Mollie Summerland riding Charly Van Ter Heiden

Olympic gold medallists Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser, took an early lead at the beginning of today’s dressage phase at Badminton Horse Trials, presented by Mars Equestrian, and remained unchallenged at the end of the day after a superb performance for the excellent score of 23.4.

Tom holds a 1.4-penalty lead over Kitty King and the smart grey Vendredi Biats, who scored 24.8. Kitty was visibly emotional about the performance of her 2021 European team gold medallist. ‘He was tricky yesterday, breaking in all his medium trots, which made me a bit stressed,’ she admitted. ‘He was much more “with” me when I rode him this morning.”  

Just 0.1 of a penalty behind Kitty, and competing for the first time at Badminton are the 2021 Luhmuhlen five-star winners Mollie Summerland, 24, and Charly Van Ter Heiden. Mollie said it was a bit surreal and she had to check with her trainer if she had missed a change because he can be hot to ride, but she hadn’t and is in 3rd place.