BICTON ARENA (3)

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Rika Nile reports …

Bicton Arena held their third and final event of the season with success running CIC*, CIC** and national classes, seeing over 150 entries come in for the International classes alone. Riders travelled from all over the southwest and further afield to come to the event which was brilliantly prepared and organised by Helen West and her team. The International classes were the highlight of the weekend and featured an abundance of special prizes including for the best dressage, best under 21 and best turned out in each section.

Tom Jackson climbed seven places after the dressage in the Equine H Haylage CIC* to emerge top of the DSC_9818leaderboard and win with Susan Normand’s Santana II. The combination, who have also won their last two Novice events, were 8th after dressage on a score of 42.1 but a clean sheet throughout left them ahead of the field after the dressage leaders made mistakes and picked up time penalties in the jumping phases. Millie Dumas and Ellie Guy’s Catheryn moved up from 3rd place after dressage to take 2nd when they added just 3.6 time penalties to their 39 dressage. Kirsty Johnston, who was also on 42.1 after dressage with Classic VI, went into 3rd after adding just 1.2 time penalties. Alexander Whewall and Ellfield Voyager finished on their 44.2 dressage mark to finish 4th, just 0.2 ahead of Ludwig Svennerstal who was 5th with Stinger on 44.4 after collecting 4 faults in the show jumping.

Catherine Burrell collected the Devoucoux sponsored best dressage prize after she had two horses in the top four after dressage, one of which was leader Milan on 36.9. Unfortunately 8 faults in the show jumping and cross country time dropped them down the leaderboard, but Catherine’s other ride, Briska Sow, who was 4th after dressage on 40.3, just added a handful of time penalties to take 6th. Janou Bleekman finished 7th with Ballyea Rose and also won the prize for the best under 21.

The Everys Solicitors CIC* 6-year-old section was won by Lydia Hannon with Mr and Mrs Christopher Harris’s PLS Beroko. They led from the beginning, also picking up the Devoucoux best dressage prize, after they performed a 40.4 dressage to leave them with a near five mark margin overnight. Despite lowering a show jump, they maintained their lead after being one of only three to make the cross country time in the section. Rosie Fry and Augusta Firefly finished 2nd, climbing seven places after finishing on their 49.9 dressage. 3rd, 4th and 5th went to Dani Evans (Fun Time Cilla), Millie Dumas (Fabian II) and Mary King (King Robert II), all who jumped double clears adding only time to their dressage marks. Dani also finished 6th with Supermario II, also finishing with just time penalties to add to their dressage.

Janou Bleekman and David and Gerry Mill’s Granntevka Prince led the Rathbone Brothers CIC** from the start to win after performing a 40.4 dressage test on the first day, closely followed by Pippa Funnell with Billy Walk On and MGH Grafton Street going into the jumping phases. Despite no one making the time in the cross country phase, the top three remained unchanged throughout the competition for Pippa to take 2nd and 3rd behind Janou, and also collect the Exeter Racecourse prize for the 7-year-old. With three of Rio’s Olympian’s in the top six, Janou held her own to also collect the best dressage prize and her second best U21 prize alongside her win. Kitty King finished 4th and 6th with Vendredi Baits and Billy Bounce, both adding only time to their dressages to rise from 7th and 11th respectively, whilst Ludwig Svennerstal collected another 5th with Win And Love, also adding just time to their dressage. The best turned out prizes for the International classes were kindly sponsored by Redpost Equestrian and were awarded to Dani Evans in the CIC* and Flora Harris in the CIC**.

Alongside the one and two star, the event also held BE100, Novice and Intermediate classes across the three days. The three BE100 sections only had one non-finisher, whilst all five BE100 level sections had winners on final score in the 20’s, one with a score as low as 20.5, which was seen BE100 section G. Winner Kirsty Johnston and Lux Zen had over a six mark lead after finishing on their 20.5 dressage, when Selina Milnes and Morelands Casanova took 2nd on 27. Dressage leaders Althea Bleekman and Ragracho finished 3rd after adding 8 faults from the show jumping to their 19.3 dressage.

All of the top three in BE100 section H finished on their dressage scores, as did the top seven competitors in BE100 section I. Section H was won by Emily Young-Jamieson and Shannondale Carlina, with Caroline Harris and Amoroso Gigi Z in 2nd and Kathryn Robinson and Linus V in 3rd. Section I saw a win for Abbie Hughes and Gecole M after finishing on their 26 dressage score. Abbie also picked up four other top 10 placings on her other four rides, including a 2nd in BE100open section J, and 4th and 8th in section H.

