EVENT REPORTS – Little Downham (2)

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Timmy Orritt reports ….

Little Downham Horse Trials, sponsored by Luc Childeric Saddles, has successfully held their second BE this season, with classes ranging from BE80(T) up to Novice, including 4YO and Open sections. There were 19 sections ran over the whole weekend, and over 500 combinations competed.

There were 3 BE80(T) sections, all sponsored by Airowear. Winner of section F, Christina Higgs, rode a test of 26.3, followed by a double clear to add just 0.4 time penalties onto her original score with Toblerone III. The combinations in 2nd and 3rd, Harriette Wilson and Lulu Tritton, were the only two riders to complete the cross country with no time penalties, and Harriette was the only person to finish on her dressage score of 27.5 with HRW Silver Ghost.

In section G, Leila Ruana piloted Little Rose to take the win after having the best dressage in the section of 24, with nothing to add from the other disciplines. Scott Allen and Super Ted won section H by 12 marks after a double clear inside the time following a dressage score of 21.8, with those in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, all finishing within one mark of each other.

Virginia Turnball took 2nd and 3rd place on both her rides in the 4YOclass on I Diablo Joe and Jesbond Mystery, however she was pipped at the post by Jake Fowles and Summer Wind who took the win with a 28.5 dressage followed by a double clear.

There were 4 BE90 sections ran over the weekend. In section A, there were only 3 combinations that finished on their dressage scores, the winning combination of Harriet Gillam and Milchem Las Vegas being one of them. The pair had the best dressage in the section of 21.5 followed by a double clear to keep them in the lead. Sophie Byford and Handsome finished 2nd when adding 1.2 too fast time penalties to their dressage of 27, and 3rd place went to Quatar LG Z, ridden by Claire Fielding, another combination that finished on their dresaage score of 28.5.

In section B, the top three ombinations all finished on their dressage scores. Joanna Watts and Chruchside Marble took first place, finishing on a score of 27, with 2nd going to Hannah Sutton and Bertie Park, who finished just one point behind the winners on 28.

In section C, Lucie Prior and Over and Over received the best dressage in the section of 27.5, however gained 2.8 time penalties cross country which pushed them to third, finishing on a score of 30.3, ride behind Christina Higgs in 2nd, who finished on her dressage score of 30. The winner of the section was Wodan IV, ridden by Jade Mills, and the combination finished on a score of 28. 

George Hull and Pixel Perfect took the win in section D on a score of 30.5, with Lucie Stokoe and Dolores II coming 2nd. In the 90open section, Lewis Palmer and Kings Rock were the clear winners after finishing on their dressage score of 22.3, 10 marks ahead of Sophie Granfield and Young Tommy Hilfieger who came 2nd on a score of 32.8.

In section P in the BE100, Virginia Wells and Blondie B Good came 1st finishing on a score of 23.7, closely followed by Diamond Spring and Jayne Wilson who came 2nd on a score 24.5. in section Q, 3rd place went to Will Crawley and Endigo on their dressage of 33, just behind Fabulous Grafelass  piloted by Noah Brooks, who also finished on their dressage of 32.8. The iwn went to the only combination that had a sub 30 dressage; Sarah Walpole and Bloomfield Brunei, who finished on their dressage of 29.5.

Section R sae Caroline Bridge and Eldyno ave the best dressage of 23.8, originally putting them into the lead, however their 4 faults showjumping pushed them down to 2nd, behind Helena Pope and Courtyard Cracker, who finished on their dressage score of 26.3.

In the 100Open (section I), Mary Edmundson finished 2nd and 3rd on Porridge Town and Lionel II, on scores of 34.1 and 36.2, however were beaten by Alexis Regis and Flearway, who finished on their dressage of 29.3. Section O saw some amazing dressage scores, with the top 3 all finishing with sub 20 scores. Imogen Murray and SJL Convince Me took the win with a phenomenal score of 14.3, with Phili Williams and Simply Tango coming 2nd with a score of 18.3, with Scarlett Wills and Avocado breathing down their necks with a score of 18.8, which put them in 3rd.

There were 2 BE105 sections, and in section M, we saw Mary Edmundson take the win with Sunday Driver who added just 2.8 time penalties to their dressage of 27, followed by KFS Nicely Dun and Maddison Peries who were the only pair to finish on their dressage score of 32. In section N, not one combination made the time cross country, and the winner, Kerry Higgs and Emor B finished on a score of 41.6 after adding 5.6 time penalties cross country and 4 showjumping faults to their dressage score of32. Jessica Kluss and Money Go Round also finished on 41.6, when adding 7.6 time penalties to their dressage mark of 34.

In the novice section J, Verity Becker and Corndu Savistanos took the win when they added 0.4 time penalties to their dressage of 31.8 and 2nd place went to Weterhofs Limit ridden by Sophie Holliday who went double clear inside the time to finish on their dressage of 33. In section K, there were only two combinations to finish on their dressage scores, one of these being the winning pair, Andrew James and Porshe, who finished on their dressage of 30.5, closely followed Indi Vaughan-Jones riding Arrowmands Diamond, who added 1.2 time penalties to their dressage mark of 30.3.

In the Novice Open, the first 3 scores were very tight, with 2nd and 3rd place both finishing on 33.5, and the winner, Andrew James and Freestyler, had just a half point lead, and finished on their dressage score of 33.

Photographs courtesy of Sue Westmoor

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