Catton Park, set in the rolling Derbyshire countryside, is famous on the eventing circuit for being a good test for fit horses. With time faults being hugely influential on the hilly course horses are required to be fit and ready for the full up course which is aimed at the more seasoned competitors. With rainy showers throughout the Father’s Day weekend the event proved a real test with combinations really showing their worth across the BE100, Novice and Intermediate tracks.

Leading the way in Section A of the BE100 was Kirsty Short and Cortage taking their first win at BE as a pair. Short said, “We where so pleased with him. Cortie has started eventing earlier this season. He is a very promising horse for the future and Catton was a great day! The going was perfect so we could have a great gallop over the park. Cortage is German bred so finds the dressage very easy, he is also a very talented jumper, making my job very easy. We aim to move him up to Novice now and finish the season with a CCI * if all goes to plan.”

Nicholas Bevan added to the fantastic season he is already having by leading the way in Section B of the BE100 with a fantastic dressage of 23. With just a few time penalties cross country he took second place behind Lauren Rayner and Townend Little Treasure who maintained a clean sheet. Bevan said, “Bolerio N, who’s stable name is Goody, was the first horse I bought from Vere Phillips who used to show jump him. Vere nicknamed him Mr Diesel because he was always in the prize money so won the diesel money! My show jumping up to that point was less than admirable and I was in desperate need of an experienced horse to teach me and give me confidence. Goody proved to be just that and he still gets me out of trouble when I get it wrong…I love Catton Park event, it’s always challenging and in my opinion not for a first 100, more for someone looking to move to Novice. They know how to prepare the ground and dress the fences like a 4*. It was the first event that we ever did together about six years ago. After starting with his best ever dressage score of 23, a mark that seemed way out of our leagues until I started training with Jo Swain, and clear show jumping we were looking good but the rain came down again just as we left the start box. With my eye on the rest of the season…we kept away from going fast or taking any chances so we picked up 4.4 time penalties which put us into second place behind Lauren Rayner, who on 26 thoroughly deserved her win. We were thrilled to win the highest placed local horse and rider trophy, it’s going to take pride of place in my living room. This season is costing me a fortune in apples and mints but I’m not complaining!”

Annie Frankham and Castle Howard Cicero left the competition in their midst’s after producing the only dressage test in the twenties in the Open Novice Under 18. Frankham paid tribute to her Dad on Father’s Day saying, “Castle Howard Cicero (Ricky) and I started the season well finishing 9th at Aston Le Walls and 2nd at Rockingham Under 18. Catton was my first ever event on him last year so I was excited to return. It’s a beautiful course and a great fitness run for the horses due to the hills. Ricky is a big horse for me and we have worked really hard having lessons with Heather Jacks to improve our dressage. I was therefore delighted to get a 24! Ricky showed his experience in the show jumping and flew around the cross country just adding 4 time faults to finish on 28. I owe all my training to my Dad, Sean Frankham, as he trains my sister, Lucy, and I. He is ‘Mr Competitive’ and is never without his stop watch but he totally understands the horses. He knows how to tackle each fence, the speed and line to suit our strengths. We are all looking forward to the rest of the season and are aiming for Weston Park J* selection.”

Tyler Cassells had a fantastic weekend taking the win in Section M of the Intermediate and third place in Section P of the Intermediate. Cassells said, “Catton Park was a fantastic weekend for me, three double clears and a Novice Regional Final qualification. The four boys went really well all storming the cross country on Sunday. Machismo Star was full of beans so we managed to keep him settled and composed enough to do one of his best tests, he show jumped really well to have one rail around a tight track with his 17hh plus. I think I will be investing in a stronger bit for future cross country courses as he never took his eye off the beat but was hard to hold in the start box. He cruised round to add just three time penalties giving us an eleven plus lead. Such a special moment as I have just finalised setting up a syndicate to keep the ride on this horse with three others. They have all been so supportive and unfortunately Judith Graham was ill so it was brilliant to report back that he had won!”

Samantha Hobbs made light work of the Intermediate track picking up a win and second with Jazz Time III and Treblare. Hobbs said, “Jazz Time III is a fifteen year old stallion owned and bred by Karen Hurrion. As usual he gave me a fantastic ride. He is a straight and genuine horse who loves the firmer ground! He seems to be getting better with age having been placed 8th in the CIC ** at Rockingham. I choose his runs carefully as he is a real character who has to be made to feel extremely important…a stately home and some flags are his idea of heaven! Treblare is a 10 year old by Fleetwater Opposition out of Coolmore Clarine, bred by Vin and Liz Jones and owned by Preci-Spark Ltd. Treblare had a great run around the CCI ** at Tattersalls and this was his first run back. He was so excited to be out again, he was pulling my arms out! He’s been knocking on the door for a while but the odd cheeky run out kept happening. A lesson with the legend that is Christopher Bartle set us on the right track! He will hopefully contest some Advanced classes towards the end of the season. I am a Stable Jockey for the Preci-Spark Ltd Event Team and feel extremely lucky to have been given the chance to ride some fantastic horses.”

Just pipping Samantha Hobbs to the post in Section P of the Intermediate was Katie Bleloch and Bulano scoring a fantastic 33.2 dressage and adding just 4.8 cross country time faults. Bleloch said, “He was brilliant, I was pleased with his test as we have been doing lots of practise BD as he can be cheeky at times! He jumped his socks off show jumping so I thought I better go for it cross country! He gave me a fantastic ride, almost a little too bold into the last water but I am absolutely thrilled with him. It all goes to plan he will do Barbury CIC **, Aston 8/9 year old Advanced and hopefully Hartpury CIC ***, exciting and slightly scarey!”

