partnership – I’ve had the horse since he was four. He’s had a few little issues but he’s always been competitive and a super horse. I knew he had a big win in him. I dont know whether he will go on to be as good as  Dan (Winsome Andante) because they both have different strengths and weaknesses. Dan was faster across country but maybe not quite such a careful show jumper for example. As for this event well it has changed quite a bit, but it is stil a tough place to win and it is still Blenheim."  

Severson's team mates could not match her in this phase, both Dough Payne (Vandiver) and Hannah Sue Burnett (RF Demeter) having several rails each. Andrea Baxtor and Indi 500 did a bit better scoring just the one fallen rail.  

​British rider Laura Collett was second on the super consistent Mr Bass after an immaculate clear round, one of only eight,  and Julia Krajewski ended up third when she lowered both the back rail of the oxer at fence six and the last part of the double.  Gemma Tattersall  finished off her excellent weekend with fourth spot on Clive Smith's Palmero 4 who was another to jump clear so the result was still encouraging for the British, despite the title going across the Atlantic.

 - Severson Wins Second Blenheim Title

CIC 3* 8/9 Year Old section

CIC 3* 8/9 Year Old section - Severson Wins Second Blenheim Title

Chris Burton and Cooley Lands
Credit : Adam Fanthorpe

Kazuma was watched nervously by his trainer, William Fox-Pitt, and was held on the cross-country briefly  due to a fall ahead of him. However, he kept his head to complete a beautifully ridden round for just two penalties . William explained that Kazuma was previously a show jumper but was recruited into eventing by the Japanese federation as a prospect for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. ‘He’s got a very good eye and feel and he sits well,’ said William.
 Kazuma was reserving judgement about his new sport: “I am very, very pleased today, but it’s quite scary, to be honest!”
 Britain’s Holly Woodhead was third on Parkfield Quintessential, an emotional result as the horse, a champion as a youngster, spent some time on the sidelines with injury last year. Vittoria Panizzone was 4th on One Night Love and to complete a very international top five, America's Liz Halliday Sharp. The latter  had to withdraw Carp Diem from the CCI3* before the veterinary inspection but made up for that disappointment  with  fifth place on Deniro Z .  
Sadly it was  not all good news for the visiting American riders. Lauren Kieffer had a fall in the CIC3* 8/9YO section at the second to last fence when she was unseated from DA Duras  at the corner combination that caused the most issues in this class. Although both got to their feet at the time, she was not fit enough to ride Landmarks Monte Carlo (eleventh at the time) in the CCI3* showjumping  finalé.  

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