Bolesworth Castle, United Kingdom – July 10, 2021 – Sporting success continues to build on day 3 of the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show CSI 3*. With a strong contingent of world class riders including Olympic contenders Holly Smith (GBR), Ben Maher (GBR) and Michael Duffy (IRL) the impressive start lists from CSI-Amateurs, Al Shira’aa Young Horse classes through to the 3* 1.50m Grand Prix qualifier made for a highly competitive day.
A top-class field of 72 contested the final class of the day in the £24,100 Dodson & Horrell 1.50m Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 3*, with 13 leading riders going forward to the jump off in the world ranking class. Setting the pace with the first clear was Millie Allen (GBR) with the Davenport’s Heartbreaker stallion, Daniel (Heartbreaker x San Patrignano Mister). The round was quickly followed by a masterclass in speed by the formidable Angelie Von Essen (SWE) and Cochella (Cartani 4 x Lord), the world class combination relied upon by the Swedish Nations Cup team, pushed with an absolute flyer to the last to take the lead in 37.22 seconds.
Dramatic changes to the leader board thereafter saw Georgia Tame (GBR) with Z7 Ascot (Non Stop x Voltaire), owned by Team Z 7 and Breen Equestrian, finishing the course less than 0.44 of a second behind Angelie Von Essen, holding 2nd place until Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Legacy (Chippendale Z x Bon Ami) started their round.
Making light work of the influential roll back turn to the double, Daniel and Legacy finished within a breath of Angelie Von Essen in 37.25 seconds. A world ranking result that left the top three with less than half a second between them and all to play for in Sunday’s thrilling Grand Prix finale.
Final Results – £24,100 Dodson & Horrell Grand Prix CSI 3*
1) Angelie Von Essen (SWE) & Cochella – 0 / 0 – 37.22
2) Daniel Coyle (IRL) & Legacy – 0 / 0 – 37.25
3) Georgia Tame (GBR) & Z7 Ascot – 0 / 0 – 37.66
Source: Press Release by Hannah Cullen / Creative Equine for Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show
Photo: © Bolesworth International Horse Show