The popular North Bedfordshire event in the sleepy village of Carlton ran a total of 18 classes over three days of competition. Olney-based young rider Naomi Lawrence took top honours in the open novice under 18 section making it her best finish to date with So Quiet. The pair have been affiliated eventing together since the start of the 2014 season. The winners secured the trophy after eventual second placed combination Francesca Fitzherbert’s Hartpury Take It 2 The Top kicked out a rail in the show jumping to add four faults to their 25.5 first phase, they also added 2.8 cross country time penalties to finish 3.5 marks behind the winners. Naomi also picked up a yellow rosette for third place with her second ride Harry 7171. Eleven pairs completed the adults open novice section with Olivia Marsh and Hermes IV finishing best of the bunch with a 26 dressage score and 3.2 cross country time. Only one combination – Hadi Al-Marri and Santa Cruz II – posted a faultless cross country round, this pair had to settle for eventual sixth though after knocking out two show jumping poles.
Virginia Wells walked away with the trophy in novice section a riding Cassino Reeb, although not quite the best first phase score in the class, this pair posted a speedy round on the cross country course for six time faults which saw them elevated to the top spot. Phillipa Cross’s Scoop De Ferbet was rewarded with a second place rosette after posting one of only two cross country rounds inside the time, despite being slightly off the pace in between the white boards with a 35.5 mark. The other faultless cross country mark went to fourth placed Erin Dobby and Briefne. Caroline Powell and Chance Encounter VII filled third.
It was a similar story in novice section b which was won by Charlotte Monk and FFS Whizz Kid. Only this pair and Trehudreth under Lisa Freckingham (eventual fifth) beat the clock in the final phase. Rosie Skinner (Champions Dynamo) and Katie Hurrell (TLB Aldora) filled second and third respectively.
Six BE100 sections were held with wins for Melissa Shawcross (Direct Royale), Sue Harrington (Stormy Mistress), Simon Grieve (Louella Z) and Jonathan Chapman (Momento Vivere). Tracey Day won the BE100 open section riding Wanderu and Molly Brown (Kissemmie Playboy) was victorious amongst the under 18 BE100 competitors.
Lynwood Graduate gave Ben Way another piece of silverware in Friday’s 5YO class, beating stablemate Gracious Honour ridden by Sarah Parkes into second place.
Clare Deuten piloted Direct Goldleaf to victory in the open BE90 section to finish 4.7 marks ahead of their nearest rivals. Nicole Mills (Silver Banner Girl), Julia Woods (St Flannans Aodhan), Olivia Pepper (Benjamin Brush) and James Pratt (Churchside Reflection) also won trophies in the BE90 sections.
Airowear sponsored both BE80 sections and gave generous prizes to Lisa Egan (Ducal Banks) and Philippa Cross (Cool Blue) who won a section each.
Report by Natalie Clark
Photographs courtesy of Lorraine Porter