Christopher Burton took out the 2012 Saumur CCI3* placing first on Haruzac and second on Holstein Park Leilani. He went clear cross country on both horses, just picking up 5.60 and 4.80 time faults. Going into the showjumping he was in first place on Leilani but had one rail and one time penalty, which slipped him back to second place. This meant that Haruzac moved from third to first, clear jumping, one time penalty. Third place went to New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson on Viscount George, they went double clear cross country but had two rails in the showjumping.
Clayton Fredericks was looking good heading into cross country and was in third place after the dressage on Walterstown Don and 22nd on Be My Guest. Unfortunately, Clayton had a fall on Be My Guest at the fifteenth jump and was taken to hospital. All accounts are that he is fine and was just there for observation as Be My Guest had stood on his stomach in the fall. This meant that Waltertown Don didn’t start on cross country. Clayton won this event last year and had been hoping to defend his title.
Aussie Bill Levett came in fifth on One Two Many NJ, moving from eighth after dressage. They were clear on cross country with eight time penalties then two rails in the showjumping. Bill also came sixth on Hippolyte who was 16th after dressage. They went clear cross country with 9.60 time penalties and also had two rails in the showjumping.
Paul Tapner was the next placed Aussie with two horses: Kilronan was 13th and Wickstead Didgeridoo was 14th.
The full report on the Saumur CCI3* will be in the July issue of The Horse Magazine.