It’s a top 10 finish for Caroline Powell and CBI Aldo in the CCI2*-L for six-year-olds at the Eventing World Breeding Championships in France this morning.
The London Olympian finished in eighth place on the back of a 28.9 penalty point dressage effort, coming home clear and inside time in the cross country and adding a four in the showjumping for a total score of 32.9. CBI Aldo is by Goodluck VDL, out of KMS Eclipse (by Ramon).
Caroline and partner Greg Kinsella bought the horse as a three-year-old and quickly realised just how talented he was with plenty of potential, so they formed a syndicate with Le Lion in mind.
“He is a horse that is old before his time – he just knows what he has to do when it comes to competing,” says Caroline. “We were hoping he would do well at Le Lion this year. That pesky rail cost me a bit, but he is a lovely one for the future. It will be exciting to watch his future.”
Samantha Lissington and Easter Star WM, who is by Estrello, out of Bonheur (by Quasimodo Z), placed 13th, finishing on their 36.5 dressage score, and Virginia Thompson aboard Cooley Wish Upon a Star, who is by Comilfo Plus Z, out of Uraine d’Hyrencourt (by Ogango Sitte), was 15th on 37 penalty points.
Anna Lena Schaaf (GER) and Lagona 4 led from the get-go, winning on their 25.8 dressage score. Forty-two of the 45 original starters completed the three tests, with 23 combinations home clear and inside time over the Pierre Michelet (FRA) designed cross country course.
Samantha and Senor Crocodillo, who is by Connor out of Marni (by Exorbitant XX), were the only Kiwis in the 58-strong CCI3*-L for seven-year-olds, placing 26th on a score of 55.8.
Kevin McNab (AUS) and Cute Girl led from the start, winning on their dressage score of 26.9. Forty-eight combinations completed the class, with eight either retiring or being eliminated on the cross country.
THE HORSE DETAILS:
Senor Crocodillo – owned by Joseph and Alexander Giannamore
Easter Star – owned by C Fenton and M Townsley Fenton
Cooley Wish Upon a Star – owned by Phillippa Levy, Ross Milne and Ginny Thompson
CBI Aldo – owned by Jo West, Serena Greenwell and Pat Melville-Evans
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