A rather influential showjumping test has given the leaderboard a bit of shake up in the CCIO4*-NC-S at Concours Complet International D’Arville in Belgium.

New Zealand (105.2) has slipped to fourth by a whisker in the Nations Cup competition, sitting less than a rail behind France (101.8) who are in third. Germany (85.8) and Belgium (99.5) still hold the top two positions.

In the individual contest the top three places remain the same, with Julia Krajewski (GER) and Nickel 21 in the lead, on 24.7 penalty points, Fouaad Mirza (India) aboard Seigneur Medicott in second on 25.5, and Anna Lena Schaaf (GER) on Fairytale 39 third on 25.5.

Of the 113 starters there were just 17 who jumped clear and inside time. Included in that list was individual rider James Avery aboard MBF Connection who jumped from 44th to 16th, and team riders Dan Jocelyn aboard Blackthorn Cruise who leapt from 58th to 22nd and Muzi Pottinger with Good Timing who moved up 47 spots. Individual rider Caroline Powell and CBI Aldo moved up 30 slots after adding just 1.2 time penalties to their tally.

Tonight’s cross country is expected to be tough in challenging hot and muggy conditions, with those chasing a tight time allowed needing to be very careful around the course.


Good Timing – owned by The Volunteer Syndicate
Blackthorn Cruise (by Vancouver, out of Ms Cruze who is by Cruising) – owned by Panda Christie and Dan Jocelyn
MBF Connection – owned by Hazel Liversey
CBI Aldo (By Goodluck VDL, out of KMS Eclipse) – owned by Jo West, Serena Greenwell, Pat Melville-Evans

By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