Equestrianism: Windsor debut for Davidson

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BRUCE DAVIDSON, the former dual world champion from the United States, makes his first appearance in Windsor Great Park for the Brittany Ferries Three-Day Event, which begins today with two days' dressage, writes Genevieve Murphy.

Both Davidson (on Squelch) and the reigning world champion, New Zealand's Blyth Tait (on Ra Ora), are in a position to take the lead in the Land Rover FEI World Three-Day Event Rider Rankings if they finish in the top dozen after Sunday's final show jumping.

Tait, winner of the global rankings last year, is third behind Karen Lende and Marcia Carabell. Davidson is fourth.

Mary Thomson, winner of last year's international section, has an exciting young horse in King Basil. This year she will have her sights set on the Brittany Ferries Riders Challenge, which offers pounds 25,000 to anyone who wins Windsor this week, Blenheim in September and a fixture at Le Lion d'Angers in October.