Izzy Taylor retained the lead after an eventful cross country phase in the Equi-Trek CCI3* at the Bramham International Horse Trials, but with a much reduced margin.
Her excellent dressage with the French-bred Olrando gave her a ten point advantage but that’s now been shaved to just 3.3, less than a fence in Sunday’s decisive show jumping phase.
Taylor took the long route at both waters to be safe but this incurred time faults.
It’s now Ireland’s Aoife Clark who is hot on her heels in second after a quick cross country gave them just 0.8 of a time penalty for being two seconds over the optimum time of ten minutes. She came from 11th to second on 46.2 with Fenyas Elegance and also lies fourth with her second ride, Vaguely North on 46.3.
Jodie Amos splits the Clark rides in third with Wise Crack who finished on the same score as Vaguely North but was faster across the country by two seconds.
Taylor said: “He was hard work but kept jumping well. It wasn’t in my original plan to take two long routes but I wanted a clear. He’s not a natural traveller and you have to ask from the word go so a three-day tests my fitness as well as his! It wouldn’t have been his favourite going as he likes the top of the ground but I’m pleased with him.”
Frenchman Eric Vigeanel showed typical flair over Ian Stark’s cross-country test to finish one second under the optimum time with Qatar du Puech Rouget, adding nothing to a dressage of 47.1 and marching 11 places up the leaderboard to complete the top five.
The timings for Sunday have changed as the horse inspection now starts at 9.30am with the U25 section, and the CCI3* immediately afterwards. The CCI3* jumping starts at noon for the lower placed riders with the top 25 in action from 1.30pm.