Leading Event riders from around the world featured in a competitive day of dressage on the first day of the Barbury International Horse Trials (Thursday, June 28).
British rider Kitty King made a successful start leading both the CIC three star and section B of the two star competition. Kitty, from Lower Stanton St Quinton, Wiltshire, riding Zidante impressed the judges in three star competition and was marked with a score of 43.6 to go into the lead.
Australian Clayton Fredericks with Walterstown Don finished in second and Lucy Wiegersma riding Simon Porloe in third with scores of 44.8 and 45 respectively. Persimmon, also ridden by King, put in smart test to go into first place of section B of the two star competition with a impressive score of 35.3, with Piggy French, recently named as part of the British Olympic Eventing Squad, lying in second with her Greenwich bound horse DHI Trooper W with a dressage mark of 40.8. She is also in second place with West Side in section C and in section D with Kiltealy Brief. Hannah Bates’s Aspen Aspire heads section C on 41.1 and Jules Stiller and Enjoy Me currently leads section D with a mark of 39.2.
British team members William Fox-Pitt and Zara Phillips (pictured left) were also competing in section B of the two star event. Both were onboard their Olympic bound horses Lion Heart and High Kingdom. They completed their dressage in fourth and fifth places respectively.
The second day of dressage for the three and two star event continues on Friday (June 29), with show jumping and cross country for the two and three star event running on Saturday (June 30) and Sunday (July 1.)