ASCOTT UNDER WYCHWOOD

Last weekend competition returned to Crown Farm for their second BE fixture of the year. A slight change in layout saw the showjumping arena moved to a slightly larger area a little closer to the dressage, whilst the Cross Country course had a slight extra loop and a few different fences offering a longer and slightly more testing phase than was seen in April.

On Saturday Ginny Howe lead from start to finish adding just 0.4 time penalties to a dressage score of 18.0 to take the top spot in BE100 section A aboard the 6 year old Cruise on Inny ahead of Grace Warden and Liberty VII in second and Hector Fetherstonhaugh on Millie Fleurs in third, all three horses taking part in their first BE season.

The honours in section B went to Tom Searle riding Sara Gibson’s TJ Mekeisha with second place going to Laura Avery on her own Liams Clover in their first run since completing The BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships. Third place in this section went to Nici Wilson riding Barry Carter’s 5 year old gelding Victor Krum.

In section C, the only section of BE100 Open, Bill Levett made it two wins on the trot with Philip Adkins’ Matinee Idol II who also won the BE100 Open at Aston-le-Walls(2) back in May. Ed Eltham and Baltimore AJS were second and Vittoria Panizzon with Weronique finishing third.

Section D was won by Jesse Campbell on his own 7 year old gelding JJamaica with Amber Franklin finishing just 0.7 penalties behind on Lazy Acres Raine Dancer. Third place went to Roland Llod-Thomas on Boleybawn Bee.

Section E was a close fought affair with less than two penalties separating the top 5 who all finished on their dressage scores. First place went to Lottie Kennedy riding May Day. Paul Davis’ 5 year old mare was taking part in her first BE100 having completed Keysoe and Whitfield at BE90 level earlier this season. In second place was Poppy Pugh who completed the cross country phase on Chorleys Viscount three seconds closer to the optimum time than Becky Woolven and Gortglas Earl Gray.

The top three results of section F see mention again for Ed Eltham, this time heading up the section aboard Kilrea, Ginny Howe in second place on Danetime Panther and Lottie Kennedy on Weston Mayflower.

The only BE90 section of the day was a low scoring one with the top 11 combinations all completing on a sub 30 score. Top of the pack was Jude Matthews on Bendigo IV with second place going to Georgia King and Mojo IV with Lucy Goodey and Lady Guinevere Elm in third.

Day two of the event saw a further 7 sections of competition at BE90 and BE80 level. In the only BE90 Open section of the day Joshua King and Silvercroft Kenny completed on an impressive dressage score of 23.5 to finish ahead of Sara Squires on her own 5 year old gelding Calvin II in the horses first season. Claire Deuten and Direct Goldleaf were third.

Paul Sankey and Lyndell Rubix Cube were the winners of BE90 section I despite picking up 0.8 time penalties cross country. Katie Kneen with Around Midnight were second and Carrie Passmore riding her own 17.2h gelding Moche finished third.

Section J was won by Elaine Wilson on her own 6 year old mare Ebabelou, the combinations fifth consecutive win at this level, interrupted by two runs at BE100 in April. Stephen Rees and the 5 year old Ursula 19 finished second, the mare have accumulated 23 foundation points in her last three events. Jess Hooley and Slone finished third in the 6 years olds second ever event.

Clare Valender and Porthall Molbert picked up 2.8 time penalties cross country which dropped them from first to third in section K which was won by Colina Pickles and Netherwood Brave Heart with Alex Haynes and the 14.2h Overley Moonraker taking second place.

Jess Hooley finished first in the final BE90 section of the day on Contessa V in the 6 year old mare’s second event of the season. Second place went to Joanna Buswell and Dassett Artist with Carol Fletcher and Abergavenny Umbro in third.

The two BE80 sections were won by Charlotte Stockdale riding her own Wycroft Parytime and Laura Byford with Brooklawn Figaro. Charlotte’s 14.3h gelding was contesting his first event of the season while Laura’s 4 year old showed improvement from his first ever event at Keysoe last month.

In section M Holly Norris took second place on Junio Rockstar, the gelding’s first ever BE event with Merryn Polley and Newtown Lucky Spot in third. In section N second place went to Daniele Bizzarro on Alvescot Maisie and while Sarah Pinfield and Electoral Role made it a double of third places having finished in the same position a Millfield last month.

Overall it was a lovely two days of competition with many and fantastic to see so many young horses at the start of their eventing careers and we look forward to the next BE event at Crown Farm at the start of the 2016 season!

Suzanne Stanner

Photographs courtesy of Lucy Hall Photography

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