Lucinda Fredericks had tears in her eyes as she won the Express Eventing 2012/13 series opener on Flying Finish, her Olympic ride in an exciting “one seat sees all” day of eventing at HorseWorld Live, ExCel, London.

Lucinda takes away £3,000 in prize money in what was a spectacular opener to the 2012/13 Express Eventing Series. Crowds at HorseWorld Live were treated to thrilling, edge of their seat entertainment. Sixteen of some of eventing’s most well-known names, ((including double Olympic Gold medalist Mark Todd, GB Team Silver medalist and six times Burghley winner William Fox-Pitt as well as notable young riders Emily Baldwin, Flora Harris, Will Murray and Tom McEwan) battled it out in London’s ExCel Arena for a share of the £18,875 Express Eventing prize pot.

Double Olympic Gold medalist, New Zealand’s Mark Todd was the runner up with NZB Regent Lad. The combination finished on a score of 26.55 after a superb show jumping round which saw many competitors fall down the placings. First timer, Emily Baldwin moved up the placings with her and J.Barker’s ride Drivetime to finish in third place. The athletes kept the approximate 3,000 crowd in suspense throughout the competition.

A delighted and emotional Lucinda said of her win:
“It has been a privilege to come here to London, I came here earlier in the year and had a little blip in the lake [Olympics], which cost me dearly, but I feel really privileged to be back” Lucinda wowed the audience with a stunning dressage test to a medley of modern music, following which she commented:
“My team at home, girls and owners, are far better on laptops and ipads than me and they helped put together my music – after this we’re going to go back and make a lot more”

Lucinda climbed her way up the placings after leader William Fox-Pitt knocked four poles in his show jumping round but jumped the eraser fence to leave him with 12 jumping penalties which saw him move down to fourth place. “I think the whole concept of Express Eventing is fantastic and we will all be back hoping to win more glories in a few months time.” Added Lucinda.

Stephen Renouard, Express Eventing Equestrian Director, said
“This was a tremendously positive start to the 2012/13 Express Eventing Series. The crowd were certainly on the edge of their seats and many people who have watched the competition previously, commented that this was the best one yet. The scoreboard changed considerably from the Dressage phase through to the final leaderboard, which made it a very fast-moving and exciting competition.

“We are very excited about the 2012/13 Series and have a number of rounds planned for the year ahead, we’re also excited about the team element of the competition which will give an added dimension.”

The Express Eventing 2012/13 rounds will follow the format of the 2011 Series, consisting of arena-based disciplines: freestyle ‘dressage to music’, cross country and showjumping. Seven Team Principals have been chosen to lead teams in the 2012/13 Series, each can nominate a second rider and their cumulated scores will count towards to the final.

Individual results:
1. Lucinda Fredericks – 24.00

2. Mark Todd - 26.55

3. Emily Baldwin - 27.05

4. William Fox-Pitt - 29.95

5. Tom McEwan - 33.80

6. Lucy Jackson - 39.05

7. Will Murray - 42.85

8. Flora Harris - 43.10

9. Matthew Wright - 45.40

10. Bill Levett - 46.75

11. Aaron Miller – 48.40

12. Oliver Townend – 49.70

13. Austin O’Connor - 52.10

14. Kevin McNab – 59.70

15. Julia Dungworth – 87.80

16. Alex Hua Tian – Retired

Team Results

Team Todd – 60.35
Team Griffiths – 76.70
Team Meade – 86.75
Team Townend – 88.75
Team Wright – 97.50
Team Hobby – 136.20
Team Fredericks – 200.30


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