Oliver Townend wins 10th national title

Oliver Townend took his tally of national titles to an impressive 10 with victory on Angela Hyslop’s Khoi Traveler in the Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship at The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association.

The heavy rain stopped in time for Oliver to produce an inspired cross country round on the 11 year old flaxen-maned chestnut, clocking up just 4.4 time penalties to rise from only 33rd place after dressage and finish less than a penalty ahead of the runner-up, Matt Heath on Sportsfield Lord Livesey.

"He was a racehorse so if any horse was going to cope it was him, although actually the ground has held up superbly," explained Oliver, who has won the Intermediate title three times before, in in 2007, 2008 and 2015.
"Three days ago I wasn’t going to bring him here because he came late to eventing and I thought his dressage was a little bit behind, so this is quite a surprise!"

Article Source: British Eventing News

Image courtesy Oliver Townend.com

 

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