Sixty-one out of the sixty-one CCI4*-S Barbury Castle were British. Therefore the chances of hearing “God save the Queen” were very high. However, it was New Zealand veteran Andrew Nicholson, linked to thirteen-year-old Swallow Springs, who won the event! The rider scores his seventh victory at Barbury grounds and wins the CCI4*-S with a total of 39.3 points. Already in the lead after dressage thanks to a stellar average of 72.3%, the rider managed to maintain pole position until the end of the competition, despite four points in dressage. Immediately behind him, in the saddle on McGregor’s Cooley, was Briton Wells Oakden who, despite an impeccable hitch and extreme on the cross, was unable to overthrow the multi-medalist New Zealander. However, thanks to a better time in this latest event, Wills Oakden outshines Drumhowan Black Magic’s Fiona Kashel, who also concludes the event with a score of 41.3 and takes the third step off the podium. However, this CCI4*-S was not easy for everyone as twenty one contestants had to lose during the competition.
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