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Nicola Banks On A Masterful Performance At Bramham
Wetherby, West Yorkshire, UK
Jennie Brannigan (USA) and Cooper at the 2008 NAJYRC in Parker, Colorado
Olympic reserve rider Nicola Wilson showed what a difference a year makes when Master Banks exceeded her expectations to produce his best international Dressage test to date to break the magic 70% barrier. Based locally in Northallerton, Nicola brought Master Banks here to Bramham last year but the three star test proved a bit much for him. Two CCI3*s in the Autumn have been the making of him. "He was a very good boy and I'm really pleased with him today. He has grown up a lot as he struggled to cope here last year," said a pleased Nicola. With a score of 44.8 penalties, the equivalent of 70.13%, they hold a slim lead of just two penalties over Pippa Funnell and her former British Team horse, Ensign.

It was a very good day at the office for New Zealander Andrew Nicholson who holds third spot in the CCI3* with The Light Fandango on 47.0 penalties but also is the overnight leader in the CIC3* with Epic on a score of 44.0. Dunauger, owned by Tracy Garside (who were leaders of the CCI3* after the dressage at Bramham in 2008), and now ridden by Harry Meade, is 3.8 penalties adrift on 47.8. Bramham "favourite" William Fox-Pitt is third on new eye-catching mare Sonate V. William goes in the CCI3* with Cool Mountain at 11:56 in his bid to claim a hat-trick of wins and his sixth in total.

24 horse and rider combinations will go into tomorrow's dressage phase in the Bishop Burton College Under 25 CCI3* following their first horse inspection.

Lone US rider at the event, Jennie Brannigan who is competing her horse Cooper in the Under 25 CCI3* trains with Phillip Dutton at True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania. She does dressage on Friday at 11:32am.

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