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Sarah Carless reports
Hobday continues winning form at Dalkeith
Ben Hobday continued his winning streak with Shadow Man II to three in 2016 with victory in the Novice at Dalkeith.
The pair, who also collected two wins at the end of 2015, were the victors in Section J. A dressage score of 28.3 and just 1.6 time penalties on the cross country gave them a final score of 29.9 and winning margin of 3.4 penalties.
The popular Scottish event, held on the outskirts of Edinburgh, attracted entries of more than 500 horses and riders with classes ranging from BE80(T) to Open Intermediate.
With six top ten placings, including a win at Forgandenny (2) already this year, Morag O Mara and Mr Incredible II took victory in BE100 Section B.
She said afterwards: “I was really pleased with my horse Mr Incredible II. he did a lovely dressage test, and a great double clear, although we had a few time faults after the xc course. He’s only little, but he’s a pocket rocket so I think we need to push on a bit more next time. It was a fab day, and Dalkeith is such a great event, everyone is so friendly.”
The BE100 Under 18 section was won by Laura Runciman and Soviet Star. It was the pair’s second win in a row, having won at Hendersyde Park the previous weekend. Laura is now planning to take Annie to novice with the aim of qualifying for the CIC1* at the U18 championship at Frickley Park.
Laura commented: “I always enjoy Dalkeith, it’s such a good event with a real friendly atmosphere. With the cross country being my favourite phase it was so nice to see that the team had made such an outstanding effort to present the fences so well and provide competitors with some testing combinations. Annie flew round inside the time clearing the more technical combinations with ease, she always makes me smile every time we’re out. It was so nice to have our second win in this Under 18 section at such an amazing local event. After having such a good season last year Annie has tested me this season with ditches becoming a major issue for us. With a lot of hard work and with help and support from my coaches – Anne Miller and David Gatherer. The problem is now hopefully behind us and it was lovely to have such a confident round at Dalkeith. Myself and Annie live for eventing and after working through an issue as we have its so rewarding when it comes right and our hard work pays off. We are so fortunate in Scotland to have such an amazing Under 18 set up. We have such good coaches who provide us with some great coaching opportunities and are always on hand with help and advice. Rose Dudgeon gives endless support and encouragement – it’s all under sung but very much appreciated.”
Katherine Lindsay took the top two spots in the Open Intermediate Under 21 Section, sponsored by Asham Bryan. Victory was taken onboard Colley Ramiro, a nine-year-old who Katherine has owned for three years. The pair represented Great Britain at the Junior European Championships in 2014, and were reserve for the Young Rider team in 2015. They are now aiming for selection for this year’s Young Rider team.
She commented: “We have the final trials for this year’s young rider selection next weekend at Wellington for the Europeans in Italy later this year. If I’m not selected for the Young Rider team, I will go to Blenheim to do the 8/9 yr old class instead. Macamore has been off with minor injuries over the last year so this was his first time competing since Houghton last year. He is always very consistent in the dressage phase and fortunately is a great consistent jumper as well so flew around both the show jumping and cross country with ease. The big positive about Mac having such a long time off is it really gave me time to get to know him and together we are getting better and better together as a partnership. The event at Dalkeith was incredibly well run with very friendly and helpful volunteers. The cross country course was very well designed so rode very well and was beautifully presented.”
Other section results; BE100 Section A Jade Pitt, Pallas Vank Wish; BE100 Open Section C Lucinda Crawford, Vattrick; Fove Year Old Section C1 Stephanie O Neil, Diarados Cheeky Boy; BE90 Section E Jessica Walton, Chance X; BE90 Section F Julia Craig, Ultra Special; BE80(T) Susan Terris Weir, Anahera; BE80(T) Section H Rachel Clark, Wot Beauty; Novice Section I Morven Pringle, Goodbye To Money; Open Novice Section K1 Caroline Taylor, Fantastic Mr Fox III; Open Novice Under 18 Section K1 Rosa Onslow, Limbo Kaiser; Open Intermediate Section L Emily Parker, Cooley Zest; BE100 Under 18 Section M Kirsty Brewis, Mr Monkey Puzzle; BE100 Section N Samantha Martin, Touchwood II; BE90 Section O Richard Telford, Cookie; BE90 Section P Jessica Zajda, Leisure Man.
Photographs courtesy of Dave Cameron