Team GB has got off to a great start in the European Young Rider Eventing Championships at Blair Castle this weekend. Second team rider Dani Evans is in the lead with a dressage score of 41.2 on her dark brown gelding, Uchin. She is just 1.6 penalty points ahead of Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal however and 4.5 penalty points ahead of third placed Franca Ludeke from Germany.

The other British team member to do his dressage yesterday was Tom McEwen with Private Rudolf, who lying handily in 6th place on a score of 50.7. This puts the British team in first place at the moment with Germany in second and Ireland in third, although there is a long way to go in the competition yet with another two team members to compete dressage today then all four go cross country on Saturday and showjump on Sunday.

In the CCI three star, Australian Andrew Hoy and Rutherglen is five points ahead of his nearest rival Rodney Powell with Zinzan II. Lying third after dressage is Portugese rider Duarte Seabra and Fernhill Gloster Rebel. CIC three star leader after the first day of dressage is William Fox –Pitt and Parklane Hawk on a score of 43.8 with Nick Gauntlett and Penguin Ice in second and Sweden’s Anna Hilton and Mr Dalby in third.

A previous British Young Rider champion at Blair, Nicola Wilson riding Aristoteles II is leading the two star dressage after the first day, ahead of Australia’s Bill Levett and JW Farrow and Richard Long and Salitan. The CCI one star dressage concluded yesterday but there was no change in the top three with William Fox-Pitt and Before Time still in the lead closely followed by Lord Limmerick and Brucester Rooster, both ridden by Oliver Townend.

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