Chilham Park hosted two days of competition at the beautiful and prestigious venue that is the Chilham estate, which is also home to the hosts, the Wheeler Family. Competitors were bathed in glorious sunshine on both days and were treated to somewhat special warm up areas for the dressage, with the 1* dressage arena on the lawns of the magnificent house surrounded by opulent topiary and the remaining sections warming up in the walled garden to the side of the house. Competitors were very complimentary about the Cross Country course in particular, with focus on the originality of the fences and the attention to the fence dressing. Those that completed commented on how well all of the tracks rode and the flowing nature of the courses.

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NB EXCludes 4yo section and HC competitors

First place in Section A went to Hannah Pack, riding her own 15.1hh gelding ‘Taurmore Buster’. The pair have been placed in the top 10 every outing this season and were one of only 3 pairs to achieve a sub 30 dressage in this section, finishing on their dressage score of 27.5. Tanya Reid and ‘Montgomery Flax’ posted the best dressage score of the section, adding 4 penalties from the show jumping to their impressive score of 23.8 to finish .3 penalties behind the leaders. Third place went to Lucinda Langhorne and ‘Howard’, who added 1.2 time penalties cross country to their dressage score of 30.8.

In Section B the top 3 combinations finished on their dressage scores, with no competitors achieving sub 30 dressage marks. Winners Cheryl Freed and ‘Derwins Blue’ are becoming familiar faces in the top placings at 90 level. With Chilham being their fourth consecutive top 2 placing, they finished on their dressage score of 31.5. The battle for second and third was strongly fought, with Jane Butler and ‘Bonnie Flight’ taking the second spot with a .3 penalty advantage in the dressage, putting them narrowly ahead of third place pairing Cassie Brough and ‘Kiowaces High’, who finished on their dressage of 34.8. Cassie Brough on board ‘Kiowas Aces High’ started off what was to prove a very successful weekend for the Brough sisters, who run event yard ‘Brough Eventing’ in West Sussex.  ‘Kiowas Aces High’ is owned by Kirstie Johnston of Forelock and Load and this is the mares first season eventing. This is their best placing to date at BE90 level and they have just started their campaign at 100 level. Cassie juggles a busy job in London working for the Countryside Alliance with helping to run the event yard with sister Chezzie.

Alice Cooke rode her home bred mare ‘Absolute Justice’ to victory in Section C, finishing on a PB dressage score of 26 to win the section and take home their first top 10 placing at 90 level. Charlotte Watson and ‘Bengiman’ clinched the best dressage score of the section with a 22.3 mark, but added 5.6 time from the cross country to place them second. Third place duo Karen Maurice and ‘Panache’ finished on their dressage score of 28, just .1 penalties behind the second place pairing.

In Section D Will Furlong and ‘Funny Boy Fortuna’ topped the leader board, scoring a 26 dressage (the best of the section) to put them ahead even with a pole in the show jumping.  Second place competitors Katie Patrick and ‘Bepilot’ were completing their first BE90 together as a competitive duo, finishing on their dressage score of 33.3. In third place Sam Jennings on board ‘Monbeg Iguassu’ finished on a score of 34.5 with 3.2 time XC and a pole show jumping to add to their 27.3 dressage score.

The top 7 in Section E all finished on their dressage scores, proving how influential the first phase can be. Emily Bradshaw and ‘Jarhetts Gold’ took first place in Section E in what is only their first event of the season, finishing on their dressage score of 28.3 and making this their 4th win at BE90 level. The runners up – Amelia Sykes and ‘Cendys First’ finished only .2 penalties from the top spot with their dressage score of 28.5. Third place duo Charlotte Macewan and ‘Ransboro Fear Dun’ posted a PB dressage score of 30.8 to secure their best placing to date at BE90.

In the 4 year olds section only 4 of the 6 competitors completed, with the top 3 all finishing on their dressage scores. The top two placings went to horses competing in their first BE Events. Tom Jackson riding Lara Lintern’s ‘Cassandra M’ took first place on a dressage score of 31.5 and Katie Preston and her own ‘Dreams Come True’ finished only .5 penalties behind them, with a dressage score of 32, to take second. Joy Dawes and her own ‘Galileo’ posted their third consecutive double clear at 4 year old level and their best dressage score to date, to finish on 36 penalties.

In ‘Section F’ two of the top three placings went to horses competing in their first BE Event, the first of which was the 1st place combination of ‘Isingy Red’ ridden by Charlotte Bruton, who finished on their dressage score of 31. Zoe Gould riding 14.3 hh mare ‘Kiltiernan Robuck Girl’ took second place with 30.5 in the dressage and 4 to add from the show jumping. Alice Goring and first timer ‘Mairtin J’ completed on their dressage score of 36 to take third.

The top two placings in Section G finished on the same score of 34 with Janet Hyde and ‘Just a Lad’ pipping Victoria Linfield and ‘Sparta’ to 1st position with a XC time closer to the optimum time. Only two riders posted sub 30 scores in this section and they were both competing HC. Third place went to Anna Hanson and ‘Classictop Laureate’ who finished on their dressage of 35.5 in their first BE Event.

First place in Section H went to Rachel Hall and her 15.1hh gelding ‘Diamond by Design’, finishing on their dressage score of 29.5. This is their first outing since competing in the BE90 at the Badminton Grassroots Championships back in May. Second place went to Nicky Blastland and ‘Ladykillers Graff’. With nothing to add after the dressage they finished on a final score of 33.8 in their second BE Event. Finishing on their final score of 34.3, Alex Taskin and ‘Indian Van Het Maarlo’ took the third spot and finished on their best placing to date at this level.

