Sarah Ginn reports..
As the 2015 Event Season drew to a close Aldon braced itself for the grand finale with over 600 competitors keen to end the Season on a high note. Rain on the Saturday made for interesting conditions but it didn’t dampen spirits.
Dani Evans had a busy weekend with her 9 rides, taking home a total of 7 top ten placings including 6th place on ‘Marstonpark Lupina’ in the mares first CCI *. It was celebrations all round for Team Panizzon with Vittoria triumphing in the CIC 2* with 1st and 4th placings and another win onboard ‘The Team Mate’ in Section G of the Intermediate.
Meanwhile closer to home Alexander Bragg piloted ‘The Night Traveller’ around the geldings first CIC 1* for fourth place overall. ‘Hugo’ as he is known at home is owned by Eventing Worldwide Editor Jessica Crocker and has had a fantastic season with numerous top ten placings, good luck to Jess and Team Bragg and in 2016.
The climax of the season for many BE100 competitors is Aldon’s reputable 3 day 100 which gives riders at this level a taste of the traditional long format event.
After the dressage it was still all to play for in Section A with only 3.2 penalties separating the top 10. Time penalties on day two saw a reshuffle in the placings with overnight leaders Georgina Joynson and ‘Gorfelyn Peter the Great’ on their dressage score of 27.9, adding a costly 1.2 time to drop them into second. Alyson Parker and ‘JJ Malone’ who were second after dressage added 2.4 time to their dressage score of 28.1 sliding them down from 2nd place to 6th, and third place duo Emily Turner and ‘Monbeg Protector’ added 4 time to their score of 28.3 to drop them down to 10th. Francesca Brough and ‘Freshmans Minstrel’ who added nothing to their dressage score of 28.8 moved from 4th after dressage to 1st place at the end of the second day, but with only 2.7 penalties separating the top 6 a pole down could see another reshuffle at the top. On the final day Francesca Brough and Freshmans Minstrel completed a foot perfect showjumping round to take the title and finish on their dressage score, in what is only the horse’s second season of BE they add their success at Aldon to their impressive tally of top 5 placings in 2015, and are certainly ones to watch next season. Georgina Joynson and ‘Gorfelyn Peter The Great’ held on to their second place with no penalties on the third day to add to their combined score of 29.1. They finish the season with their highest placing to date and look forward to competing in the Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup next season having qualified in the final at Shelford in August. In third place Zoe Davison and ‘Cavaliers Back to Black’ who were in 8th position after the dressage added nothing to their score of 30.1 to finish in third at only their third event of the season. This is Zoe’s first season of BE and she has achieved 4 top 10 placings in 5 runs this season.
In Section B of the BE100 Open 3 day, Diani Western Kaye and ‘Speedilicious’ had a significant lead after the dressage with a 25.9 score placing them 1st, 4 points ahead of the second place duo and with the only sub 30 of the day. Jumping penalties on the second day saw Diani and ‘Speedilicious’ slip to 16th paving the way for Max Warburton and ‘Faerweld’ to move from second to take the lead. Max added 1st prize to his tally of 4 top ten placings at Aldon adding no further penalties on the final day to finish on his dressage score of 30.6. At what is only their first BE Event Aisling Quinn and ‘Try Time Diva’ moved up from 5th place after dressage to second with their final score of 31.3. In third place Martha Thomas and ‘Hercules Morse’ moved up from 11th place after dressage to third on the final day adding nothing to their dressage score of 33.1.
In Section C of the CC1* the top three all finished on their dressage scores with only 2.4 penalties separating them. It was a deserved win for Craig Barr onboard ‘Kilmullen Dassett’ who finished on their dressage score of 41.4 to top the section. Constance Copestake and Denver VI completed on their dressage score of 43.3 to gain their highest placing this season. ‘Emirati Night Sky’ showed yet again what a promising young horse he is with consistent form this season under Emily Llewelyn and third place, finishing on their dressage score of 43.8.
In Section D of the Novice and in only their second event together Dani Evans lead from the dressage with ‘Ex Red’ finishing on their dressage score of 24 for a 7 point lead over the second place combination. Max Warburton on board ‘Montreal Skyline’ also finished on their dressage score of 33 to take second. In third position Hector Payne and ‘Back in Time’ added a pole in the showjumping to their dressage score of 30.8 for a combined score of 34.8.
