Charley Adams reports ..
Aston-le-Walls proved to be successful competition with top names such as Tom McEwen, Izzy Taylor and Laura Collet bringing home wins.
The three day competition in Northants offered classes from 4YO and BE90 to Open.
Izzy Taylor won one of the novice sections on Happy Days, after winning at the last Aston-le-Walls event. She also won the open intermediate on Fonbherna Lancer. This combination has had eight top 10 finishes this season including a third at the Tattersalls CCI-L 3* in May.
She said: “As always Aston is a great event with varied courses. All my horses went well over the three days with some younger horses stepping up a level and not disappointing. Stand out results came from Happy Days winning his third Novice of the season, Fonbherna Lancer winning the OI in a confidence building run and Romantic and Nice and Easy SR Z making the step up to Novice easy.”
Vicky Tuffs who won the 4YO section told Eventing Worldwide she was “really pleased” with how both horses went and said both horses learnt a lot from the day.
She finished first on Kadans on a score of 26.8 for the gelding’s second affiliated event and best result. With MBF Bite the Bullet, Miss Tuffs finished on a score of 33.3 to finish 12th.
“The dressage boards were blowing across the arena when MBF Bite the Bullet did his test so I was pleased with how he behaved. Kadans is more established on the flat and produced some lovely work in slightly better conditions to take the lead. Both are good jumpers so although a little green in the ring both jumped clear rounds. Both were fab cross country, the courses were perfect for the class being both encouraging and challenging. Aston was great because the dressage and show jumping and warmups are all on surfaces which is great when the ground is firm at this time of year and Nigel always does his best efforts with the cross country course and the courses are always varied and education.”
Winners of the BE100 included Martyn Johnson riding FMSH Ramiro, Amelia Walker on board Dassett Rock Star, Jeanette Brakewell with Billy Electra and Bernie Wharfe who was riding Penhills Shes The Business. The open section at this height was won by Natalie Biggin riding Billy Memphis.
The BE90 sections were won by Eliza Stoddart who rode Codebreaker, Ben Taylor on board Alfonzo, Eloise Tann with Mr Box, Virginia M Turnbull riding Seapatrick Dancing Diamond and Joanne Monkman who rode G Damascus.
“This was Deedee’s first BE this year and with the weather being so windy I was worried how it was going to go. Although she was very spooky in the dressage warm up she managed a score of 25.8 which I was super pleased with. Again cross country she was a bit spooky so we incurred some time faults but she flew other than that. It’s our first every regional in a couple of weeks so good preparation for that.”
In the Intermediate sections the winner were Rose Nesbitt with Eg Michealangelo, Flora Young who rode Miss Moneypenny V, Tom McEwen on board Coilbri De Riverland, Matthew Heath riding Askari, Sam Gillespie with But Not Till Now and Molly Faulkner riding Call Me Cooley. Ballycoog Breaker Boy won the IN ridden by Will Rawlin which was their third win of the season.
The other winner of the Open Intermediate was Selina Milnes with Iron IV.
The Novice section winners also included Laura Collett riding Lyjador, and Hayden Hankey who rode Homana. Bridgepark Cottage Lady won the Open Novice ridden by Daisy Cross.