Suzi Stanner reports…..
Friday’s first two sections of Intermediate competition set the tone for the weekend with both jumping phases proving influential, with few double clears. In Section A Robert Barker was one of only three double clears in the section and 15.2 time penalties added to a dressage score of 31.6 was enough to win the section with Loose Talk, their first win at this level. They finished ahead of Clare Valender riding Ruschia Saffron Sky in second and Millie Dumas riding MGH Regents Street in third.
In section B Tim Price and Pats Jester finished over 5 penalties clear of Lady Claire Moreton and Lichotas Optimism, the latter having the faster time across country in the section, adding just 3.6 time penalties to her score. Tom McEwen and the nine year old Carrick Gold jumped double clear to finish third.
The Open Intermediate horses performed rather better overall, and in section C Christopher Burton and Monarchs Exclusive completed on their impressive dressage score of 24.8 to win, ahead of Dan Jocelyn and Beaucatcher. Astier Nicolas and Piaf de Bneville finished third, equalling their result from their last outing at Aston-le-Walls in August.
In Intermediate Novice section D Clare Valender went one better to take the win on the nine year old King Caspar, completing on their dressage score of 39.6 ahead of Ella Hitchman and Whatever IV with a margin of just 0.3 penalties to Katherine Riley and B B.
Tim Price and Legaland Cooley finished just 1 second over the optimum time to complete on a score of 26.7 in Novice section E to win. Neil Spratt finished second with Galwaybay Echo, making it three consecutive second places in a row for this combination. They completed just 0.2 penalties ahead of Lauren Yallop and Inpetto Van de Kouterhoeve.
Tim Price also took the win in Open Novice section F this time aboard KinCooley Cruising. Kristina Cook finished in second place on Watergate, the only combination in the section to complete on their dressage score. Third place went to Catherine Burrell and Duke, a seven year old gelding who has made the step up to Intermediate for two runs this season.
In BE100 section G Owen Price and Dawn Chorus posted an excellent dressage score of 21.0 to lead the section from the start and staying in that position after adding just 2.4 time penalties cross country. Alice Pearson and Jack the Ginger finished second, with Catherine Burrell and Milan in third.
The Saturday started with BE100 competition and in section H Antoinette McKeowen completed on a dressage score of 34.0 with Zary to take the win ahead of David Doel and Ferro Point who completed on the same score but incurred 2 cross country time penalties. They finished ahead of Wendy James Hayes and Westceffyl Max who came to Dauntsey on the back of their first BE100 win at Pontispool at the end of September.
The top of BE100 section I was close fought with Lynne Zijlmans and Mr Black II completing 0.1 penalties in front of Tom Rowland and the six year old MGM Maybe a Mission. Lynne’s 16.3h gelding has been competing at BE100 since June 2014 and has had an impressive recent run of form, placing in the top two in five of his last six events. Third place in this section went to Martin Schleicher and Swanky Franky, a five year old gelding in his first BE season, picking up his highest placing to date.
In BE100open section J Lizzie Brown and Windingo, competing in their third event as a combination, added just 0.8 time penalties to their dressage score of 28.5 to win. Second place went to Melissa Vernon and Family Law with Jenny Levett and Ballymore Rich Cat in third.
In the Mitsubishi Motors BE100RF the top three combinations all completed on their dressage scores. Sapphire Graham and Ballymoe Breeze booked their first trip to Badminton winning the section ahead of Katie Thrower and Cavello Pip, a five year old gelding in his first BE season. Third place went to Claire Turner and Corgary Pronto.
The first of two BE100plus sections, section L, was won by Nicholas Webb and The Jackaroo who finished ahead of Emma Shipperley and Faerdazzled in second, their first outing at BE100plus level. Joe Roome was third with Rath Honey and Spice, following their third place in the same class at Bricky the previous week.
Nina Kollwelter and Amielulu D Aubigny achieved their first BE win as a combination in section M, completing on their dressage score of 30. Gemma Gurvidi and the six year old mare Elady Liberty D finished second with Rachel Corbett and Fairview in third.
The Saturday finished with two sections of Novice and another win for Antoinette Mckeowen, this time aboard Sonas Boy. Tim Price finished second with Faerie Fifty Shades with Annabel Henderson and Belamie DHI in third.
Tim Price took the top spot in section O with Koh I Noor ahead of Charlie Perrott and Quality Cruise who were the only combination in the top three to complete on their dressage score. Daan A J Zijlmans and Sallymount Condios finished third, their highest BE placing at this level.
In total there were six sections of BE90 competition on Sunday, including two regional final sections. Millie Toulson-Clarke’s dressage score of 26.5 proved unbeatable in section P and she went on to win with Penddolfawr Thomas, in only their second BE event together. Kit Thorne and Delilah Dream were second ahead of Victoria Morgan and Eyes So Nice, who lead after the dressage but were pushed to third after two poles down show jumping and a few time penalties cross country.
One penalty separated the top three in section Q with Kathryn Carmody and Brend II finishing on a score of 33 to win the section in their second event of the season. Lucy Dixon and the six year old Southmead First Stitch finished second with Isabelle Dowse and Rathvannig Frankie in third.
Nicola Collins and Jumbos Rose II picked up their first BE win in section R ahead of Hilary Ponti and Askeaton Chief. Cerys Owens and The Copper Comet finished third in their first event since September 2014.
In Section S Jaide Hartridge and the five year old Donogue Steel Clover picked up their first win, completing on their dressage score of 28.5. Georgie Packer-Arthy and Pop on Poppy, completing their second event of the year, finished second with Alicia Western-Kaye and Littlelord in third in their first event together.
The first of the BE90RF was won by Talullah Bartlett on a superb dressage of 22 ahead of Julia Zorab and Treliver Dilly the Pink who completed on the same score as Annabel McCourt and Vainquer II but kept ahead of them by virtue of being closer to the optimum time cross country.
Caroline Underhill and Copper Clover booked their Badminton place with a win in section U, with Georgie Silvey and the 14.1 gelding Rudgeway Spanish Guinea in second. Emma Jowett and the 18 year old Arctic Flynn, who finished seventh in the BE100 Badminton Grassroots Championships in 2011 with a previous rider, finished third.
Completing the weekend were two final sections of BE100 the first of which was won by Clare Matheson and Martime, who came second and his last event at Tweseldown in July. Alex Hogg and Pentire Yorkie finished second, their best result of the season so far, and Molly Adams, riding Ruppa Masterpiece, finished third.
In section W it was a win for Helen Wilson and National Dilema, following up a second place at Smiths Lawn in August. Lady Claire Moreton was second with the five year old Farlease Ladys Waltz and Sophie Seymour, aboard Action IV finished third, their first event as a combination.
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