In Section E of the Novice Tim Rogers riding ‘Blackthorne II’ were the only pair to complete on their dressage score with competitors struggling to make the optimum time of 4:58, they finished on their dressage score of 28.8 to win the section. Kate Jupp and ‘Carry on Regardless’ added 5.2 time penalties cross country to their impressive dressage score of 26.5 to take the runners up position and Sarah Johnson and Bryndarcy added 1.2 time to their dressage score of 31.3 narrowly pipping the fourth place combination to third by .1 penalties.
Tallulah Bartlett and ‘Tiggity Boo’ were in joint 1st place after the dressage with a competitive dressage score of 25.3 in Section F of the ONU18. They added just 1.2 time from the final phase to finish on a combined score of 26.9, nearly 3 marks clear of the next pairing. Holly Needham and ‘Cruz V’ were one of only three combinations to finish inside the optimum time, completing on their dressage score of 29.8 for second place. Hot on their tails Darcy Zander and ‘Trewithian Bracken’ added 4.4 time XC to their dressage score of 25.8 for third.
Vittoria Panizzon and ‘The Team Mate’ had the victory in Section G of the Intermediate with know one making the optimum time XC and under 50% of the class finishing on a double clear. The top 3 finished in the 30’s with Vittoria posting the second quickest time of the section adding just 0.8 penalties XC to her dressage score for 33.8 overall. Dani Evans and ‘Countess Chelsea’ took the runners up position adding just one second over the optimum time to their dressage score of 35.5 for a final score of 35.9. In third place Sam Griffiths and ‘Gurtera Cher’ added a costly 6.8 time XC to their dressage of 32.1 finishing on 38.9. Millie Dumas and ‘MGH Regents Street’ had the leading dressage score of 27.1 but two poles in the showjumping and time XC gave them a 43.2 final score and 4th place.
Laura Normand and ‘Vardigo’ were rewarded for being the only combination to finish on their dressage score in Section H of the Open Intermediate, they completed on a score of 28.9 and posted a quick time XC finishing 3 seconds inside the time allowed. Aoife Clark and ‘Wasting Light’ topped the leader board after the dressage with a score of 26.4 but a rattled pole in the showjumping dropped them down to second with a 30.4 final score. In third place Ian Wills and ‘Hartpury Sky is The Limit’ had the quickest time xc with 0.4 penalties for going too fast to add to their 4 penalties in the showjumping and their dressage score of 28.6.
In Section I of the BE100 the top 6 all finished on their dressage scores. Statistically there were 12 double clears out of 38 starters and less than 40% of the section completed the SJ phase with 0 penalties. Although the XC phase caused a handful of eliminations and retirements only 26% of the Section finished inside the optimum time. Dani Evans and ‘Lokis Trumpet’ lead from the dressage with their untouchable score of 26.3. Freddie Gover and ‘Deutz’ finished 24 seconds within the optimum time (the fastest time of the section) and secured a 27.5 dressage score to take second place. In third Katie Hancock and ‘Coddstown Pet’ finished one second within the optimum time xc with nothing to add to their dressage score of 29.3
In the first of two CIC1* sections Katie Burton and ‘Cornish Daybreak’ bettered their score of 45.9 and third place at last years Aldon event, this year finishing on a score 43.9 to win Section J. David Sheerin and ‘Jonny Irish’ added just 0.8 time to their dressage score of 49.3 for second place, and in third place Gemma Tattersall and ‘Brass Farthing’ added an unlucky pole in the showjumping to their dressage score of 47.2 for a combined score of 51.2. In Section J only 7 combinations out of 73 starters finished double clear and the showjumping phase proved quite influential with only 9 pairings completing with 0 penalties.
Dani Evans made it a 1, 2 in Section K of the CIC 1* YH, her highest placed horse being ‘Vlove D or Ly’, finishing on their dressage score of 47.4. ‘Leaping Lord’ may have produced the stronger dressage mark of 43.1 but added 9 penalties in the showjumping for a final score of 52.1 and second place. Ian Wills and ‘Fallulah’ nabbed the third place rosette with 3.6 time penalties cross country to add to their dressage score of 49.9.
