Britain’s Tom McEwen completed second on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Occasion at the moment with JL Dublin.
It was a vastly emotional outcome for all connections of this horse, who was produced to the highest stage by Nicola Wilson earlier than she suffered life-changing accidents in a fall at Badminton Horse Trials final 12 months. Nicola and “Dubs”, who belongs to Jo and James Lambert and Deirdre Johnston, have been European champions collectively in 2011.
Tom took over the trip on the son of Diarado later in the summertime and the pair completed the 12 months with second within the CCI4*-L at Boekelo.
The Olympic crew gold and particular person silver medallist has been at pains all week to state that his success with the horse is all all the way down to Nicola.
“I’m riding on the wave of Nicola’s coaching and all the things she’s accomplished earlier than,” he mentioned in the beginning of the week. “Dubs is the entire package deal and to be capable of be handed on the reins after the wonderful job Nicola has accomplished is unimaginable.”
After cross-country on the Kentucky Three-Day Occasion, Tom McEwen added: “He’s an outstanding horse. Contemplating that is solely my sixth run on him – and 4 of these have been good open intermediates – it’s big credit score to Nicola and all the things she’s accomplished that I can hop on and get spherical a real five-star course that has loads of challenges.”
After a 22.6 dressage and 5.2 cross-country time-faults, Tom and the 12-year-old JL Dublin put in a fault-free efficiency in at the moment’s showjumping part – with a rattle of the penultimate fence, an upright, after which a flyer to the ultimate oxer – to substantiate their second place behind the winners, US pair Tamie Smith and Mai Baum.
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