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13 May,2018


“It’s All About the Bass”



  • Overnight 1, 2, 3…
  • Laura Collett and her horse Mr Bass, owned by herself, Mr Keith Scott & Mr Nick How, lead overnight on 25.3
  • Pippa Funnell and her horse Sandman 7 owned by Pippa, Mrs Jennifer Nolan & Miss Ruth McMullen sit in 2nd on 25.4
  • Thibault Vallette & his horse Quing Du Briot ENE HN owned by Mr Cezard Jean & Mrs Mull Nathalie hold 3rd place on 26.6
  • Mr Bass has highest CIC3* FOD (finish on dressage) rate of the field at 60%
  • Biarritz and Camilla Kruger produced a personal best which is also the best ever international test score, at any level, from a Zimbabwean Event Rider
  • Ireland’s Michelle Kenny smashed her career personal best of 33.3 by posting a 30.4 with Spencer Golding’s Carlchen
  • The top 14 placed riders are all within one show jump pole of each other


Day one of the first leg of the 2018 ERM Series was all about the Bass. As the first combination into the dressage arena after lunch, Laura Collett and Mr Bass set their CIC3* PB of 25.3 beating their previous 26.6. With the highest FOD rate of the field, they are in with a serious chance of taking the win.

Sitting in second overnight on Sandman 7, Pippa Funnell will be hoping she can repeat her 2013 Chatsworth CIC3* win this weekend. Having led from the start 5 years ago on a dressage score of 25.7 she has set herself up well by posting a 25.4 today.

Third place overnight goes to Thibault Vallette and Qing Du Briot who have a 100% CIC3* completion rate, with 2 podium finishes to their name. On average this combination add just 5.9 cross country time penalties to their score, which is considerably lower than the average time faults for the Chatsworth venue of 20.9

After a disappointing end to Badminton last week which saw Piggy French parting ways with Vanir Kamira, Quarrycrest Echo lifted team French sprits today by producing what was according to International Dressage Trainer Ian Woodhead, “The best test he’s ever done” for a personal best of 27.3

Bay My Hero and William Fox Pitt made a welcome return to Chatsworth this afternoon but posted a somewhat disappointing mark after Bay My Hero showed his excitement. Speaking after his test William said “He’s such an old friend and he was clearly very excited to be in front of the crowds.”

From 1299 cross country runs over the Chatsworth CIC3* course, there have been only five combinations who have made the time. Will we see someone become the 6th person in over 1300 runs tomorrow afternoon?

Join us LIVE on today (Sunday 13th May) from 13.00 GMT for all of the action from day 2 of the 2018 ERM Leg 1.  


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