FEI COMPETITION REPORT
Chatsworth (GBR), 14 May 2009
TODD LENDS VISION TO CHATSWORTH
Mark Todd (NZL), the former dual Olympic Champion who came out of an 8-year retirement in 2008, makes his first return to the Chatsworth International Horse Trials (GBR) since 2000.
He will lend star quality to the 4th leg of the 2009 HSBC FEI World CupTM Eventing competition, a class which has already attracted a star-studded entry of 45 horses from six nations, as British-based riders scramble to get on the points leaderboard.
Todd, 51, rides the grey NZB Land Vision, a purchase this spring from Oliver Townend (GBR), newly crowned winner of The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the leader of the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM. Todd's partnership with NZB Land Vision has already gelled, the pair having won a national advanced class three weeks ago.
Historically, victory at Chatsworth can be the fore-runner to greater things. Townend, 26, won the FEI World Cup qualifier here last year on his Badminton horse, Flint Curtis, who was also 2nd in 2007.
Clayton Fredericks (AUS) won here in 2006 on Ben Along Time before going on to collect a World silver medal, and other former winners include such stars as Bettina Hoy (GER) on Ringwood Cockatoo and Pippa Funnell (GBR) on Primmore's Pride.
Mary King (GBR)'s victory on Call Again Cavalier at Chatsworth in 2007 was part of her European Championship preparation, at which she won team gold and individual silver medals.
This time she rides Imperial Cavalier, her potential British team horse who was 3rd at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials last year. This will be the horse's first outing since suffering from a virus which precluded him running at The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Olympic bronze medallists Kristina Cook (GBR) and Miners Frolic were hit by a similar virus, but they proved themselves fit and well following a promising run at a national advanced class two weeks ago, and are sure to be in the prizes at Chatsworth.
Other notable British entries include Ruth Edge on the former police horse PC Wilson, Rodney Powell, who has re-routed Zin Zan ll after his early refusal at Badminton, and young Laura Collett on Fernhill Sox, who completed the only double clear at last year's HSBC FEI World CupTM Eventing Final at Deauville (FRA).
The six nations represented are: Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Brazil. Ireland is here in particular force, headed by last year's Tattersalls winners, Geoff Curran, this time on The Jump Jet, while Australia's entry includes Paul Tapner on his top horse Inonothing.
Chatsworth has been running horse trials for more than 50 years, and the Cross-Country course, which undulates around the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire's beautiful parkland, still makes use of the same historic features like Queen Mary's Bower and the Ice Pond.
Mike Etherington-Smith (GBR), course-designer: "We've made a few changes to the course and, as ever, it will be a decent test which will take a bit of winning. The footing is perfect, but you need a fit horse to cope with the undulations and the time will be influential. More than anything, we're thrilled to have such a good entry, and we're especially looking forward to welcoming Mark Todd back after nine years."
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HSBC FEI World CupTM Eventing Standings (after 3 out of 9 qualifiers)
1 Megan Jones AUS 203
2 Simone Deitermann GER 71
3= Heelan Tompkins NZL 67= Not reg
3= Georgia Clifford AUS 67=
3= Julia Mestern GER 67=
6= Matthew Grayling NZL 64=
6= Stuart Tinney AUS 64=
6= Michael Jung GER 64=
9= Jonathan Paget NZL 61=
9= Tim Lips NED 61=
11= Clarke Johnstone NZL 58=
11= Emma Scott AUS 58=
11= Kai Rüder GER 58=
14 Olivia Bunn AUS 55
15 Andreas Dubowski GER 49
Qualifying venues for the 2009 HSBC FEI World CupTM Eventing series:
1 Kihikihi NZL, 10-12 April 2009
2 Sydney AUS, 2-3 May 2009
3 Marbach GER,8-10 May 2009
4 Chatsworth GBR, 16-17 May 2009
5 Malmo SWE, 23-24 May 2009
6 Tattersalls IRL, 28-31 May 2009
7 Minsk BLR, 16-19 July 2009
8 Kalispell USA, 23-26 July 2009
9 Mansfield, ON, CAN, 7-9 August 2009
HSBC FEI World Cup TM Eventing final 2009 Strzegom POL 21-23 August 2009
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Notes to editors:
The HSBC FEI World Cup TM Eventing qualifiers are a series of CIC 3* Previous finalists are:
2003 Pau (FRA): Linda Algotsson/Stand By Me (SWE)
2004 Pau (FRA): Linda Algotsson/My Fair Lady (SWE)
2005 Malmo (SWE): Clayton Fredericks/Ben Along Time (AUS)
2006 Malmo (SWE): Nicolas Touzaint/Galan de Sauvagere (FRA)
2008: Deauville (FRA): Clayton Fredericks/Ben Along Time (AUS)
To find rules and points system, plus full results and standings, for the HSBC FEI World Cup TM Eventing, please visit www.feiworldcup.org
For more information on Chatsworth International Horse Trials visit www.chatsworth.org