An exciting few days has been enjoyed by spectators at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

In a nail-biting finale, Piggy French achieved the biggest success of her career so far by winning her first major three-day event.

She was in first AND second place after cross-country – an achievement only equalled once before at Blenheim and that was by William Fox-Pitt.

But her first-placed horse, Lemington Lett Dance, was unable to compete in the show jumping finale because of injury. However, French stayed in the lead and won through on her second horse – DHI Topper W.

Second place went to the American rider Tiana Coudray and in third place was German rider Bettina Hoy, a former European champion.

Another important victory came in the London 2012 Eventing Team Qualifier between New Zealand, Japan and Australia. New Zealand won, but as they had already qualified by winning a bronze medal at last years’s World Equestrian Games it was Japan who got the valuable qualification.