Donckers impresses at Bramham

Mary King on MHS King Joules takes part in the dressage.
Mary King on MHS King Joules takes part in the dressage.
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Belgium’s early leader Karin Donckers says there are more likely winners than herself at this weekend’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.

Donckers rocketed into pole position of the flagship CCI three-star event following yesterday afternoon’s hugely impressive dressage test on Lamicell Unique, who scored 37.5.

However, the Belgian says her primary goal is sealing World Equestrian Games qualification and thus a clear round from tomorrow’s cross country test.

“My goal coming here was actually to get a qualification for WEG,” said Donckers, whose Fletcha Van ‘T’ Verahof sits seventh in the CIC three-star.

“This is one of my horses that I would like to qualify for the World Equestrian Games and so my main goal is to have the qualification here and maybe not push it for the time being.”

Donckers currently leads New Zealand eventing legend Sir Mark Todd with Amacuzzi, who totalled 41.2. Ireland’s Aoife Clark sits third after a score of 45.4 with Fenyas Elegance.

Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson is joint-seventh with Annie Clover and also has One Two Many performing today while Huddersfield’s Oliver Townend is joint 14th with ODT Ghareeb.

Townend also sits second in the CIC three-star class overnight with Black Tie II.

Zara Phillips is joint 20th with Black Tuxedo, while her second CIC entry – High Kingdom – performing his dressage test this morning.