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Tom McEwen shoots into fourth


  • Britain’s Tom McEwen has shot into joint fourth on the World Eventing Championships dressage leaderboard driving his Olympic particular person silver medallist, Fred and Penny Barker, Jane Inns and Tom’s mom Ali’s Toledo De Kerser.

    Tom and the 15-year-old Diamant De Semilly gelding earned 25.6 – the identical rating as New Zealand’s Monica Spencer – for his or her efficiency between the white boards, elevating Britain’s hopes of sustaining their in a single day workforce lead going into cross-country day. It additionally means Britain has achieved a brand new report workforce dressage rating at a World Championship, with one rider but to go.



    The take a look at didn’t get off to an excellent begin when Toledo broke to canter early in his first medium trot, with marks of 4 and 5 sending their trending rating plummeting. Tom admitted afterwards, “it wasn’t our greatest take a look at”. Nonetheless, the remainder of their good trot part, which included correct lateral work, plus a brilliant canter tour pulled their marks again up.

    Highlights included the pair’s crisp flying adjustments, fluent canter half-passes and highly effective prolonged canter, which acquired nines throughout the board from judges Christina Klingspor, Peter Grey and Christian Steiner.

    “I didn’t have him sufficient from the leg getting in, in all probability, after which there’s just a little little bit of a restoration course of [after the mistake],” mentioned Tom as he mirrored on his take a look at. “However it occurs, and it was fantastic and he was sensible.

    “To return again and really produce a very good take a look at, particularly the canter work was glorious,” mentioned Tom, including that Toledo’s manner of going was not fairly as high-quality because it had been at Badminton, the place they scored 23.4 on grass, with “a greater body in all probability and a bit higher rhythm”.

    “However I’m actually happy with him. It’s all the time been the case that, for no matter cause, he loves the grass and on a floor [as in Pratoni] he can simply each once in a while go just a little bit like this. I’m trying ahead to the following two phases on grass. And I wouldn’t swap him for something for the remainder of it. It’s excellent to be right here on him.”

    Only one British mixture are left to finish their World Eventing Championships dressage part: Oliver Townend with Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s Ballaghmor Class, who will enter the ring at 4.54pm native time (3.54pm BST). Relying on their efficiency, the workforce may but enhance on their new report rating.

    Laura Collett and London 52 nonetheless maintain a commanding lead at this stage of the competitors, having scored a private better of 19.3 on day one of many championships, whereas British particular person Yasmin Ingham lies second on 22 with Banzai Du Loir and workforce member Ros Canter (Lordships Graffalo) sits in ninth place on 26.2.

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