Laura Collett riding London 52 has won Les 5 Etoiles de Pau in France having lead from the dressage phase and then jumped a super double clear cross country and today show jumping to win her first 5* competition.
Laura and London 52 completed the competition on 21.30 penalties just ahead of Piggy March riding Brookfield Innocent on 22.20 in second with Tim Price and Wesko in third place. Alexander Bragg riding Zagreb was 4th and Tom Mcewen on Toldeo De Kerser, who were the 2019 Pau winners finished in fifth place.
Speaking after the event Laura Collett said ” I am totally speechless… I’ve dreamed of this day ever since I first watched Eventing on TV as a kid and decided it was what I wanted to do…. but as much as I dreamed it, I never believed it would actually happen.
Today is proof that dreams really can come true. THANK YOU to everyone who has picked me up when I’ve been down, made me believe in myself and helped me achieve my dream.
Most of all I need to say Thank you to Keith Scott and Karen Bartlett who trusted me when I said I thought I’d found a superstar but needed their help to buy him.
The biggest Thank you of all though, goes to LONDON 52, who absolutely smashed his 5* debut by leading from start to finish”
On behalf of The Horse Exchange team, we are delighted for Laura Collett and London 52 – many congratulations!