Rika Nile reports..
Dauntsey Park Horse Trials held the first of its two fixtures this season around BE90, BE100 and Novice tracks. The popular midweek event, organised by event rider Beanie Sturgis and Jill Lamont, saw some of the hottest weather of the year so far, but that did not deter some brilliant performances across all levels.
Victoria Leabeater produced two double clears in Open Novice section M to take the win and runner up spot on Amazing Spy and Vincent IV respectively. Both horses added just 1.6 time penalties to their dressage scores of 25.8 and 29.5, take the top two places and see Gubby Leech with Acis take 3rd.
The team from Rosamund Green Farm had a successful campaign in Novice section J with Millie Dumas taking the win on Catheryn, just pipping Alex Kennedy, who is based with Millie, into 2nd. Alex led the dressage with 21 on her own Leonardo De Lux, but a slightly slower cross country round gave Millie the edge to take the top spot.
Novice section K was won by Hector Baker and Wieke finishing on their 28.3 dressage, and being the only combination to finish on their score from the first phase. Andrew Nicholson joined Hector also being the only combination to finish on their dressage mark in Novice section L to win with Yacabo BK.
Tom McEwen and Splash Of The Irish picked up their first win together in Intermediate Novice section N after finishing on their 27.7 dressage mark. Neil Spratt (Director General) and Giovanni Ugolotti (Pro Joe) were 2nd and 3rd respectively, finishing on their dressage scores with less than a mark between them.
Lisa Keys took the win and 3rd place in BE90open section F, with Fairway M and Royal Beach respectively. Tom Grant and Just Julius took the 2nd place spot, finishing on their 26 dressage.; the same dressage mark as Royal Beach received, but after just picking up a few time penalties allowed Tom to go into 2nd. Fairway M finished on their 24.5 dressage.
Jack Stancombe and MGH Rococo had their third win of the season in BE90 section D, finishing on their 24 dressage, ahead of Lucy Mayne and Vox Pop; the combination led the dressage but slipped into 2nd after picking up some time on the cross country. Michelle Williamson and All Night Dinah had a second consecutive win in BE90 section B, whilst both Briony Simpson and Cassidy’s Finbar (BE90 section A) and Katie Ingram with Hollyhatch Highflyer (BE90 section C) both picked up second wins of the season.
Louisa Lockwood and Helena jumped the only double clear in the KBIS sponsored 4YO section E, to take the win ahead of Holly Woodhead and Caltra Leader and Helen Du Heaume riding Alvescot Extraordinaire. The KBIS 5YO section O was won by Austin O’Connor and Gonzalo on 26.3, with Charlotte Rowe and HHS Leacourt Cavalier close behind him on 26.5. Harry Meade finished off the top three with Red Kite, finishing on 31.
BE100open section Q was headed by Georgie Silvey and Choc Ice II, who managed to maintain their lead by a margin after rolling a pole in the show jumping. They added the 4 faults to their 23.5 dressage, to finish just 0.3 ahead of 2nd placed Janou Bleekman and Sea Yin (27.8), with Emily Williams Culverlane St William Of York in 3rd.
Lydia Ward and Henrys Choice took the top spot in BE100 section P to mark three out of three BE wins this season. Finishing on their 26 dressage score, the combination crept ahead of Ben Way (Cendora) and Dannie Morgan (Quantanamo Z) who both picked up penalties in the show jumping.
Danielle Frost and Karma K continued their first BE season together with success after a second consecutive win in BE100 section G, whilst BE100 section H was won by Livvy Nile and Jumbos Star, who collected their first win together after finishing on their 24.5 dressage mark.
BE100 section I was led from start to finish by Maddison Peries and KFS Nicely Dun, who won with their 25.5 dressage mark, finishing ahead of Kirsty Johnston (Lux Zen) and Harry Meade (Brackenspa Bramble) who took 2nd and 3rd respectvively with 28.4 and 29.5.
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee