Kiwi eventer impresses at Somerford horse trials

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James Avery with Debbie King, an organiser of the Somerford Park International Horse Trials, after winning the CIC1* class on Fraser Valley.
James Avery with Debbie King, an organiser of the Somerford Park International Horse Trials, after winning the CIC1* class on Fraser Valley. © Mike Bain

New Zealand eventers shone at last weekend’s Somerford Park International Horse Trials in Britain at the weekend, with James Avery taking out the top two places in a CIC* class, and Mark Todd also posting a win.

Avery won the CIC* section B class on Fraser Valley, adding a few cross-country time faults to his dressage score to finish on 39.7. He was also second on Cadillac, who ended with 43.8, also picking up time faults across country.

Mark Todd won an Intermediate section on MK San Cero, adding 4.4 time faults to his leading dressage score of 28.4. Todd was also fourth in an Open Intermediate on Amacuzzi.

Jesse Campbell was third in a novice class on JJamaica.

The Cheshire event is organised by Simon and Debbie King, with their children Josh and Millie. The cross-country course is set in the  River Dane Valley over the old Somerford Estate.

More than 700 horses were competing this year.

 

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