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Cat Jamieson reports ………

Dauntsey hosts top class competition as Jocelyn collects brace of wins

The Knight Frank Dauntsey Park Horse Trials is renowned for being three days of challenging competition at every level, with classes from BE 90 to Intermediate, including the Mitsubishi Motors BE 90 Regional Final on Sunday, all taking place in the village of Great Somerford, Wiltshire.

Beanie Sturgis once again designed a range of technical cross country tracks and the courses being built to the highest standards by The Willis Brothers. The event experienced four seasons in three days with the weather going from torrential downpours to glorious sunshine, typical weather for a day’s eventing in October.

On Friday there were a range of classes starting with the Intermediate and finishing with one section of BE90.

Dan Jocelyn was certainly the man of the moment winning Intermediate Section B on Blackthorne Cruise, owned by Mrs T Miller and Mrs P Christie, and then going for the second win in the Open Intermediate on his own Beaucatcher. The pair have had back to back wins in their last two events having won the CIC** at Gatcombe in mid-September – certainly a pair to watch out for in 2017.  Dan also went on to win one section of BE100 Open on The Windmill Shutterfly and also a third place on Diamond Louie.

Intermediate Section A was won by Samantha Cutts on her own Piccola Diavola, they are entered for the CIC2* at Aldon. Intermediate Novice Section D was won by Katie Burton on the 12-year-old gelding Cornish Daybreak. They added 4.4 time faults to their impressive dressage score of 22.1 to take the win.

In the Novice classes, Lissa Green took the win in Section F by 0.3 penalties on Littletons Diamond Geezer, owned by Harriet Richardson of Masons Stud. Harriet who had just welcomed into the world her second son must have been over the moon to receive the news that her horse had won the class at Dauntsey.  Lissa says: “He is such a sweet little horse whose enthusiasm for the sport suddenly makes him 17.2hh!  Sometimes he is a bit eager, but today he really kept his focus, and I loved every second, he will do one more Novice at Calmsden and then have a well-earned holiday.”

Novice Section F was won by Lucy Morgan on Cannavaro whilst Open Novice Section G won by Tetbury-based Matthew Glentworth and Kandinksy.  The final section of the day was the BE90 Section H which was won by Audrey Cole and Sambucca, who will have gained a regional final ticket for The Mitsubishi Motors Cup.

Saturday and what a difference a day makes. I’m sure everyone woke up to the sound of torrential rain and thought – typical! The second day f competition saw two sections of BE100 and a BE100open, the BE100 U18, BE100 Plus, two sections of Novice and the Open Novice U18.

Section I was won by Jess Rimmer and Irish Aftershock. Section J was won by Becky Woolven on Blue Zucchini, owned by The Blue Zucchini Syndicate. Becky won the section which was hotly contested with only 0.6 penalties separating the top 5.  Becky said: “We’ve had a really fun first season with Noddy, as he’s known, and he’s been super consistent so I felt he deserved the win. He will do another BE100 at Broadway and then have a holiday with the plan to step him up to Novice next season.” Becky also came second on Caroline Paynes Millie Fleurs, and it was the pairs first event.  Millie is based with the owner and Becky rides the gutsy mare a few times a week, she will also be aimed at Novice in 2017.

The BE100 Open had both stars of Friday taking the top three slots – Dan Jocelyn with first and third and Lissa Green taking second on Boleybawn Free.

Sasha Hargreaves, who won the BE100 U18 section, was thrilled with the win, having only owned and been in partnership with Playtime NZBH for three weeks, and it was only their second BE event together. Sasha said: “It’s been an amazing season, with my other horse having won the BE100 U18 Championships and then stepping up and winning our first two novices too. Plans for the winter include BSJA and BD with both horses and to build a strong bond with Playtime NZBH in preparation for next season.”

Lynda Cockrill won the BE100 Plus on her own 11-year-old gelding Amoreal – it was their second win of the year having won at Calmsden in July. Novice section N was won by Stuart Fitzgerald on Doranstown Chair, with Lucinda Green in the top five in the section on her new ride Riddick VEH – it was lovely to see both Lucinda and Lissa competing at the same event.

There was also a win for Jonty Evans in Novice Section O with Gambesy. Jonty I am sure felt he had a great weekend with another three top 10 placings in various classes. The Open Novice U18 section was won by Tallulah Bartlett and Candyman Leahnorth, their second win in a row and third of the season having previously collected two wins at Bicton Arena.

The final day of competition offered much better weather with the ground holding up extremely well with hard work from the team there overnight. There were eight sections of BE90, BE90 Regional Final and BE100, and some names in the top spots from throughout the season.

Winners in the BE90 included locally based rider Kathryn Harris winning two sections on Pro Dante and Key West B, both doing a sub 30 dressage and double clear.  Harry Rowcliffe won BE90 Section R on My Kiltealy Sandstorm – it was a good weekend for Harry who also came second in Novice Section O with 22 Carrot Gold – whilst Amey Veal and Ranksboros Questionmark took the honours in BE90 Section S.

Dauntsey hosted two sections of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup Regional Finals for the BE90 Championship, with Evie Bramham securing her place at Badminton winning Section U on her dressage score of 20.5 on Patchy Moll.

The other regional final, section V, was won by John Tilley on Hope Classy Chassi. This will be the first Mitsubishi Motors Cup for John, who was over the moon with the mare. He said: “She always gives 110%, and has been so consistent jumping double clears all season.  Her dressage is improving all the time and she’s a pleasure to ride.  None of this would be possible without the great support from owner Maggie, and Jay who does all the fitness work at home, as I only ride her once a week and at competitions.” The section was really competitive with the top 10 all finishing on a sub 30 score.

The remaining BE100 sections were won by Louise Harwood on Trevillick, winning on her dressage score in Section W, and Sasha Good on Western King winning Section X picking up just 0.4 too fast time faults to add to her dressage score, with Louise Harwood also finishing third on Kelly’s Guy in this section.

Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photography

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