Once again Andrew Nicholson took command of the flagship CIC*** class at Barbury Castle Horse Trials, one of the largest and most competitive fields for this level you’ll find anywhere, leading the dressage on a score of 34.8. Little more than a rail away American Clark Montgomery lies in second on Loughan Glen.
Rain overnight and this morning shouldn’t dramatically change the going here at Barbury which was fast yesterday with plenty of good grass cover. A warm drying breeze across these chalk hills will keep conditions under foot good.
The top Novice class of the event was the ROR class for ex-racehorses won by Paul Tapner on Inishmor finishing on their dressage score of 27.3. Paul also picked up 8th place on Counterparty. This being a local event, it’s a favourite amongst his owners, so Paul will always try and run as many as possible here. This year he has 9 runners.
I’ll be back with a few more photos from the CIC** later.