It was a one two for Oliver Townend in the Open Intermediate section with Red Andes Fanfare taking the win and the Belton CIC2* winner Noteworthy a close second. Andrew Downes was third and fourth with only 0.2 penalties separating his two rides Kimberlys Crusador and Ashfields Pollyanna. The new compact layout of the cross country track that used less acreage than before made the course quite twisty to ride and proved influential, with Townend the only rider to get round under the 4.45 optimum time. Oliver also had a good morning, netting a second, third and first in the BE100 sections.
Intermediate Section D was claimed by Morgan Pringle and DunBog Gypsy Rose with Ben McClumpha riding Master Trump second, with Kerry Dicken and Faerie Myth third.
Novice section F was decided by the rider closest to the optimum time cross country, with Both Paul Sims riding Pebbly Wizard and Arthur Duffort riding Diamond II finishing on their dressage scores of 28.5. Although the French rider was quicker, it was Paul who finished closer to the 4.21 optimum time to clinch the victory. These were two of only three riders to go round inside the optimum time in the Novice. In Section G Nicola Wilson also achieved this but was only good enough for second spot, behind Etti Dale and Simply Simon II, who had led from the start on a dressage score of 27. Third placed Caroline Taylor and Fantastic Mr Fox II jumped a double clear with 2.4 time, to finish 0.1 penalties behind Nicola.
James Sommerville won BE100 Section A on 24.3 aboard Erox, with Oliver Townend second on Crackenthorpe Valentino. Third place was decided on optimum time cross country with both Jessica Bradshaw riding Fletcher Van De Nethe and Wills Oakden aboard Wizzard V finishing on their dressage scores of 26.8. Wills although quicker, dropped to fourth as Jessica was two seconds closer to the 4.28 optimum.
Samantha McNicholas and Vayrann led from the start in BE100 Section B to finish on her dressage score of 26.5. Georgia Dukes and Shannondale Jester were second and Oliver Townend on the five year old Tregilder finished third.
Harthill Olympic kept his lead from the start to win on 26.3 under Oliver Townend with Sarah Duke and Phoebe McPhee staying on 27.3 for second. Closely followed was Charlie Wells and Luscious Lily completing on 27.5 for third.
Sunday went well for the BE90 and BE100 riders but unfortunately Aske had to make the decision to abandon all Novice and ONu18 competition at 4pm when extreme storms prevailed.
Report by Jodie Stokes.
Photographs courtesy of Dave Cameron