In Section L of the 100 Becca May and ‘Cavalex’ had an unlucky pole in the showjumping but their dominant dressage score of 25.3 and great time keeping XC meant that they pipped their second place rivals to first place. Rebecca Barnett and ‘Flynn V’ completed on their dressage score of 29.3 to finish on the same score as Becca but were two seconds away from the optimum time proving every second counts. Alexander Bragg and ‘Bloomfield Tiger Two added just one pole in the showjumping to their strong dressage score of 27 for third place.
In Section M there were 17 pairs who posted sub 30 dressage scores. Abbie Hughes and ‘Conteurs Rock’ scored 24.8 to place them third after dressage but saled home 18 seconds inside the optimum time with a fantastic double clear to place them first place overall. Jo Bishop and ‘Woodfield Hero’ also finished on their dressage score of 26 adding nothing from the jumping phases for second place. Kat Raybould and ‘Brendonhill Query’ scored an impressive 22.3 dressage but a pole in the showjumping pushed them down to third place overall.
In Section N the top two riders finished on their dressage scores with Harriet Smith and ‘Mannin Bay’ finishing the day on their score of 25.5 and first place. Flora Seddon and ‘Creevagh First Lady’ finished on their dressage score of 29.3 and an identical time XC for second place and Alexa Palmer and ‘Jamiraqui II’ who lead the section after the dressage with their score of 25.3 added a pole in the showjumping to finish in third position.
In Section O of the 100 Open Kate Jupp and ‘Jumblue’ lead from the dressage with their PB dressage score of 19.3 giving them a 6 point lead over the nearest contenders. Amy Harris and ‘Dartmoor Devil’ added just 1.2 time XC to their score of 24.3 in the dressage to take second place, with just .1 penalties separating them from their third place rivals. David Doel and ‘Get Set Autumn Star’ added an unlucky pole in the Showjumping to their high score of 22 in the dressage for a combined score of 26 and third place.
Vittoria Panizzon took the win in the CIC 2* with ‘Chequers Play the Game’, finishing on their dressage score of 40.2. Vittoria lay in first and fourth place after the dressage with her two rides but her score of 40.2 with ‘Chequers’ was one of only 4 scores on the board with a double clear and inside the time XC. Two poles in the showjumping on her second horse ‘Borough Free Flight’ dropped them from 1st place after dressage to fourth. Padraig McCarthy and ‘Bernadette Utopia’ were third after dressage with their score of 39.8, they moved up to second after the top two dressage scores both added jumping penalties to their marks meaning that even with 0.8 time penalties XC Padraig moved up a placing. Georgie Strange and ‘Cooley Earl’ completed the set finishing third on their dressage score of 41.6.
In Section Q of the 100 the top three were the only competitors to finish double clear inside the time with Max Warburton topping the leader board once again this time with ‘Harry Kiro’, finishing on their dressage score of 28.5. Rhian Smith and ‘Destinys Dream also finished on their dressage score of 32 for second place and in third place Olivia Sims and ‘Opposition Lore’ completed on a final score of 33.5. Yet again the showjumping proved quite influential with only 5 pairs achieving 0 penalties in the second phase.
In Section R of the 100 Emily Young-Jamieson and ‘Chester XIX’ lead from the dressage finishing on their dressage score of 23.8 and a 3 point lead over the second place duo. Emme Clucas and ‘Pencarder Condors Boy’ also finished on their dressage mark with a 26.8 final total and second place. A pole down in the showjumping meant a reshuffle from second place to third for Amanda Wreford-Brown and ‘Midsummer Dazzle’, they finished on their combined score of 28.3.
In Section S of the 100+ no combinations scored a sub 30 dressage and only 4 out of 25 starters had jumping penalties or eliminations. Ben Liles and ‘Ballyellen Buzz’ completed on their dressage score of 30.5 for first place. In second place Olivia Heywood and ‘Hatton Garden’ added 0.4 penalties XC to their dressage score of 30.3, one second quicker and they would have won the section! In third place Jessica Pilling and ‘Garrison Jim’ finished double clear and inside the time to complete on their dressage score of 35.3.