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Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street lead after first day of dressage

08 Aug 2019 |

Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street lead overnight in the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S competition. Jonathan and Jane Clarke’s Burghley-bound gelding put in an eye-catching performance during Thursday’s morning session setting the standard with 24.8.

Pippa also lies in tenth place with the S.H.E Eventing owned Maybach who scored 28.8.

“I was very happy with MGH Grafton Street’s test” said Pippa, speaking on Thursday evening.

“He is improving and getting stronger with each test he performs. He’s always been pretty solid in this phase, it’s just getting the other phases to come together.

“Maybach had a bit of time off in the spring and as he’s only a nine-year-old is still getting stronger.

“I was really delighted with the trot work in particular although he just became a little bit bright in his canter and broke in the counter canter. The system I’ve got with him is absolutely right and it’s just a case of being patient and waiting for him to build in strength”.

With an eye to the weekend, Pippa Funnell also paid tribute to Hartpury as an eventing venue.

“It’s astonishing how Hartpury has grown over the years to now be one of our top venues in the country. Fortunately, we have got the facilities to hand if the rain does come this weekend” she said.

It was a good first day for Emily King too who lies in second and fourth place aboard Brookleigh (24.9) and Dargun (25.4) respectively. Australia’s Kevin Mcnab sits in third place following Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam’s best performance at this level scoring 25.4. Will Furlong and Collien P 2 (26.5) and Millie Dumas and Artistiek (27.5) lie fifth and sixth respectively.

Elsewhere on the first day of dressage, Piggy French leads the NAF Five Star Superflex CCI3*-L competition aboard Brookfield Quality (27.0) and Sarah Holmes leads the NAF Five Star Mpower CCI2*-L competition aboard Harley Brown (25.6).