Rika Nile reports ..
Bicton Arena held their second horse trials of the season inviting competitors to tackle classes from BE80(T) up to Novice, over the course designed by Bicton Arena manager, event organiser and fellow event rider Helen West. The July fixture also had special rosettes and prizes, including for best dressage and best competitor from Devon in each BE90 section, as well as double clear rosettes sponsored by West of England Stabling.
Poppy Douglas-Johnson and Last Of The Moet had a second consecutive win after taking BE90 section A, following on from their win at Millfield in May. Being the only combination to make the 20’s in the dressage phase, the added just 0.8 time to their 27 dressage score to win the section. Anna Stillwell and Rosstown Hero finished on their 31 dressage score to come 2nd, with Emily Farleigh and The General Maximus just 0.5 penalties behind in 3rd.
Joining Poppy with a second consecutive win at BE90 was Joanna Jeans and Wolferlow China Rose who took the honours at Offchurch Bury just a week before. Finishing top of the leaderboard in section B, the combination added 2 time penalties to their dressage to stay ahead of Lara Salter and Bridgets Team and Holly Fanshawe with Waternish Sea Eagle in 2nd and 3rd.
Holly Bluck and Seppelino won their first event of the season, taking BE90 section C after finishing on their 31.5 dressage mark. Section C also incorporated the KBIS 4YO qualifier, which was won by Jason Hobbs and Private Number, giving Jason a win at each of his last three events. The top spot in BE90 section E went to Imogen Hellawell and Band Of Gold, having their first win of the season.
Selina Milnes had a 1-2 in BE90open section D, winning on Cooley Vogue (28.3) and taking 2nd with Gelmer (29.5), with just over a mark separating the horses who were both at their first BE event. Molly James and Pebbly Dunthrop made up the top three finishing on their dressage score of 30.8.
Coral Keen picked up three placings across the Novice sections including a win in Open Novice section O on Hayestown Clover Quin. Being the only combination in the section to finish on their dressage score, meant they led from start to finish taking the section ahead of Victoria Leabeater (Vincent IV) and Yasmin Sanderson (Opposition Angle One).
A costly pole in Novice section P meant Coral and Highmead Proposition slipped into second behind Imogen Judd and Urlingford Tom, just missing out on a double win. Coral also placed 5th in Novice section Q with Total Belief. Section Q was won by Ella Matravers and Bugway Mr Darcie, who was one of only four show jumping clears in the section.
Morgan Wyatt and Baylew Enigma won BE100 section J, going one better after placing 2nd at their last two events. The combination kept a clean sheet to finish on their 24.5 dressage score, leaving them ahead of India John riding Ballyhooly, and Emily Proud with Leonado C who took 2nd and 3rd respectively. BE100 section I was won by Anna Elford and Redhill Bandit, with Lizzie Luxton and Cardinal in 2nd and Sarah-Jane Brown with Corriebeg Rising making up the top three.
BE100 section M was headed by Tim Cheffings and Gaston who added just one show jumping time fault to their 26.5 dressage to win. Dressage leader Althea Bleekman and Ragracho dropped to 2nd after a pole in the show jumping left them on 28.3, with Selina Milnes adding to her earlier 1st and 2nd placings to take 3rd on Fagrusus H.
Vicky Tuffs winning form continued in the KBIS 5YO section K, riding Goldwin. Their clean sheet left them on their 33.3 dressage score to give Goldwin his third win of the season, and Vicky her eighth. Tim Cheffings and Memo II was 2nd on 34.4, after adding a single time penalty to their dressage, and Jennifer Gale and Hester finished on their dressage score for 3rd.
Danielle Frost and Karma K took the top spot in BE100plus section N, when their dressage of 25.5 allowed them to role a pole and still maintain the lead ahead of Archie Lowe, who took 2nd and 3rd on I’m Blushing and Skymond respectively. Talullah Bartlett and Leanorth Candyman marked their first win together on BE100open section L, finishing on their dressage score of 23.5. The combination were 5 marks ahead of 2nd placed Bridie Watts and Tretoil Bel Maiden who finished on 28.5, with 3rd going to Jo Rimmer and Blue Blooded who finished on 29.3.
Jennifer Unwin clocked up her second BE80(T) win of the season with Drayford Liberty in section F. Producing the best dressage mark of the event, the combination added just 1.2 time penalties to 22.5, to take the win ahead of Celia Nowill and Ralphie and Olivia Mallows with Ardimersay Desert Storm in 2nd and 3rd. Tom Sloper and Lula emerged top of the leaderboard in BE80(T) section G adding a single time fault to 33, whilst Charlotte Hoare and Easkey Pride joined Jennifer in picking up their second win of the season in BE80(T) section H.
Bicton Arena’s next and final horse trials of the season is their International event on 19th-21st August. Not only will it have BE100 to Intermediate classes, it will host CIC* and CIC** classes, in which all competitors will receive free stabling. There will also be a charity hog roast in aid of The Eventing Family taking place on the Saturday.
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