Georgia Dixon reports …
Eventers all over the country will be feeling the buzz now the first weekend of the event season has been and gone – including the first of four events to be held at Aston-Le-Walls throughout the year. This can only mean one thing; event reports are back and here we will be bringing you all of the big wins and updates from the Northants-based event.
Across two days of eventing, 15 sections worth of riders kickstarted their seasons at BE80(T), BE90 and BE100, with a vast number of impressive performances already being seen across the board.
Skye Pleydell-bouverie won not only her first event of the season, but also her first ever British Eventing event, having never contended one before. Skye rode Rough Terrain to victory in BE80(T) Section N after adding only 2.8 penalty points to a dressage score of 29.8 – leaving them on a final score of 32.6. This left Skye and Rough Terrain with an almost four penalty lead ahead of runners up Georgie Fisk and Ballydeely Diamond Boy.
Clare Powell piloted Townsend Pink Champagne to victory in the mare’s first ever event after finishing on a score of 39 in BE80(T) Section O. The combination pipped the runner up, Milly Assheton, riding Do Ya Dink He Saw Us to the top of the leaderboard by 0.8 penalties. Holly Farr and Rathcline Dun Shadow finished third, just ahead of Demi Davis and Easy Does It II in fourth.
Lizzie Forbes attacked the BE90 with Rosie XIII to finish on their dressage score of 30 and win Section J. Daniel Baddeley and Tiger Tarantino also finished on their dressage score in Section J, to finish as the runners up.
BE90 Section K saw Lucy Robinson finish on an impressive dressage score of 25 with Dunkerrin Pandora. The combination finished 2.5 penalties ahead of Jodie Day and XFactor Hero, who posted a dressage score of 26.3 and only added 1.2 time faults across country – third placed combination, Jemima Upton and Centre Stage also added 1.2 time faults to their dressage score of 29.8.
The BE90Open section was a mammoth section of 40 combinations and Lizzie Baugh and The Spice Merchant fought them all off to finish at the top of the leaderboard on their dressage score of 25.8. Ben Way had two horses in the top five, finishing third with So Smart and fifth with Midnight Galaxy.
It was extremely tight at the top of the board in BE100 Section B with two competitors finishing on a dressage score of 20.8. Nini French and Lady of Harlem were the eventual winners, despite the runners up, Charlotte Bull and Macadam Jewel finishing on the exact same score. Further down the board, fourth and fifth placed riders also finished on exactly the same score of 23.3 – Hayden Hankey and Fools in Love took the higher of the placings over Sam Gillespie and Libris Queens Jubilee.
Arthur Duffort and Brando de Cherel came out on top in Be100 Section D after starting their day with the best dressage score of the section – 26.5. The combination maintained their lead over the other 24 riders after jumping two clear rounds and finishing with no time faults. Kitty King and Fernhill Mojito finished closely behind in second place on a score of 29.8.
Oliver Townend won two BE100 sections – Section F and Section G. Sligo Candyman was his winning ride in Section F, finishing on a dressage score of 25.3 and Nelson de la Pomme was the winning ride in Section G, after adding nothing to a dressage score of 31.8. Kevin McNab finished just behind Ollie in Section F with Ivian II, however, he did then go on to win Section H with Fortune III on a score of 26.8 – adding 0.8 time faults to a dressage score of 25.5.
There were two sections of BE100 Open, both with nearly 40 starters in each. Alexandra Farrar-fry and Grey Finnsky were the winners in Section A after jumping two clear rounds in the show jumping and cross country and adding no time faults to an impressive dressage score of 24.3. Gemma Gurvidi was the runner up riding Tremayle, they added 1.2 time faults to a dressage score of 26.8. Gemma was also successful in BE100 Open Section E, finishing in second place with Dali III. The winner of Section E was Becky Woolven and Bright Bramble – finishing on their dressage score of 28.8.
The next event to be held at Aston-le-Walls will be 8-11 May and will have classes ranging from BE100 to Intermediate, including youth classes – entries will open next month.