Section I leaders Samantha Hyde and ‘Crock Of Gold’ added 3.2 time from the XC to their dressage score of 26.5 to top the leader board. In second place Lynne Clark and ‘Apache’ added a pole in the SJ and a mere .8 time XC to their dressage to finish on a combined score of 34.3. Helen Fraser and ‘Justanumber’ finished on a 34.5 score with 30.5 in the dressage and 4 penalties in the show jumping to place them third narrowly ahead of Lizzie White and ‘Betsy Boo’, who finished on the same score but were furthest from the optimum time. Special mention goes to Rebecca Friend riding ‘Wesley’, who were the only pairing in the section to complete on their dressage score, finishing in 5th place on a final score of 35.

Francesca (Chezzie) Brough  and ‘Freshmans Minstrel’ led Section J from the dressage, finishing on the best dressage mark of the section, with an impressive final score of 23.5 and a convincing lead of nearly 5 marks over the second place combination.  ‘Freshmans Minstrel’ or ‘Charlie’ as he is known on the yard is owned by Lynne Langridge and was bred out of her event mare ‘Olympic Serenade’. He came to Chezzie as a rising 5 year old in 2013 to bring on and compete and is now in his second season eventing. This is the pairings first win at 100 level, having been placed 2nd in three previous events. Not only are they proving to be a successful combination but Charlie and Chezzie also share the same birthday of May 15th. After a later than planned start to the season, with Charlie having a virus, the duo are hoping to complete a couple more 100 runs before going Novice. Chezzie has high hopes for ‘Charlie’: ‘He can be a very sensitive horse but he is very honest and has lots of ability. I have already been offered the ride on him again next season so we are looking forward to stepping up a level and seeing more of his true potential.’ Catherine Fowdrey and ‘Zingaro’ added 3.6 time penalties XC to their fantastic dressage score of 24.8 to finish .4 penalties ahead of the third place pairing. Caroline Turner and ‘Findon Final Fling’ added nothing to their dressage score of 28.8 to finish a close third and equalling their third place at Tweseldown last month.

In Section K Charlie Clover and ‘BGS Twin Peaks’, who were placed 12th after dressage, added nothing to their dressage score of 30.5 to finish 1st place. Oliver Martin and ‘Martins Irish Cassino’ also finished on their dressage score, with a 33.3 total, placing them in second overall. Only 4 combinations completed inside the time XC, with lots of riders racking up the time penalties in this section. Emily Baldwin and ‘Bright Spark’ finished on a total score of 34.1, with 7.6 time XC and 26 in the dressage, placing them third, just ahead of 4th place combination Emily C Nicol and ‘Annaghmore Boomlander’, who finished on an identical score.

The top spot in Section L went to Cat Kerruish on board 17 year old ‘Courville B Z’, or ‘Zebedee’ as he is known at home. Their dressage score of 22.8 was the highest dressage mark out of all of the 100 sections and was enough to give them a 7.5 point lead in Section L. The pairing have amassed an impressive 24 top 10 placings at BE100 level, of which 10 of those were 1st place results. Second place went to Annabel Murphy and ‘Alomo Foxy’, finishing on their dressage score of 30.3 and not far behind them third place contenders Lucy Pack and ‘Clonlaras Chacoa Diamond’ finished on their dressage score of 30.5.

Madeleine Ambort and Pengelly Artemis added another Chilham win to their record this season topping Section M of the 100+ and completing their first BE100+ as a partnership, comfortably finishing on their dressage score of 25. The pair competed in Chilham’s May event winning the BE100u18 section and are focusing on Goring ONU18 for their next run. Sophie Forbes proved that Tricky Johnie wasn’t so tricky by scoring the best dressage mark of the section (21.5) and adding 4 penalties showjumping for a combined score of 25.5 to take the runners up position. This pairing are proving a hit with the dressage judges adding 21.5 to their impressive seasons dressage marks, the best of which was a 16 dressage at Tweseldown in May. In third place and finishing on their dressage score of 28.5 were Alex Wyatt and Bellscross Chill, they are now aiming at the BE100+ at Wellington for their next run.

The 1* Section N saw 26 combinations battle it out for the top prizes. Charlie Clover dominated the top placings taking home 1st and 3rd on his two rides. Charlie was rewarded for being the only competitor to complete on his dressage score in this section, riding Sue Salmon’s ‘Melford Solo’ into first place with a dressage score of 47.1. His second ride on Mrs Helen Jane France’s ‘Hallo Maddie’ saw the duo score a 43.2 dressage with 7.6 penalties to add from the jumping phases for a combined score of 50.8 and third place overall. Susan Eggleton and her own ‘Nachitgall’ were one of only two competitors posting a sub 50 score in this section and finished on a score of 48.5 to match their placing in the 1* at last year’s August event.

In Section O of the Novice only one combination made the optimum time XC. First place went to Emily Baldwin and Uppercourt Cooley who added 5.6 time XC to their dressage score of 31.5. Jodie Seddon and Master Furisto added 7.2 time to their dressage score of 33.3 to take the second spot and post their best placing at this level to date. Ellen L Carvey and Missing Pieces scored a 33.5 dressage and added 8.4 time from the cross country to post their highest placing this season with 3rd. Special mention goes to Cathy Scott and Fergus who were placed 4th and were the only duo in both Novice sections to make the optimum time.

In the Open Novice Section P no competitors made the optimum time XC. Caroline Powell and Oliphant were victorious scoring a 31.8 dressage with only 1.6 time to add from the XC for 1st place. In second place Emily Westwood on board Ballyglisheen Ace finished on a combined score of 34.2 with 2.4 time to add to their 31.8 dressage. This combination have been placed in the top 10 in the last 6 consecutive events. In third place Georgina Mckeown and Del Piero added 2.4 time XC to their dressage of 32.5 for a combined total of 34.9 and their best result this season.

Sarah Ginn

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