EVENT REPORTS – Gatcombe International

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Georgia Dixon reports ..

Gatcombe Park hosted their second and final event of the year at the weekend and had a whopping 9 Novice sections and 6 Intermediate sections alongside 2 International classes which both had nearly 100 starters each. 

Young Rider James Avery came out on top of the CIC** riding Vitali. The combination lead from start to finish after an amazing FEI dressage score of 38.1. There was only one other combination with a dressage score under 40 and that was from the runners up, Rosalind Canter and Pencos Crown Jewel who scored 39.5. 

James had one show jump down with Vitali however a speedy cross country round left them with only 1.2 time penalties and on a final score of 43.3. 

The winner of the CIC* also lead from start to finish with the only sub 40 dressage score of 39.8. The winning spot was earned by Paul Tapner riding Bob Chaplin. The combination then followed on from the dressage with a double clear and only 6 time faults across the country. 

James Avery 

The runner up spot in the CIC* was granted to Julia Norman who was riding Joblesse Van Bareelhof. The combination went double clear with only 2 cross country time faults which were added to a 45.8 dressage mark. 

George Bolt won Novice Section N on UC Cavaloon. It was very tight at the top of the leaderboard but George’s flawless double clear meant that he stayed on his dressage score of 31.3. This was 0.2 penalties ahead of the runner up Ed Brooker who rode Catena Vant Gelutt Z to add only 1.2 time faults to a dressage of 30.3. 

Braveheart B danced his way to the top of the leaderboard in Novice Section L with Tom McEwan piloting him around. The combination scored 23.3 in the dressage phase and then maintained this lead through to the end after adding nothing from the jumping phases. Giovanni Ugolotti and Dukes Sunny Boy were hot on their heels also adding nothing to their dressage score of 26.3. 

Novice Section O was topped by Rosie Fry and True Blue Too II. They were one of only 2 combinations to finish on their dressage score. Rosie had a good start with a dressage score of 28.8 and then rose to the top of the leaderboard after being foot perfect in the jumping phases. Dannie Morgan finished up in 2nd place with Burnock Bright Limit, after an impressive dressage score of 23.0 the combination then added only 6.2 time penalties altogether from the final two phases to leave them on a score of 29.2. 

Out of the two Open Novice sections there were 30 withdrawals. Sarah Shaw won Open Novice Section P finishing on a score of 41.6. They had a dressage score of 34.8 and added only 4 faults from the show jumping and 2.8 cross country time penalties. 

Open Novice Section Q was won by Gemma Tattersall and Billy Shania on a score of 25.8 which was 8 penalties ahead of the runners up, Lucy Kernon and Cloncolman Lad. 

Veera Peltokangas and Silver Minnie were the Intermediate Section E winners finishing on a score of 35.4. They posted a mark of 33 in the dressage phase and added only 2.4 time faults across country to leave them right at the top of the leaderboard.  Sammi Birch and the Kincooley Ceili came in just behind in 2nd place. They added 6 time faults to a dressage score of 32.3. 

Sammi Birch also finished up in the runner up position in Intermedaite Section C on board Kiwi. Zara Tindall was the victor in this section riding The Precious One. Zara rode her way to a double clear adding only 4.8 cross country time faults to a dressage score of 28.9. 

Izzy Taylor was the winner of Intermediate Section D riding Artful Trinity. Izzy was also the runner up in Intermediate Section H with Tregolls. The winner of this section was Christopher Burton and Bahira M who added only 4.8 time penalties to a dressage mark of 24.6. 

Sammi Birch racked up another runner up position in the Open Intermediate class in Section F on The Court Jester. The combination were the only ones in the section who added nothing across the country, however 8 faults in the show jumping lost the pair a chance at the top spot. The win went to Alice Pearson instead who rode Jack The Ginger to a dressage mark of 32.3 and added only 3.2. time faults across country leaving them on a score of 35.5.

Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photos

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