Rika Nile reports….
Chepstow Horse Trials, one of three Welsh events on the calendar organised by H & H Events, ran over the 2nd and 3rd of July and enjoyed two days of sunshine at Chepstow Racecourse. Seeing competitors from across the country compete at numerous levels, the event also ran in support of Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies (SWHP).
Vittoria Panizzon had a very successful campaign at the event marking two wins including a 1-2-3 in the Intermediate Novice with some seriously impressive dressage scores. Qualifying for Gatcombe in August, a win in the Novice Regional Final on Super Cillious, gave Vittoria just one of four rides not to finish on their dressage score, adding just a single time penalty to 22.5 – making her highest score at the event.
The Gloucestershire-based Italian rider dominated the IN class with all three horses finishing on their dressage scores. Topping the leaderboard was Vanessa Eldridge’s Weronique on 14.1, followed by Lottie Wemyss’ Argentinus in 2nd on 17.1 and One Night Love, owned by Vittoria, Shaun and Lucy Allison and Susan Perrett, in 3rd with 20.5.
The best dressage mark in the class went to Vicky Tuffs and Its Cooley, who received 13.6, but a pole and a few time dropped them just behind Vittoria to finish 4th. This result added to Vicky’s further success from the weekend, with a win on CFS Cooley Pot Of Gold in BE100 section B and 3rd with Goldwin in BE100 section A.
David Doel and Dunges Don Perignon won Novice section F, adding only 1.2 time penalties to their 25 dressage mark to creep ahead of dressage leaders Andrew Nicholson and Yacabo BK, who added 4 time penalties to a 24 dressage to put them in 2nd. David also took 2nd in Novice sec E, finishing behind winner Millie Dumas and six-year-old Fabian II. 3rd in section E went to Jade Lazenby and Molten Rock, who were the only combination in the top ten to show jump clear.
Selina Milnes and Fagrusus H won BE100 section A by 0.2 of a margin after clocking up some time penalties across country to finish on 25.3, 2nd placed Alexander Peternall and his ride Harmony Z finished on 25.5. BE100 section C was also won by a small margin, this time by Paul Tapner and Graf Cavalier. The combination finished on their dressage score of 30.5, to put them only 0.3 marks ahead of Andrew Nicholson and Asis in 2nd and Flora Harris with Swanview Tarco in 3rd.
The BE100open section had a close finish with the top six all finishing on their dressage scores, but being less than a pole between them all. It was won by Bethany Mountjoy and Cruise GTI (29.8), with Lily Bradstock and Ceriska (30.3) and Rachel White riding V Max (31) in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The event also had two Pony Club sections at BE90 and BE100 level with nearly 50 Pony Club members taking part. The BE90PC section was won by Zoe Martin and Cloherview Eddie on 23.3, whilst Chloe Chamulewicz and Nolton Molasses finished on 24.3 for 2nd, and Harriet Thomas riding Gypsy Queen making up the top three with 25. The top two in the BE100PC were separated by only 0.1 of a mark, but just having the edge was Hector Baker and Wieke on 30.8, with Katie Rucker taking 2nd on Vlove D Or Ly finishing on 30.9. With such a close mark between Hector and Katie, a near 9 mark gap between 2nd and 3rd place (Isabelle Rucker, Gloster Boy, 39.8) left some breathing space for the top two.
Emily Dunstan and Newbridge Lady made the trip from Cornwall worthwhile with a win in BE90 section J on their dressage score of 23. They won the section over 8 marks ahead of 2nd placed Jemima Griffiths and Ginger Annaglave who finished on 31.3. BE90 section I saw a second win of the season for Joan Bessex and Kevin P after winning at Millfield in May. The combination came home with a clean sheet to finish on their 32.5 dressage, ahead of Sarah Winfield (Pertholey Celti Charmer) and Victoria Blizzard (Eclips II) in 2nd and 3rd.
Ffion Evans and Belaero were the only combination in BE90 section K to finish in the 20’s to take the win from Sue Peckham (Mr Gangster) and Abi Lucas (Langaller Sea Fox), whilst BE90 section L went to Lucie Stokoe and Dolores II who finished on their dressage of 21.5. BE90 section H was headed by Lucy Mayne and Vox Pop with Emma Darch and Cobra Cavalier, and Hilary Wooldridge and Taihirion Simply Red in 2nd and 3rd. Section H also incorporated a handful of 4-year-olds in the KBIS 4YO qualifier, which was won by Angus Humfrey and Hebbes, with Wayne Garrick (Hartpury Ultimo Ragazzo) and Tom Searle (Hiram Minka Mi) in 2nd and 3rd.
Two BE80(T) sections finished of the weekend, with Katie Mathias and Llwynfron Rachel taking section N on their dressage of 28.3. Alice Smith with Fencers Etiquette took 2nd on 30.8 and Charlotte Whitmarsh riding Crannagh Lad finished off the top three on 31 in that section. Section O only saw one person finish on their dressage score, with all of the top three accumulating time faults to make it a close call. Louise Price and Hoffnant Bright Eyes won with 35.2, 2nd went to Zoe Livermore and Sanctimonious with 35.6 and in 3rd on 35.8 was Sue Portch and Newz Flash.
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee