Georgia Dixon reports….
It was a disappointing start to Catton Park Horse Trials with all competition on Saturday being abandoned due to heavy rainfall and flooding. However, the team at the Derbyshire event managed to get the event back up and running in time for the Intermediate and Novice sections on Sunday 19th June. Organisers had to react to the weather and after making some changes to the course and set up of the event all competition on Sunday ran as normal.
This meant that the KBIS 5YO class, 2 Novice sections and every BE100 class, including the BE100u18 was abandoned and therefore only the remaining Novices and Intermediate classes went ahead.
There was only one rider who went clear show jumping and therefore only one rider who went double clear in the small OIU21 section of 12 riders. This was Lizzie Baugh who also attained the best dressage in the section with 24.6. Lizzie rode Quarry Man to 1st place after a double clear and the joint quickest xc round, bringing home 16.8 time penalties and finishing on 41.4. Thomas Tulloch and Ashfield Pollyanna came 2nd after adding 4 show jumping penalties to their 29.8 dressage score and 16.8 time penalties, finishing on 50.6.
Catton kindly agreed to host the ONU18Q class after Bradwall was abandoned and therefore acted as the Wales and Borders U18 Team qualifying class. There were 39 people entered into the class, with 2 of the 29 withdrawing before dressage. There were only 2 riders who were eliminated on course and only 6 who attained 20 penalties.
The ONU18 win was taken by Heidi Coy and Royal Fury. They finished on 32.7 after adding 0.4 time penalties to their dressage score of 32.3. This was Royal Fury’s 4th Novice after coming 2nd, 3rd and 6th in the first three. 2nd place went to Jack Ashworth and Kafka who finished on a score of 34.6 – the combination also came second in the ONU18 at Llanymynech.
Alex Hua Tian took the win in Novice Section I riding Fabiola P. He also came 2nd in Section K on Elsinore ELS. Amy Crear and Sankro won Section K after an incredible dressage score of 19.8 and finishing on an overall score of 22.6.
In the ON section, Sarah Parkes had a good day coming home with 1st and 3rd place. Her winning ride was Cyres who she rode for the best dressage score and double clear with 0.4 time, leaving them on a score of 23.7. She then came 3rd riding Dassett Cooley Dun finishing on their dressage score of 29.3. Sandwiched in between her was Christopher Whittle who took 2nd place riding Suedip, they also finished on their dressage score of 27.5.
Matthew Heath took two top 5 placings in the Intermediate section N, he won aboard Cooley King Cobra and then placed 4th riding Kilgarron Kontender. He was fastest Intermediate rider of the day and the only rider in the section to have under 10 time penalties after gaining 5.2 to finish on 37.3 for first place. Jodie Stokes and Headsnook Mischief were well behind in 2nd place after finishing up on 52.3.
The Intermediate class, section O was won by Andrew Downes who rode Latino H, the combination won despite having 4 faults in the show jumping and finishing on 45.6. Fleur Lemke and Dermelo weren’t far behind after finishing on 45.9. This was the combinations second Intermediate together after coming 3rd in their first one at Richmond.
Full list of results available on the British Eventing Website.
Photographs courtesy of Tim Wilkinson – Eventing Images