Sarah Carless reports …
August marked Aston Le Wall’s fourth British Eventing fixture on the 2018 calendar, and the three days of competition at the popular Northamptonshire venue were one again jam packed.
World number one Oliver Townend scored a hattrick of victories with his up and coming string of horses in the Novice classes. He topped Section H with Innislusky Paddy – their second victory of the year, Section J with Tremayle and Section L with Arklow Puissance, with whom Townend has not been out of the top ten this year.
Alongside some of the sport’s top names who were giving their horses preparation runs before the Autumn campaign were the eventing superstars of the future. The Four Year Old qualifier for the Young Horse Championships was won by Virginia Turnbull and Seapatrick Dancing Diamond, who took victory by six marks.
On their first outing at Intermediate level, Padraig McCarthy and HHS Noble Call took victory in Intermediate Section A and a second win of the year.
Jonelle Price and Cloud Dancer have found Aston Le Walls a happy hunting ground this year, winning the Open Intermediate at the July event, and repeating victory in the same class (Section D) again in August. This started a winning streak of three events as the pair went on to win an Open Intermediate at Somerford Park a few days later. The second Open Intermediate class (Section G) was won by Sara Bowe and Kilcoltrum Mermist.
Taking a fourth win in a row in BE100 Section O was Samantha Hobbs and Just Ice No Soda. Their winning streak started at Shelford Manor (1) and this was followed by victories at Catton Park and Great Witchingham International (2). The pair have also qualified for the Five Year Old class at the Young Horse Championships at Osberton.
Amy Stunt made it three wins in a row at Aston Le Walls with victory in BE90 Section Q on Catherson Osiana. Their first win came at West Wilts in June and was followed by victory at Treborough Hill before their third success at Aston.
Joanne Monkman was also on a winning streak with G Damascus winning BE90 Section T. Having won at Offchurch Bury in the BE80(T) class, on their first affiliated outing, the pair successfully stepped up to BE90 level for two wins in two events. In BE100 Section U Carol Smith also picked up her second win of the year with Camro Beech. Their previous win came at Shelford Manor in the BE90.
With seven top ten placings to their name already this year, Rachel Cook finally made it to the top of her section winning BE100 Open Section W with Lady Loxina.
Other section results;Intermediate Section B Milo Kennedy, Moher Prince; Intermediate Section C Ludwig Svennerstal, Nefertiti; Intermediate Section E Grace Taylor, Game Changer; Intermediate Section F Holly Bradshaw, Archfield Echo; Novice Section I Eliza Stoddart, Clifford; Open Novice Section K Bizzy Loffet, Little Minx; Intermediate Novice Section M Hollie Swain, Drumnaconnell Nico; BE100 Section N Matthew Wrightm Graf Crusoe; BE90 Section P Cavalier Katniss; BE90 Section S Jenny Moorman, Grovepark Dassett; BE100 Section V Charlotte Agnew Hamiro.