Japan, Germany and Britain triumph at Chatsworth International

       Kazuma Tomoto and Brookpark Vikenti

 

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It was a truly international line-up at the end of a thrilling weekend of competition at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, where a bumper crowd enjoyed exciting sport and some welcome sunshine.

Kazuma Tomoto from Japan and Julia Krajewski from Germany won the two sections of the prestigious Dodson & Horrell Challenge, while Laura Collett triumphed for the home side in the first leg of the 2019 Event Rider Masters, a Europe-wide series.

For good measure, Julia’s boyfriend Christoph Wahler finished second to her and won the CW Sellars prize as the fastest rider across the Dodson & Horrell Challenge.

 

      Julia Krajewski and Amande de B’neville

 

“I am working my way around these lovely British events,” said Julia “You can only hope that a weekend goes well after such a big trip, but I wanted to bring my mare, Amande de B’neville (stable name ‘Mandy’) to tackle something bigger. This is a cool course here – as long as you have a brave horse.”

Kazuma Tomoto, 36, is being trained for the 2020 Olympic Games by former world number one William Fox-Pitt in Dorset, as the Japanese are keen to have a good home showing and is hoping that Chatsworth’s reputation for nurturing champions holds true for him. “My horse [Brookpark Vikenti] was very straight and very honest,” he said.

 

      Kazuma Tomoto and Brookpark Vikenti

 

Sam Ecroyd from Clwyd, who finished second on Wodan lll, won the Lismore Lord Charles salver, presented by Nibby Bemrose, for the best under-25 rider.

There were thrills and spills galore in the ERM class as riders flew around Ian Stark’s spectacular cross-country course in reverse order of merit, but the leader, Laura Collett, 29, from Salperton, Gloucestershire, made no mistakes and looked a picture galloping around the parkland on her handsome bay gelding, London 52. “He is a very special horse and gave me some feeling,” she said.

 

 

This is Laura’s first ERM win, which earns her a cheque for £16,000, on a horse that only started at 4* level last year

Time is always tough to make on Chatsworth's CCI4*-S hilly terrain and this year was no different. No-one made the optimum time but Christoph Wahler, Bella Innes-Ker and Oliver Townend came close in the Dodson & Horrell Challenge while Belton 4* winners Tom McEwen and Figaro van het Broekxhof came home with just 4.4 time penalties, rocketing them from eighth place to a final second in the Event Rider Masters 4*.

 

      Bella Innes Ker and Cartown Wallabee

 

They shared the honour of being the fastest round of this class with Emily Philp and her talented up-and-comer Fallulah, who climbed thirteen places to finish fifth but it was New Zealand's Lucy Jackson, who produced one of the all-important clear show jumping rounds and added just 8.4 time penalties across the country, who finished third with Superstition and joined Tom and Laura on the podium
 

Australia's Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan slipped from third to sixth after show jumping in the ERM class, but a strong start to his cross-country round saw him set to climb however 15 penalties for missing a flag and 13.6 time penalties saw him tumble down to a final 16th place

Next year’s Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials are on May 15-17, 2020