The eventers were pipped to the post in the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix, as Trevor Breen claimed the class with Adventure De Kannan.
Producing the only clear of the day, Trevor Breen and “Addy” flew around the course, comprising half show jumps and half cross-country fences, in 193.44 seconds. Check out our interview above to find out more about Addy and how Trevor is swatting up for the Olympics.
After a host of faults from top contenders, Mark Kyle’s elimination and a retirement from Guy Williams, it was left to Andrew Nicholson - the last to go - to give Trevor a run for his money. However, the eventer couldn’t quite produce a good enough round, with Quimbo bringing down one rail. The pair finished second with a total time of 200.48 seconds.
The top three was rounded out by former show jumper and Grand National winner Robert Power. He and Doonaveeragh O One had one down to finish in 202.12 seconds.
The Bunn Leisure Trophy was won by France’s Penelope Leprevost and Oscar Des Fontaines. Her second phase time of 37.03 seconds was just fast enough to beat Shane Breen and Balloon, who were second in 37.58 seconds. Third place was claimed by Louise Pavitt and Don VHP Z, who completed their jump-off in 37.66 seconds.
Great Britain was drawn first for tomorrow’s FEI Nations Cup competition, something that Chef d’Equipe Rob Hoekstra isn’t too concerned about. “The [squad members] have jumped at Hickstead so many times,” he said. “I think it’s good practise before London, I think the home crowd will be behind us and it’ll give us an edge.”
1st – Great Britain
2nd – Netherlands
3rd – Germany
4th – Ireland
5th – Sweden
6th – France
7th – Belgium
8th – Switzerland