Timmy Orrit reports ..
Last weekend saw Aston Le Walls hold its 3rd BE this season with some very competitive sections ranging from Novice up to Advanced.
Pippa Funnel had a very successful weekend, particularly in the Advanced, taking home a win in section K riding Billy Walk On after scoring the section’s best dressage of 27.2 and adding just 4 time penalties from the cross country to this score to finish on a total of 31.2. Pippa took 2nd in section L riding Majas Hope to finish on a score of 36.9 after they added 6.4 time faults cross country to their original dressage of 30.5, as well as another 2nd in section X on MGH Grafton Street following a best dressage of 23 and a few time penalties from the cross country again. The win in section X went to Vittoria Panizzon and Argentinus after the pair finished on their dressage score of 34. Vittoria also picked up a win in the Intermediate section Q when she rode Gebaliaretto to complete on their best dressage score of 21.6. David Doel and Galileo Nieuwmoed finished in pole position in section L when they added 1.6 time penalties to their dressage of 33.
The A8/9yo section saw a faultless win from Andrew Nicholson riding As If after the pair achieved the best dressage mark in the section of 29, as well as being the only combination to finish on said dressage score following a double clear inside the time. 2nd pace in this section went to Helen Witchell and Figaro X who added 0.4 time faults from the cross country to their dressage of 33.8, and Louise Harwood rode Trevillick to 3rd.
In the Au25, just two riders finished on their dressage score, one being Grace Taylor who took the win riding Jack In The Box II when finishing on their original mark of 32.7, and the other rider being Chelsea Round who came 3rd place riding Fleetwood Mac V to complete on a total of 34.2. 2nd place in this section went to Lizzie Baugh and Quarry Man as the pair added 2 time penalties cross country to their dressage of 31.4.
Grace Taylor also rode Game Changer to another win in the Intermediate in section O when finishing on their competitive dressage of 30.2. Forrest Gump 124 ridden by Tom Jackson achieved the best dressage score in this section of 26.8, however the combination had one pole down showjumping added to this score meaning they dropped into 2nd.
Alexander Bragg piloted Shannondale Mari to finish in 1st place when completing on their dressage score of 30.7 in section M of the Intermediates. They were just one of two combinations to finish on their dressage score, the other being Hayden Hankey and Cartown Galaxy who finished behind Alex in 2nd place on their dressage of 31.4.
Oliver Townend also had a successful weekend with his horses, riding Miss Cooley to the win in section N when finishing on their dressage score of 25.7, ahead of Kitty King and MHS Fernhill Finale who finished 2nd. He also took 4th in section O onboard Arklow Puissance when the pair finished on a score of 31.1 which was the same score as Ludwig Svennerstal and Gladston II, however Ludwig came in closer to the optimum time cross country and therefore took 3rd place. Oliver rode Clifton Signature in the OI section S to finish 3rd following a double clear and a dressage of 28.2. Izzy Taylor took the win in this section riding PSH Lava Flow after adding 0.4 cross country time faults to their original dressage of 26.1, and Flora Harris came 2nd with Bayano, also finishing on 28.2 but coming in closer to the OT to finish ahead of Oliver.
The other OI section saw Dargun ridden by Emily King take the win after the pair were just one of three combinations to complete on their dressage score: 23.6. The other riders to finish on their dressage scores were Harry Meade on Red Kite who finished 5th, and Oliver Townend and Newmarket Caro who finished 9th.
The OIu21 saw some remarkable results from Heidi Coy, who piloted all 3 of her mounts to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! She took the win riding Russal Z following a 28.4 dressage and a double clear, 2nd on Carrigsean Tigerseye after a 28.6 dressage and a double clear, and 3rd riding Halenza who also scored 28.6 in the dressage, however added 1.2 time penalties from the cross country to complete on a total of 29.8. Russal Z and Carrigsean Tigerseye were the only two horses in this section to finish on their dressage scores. Heidi’s success comes just one week after winning the individual bronze medal at the Young Rider Europeans riding Royal Fury.
Chloe Bell took 4th place in the OIu21 riding Java Spice, and Harriet Ford and According To Archie finished in 5th place, after 8 faults showjumping were added to their best dressage in the section score of 26.1.
Aston’s next BE event is in just 3 weeks on the 8th-10th of August. Good luck to everyone competing then, and a huge well done to all competitors competing their last weekend.
Images courtesy of Andrew Grant and Hannah Cole