Bramham Horse Trials 2016: Tattersall bags victory as mistakes put Holly out of the frame

UP AND OVER: Gemma Tattersall riding Chico Bella P in action in the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC*** Showjumping during day four of the Bramham Horse Trials at Bramham Park. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
UP AND OVER: Gemma Tattersall riding Chico Bella P in action in the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC*** Showjumping during day four of the Bramham Horse Trials at Bramham Park. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

THREE poles down denied York’s Holly Woodhead a dream win in Bramham’s CIC three-star as fellow Brit Gemma Tattersall claimed victory on Chico Bella P.

Tattersall - who was second overnight - jumped a perfect clear inside the time in Sunday morning’s show jumping finale meaning Woodhead needed the same on leader DHI Lupison.

But three fences down caused gasps among the large spectating crowd as the 22-year-old dropped from first to eighth.

Woodhead’s boyfriend Tom McEwen then won the competition’s Bishop Burton College under-25s CCI three-star just over one hour later on Toledo De Kerser.

In the CIC, Kristina Cook claimed second on Billy The Red courtesy of a perfect clear round while Pippa Funnell climbed from eighth to third by doing likewise on Billy The Biz.

Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson rose from 15th to sixth with her perfect clear while a clear from William Fox-Pitt on Chilli Morning saw him finish ninth.

Harrogate’s Hazel Towers jumped clear and with just three time penalties to finish 18th on Simply Smart.

Woodhead was on course to bag an amazing second win at Bramham in succession after winning last year’s Bishop Burton College Under-25s CCI three-star, also on DHI Lupison.

The duo produced a brilliant dressage score of 40.0 on Thursday and followed that with a foot perfect cross country round on Saturday afternoon.

In the Under-25s CCI three-star, Wiltshire-based McEwen became the first ever rider to win the event for a second time.

Not one combination went clear over Sunday’s show jumping finale and McEwen could afford two rails down when leading and last to go.

The 24-year-old put the second to last fence down but finished 5.5 points clear of fellow Brit Sam Ecroyd on Wodan III.

Another Brit, Emily Prangnell, rose from seventh to third on DHI Beaunesse after Bert Bolton put six fences down on Purple Sands to finish tenth.

Doncaster’s Sophie Platt also successuly completed her first CCI three-star, finishing 14th on Be Be III after picking up 13 penalty points over show jumping.

A victorious McEwen said: “It feels good - the same as the first win here did! This place is lovely, it really suits what I like and all that I like about eventing. It’s been a fantastic week.”

Asked how his girlfriend was feeling after her disappointment, McEwen said: “Everyone was rooting for her and it was a real shame. I watched it from the side - I didn’t get too involved but it was really disappointing for her because that’s a class horse and a class jumper on his day.

“It’s just one of those things. It happens. It’s horses and you get up and go, move on from it, learn from it, watch it and on another day that will be prevented.

“She is a class rider, he’s a class horse and they are a class combination.

“They’ll be back next time out. It won’t take long at all.”