Mark Todd leads at Waregem horse trials

Mark Todd and Grass Valley
Mark Todd and Grass Valley (File image). © Mike Bain

New Zealand’s Mark Todd has the lead after the dressage and jumping phases at the three-star Waregem horse trials in Belgium, riding the Irish Sport Horse Quantum Leap, owned by Bruno Goyens De Heusch. 

Netherlands rider Raf Kooremans holds overnight second place on the Belgian-bred Cavalor Telstar, 3.8 points ahead of the Ireland’s Captain Geoff Curran on Bolabaun. He was seventh after the dressage phase, but his zero jumping score left him just over five points adrift of Mark Todd.

Curran had also held fourth place after dressage with Dublin-bred The Jump Jet, but four fences down in show jumping  dropped the combination to 15th overall.

Todd is also in 13th place with Grass Valley in the field of 30 starters. Fellow Kiwi Megan Heath is in ninth place on St Daniel.

In the 82-strong CIC one-star class, Todd is in 25th place on Port Royal. Belgium’s Karin Donckers leads this division on Lamicell Charizard, with Dutch rider Jan Van Beek second on Winston. Donckers is also third on Lady Brown.

Waregem concludes on Sunday with the cross-country phase. The 3* course, with 34 obstacles, was designed by Tom Ryckewaert and built by Alan and James Willis and Levi Ryckewaert.

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