Just three riders in the final jumping phase of Saumur’s CCI3* three-day-event managed a clear round, with winner Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan and third-placed Arnaud Boiteau the only riders to finish on their dressage scores.
A clear round meant Australia’s Levett could not be beaten, and Nicolas Touzaint and Lesbos had to settle for second.
Boiteau and Quoriano had an impressive rise up the rankings throughout the event, lying 19th after the dressage and 10th going into the jumping. In fourth was Piggy French and Tinka’s Time, with US rider Will Faudree and Andromaque fifth, ahead of Andrew Nicholson and Viscount George, whose rail down did not cost them a place.
Next was Marilyn Little (US) and RF Smoke on the Water in eighth, and Tim Price (NZ) and Ringwood Sky Boy ninth.
Levett, who is from Australia but has been based in Britain since 1994, and is currently on the Australian Elite Squad of riders and ranked in the top 20 riders in the UK.
Irish-bred Shannondale Titan is a 17.2hh, 10 year old bay gelding by the holsteiner Limmerick and from the Leabeg mare Rocklea, owned by Claire Prentice. Known as Alfie at home, he had competed up to Intermediate level with Gemma Hall before joining Levett in mid-2011.
In the CIC2* a dropped rail cost Andrew Nicholson and Rathmoyle King the win. They had to settle for fifth behind four French riders, led by Maxime Livio and Qalao des Mers (1st, 44.30) , Nicolas Touzaint and Crocket 30 (2nd, 46.40), Gwendolen Fer and Romantic Love (3rd, 46.90), and Matthieu Vanlandeghem and Donovan van’t Dexsterhof (4th, 46.90).
Nicholson’s Ulises ended this class in 29th place after several jumping faults.