It was an emotional weekend for Piggy and the Craggs family – First Lancer won the CCI2*-L, his first ever three-day event, having led from pillar to post.
“This is such a reward for the owners’ patience, bringing ‘Tokyo’ back from serious injury,” said Piggy. “He’s a totally genuine horse. It doesn’t matter if the fences are big, small or spooky, he just wants to jump them. To win here with Emma Craggs, his owner, watching… she’s been poorly recently and he spent over two years in rehab being cared for by the family – hopefully they will remain healthy together.”
“That made me cry,” Emma admitted. “Tokyo won last weekend at Rockingham and I thought hoping for two wins was plain greedy. Just to be here is so exciting – Tokyo had never done a three-day event before, and we didn’t know how he’d be after the cross country; would he be sound, how would he showjump on day three? I can’t quite believe it.”
It was also a dressage score completion for Sportsfield Top Notch, again in the 2*, where he finished 6th.
Away from the 2*, Cooley Monsoon turned in his usual immaculate performance, finishing on his dressage score for 4th place in the CCI4*-S and leading the British Nations Cup team to 3rd place.
Piggy did, however, prove that she is human after all. Leading the 3* after dressage she and Calling Card parted company on the cross country.
Piggy& First Lancer © Sophie Harris/ SEH Photography