BRAMHAM Horse Trials got under way today, riders battling it out in both the CIC*** and CCI*** competitions.
So far on a rather rainy dressage day, William Fox-Pitt and Avoca Alibi lead the CCI with 42.8 penalties.
Kiwi Lucy Jackson is just behind the five-times Bramham champion, on Willy Do with 45.6.
Jackson is also leading the the CIC on 41.4 points on Animator II, ahead of Belgium’s Karen Donckers and Extebaria Van Het Herahof.
Back in the CCI, Britain’s Lucy Wiegersma lies third on Granntevka Prince, with fellow Brits Mary-Anne Carpenter, Pippa Funnell, Kate Walls and Jamie Atkinson sitting sixth, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.
Andrew Nicholson and Tristar II are currently seventh.
Fox-Pitt is hunting his sixth Bramham title, with six horses entered over two sections.
Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson will give the crowd a treat in the CIC on Opposition Buzz, as well as Applejack II plus Inde in the CCI.
For the first time, Bramham will feature two days of cross country competition, to accommodate extra riders following the cancellation of events at Badminton and Chatsworth, due to torrential rain.
For some, Olympic selection is still a possibility.
Zara Phillips is entered in a last-ditch attempt to secure an Olympic team spot.
The Queen’s grand-daughter, who carried the Olympic torch in Cheltenham two weeks ago, has entered the CIC*** class on High Kingdom.
Joylse Clancy from York and James Somerville from Boroughbridge are also competing.