Rika Nile reports…
Kent’s Eridge Horse Trials welcomed over 500 combinations to the SsangYong Motor UK Ltd sponsored event. Joint organisers, Tim Nolan and Jennifer Nolan, saw a large grassroots entry with five BE90 sections and seven BE100 sections including opens and U18 sections, as well as Novice and Intermediate classes also running.
Tom Jackson had a successful event with all eight rides being in the top 5, including winning both Novice sections, marking a 1-2-3 in section Q. The top spot was taken by Santana II on 27, who was the only horse in the section to finish on their dressage score. This gave them nearly nine marks in hand ahead of Tom’s 2nd placed ride Newmarket Prospect who finished on 35.9, with Court Casper in 3rd on 38.2 after adding just a few time penalties to their dressage.
His winning ride of section P was Fizz V, who went one better after placing 2nd at their last run. Despite adding 4 from the show jumping to their 27.8 dressage score, a clean cross country sheet gave them a near seven mark lead over Nana Dalton and Bogrant who took 2nd on 38.4; Tom also placed 4th in the same section with PSH Romeo. He also added two 3rds and a 5th from BE100 sections F, G and H with Miss Florence, Cassandra M and Georgio D Over respectively.
Felicity Collins and RSH Contend Or took the win in ONu18 section O by just 0.4 after 2nd placed Grace Durkan had the same 25 dressage as Felicity and also jumped a double clear, but added the single time penalty to give Felicity the edge. Scarlett Vereker and Arkansas Gold finished 3rd on 29.8. Intermediate Novice section R was headed by Ken Spencer and Freshmans Pink Floyd who added just a handful of cross country time to their 26.8 dressage to win ahead of Ellie Crosbie with Short Changed and Madeleine Taylor with Pepparco in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Harry Dzenis and Star Striker topped the leaderboard in Intermediate section M after being one of only three to show jump clear and the only combination in the top 10 to jump a double clear. Adding only time to their 33 dressage, the pair finished ahead of Lucy Witts and Ballintogher Belle in 2nd and Harry Horgan riding Cavalier Trumps in 3rd.
Francis Whittington broke into the teens twice in Open Intermediate section N, after Hasty Imp and Easy Target produced tests of 18.9 and 18.6 respectively. Hasty Imp went on to win the class after adding only time to their dressage, with Easy Target placing 3rd after just rolling a pole, opening up 2nd place to Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night, who also put in a great performance for 20.9 in the dressage adding just some time to their final score.
Melissa Joannides and Hay Josephine had a convincing win in BE90 section A after finishing on their 21.8 dressage mark and their closest rival, Ellie Hayden and Flight Of The Bumblebee II, finishing on 29.4. The combination were one of only two to finish on their dressage score to give them their second win of the season. 3rd went to Emily Taggart and Faruq Aldrup who finished on 31.2 after adding time to their 24.8 dressage. Emily also went one better in BE90 section C with Vision De Sarkeem to finish 2nd behind Gemma Tisdall and Hermione, who added just 1.6 time to their dressage to take the win.
BE90 section B saw a second consecutive win for Lisa Pilbeam and Popstar III after their win at Brightling Park a couple of weeks before. The combination finished on their dressage of 24.8, in a section where all in the top 10 jumped a double clear. Lisa also place 4th in BE100 sections F and G with Cullawn Warrior and Oldtown Tango. 2nd in section B went to Anna Martin and Shannanvalley Classic, whilst Zac Heydon and Jetstars II picked up 3rd.
Amy Rose Howe and Unchartered Territory won BE90 section D to make four wins out of four events this season. Finishing on their dressage score of 26.8, they were the only combination to finish with a sub-30 mark, after 2nd placed Alycia Port and Oldwick Simply Red finished on their dressage of 31. Sacha Hourigan and Macadam Jewel also became the only combination in BE90open section E to finish on a sub-30 score. They led from start to finish after adding just a few time to their dressage to finish on 29.1.
BE100 section G saw the top three all have the same dressage score of 25, but faults in the show jumping determining the places. Kathy Staples and Foxs Castle took the top spot to give them their fourth win of the season, after adding just one show jumping time penalty to their mark. 2nd went to Fiona Breach and Bannvalley Crest and 3rd Tom Jackson and Cassandra M who both rolled a pole.
Howard Newitt and Grovine Class Act had their first BE win together finishing top of the leaderboard in BE100 section F, after jumping a double clear to add nothing to their 21.5 dressage. Adam Trew and Quintina finished in 2nd on 23.8, with Tom Jackson and Miss Florence making up the top three.
Georgie Strang’s first event of the season with ride Jacorde saw a win in BE100 section H, whilst Tomas Cousillas with Bookhamlodge Spring Edition and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp with Ballycanu both marked second wins of the season in BE100 sections I and J respectively.
BE100open section K saw a win for Sam Penn and Burntwood Sorrel who were the only combination to finish on their dressage score, giving them a nine mark lead over Brook Staples and Glasker Clover Girl who finished in 2nd on 32.3. The win made them another combination from the weekend to have a fourth win of the season.
Katie Higgins and Tir Na Nog Shadow’s impressive 20 dressage gave them room to role a pole and have a handful of time penalties to take the win in BE100u18 section L. Iona Kininmonth and Rockrimmon Razamataz took 2nd after finishing on their 26.3 dressage with recently selected pony team rider Molly Faulkner and Kildun Marathon finishing 3rd on 27.5.
Photographs courtesy of Lorraine Porter