Georgia Dixon reports….
Aston Le Walls hosted four days’ worth of eventing with classes ranging from BE100 up to Intermediate, incorporating youth sections for ponies, juniors and young riders. There were over 30 sections throughout the weekend, jam packed with lots of excitement and spectacular performances.
Bronte Monks was one of the young riders who posted a great performance in the BE100U18 section to win the class on a dressage score of 25.3. Bronte was riding Cuffesgrange Lord Admiral and the pair beat Mollie Harris who finished in second place with Mac Mirah by 2 penalties to take crown. The top five in the BE100U18 class all finished on a score of 30 or under and all finished on their dressage scores, leaving no room for error at the top of the leader board.
The ONU18 was won by Jessica Corser riding Moangarriff Duke, despite adding 2 time penalties cross country. The combination finished on a score of 31.8 after starting their day off with a dressage score of 29.8. Emma Jowett and Strike a Pose finished just behind on 34.5, they were one of only three combinations to go inside the time across country, however, four faults in the show jumping meant that they finished in 2nd.
Holly Woodhead had 10 horses running over the long weekend and came in the top 10 with 8 of her rides, ranging from BE100 up to Intermediate. Holly took 3rd and 4th place in BE100 Section V, which was won by Harry Horton who finished on a dressage score of 27.5 with Darc Silver.
Holly Woodhead also won Novice Section N with Global H after finishing on their dressage score of 20.3, the best dressage score of the section. Imogen Gloag and MHS Cooley Flash finished in 2nd place in this section finishing on their dressage score of 25.8.
The BE100 Open section was won by Owen Cooper and DMaora The Explorer II. They finished on a dressage score of 25.5, taking the win away from 2nd placed rider Edie Campbell who had the best dressage score of 24.5 with Filemon but then 1.6 time penalties too fast meant that they slipped down into second place on a final score of 26.1.
Daisy Proctor and Johnny Cash impressed the dressage judge in the Pony Trial class attaining a score of 20.7. The pair then went on to win the competitive section after only adding 1.6 time penalties to finish on 22.3. Mollie Faulkner and Sycamore Lad had the best dressage score of the class with a sub 20 score of 17.1. They then added a fair amount of time penalties and four jumping penalties to drop them down to 9th place.
Kathy Staples and Ideal Foxs Castle had their first win at Novice level beating the likes of Ludwig Svennerstal who finished up in 2nd in Section N. Kathy did a foot perfect double clear to finish on a dressage score of 29, 1 penalty ahead of Ludwig and Nefertiti. Ludwig then went on to win Novice Section O with NBE Dexter on a dressage score of 23.3.
Martin Thomas and Electric Online won for the first time this season in Novice section Q. They added 0.8 time penalties across country to a dressage score of 31. Georgie Spence and Top Honours finished in second place finishing on their dressage score of 33.5.
The Askham Bryan OIU21 was won by Lizzie Baugh and Quarry Man, they were one of only two combinations to finish on their dressage score, which was 25.5. Francesca Sargent finished in 2nd place with Nankin W and Felicity Collins and Just Amazing III came 3rd.
Felicity Collins also won Intermediate Section I with Glasker Sweet Clover after producing a double clear to finish on a dressage score of 32.7, putting them just ahead of Paolo Belvederesi and Belle De Reve who finished on 32.9 after going only 2 seconds over the optimum time, giving them 0.8 time penalties and pushing them down into 2nd place.
Grace Taylor and Jack In The Box III were the victors of Intermediate Section J. They finished on their dressage score of 30.7. Richard P Jones came 2nd with Kilballyboy bob.
Lottie Kennedy rode UCS De Dior around the mares first attempt at intermediate level to go on and win section H, adding only 1.6 time penalties to a 23.6 dressage. The combination also won their last event at Novice level at Solihull earlier this year. Emily King and Quinlan Z posted the best dressage score of the section however 4 faults show jumping meant that they finished in 2nd place, just ahead of Piggy French and Carnival March in 3rd.
Franky Redi-Warrilow and Dolley Whisper were the winners of OI Section B, finishing on a dressage score of 27.7. Word on The Street, ridden by Alice Pearson came in 2nd after adding 3.2 time penalties to a dressage score of 25.5.
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