Bramham Horse Trials 2017
Japanese rider Yoshiaki Oiwa produced an faultless display with his Holstein bred Calle 44 to claim the 2017 Equi-Trek CCI3*.
Lying in third place after the first two phases, Yoshi had some pressure relieved when the two riders below him when defending champion Andrew Nicholson and Nicola Wilson had 12 and eight faults respectively, dropping them out of contention. Riding in a beautiful rhythm, Yoshi guided the 10 year round expertly giving most of the coloured poles inches of clearance, leaving him on 45.4 penalties.
Next in was Gloucestershire’s Sammi Birch for Australia who had no room for error aboard Hunter Valley II. Sadly, they lowered one rail which moved them behind Yoshi.
Then the final rider, Gemma Tattersall with the Pebble Syndicate’s Quicklook V. The omens were in the British pairing’s favour as the mare had never previously faulted in a three day event…the crowd had their fingers crossed. They were going well until ‘Pebbles’ uncharateristcally didn’t quite make the extensive spread of the triple bar and hit the back rail. They also added one time fault and victory was Yoshi’s.
It was a historic win as Yoshi became the first ever Japanese rider to win a CCI outside Japan, and our first winner from Japan at Bramham.
Yoshi has spent his Spring in Britain based and training with Pippa Funnell alongside his girl friend who’s training with William Funnell with a bid to make the Japanese show jumping team. With Calle 44, he’s had a great few months with top 13 placings at Belton and Burnham Market CIC2* and Chatsworth CIC3* last month and Bramham was the last event before he and Calle return to Germany and Dirk Schrade. The pairing competed at Bramham last year and finished 30th.