Timmy Orritt reports..
Aston-Le-Walls finally managed to run their first event of the season this week, with classes from BE90 through to Novice, incorporating Open sections throughout the levels.
In Novice section E Tom McEwen took the lead on Dreamaway II, finishing on the best dressage score i
n the section of 20. Tom also won section D with Braveheart B, who also gained the best dressage in the section 30.5, and added just 0.4 time penalties cross country to this score to finish on 30.5. Tom also rode Cassiana De Riverland in the BE100 in section H, where the pair finished on their dressage of 26.8, just 0.2 penalities behind the winner; Laura Ridout and Lates Flash, who went double clear to finish on their dressage score of 26.5. 2nd place in section E went to Susie Berry and Fernhill G who finished on their dressage of 23.8, after a double clear inside the time. Susie also rode Fernhill Smart Choice in Novice section A, where they won the section by 7 penalties on their dressage of 26.5, ahead of Louise Harwood and Brechfa Baruch in 2nd place. Piggy French took 3rd place in section E with Highdown
March on a score of 28.3, as well as winning section B with Sportsfield Top Notch on their dressage of 27.3.
Ros Canter took the win in the Open Novice section on Rehy Royal Diamond on their dressage score of 25.3, with Ibby Macpherson and Deoch an Doris coming second after they added 4 showjumping faults to their dressage of 24.8, which was the best in section.
In the BE100, Georgie Spence took the win in section L by 7 penalties riding Homerus, when the pair finished on the best dressage score in the section of 23. Georgie also went on to finish 2nd in the BE100open with Top Honours, finishing on their dressage of 28.8, just behind Charlotte Agnew and Iconic who won, finishing on their section of 27.5. Holly Woodhead took 1st place in section K with Emotion II, when the pair went double clear following their dressage score of 29. In section I Kevin Mcnab rode Brookfield Cavalier Cruise to the win when the pair had a dressage of 25.8. followed by a double clear.
4 BE90 sections ran, two of which were Open Sections. In Open section F, there was just 0.6 penalties separating the top 5 competitors, and in the end, it was Louise Harwood and Renkum I Love Rock N Roll that came out on top, winning the section after a double clear meaning they finished on their dressage score of 30. Open section M saw a win from Vicki Hancox riding Ludo Jack, when they finished on a score of 33.3 after going double clear. Amy Simon and Penhill Kapitien took the win in section N when they added 0.8 time penalties cross country to their dressage of 24.8 to finish on a final score of 25.6. in section G, the win went to Jessica Mcleod and Rhydant Duffy, when they went double clear to finish on 31.3, which they scored for their dressage.
Photographs courtesy of Ash Rawlinson