Twin sisters Kellie and Abbie Taylor got the four-day youth meeting in Lamprechtshausen, Austria, off to a flying start, lifting the top two places in the young rider 1.25m with just a tiny fraction separating them.
Kellie took the top spot in this speed class on the Lord Z/Mr Blue nine-year-old Ferro-Opaal just 0.16 sec quicker than Abbie aboard another nine-year-old Mill River (Peppermill/Stanhopes Diddicoy VII). Abbie Bevan was more than two sec slower to take fourth on Hallicant Jo-R while four faults dropped Taisie de Gruchy (Hoodshill First Look) and Tegan Jones (Ghana) down to eighth and ninth.
Kellie almost made it two, slotting Grupello Z into second in the young rider 1.40m two-phase by a fraction at the youth meeting in Lamprechtshausen, Austria.
Fifty-one started in this class with Kellie and the Grandeur 11-year-old finishing just 0.04 sec behind the winner. Leonie Aitkenhead claimed fourth on Jimmy Mack Van Berkenbroeck and Tegan Jones was also double clear with Annaghmore Lui to take fifth spot. Joseph Stockdale was one of seven riders to pick up one time fault in the first phase to take 11th on Don Diego De Plata while Abbie Bevan (Fabiola Fairy V) and Taisie (Winner of Picobello Z) came home on four faults for 17th and 18th.
Taisie claimed sixth in the under 25 1.35m speed on Live The Life with a steady clear nine sec behind the winner. Joseph was also clear on Cacharel for 14th and four faults dropped Leonie and Heart-Third to 18th.
Flo Norris took second in the mammoth 91-horse junior 1.35m two-phase with Kadance Van’t Lozerhof, the nine-year-old Kashmir Van Schuttershof daughter just 0.11 sec off the pace. Nicole Lockhead Anderson guided Kinsale Houdini into fourth and Izzi Ryder finished sixth with In The Mood VHK. Flo also claimed 20th with one time fault on Donatella L’Espoir.
Thomas Francis-Jones jumped to the top in the 36-strong pony 1.15m speed with 11-year-old Madonna Van De Drieshoeve with only 0.07 sec to spare. Jake Myers rode Razorlite II into eighth and Tatiane Mauree clinched 10th with Horseabout Zibu.
Tabitha Kyle jumped an easy clear on brand new ride Xena 16 – borrowed from Nicole Pavitt – to take seventh in the 62-entry children-on-horses 1.15m speed more than seven sec off the pace. Aimee Jones also posted a clear to take 17th on Zoverla.
On day one in La Baule 5*, France, Harry Charles was the fastest four-faulter in the 1.50m speed to drop the 12-year-old Victor from a possible third to 14th place. William Funnell also posted four faults with Billy McCain in the 57-strong class to take 17th.
James Wilson returned one of the steadiest clears in the 82-entry 1.40m speed on Eskola M to finish 16 sec behind the winner and in 18th place.
A steady clear in the 1.10m speed put Chloe Page and Lord Boy into 12th place more than 10 sec off the pace.
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