Event reports sponsored by Elite Horse Owners
Millie Wain reports ..
Aston Le Walls hosted three days of eventing from 10th-12th August. The wonderful facilities and viewing areas make it very popular venue and this particular fixture attracted 850 combinations. The events on the BE calendar at Aston Le Walls take place in March, May, July and August.
The KBIS-sponsored 4 Year Old class was won by Amy Tough riding the 16h3 mare Miss Velvet Brown. Their lead from the first phase was maintained throughout the competition and they completed on their dressage score of 27.0. This left them 3.8 penalties ahead of second place, which went to Austin O’Connor and Money Talks. Completing the top three was Virginia Turnbull riding Jesmond Jasmine. The top seven combinations in this section qualified for the Young Horse Championships which will be taking place at Osberton International Horse Trials at the end of September.
The winner of BE90 section Q was Anna Taylor riding the 8-year-old mare Irish Encounter. They added 2.4 time penalties from the cross country phase to their excellent dressage score of 22.3. This was the combination’s third win of the year; they have only been out of the placings once in their first season together. Despite picking up time penalties on the cross country, Anna finished nearly 5 penalties ahead of the rest of the section.
Craig Barr took the win in BE100 section O. He was riding MBF Dassett Legacy, a 5-year-old gelding that has had two consecutive wins within the space of a week. In second place was Emily Philp riding Unchained Melody, finishing on a dressage score of 30 penalties. James Somerville and Master Ramiro were in the lead after the dressage with a score of 27 but had 4 faults in the showjumping; a clear cross country round inside the optimum time of 3 minutes and 47 seconds was still good enough for third place.
Ed Eltham picked up two wins at Aston Le Walls – he took the top spot in BE90 section R riding Billy Evita and BE100 section V aboard Howlett.
Owen Cooper came first in the novice section H. He was riding Shirsheen Clover and they finished on their dressage score, which was 31.5. Second place went to Lucy Bullas with Egaro, completing on 32.3. Caroline Powell and Shannondale Inca also finished on that score but they were further away from the optimum time on the cross country, meaning they were in third place. With an excellent dressage score of 22.3 and a pole down in the showjumping, Caroline was in the lead going into the final phase but added 6 time penalties.
The Irish young rider Susie Berry took the win in section I of the novice with Fernhill G. This was their second event as a combination and it was an impressive win, being 4.3 penalties ahead of the rest. Susie is based with Piggy French, who rode Fernhill G to victory in his first two events earlier this year. The six-year-old gelding has won three out of four events and was placed second at the other. Craig Barr came second with Dassett Master on a total of 31.0 penalties and in third place was Kevin Mcnab riding Corbally Night on 31.5.
Izzy Taylor took the top two placings in section B. Monkeying Around and DHI Jet Set came first and second respectively. After a busy day riding five horses in the intermediate sections, Izzy Taylor Eventing wrote on Facebook: “Good day at the office yesterday at #AstonLeWalls Monkeying Around won an intermediate section with DHI Jet Set coming second and all five horses jumped clear cross country. #excitingtimes #busyizzy”.
Piggy French and Cooley Monsoon picked up their sixth win of year – they have had some excellent results in 2017, including winning Houghton CCI* and Great Witchingham CIC*. The combination won intermediate section C on a score of 28.2. Just behind them, by 0.2 penalties, were Grace Taylor and Jack In The Box II.
The Askham Bryan OIU21 section was won by Ella Woodhead riding Balou de Beauvais. They scored 32.3 in the dressage and added 4 time penalties from the cross country to complete on a total of 36.3. Ella was long listed for the Young Rider Europeans with another ride earlier this year and has evented Balou de Beauvais since the beginning of his eventing career in 2013. Sophie Brooks and Majestic Imp were the only combination in the section to complete the cross country within the optimum time of 5 minutes 10 seconds to claim second place on a total of 37.6 penalties.
Other section winners:
BE90 section P – Lucie Stokoe riding Dolores II, 28.5 penalties
BE90 section T – Jessica Thomas riding The Juggler III, 24.3 penalties
BE100 section N – Amy Hawley riding Vitality III, 28.5 penalties
BE100 section W – Amy Hulls riding Liquido Van De Bucxtale
BE100OPEN section U – Claira Miesegaes riding Bruce II, 26.3 penalties
Novice section J – Helen Bates riding Geluk G, 30.0 penalties
Novice section L – Lauren Shannon riding Rodnikova Dream, 29.8 penalties
Open Novice section K – Archie Lowe riding Merrywell Cavalier, 27.1 penalties
Intermediate Novice section M – Simon Grieve riding Wallstreet VB, 34.6 penalties
Intermediate section D – William Fox-Pitt riding Annaliese, 31.7 penalties
Intermediate section F – Adam Harvey riding Picasso V, 22.4 penalties
Open Intermediate section A – Andrew James riding Hold Me Down, 29.1 penalties
Open Intermediate section G – Matthew Heath riding Aloha, 29.2 penalties
Photographs courtesy of Jessica Phipps