BE100open section J was the smallest of the BE100 level sections and saw only a handful of show jumping clears. Both winner Emma Jane Matthews with Newgate Times, and 2nd placed Abbie Hughes and Best Bide Quiet incurred 4 penalties in the show jumping, but their sub-30 dressage marks still left them at the top of the leaderboard. Natalie Phillips and Deelside Red Adair placed 3rd after being one of only two combinations to finish on their dressage score; the other combination was 7th placed Harry Rowcliffe and 22 Carrot Gold.

Jess Rimmer and Irish After Shock collected their first win together in BE100u18 section K after they were the only combination to finish on a sub-30 score. Their 27.8 dressage mark left the combination ahead of Iesha Wilding with Wellshead Munnings and Jess Rutter with MGH Coco who both finished on 30.5, with Iesha just had the edge due to finishing on her dressage score.

Jess started a successful weekend for the Rimmer family when mum Jo also won the Open Novice section P with Mounttemple Mistress. Although they added 4 faults to their 30 dressage, they made it inside the time to take the win ahead of Katherine Coleman with Back To Business II and Guillaume Collin with Major Des Loges. The winning combination were also the only ones to make it inside the time across all three of Sunday’s Novice level sections.

Tom Jackson, built on his CIC* success when he and PSH Romeo were the only combination in Novice section L to break into the 20’s in the dressage phase, achieving 24.8. This gave them an advantage and saw them take the win even with collecting 4 faults in the show jumping and nearly 10 time penalties in the cross country phase. Rebecca Howard and Very Good Tempo finished 2nd after adding only time to their 30.3 dressage, Selina Milnes took 3rd with Fagrusus H and winner Tom also took 4th with Fizz V.

ONu18 section O proved to be tricky when there were only three show jumping clears and only 11 of the 21 starters finished. Talullah Bartlett and Leanorth Candyman went one better than their 2nd place at Aston-Le-Walls the week before to win the section, after adding just 1.2 time to their 32 dressage. Their 33.2 total left them over seven marks ahead of Georgina Loveday and Phils Spirit who finished in 2nd on 40.7, whilst Anna Johannson and Interstellar only added cross country time to their dressage to finish 3rd.

Novice section N only had three show jumping clears, none of which came from the the top three combinations. It was won by Ben Lee Liles and Ballyellen Buzz, who added 4 from the show jumping and 3.2 cross country time to their 26 dressage. Andrew Nicholson and Asis also added 4 from the show jumping and some time to their dressage to finish 2nd, whilst 3rd placed Alexander Bragg and Inaworldofmyown lowered two poles but was the quickest of the section in the cross country phase, adding just 0.4 time penalties to their total.

Coral Keen and Total Belief continued their recent top 10 placings to win Novice section M on their 27.5 dressage score. The combination were the only ones in the section to finish on their dressage score and led by over 12 marks, with 2nd place going to Ella Matravers and Bugway Mr Darcie who finished on 39.7. Kate Shapland and Uris Cavalier finished 3rd despite lowering three poles.

Intermediate section D gave Coral her 2nd win of the event, again being the only one in the section to finish on their dressage score. With Cascadelle, she completed to finish on 29.3 which left them over six marks ahead of 2nd placed Amy Hulls with Charlie Harper, who had the second fastest cross country time in the section adding just two time penalties to their final score. 3rd place went to Abbie Hughes who collected her 5th placing of the weekend with Daisy XVII, giving her 5 out of 5 top 10 placings.

0.9 penalties separated the top three in Open Intermediate section E, which saw only the top two competitors finishing on their dressage scores. Blyth Tait and Xanthus III took the winning spot finishing on 31.8, with 2nd placed Louise Harwood and Mr Potts close behind finishing on 32.1. Harry Dzenis and Xam picked up 2 time penalties to drop them to 3rd after achieving 30.7 in the dressage phase.

There was a Cooley 1-2 in the OIu21 section F as Phoebe Locke and Emily King took the top two spots with their rides Cooley Challenger and Cooley Currency respectively. Phoebe added 8 time to her 27.3 dressage to leave her on 35.3 and take the win over Emily, who although lowered two poles in the show jumping, had the fastest cross country time in the section to finish on 38.5. Tintin Belsham finished off the top three on Riverside Vision, and also placed 5th with Supreme Watts.

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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