The hilly turf of Eridge Park, Kent provided the backdrop for two day of competition from BE90 – Intermediate across the weekend of the 18 / 19 July.
In BE90 section A it was Tanya Reid and the nine year old gelding Montgomery Flax who picked up their first ever BE win topping the leaderboard ahead of Rachel Harrod and Hartpury Tiger Lily who went one better than the third place achieved at their last event at Brightling Park earlier in the month, and being their highest placing at this level. Third place went to Gillian Reid with the sixteen year old Jet Smart Max, who has returned to eventing this year following a three year break.
Tomas Cousillas and Bookhamlodge Spring Edition made it three wins out of four events, adding nothing to their dressage score of 28.5 to finish at the top of BE90 section B. Emily Bradshaw and the ten year old mare Confetti finished in second place ahead of Zoe Macqueen and Moon Sparrow. These three were the only combinations in the section to complete on their dressage scores as the cross country time proved hard to achieve.
Fern Wilson topped section C with Killea Colours, an eleven year old gelding that she has competed since 2012, finishing on their dressage score of 30.3, just 0.5 penalties ahead of Beatrix Fuller and Langaller Quango in second, this combination competing in their first event of the 2015 season. Lucy Witts picked up third place with the six year old gelding Simba V, who is in his first season of BE competitions.
In BE90 Open section D Katie Dale lead from start to finish with Quantum Revelation to win on her dressage score of 23.8. Sam Penn and Landello finished second while Kathy Staples and the 14.2hh mare Boulabeha Who Dun It finished third.
The BE100u18 section E was strongly contested with numerous sub 30 dressage scores. Georgie Bartlett and Munro Highlander finished ahead of the field to pick up their second BE100 win of the season. Morgann Bloquet and Cynheidrefawr Boris finished second with Emily Cariad Nicol and Annaghmore Boomlander finishing third in their first event at this level.
Section F, the five year olds, was won by Felicity Collins and Future Contender with Carla Saxby and Loris Concerto finishing second. Tom Jackson finished in third with Fizz V.
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z followed up their Tweseldown win with a win in BE100 section G. Michael Ashton and Rockabilly picked up their highest place of the season so far in second with Alana Sparrow finished third with Bryony Whittington’s Fashion Rocks.
The final BE100 Saturday section, section H, was won by Pippa Funnell and her own Court Casper, a six year old gelding competing in his first BE season. Anna Hilton and Elektras Prince Charming picked up their first top ten finish as a combination finishing in second place ahead of Gemma Tattersall and Tillingbourne in third.
Lynne Clark had her first win with Apache VII in the BE100 Open section I, finishing three seconds over the optimum time but staying ahead of Edwina Phipps and her twelve year old gelding Summer High who finished second. Sophie Leaney and Galloway Mist finished third in what was their first event of 2015.
In section J, the first of the Novice sections, Ian Wilks and the six year old mare Fallulah picked up their first win, despite a pole in the showjumping phase. Anna Wilks finished in second with another six year old mare, Billy Senora with Indiana Limpus and Bronze Dandylion who were taking part in their first event of the year.
Michael Winter and Cooley Wonderland were the winners in section K with one of the quickest rounds in the section, adding just 1.6 time penalties to a dressage score of 30.3, the combinations lowest finishing score this year. Annabel Wigley riding Amazing Spy finished on the same penalty score as Katy Lawrence and Allegrio but benefitted from being closer to the optimum cross country time to take second place, making this two second place finishes in consecutive events.
Section L was split into Open Novice and U18 Open Novice, with Felicity Collins and Just Amazing III picking up their third win of the season at this level. Olivia Bartlett and Early Spring finished second, their highest placing of 2015, their first BE season. Grace Durkan and Fredos Midas Touch finished in third.
In the Open Novice section L1 Sophie Jenman and Geronimo took the top spot in their first event of the year. Holly Dangerfield and The None Too Shy Ambassador finished second, their best result of the season so far while Tom Lane finished third with Willingh Bright.
Susan Eggleton and Nachtigall were the only combination to finish on their dressage score in the Intermediate Novice section M to win the class with a score of 31.10. Georgie Strang occupied both second and third spots in the class with Cyber Rocket and Chanel respectively.
In the Open Intermediate section M1 Pippa Funnel and Mirage D’Elle finished ahead of Helen Wilson and Spring Siddhartha with Brook Staples and Doonaveeragh O Six in third with not one combination making the optimum time cross country.
In the sole Intermediate section, section N, only one combination jumped double clear and inside the time to finish on their dressage score and this was enough to secure Sarah Pickard and the ten year old gelding Polo Striker their first win at this level. Austin O’Connor finished second with Raphael IV just ahead of Jack Pinkney and LB Liberator, who were contesting their second Intermediate level event.
Lower entries meant there was space for the organisers to add an open section each of BE90 and BE100 on the Sunday. In the BE100 Open section O, Georgie Strang completed on her dressage score of 25.5 to win the section with SRS Elvis, the seven year old gelding’s first event of the year. Second place went to Caitriona Kerruish with Courville B Z while Jonathan Chapman finished in third with Memento Vivere.
Lauren Mclusky and Timmy Too won the BE90 Open section P on their dressage score of 29.5 with Jennifer Rowlinson in second with Drumhowan Rolex From Texas, Gaspard Maksud and Morelands Bling completed the top three, picking up the six year old mares first BE foundation points.
Report by Suzi Stanner
Photographs courtesy of Lorraine Porter