Eventer Jock Paget Paget wins British Open
Jock Paget has added another significant British title to his equestrian CV after winning the British Open Championship at Gatcombe Park in England this morning.
The reigning Badminton champion, riding Clifton Lush, added just four time faults to his dressage score of 37.3 penalty points to finish ahead of Briton Oliver Townend aboard Andrew Nicholson's former ride Armada.
Andrew Nicholson, a two-time Gatcombe champion and the winner the last time it was held, in 2011, and retired his horse Nereo after an uncharacteristic stop at the water in the cross-country.
They were third after the showjumping. But Nicholson and his other horse Avebury finished sixth.
''Lush's owners Lucy Allison and Frances Stead wanted to win here as well, so it is great to come here and do it ... and even more special on such a great little horse,'' Paget said.
''He was ready for this event and we were in the right place going into the cross-country. I knew I had seven seconds to Andrew and about 15 to Ollie, and once Andrew had his unfortunate mishap I knew I could slow down a little, stop taking risks and cruise home.''
The three-star event isn't on the same level as Badminton but Paget acknowledged its prestige. Most of the top riders based in Britain take their best horses to Gatcombe Park.
''This is the one-day event champion of Britain, so is very prestigious. It is a nice feeling,'' he said.
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