British Eventing Announces 2018’s Top Combinations
British Eventing (BE) has announced their 2018 top of the league horse’s and rider’s.
Oliver Townend was crowned as the BE Top Rider, for the fifth consecutive year, finishing the year with 1,531 BE points and taking home the acclaimed Tony Collins award.
Townend deservingly took home the title after winning 19, and achieving a further 60 top ten placings from his 157 starts. Seven of Townend’s wins were at international level , notably earning the crown at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI4* in the USA on his ride Cooley Master Class, and the British Eventing Seven Year Old CIC2* championship at Osberton International Horse Trials on Weston Goodfella, owned by Hazeldines and Mitchell Fox Group.
Commenting on his latest achievement, Townend declared;
It was fantastic to hear the news, the yard numbers have reduced this year by over a third so it just shows the depth that we have. And it's thanks to the huge support of my owners and sponsors, and the hard work of the whole team to work out the individual equations to get the best out of every horse that make all these results happen so consistently over the years.”
Izzy Taylor took second place in the BE Top Rider League with 1,439 BE points, widening the gap from 3rd with her latest run at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, France where she placed 11th on Call Me Maggie May.
Gemma Tattersall grabbed third, ending the year with 1,106 BE points. Tattersall highlights include her highest placing at her most recent event, Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, finishing second on Clive Smith’s Pamero 4, and aiding Team GBR to team gold at this year’s World Equestrian Games with Soul Syndicate’s Artic Soul.
BE have also announced their 2018 Top Horse League, with Rosalind Canter’s and Caroline Moore’s All Star B taking hime the title and the renowned Calcutta Light Horse Trophy.
All Star B finished the year with 408 BE points after a phenomenal year, taking home third in the famous Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, plus individual and team gold the World Equestrian Games, Tyron.
Ros’ own Zenshera, finished the in second place in the 2018 BE Top Horse League, with 365 BE points. The consistent gelding has placed within the top ten in all of his international starts this year, impressively taking home sliver at the Millstreet CIC3* and bronze at Luhmuhlen CCI4*.
Ballaghmor Class, owned by Val Ryan and Angela Hislop and ridden by Oliver Townend, took third place within the league. Ballaghmor Class’ most notable placings this year were fifth at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, second in the Landrover Burghley Horse Trials and winning the CIC3* at Burgham International.
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