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Oliver Townend strikes into podium place


  • Oliver Townend has moved as much as third after the Maryland 5 Star cross-country right this moment (15 October) with Sir John Peace’s As Is.

    The British pair have been tenth after dressage however the five-star first-time horse grew in confidence spherical Ian Stark’s cross-country course to come back house contained in the time.

    “Clearly he was very inexperienced in locations however he’s a cool horse,” mentioned Oliver. “He’s very pony-like, he takes care of himself and also you inform him what to do, he usually does it. He’s very, very clever.”

    The gray banked the broad brush oxer at fence 5, the Buckeye Vitamin Brush.

    “I don’t know whether or not he was inexperienced there or whether or not he simply thought it appeared a bit broad for him. Anyway, he had one little reminder and from that time on, he was like, ‘Okay, I’m going, I’m going, I’m going’. He’s a bit terrier-like – you possibly can say come on, and he responds along with his ears pricked.

    “He’s a bit cute, I feel, and it’s good to have one which appears to like his job and for a cautious horse, the gallop is unbelievable.

    “I eased down for the final 4 or 5 fences and truthfully, I used to be acutely aware of not easing down an excessive amount of as a result of he’s a pony so he’s effectively in a position to say, ‘Okay, we’ve completed then’ and cease prematurely. However I couldn’t be happier for him and effectively completed for Andrew Nicholson, who has produced one more potential celebrity.”

    In addition to paying tribute to the horse’s former jockey in Andrew, Oliver additionally mentioned that is “cool” for the Peace household’s Group Caunton.

    “It’s solely my first 12 months using for these guys and so they’ve had two new five-star horses and each have gone clear contained in the time at their first five-star,” mentioned Oliver, referring additionally to Lukas, who was eighth at Luhmühlen Horse Trials in June. “So complete credit score goes to the house group and Sir John and Woman Christine and Victoria Peace, who’re all behind this new enterprise. I’m simply the fortunate pilot.”

    Britain’s different consultant, Harry Meade, additionally completed fault-free right this moment over the Maryland 5 Star cross-country course on Mandy Grey’s Superstition. The pair have moved up from twenty first after dressage to fifteenth.

    Harry mentioned: “I used to be delighted with my horse, I can’t fault him with how he went. He was completely sensible. He gave me a dream journey. I’m nonetheless ready to attempt to take him to a five-star that basically can separate the sphere [particularly in terms of a tighter time] and present his high quality.”

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