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A Good Friday for GB Ladies in Lycetts Grantham Cup Dressage
March 29, 2024

A Good Friday was had for a plethora of British stars on the first key day of the Eventing Spring Carnival, at Thoresby Park.

Warner Leisure Hotels sponsored Friday saw spectators flock to the sun soaked (making a change from the rain soaked we’ve become used to) Walled Gardens where the Lycetts Grantham Cup and CCI4*-S dressage went down to the wire.

Lycetts Grantham Cup CCI4*

Not even a tenth of a penalty could split Yasmin Ingham and Emily King, as two of Great Britain’s young stars both top the leader board on 23.2 at the culmination of two days of CCI4* dressage.

Reigning World Champions Yasmin Ingham with Janette Chinn and The Sue Davies Fund, Banzai Du Loir took the early lead in the Good Friday sunshine, moving two points clear of Thursday’s first to go, Ros Canter and Izilot DHI.

“He was very good today” commented Yasmin.  “Obedient, calm, attentive, and ticked all the boxes for me today.  He had some super work, some big highlights in the test, so I think that’s a great starting point to go into the jumping tomorrow.”

Like many, the Grantham Cup provides the first key international of the Spring for Yasmin and plays a pivotal role in dictating the direction of the early season five-star aims.

“Kentucky is the plan depending on having a good run here at the weekend.  Everyone’s struggling with the weather over the past few weeks, so we were all wondering what we were going to be faced with here, but we’ve got some blue skies and the sun’s shining through.”

From a reigning World Champion to the reigning Grantham Cup holder, Emily King produced some exquisite work with her own, Philippe Brivois, and the Valmy Biats Syndicate’s Valmy Biats to keep one hand firmly on her Thoresby crown.

“He was awesome – he was a really, really good boy and so calm. He had a little jig-jog in his walk, but apart from that, he was a really good boy, so I’m dead pleased with him.”

Speaking of Saturday’s cross-country challenge, “It looks really good out there. It’s a similar sort of path, but with a few quite different questions [to last year]. We’ve got a good few places to really open them up and test their fitness, because this is a prep run, in the grand scheme of things, for Badminton. He’s a strong horse, so I like practising galloping on and then settling him back, and we’ve got a few good places to do that here, as well as the more intense sections. I’m going to try to be competitive, but also use it as a great schooling run for Badminton.”

In the second CCI4*-S section it is Wesko Young Eventers Pathway member Saffron Cresswell and Barratt Eventing’s 9-year-old Vivendi Hero who leads the way on a score of 28.5.

“I was really really pleased with Louis’ test today.  Obviously at only 9-years-old he’s still new to the level so delighted with him and he tried really hard in there.  Overall, really delighted with him and looking forward to tomorrow.

I’ve had a walk of the cross-country and its big, and bold, and requires you to ride nice and positive and attack which is great.  Lots to jump tomorrow and lots to showjump and looking for a nice and positive, educational day for him.”

Show jumping for the CCI4* will get underway at 08:30 on Saturday morning with cross-country taking centre stage from 12:00.