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Georgia Dixon reports ..
Aston-Le-Walls put on an action packed event with 24 sections over three days. The event hosted events from Novice level up to Advanced. There were advanced classes for Under 25’s and 8/9YOs as well as an Intermediate section for Under 21s.
Millie Dumas was the U25 star after winning the Au25 on board RF West Indie. The combination added 9.2 cross country time faults to a dressage score of 32.1. This left them on a total of 41.3. Philippa Nixon and Arctic Cruising weren’t too far behind after finishing on a score of 41.4. This was Philippa’s first Advanced and added only 8 time faults to a dressage score of 33.4.
The Askham Bryan OIU21 was won by Greta Mason and Tinkers Pearl. The combination was the only one to finish on their dressage of 33.2. However, it was very close at the top of the leaderboard with second placed rider Alexander Tordoff also finishing on 33.2. Alex rode Dustman to a dressage score of 31.6 and added 1.6 time faults cross country.
Andrew Nicholson won the A89YO onboard the 9YO gelding Swallow Springs. The pair put forward an impressive dressage score of 28 and added only 4.8 time faults cross country. This left them on a score of 32.8. Paul Tapner and Counterparty were the combination in second place after adding only 1.6 time faults to a dressage score of 37.2.
The novice sections saw Alice Rocher bag her first win at the level with Dassett Supreme. Alice won section W after finishing on her dressage score of 29. They were one of only 2 in the section to finish on their dressage score. Claire Turner came second with Corgary Pronto, adding 0.4 time penalties across country to a dressage score of 31.5.
Novice Section V was won by Lisa Freckingham and The Classic Composer. They added 0.8 time faults to a very strong dressage score of 26 leaving them at the top of the leader board with a total penalty score of 26.8. Carlos Parro was the rider just behind Lisa and finished up second with JRP Kick On Casanova. They finished on their dressage score of 29.
David Sheerin and Todays Special put in a solid performance to win Novice Section B. They finished on their dressage score of 28 topping the leaderboard just ahead of John-Paul Sheffield and Schindlers Boy.
The Au25 winner, Millie Dumas also won an Intermediate section with Fabian II. They won Section M after adding nothing to a dressage score of 28. Sammi Birch and The Kincooley Ceili finished up in second place, adding 3.2 time faults to a 30 dressage.
Helen Witchell won Intermediate Section T despite having 4 faults show jumping. The combination put forwards a spectacular dressage score of 24.8 and then added nothing from the cross country phase to leave them the only sub 30 score of the section. Grave Taylor and Jack In The Box III finished 2nd after adding 0.4 time faults to a dressage score of 31.8.
Intermediate Section R was won by Eliza Stoddart and Dick O Malley. They had a dressage score of 33 and then added 0.4 time faults which bagged them the top spot on the leaderboard. This was just ahead of Georgie Spence and Calvin II who added 4 faults from the show jumping and 2 cross country time faults to a dressage score of 30. This left the pair on a score of 36 and into second place.
Izzy Taylor won Advanced Section G with the Orange Eventing gelding Perfect Stranger. The pair won by an outstanding 12.7 penalties. They added only 8 time faults cross country to a dressage score of 30.5 to leave them on a score of 38.5. Selina Milnes was the rider in second place with Iron IV and they finished on a score of 51.2 for second place.
Nicola Wilson and One Two Many won Section X after adding 6.8 time faults from the cross country to a dressage score of 27.3. Lydia Hannon finished in 2nd after adding 4 faults from the show jumping and 5.2 faults from the cross country phase to a dressage score of 29.2.
Charlotte East and King Albert were the victors in Section H. They added 4 faults from the show jumping and 10.4 time faults cross country to a dressage score of 35.5. This was good enough for the top spot, just ahead of Andrew Downes and Hold Me Down who finished one penalty behind.
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole