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McEwen’s Quality Secures CCI2* Victory
March 29, 2024

A quality performance sealed victory for Tom McEwen in the Warner Leisure Hotels CCI2*-S where both jumping phases proved influential on the leader board.

Having led from the start the Olympic team gold medallist produced a masterclass performance with Alison Swinburn, John and Chloe Perry’s Brookfield Quality, adding just 1.2 cross-country time faults to their leading dressage score of 28.5.

Of the win Tom commented:

“Brookfield Quality is an amazing horse, he’s been around Blenheim a couple of times, he’s come here because even for Norris he always starts with a Novice at the start of the year, and with no Open Novice today we decided on the 2*.  So actually, this was perfect, plenty of technicality, they’ve done as much as they can with the ground and actually to be honest.

Luckily for me I’ve hunted all my life so I can see when something wet is coming up and where you need to be and actually there’s plenty of fresh ground everywhere and where they’ve done the work at the fences its superb, so it’s been great, a very good day.”

Climbing 5 places into second place was Jasmine Underwood and her own So Chic De Costieres who added just 0.8 cross-country time faults to their 29.3 dressage score to take the second step on the podium.

Producing the only FOD (Finish on Dressage) of the class and moving into third was Lizzie Baugh on her own and the Spice Syndicates Calida Spice.

BEDE Director Stuart Buntine also shared some thoughts at the end of day 1:

“I’m really pleased with how the ground has held up.  We’ve had a good drying day, yes there’s been the odd shower, but the ground really has been remarkable and has continued to dry throughout the day and the weather forecast now looks very positive for the rest of the weekend.

“What has been nice is the response from riders with many coming and saying thank you for all the effort that has been put in to run in the way we have.”

Tickets for the remainder of the event are still available to buy online and on the day, with fun for all the family guaranteed.  Due to unprecedented demand, Easter Egg Hunt tickets will only be available to buy online in advance.