Suzi Stanner reports ..
After the abandonment of their April fixture due to the weather and ground conditions, it was right that the sun shone brightly across Ascott under Wychwood for would be the last British Eventing fixture held by organisers Chris and Janet Badger, who are retiring later this year.
In BE100 section A Sarah Pinfield and Electoral Role who stepped up to BE 100 earlier this year, headed the field with Surrey based Nana Dalton and Coolrock Wacko Jacko in second. Hannah Hankin finished third by just 0.2 of a penalty with Chapelwood Storm Trooper.
Just 0.1 penalties separated Holly Horton and [emember_protected custom_msg=’This content is only available to Members, to read more of this article please Join HERE or if you are a member please LOGIN‘] Clare Johnson at the top of BE100 section B. Holly claimed the win on the six year old mare Halvanna the Last Song, with Clare in second with Orinoco Flow. Third place in the section went to Francesca Brough and Ferdi III.
Ellie Goodwin and Shannondale Vendi finished three seconds over the optimum time cross country to win BE100 Open section C ahead of Milly Kaye and the six year old gelding Trendy Captain Clover, who has also been competed by Ginny Howe this season. Kathryn Harris and B Tambourine Man finished just 0.3 penalties behind in third.
Only two competitors in BE100 section D made the optimum time cross country but winner Julian Mash and second placed Johnny Hornby were third fastest around the course, each finishing one second over, with The Rag Man and MHS Cooley Flash respectively. Gregor Knox and the five year old Lux Irish followed their win at Broadway with third place.
In the BE100 U18 section E, Lydia Ward took top spot, completing on an impressive dressage score of 24.0. Second place went to Charlotte Harrison-Gates and LaFranco Larry, with Sophie Spratling and Bernwode Nairobi in third.
Emma Winter and five year old Dalanteretto picked up their first win topping BE100 section F ahead of Daniele Bizzarro and Captain Mac. Jess Hooley and Royal Torbo finished third in their second event of the season.
Laura Ridout and Lates Flash followed up their win at Shelford Manor in May with a win in the final BE100 section, section G. Claire Moreton and Farleaze Ladys Waltz finished second with Fern Wrighton and Tillyochie Atraction, who finished sixth in the BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup in May, in third place.
Jack Stancombe and MGH Rococo won the first BE90 section on Sunday, section H, ahead of Izzy Hall and Uncle Monty, competing in their first event of the 2016 season. Lucie Wells picked up third place with the eight year old mare Tullabeg Springtime in their second event together.
A leading dressage score of 21.5 put Isabel Rugman and Jasmine IV in pole position in BE90 section I and they remained at the top with a faultless double clear. Amelia Sykes and the six year old mare Spotlights, finished in second, just 0.2 penalties ahead of Georgia Bowron and Coolatuder Buck.
John-Paul Sheffield and First Kiss made it back to back wins in the five year olds first two events, winning BE90 Open section J, with John-Paul also taking third place in the section with another five year old, Celine. Jordanne Hobbs finished third with Kingswell Starturn.
BE90 section K was won by Kate Justice and Pro Test who went one better than their second place at Llanymynech earlier this season. Claire Matheson and Beech Breaker followed up their second place at Tweseldown in May, with second place in this section, while Flora Insley and Doire Mhianaigh Rocky, a five year old 14.1h gelding, finished third.
Sophie Ewen and Traa Dy Looar picked up their first win as a combination in BE90 section L, finishing just 0.3 penalties ahead of Philippa Hendry and Chevalian Armagnac. Nicola Warren and Dinan Bouncer achieved their highest placing as a combination, finishing third.
The weekend concluded with two sections of BE80(T) with Victoria Vatcher and Fashionable, competing in their first event together, winning section M. Ella Bollon and Sarney Lad, finished second with Justin Clubley and Halvannas Diamond Girl in third.
Section N was won by Leah Wells and Oberons Toblerone, who completed on their dressage score of 32.8, ahead of Lucy Care and the six year old gelding Clonberne Smokey. Sarah Pinfield and Reverb finished in third.
Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photography