Fred Telfer and Charlotte Bacon battled it out for first and second in the Open Intermediate Under 21. Telfer said, “I am really pleased with today as I just finished boarding school three weeks ago so up until now have only managed to get on my horses at the weekends. Three weeks of full time riding and things appear to be going pretty well! This is my first season on Glenomra Hero so we really are still learning our way at this point. I was thrilled with the dressage today, he was wonderfully calm and kept a really good rhythm throughout. It was a good full up show jumping track with a bit of undulation so I needed to keep my wits about me, but we kept a good rhythm throughout. Hero was on fire cross country and going like a train and nothing was going to get in our way, he gives the most exhilarating feel good factor on the course. I am seriously excited about the rest of this season. Hero is a great character and really capable, who knows what we could achieve in the future!”

5 Year Old Sponsored by KBIS Section C
1st Franky Reid-Warrilow & Dolley Captain 30 D, 0.8 XCT
2nd Oliver Townend & Tregilder 31.8 D, Double Clear
3rd Lisa Freckingham & Treworder 32 D, Double Clear

BE100 Section A
1st Kirsty Short & Cortage 24.3 D, 2.4 XCT
2nd Leanne Cartwright & Hallowberry Hi Fi 26.8 D, Double Clear
3rd Dani Cuomo & Lacken Tismond 25 D, 2 XCT

BE100 Section B
1st Lauren Rayner & Townend Little Treasure 26 D, Double Clear
2nd Nicholas Bevan & Boleiro N 23 D, 4.4 XCT
3rd Vicki Arden & Silver Cloud III 25 D, 4 SJ

BE100 Section E
1st James Sommerville & Altaskin Jack 21 D, Double Clear
2nd Jeanette Brakewell & Tory Massini 23.5 D, Double Clear
3rd Oliver Townend & Harthill Olympic 23.5 D, 4 SJ, 0.4 XCT

BE100 Open Section D
1st Arthur Duffort & Diamond II 23.8 D, Double Clear
2nd Laura Ridout & Silk Stone 27.5 D, 0.8 XCT
3rd Lucy Kitchen & Nadal 27.5 D, 1.2 XCT

Novice Section F
1st Rosalind Canter & Pencos Crown Jewel 22 D, 2 XCT
2nd Nicola Wilson & Crookus Gill 28 D, 4 SJ, 4.8 XCT
3rd Arthur Duffort & Oaklands First Time 37.3 D, Double Clear

Novice Section G
1st Rosalind Canter & Shannondale Sue 28.3 D, 3.2 XCT
2nd Jessica Viney & Red Dundee 30.5 D, 4 SJ, 0.4 XCT
3rd Erin Dobby & Breifne 35.8 D, Double Clear

Novice Section I
1ST Oliver Townend & DHI Okey Cokey 26.5 D, Double Clear
2nd Oliver Townend & Shearwater Sportsfield 27 D, Double Clear
3rd Rosalind Canter & Cool Jack 24 D, 6 XCT

Novice Section J
1st Loretta Joynson & PSH Lava Flow 19.5 D, 2.4 XCT
2nd Oliver Townend & Pursuit 23.5 D, 1.2 XCT
3rd Rosalind Canter & No Excuse 20.5 D, 6.8 XCT

Novice Regional Final Section H
1st Izzy Taylor & Extreme II 28.6 D, Double Clear
2nd Paul Sims & Pebbly Wizard 32.1 D, Double Clear
3rd Jonty Evans & Alamo 32.3 D, Double Clear

Open Novice Section K
1st Christopher Whittle & Foxglove Skylark 25.8 D, Double Clear
2nd Georgie Rockingham & Cut To The Chase 31.5 D, Double Clear
3rd James Somerville & Fellside Fancy Free 26 D, 4 SJ, 2 XCT

Open Novice Under 18 Section L
1st Annie Frankham & Castle Howard Cicero 24 D, 4 XCT
2nd Amy Hulls & Roswat Sparrow 30.5 D, 4 SJ
3rd Annie Keir & Ardagh Highlight 31.3 D, 4.4 XCT

Intermediate Section M
1st Tyler Cassells & Machismo Star 25.7 D, 4 SJ, 3.2 XCT
2nd Gaby Cooke & Saunders Lady 29.1 D, 14.8 XCT
3rd Amy Furness & Landmark Abacus 34.8 D, 9.6 XCT

Intermediate Section P
1st Katie Bleloch & Bulano 33.2 D, 4.8 XCT
2nd Samantha Hobbs & Treblare 32.1 D, 8 XCT
3rd Tyler Cassells & Star Attraction III 32.5 D, 4 SJ, 5.2 XCT

Open Intermediate Section N
1st Samantha Hobbs & Jazz Time III 26.8 D, 6.4 XCT
2nd Aoife Clark & Kings Advocate II 26.1 D, 12 XCT
3rd Paul Burgess & DHI Topper W 25.9 D, 13.2 XCT

Open Intermediate Under 21 Sponsored by Askham Bryan Section O
1st Fred Telfer & Glenomra Hero 31.8, 1 SJT, 8 XCT
2nd Charlotte Bacon & Billy Buzz 31.6 D, 15.6 XCT
3rd Caroline Clarke & Touch Too Much 37.1 D, 11.2 XCT

Report by Amanda Brown

Photographs Courtesy of Eventing Images

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