Sarah Carless reports ….
Berkshire College of Agriculture basked is glorious sunshine for its British Eventing fixture with more than 550 entries across the two days of competition.
Olivia Craddock scored a double of wins in Saturday’s Novice classes. She was victorious with Kilbunny Andy in Section A and Section C with Lets Go II. Neither horses has finished out of the top ten this season so are promising prospects for the West Sussex-based rider.
The Open Novice Under 18 class (Section E) was won by Tori McAllister and Corrieview Brynn, who she has owned for the last three years.
Tori commented; “We have moved up the levels together. This year has been very busy as I am in my first year of A-levels. It was amazing to win at Berkshire College as he is so special to me and we’ve learnt so much together. We moved up to Novice at the end of last season and are aiming go to Frickley Park for the U18 Championships in the CCIJ* at the end of July.”
Jude Matthews and her homebred Dare to Dream IV were the victors in BE90 Section I. Jude works as Head of Operations for a subsidiary of Hargreaves Lansdown and is also a Non-Exec director for British Eventing, chairing the Marketing and Commercial Committee. Africa is the last of a line of homebred horses and his mother was Jude’s first horse who she had as a yearling.
Jude commented: “He’s got all the potential but has sometimes lacked the desire to go first time cross country. He’s been in the lead in his last two competitions but has let me down. Hopefully he’s now remembered what it’s all about. He’s qualified for two regional finals, so it would be great to get to Badminton next year. Longer term, I’d like to step him up to BE100, and if I ever get brave enough tackle Novice.”
Sussex rider Melissa Joannides collected her sixth win of the year in BE100 Section N with Silken Crème. In total she has now been placed in the top ten with her string of horses on 31 occasions. It is little wonder that she currently heads up the British Eventing Foundation Points leader board with a lead of 71 points. At Berkshire, Melissa and second placed rider Natalie McGolderick (Galant IV) tied on a score of 22.3 but Joannides won by virtue of being closer to the optimum time on the cross country.
It was a successful day for Italian rider Vittoria Panizzon who took home three top ten placings, including a win in BE100 Section O with Lobinstown Lola, before rushing home to prepare for Luhmuhlen where she will compete in the CIC*** and CCI****.
Other section results;Novice Section B Katoe Preston, Dreams Come True; Novice Section D Owen Cooper, Dora The Expolorer II; BE100 Open Under 18 Section F Phoebe Anderson, Whychwood Desert Prince; BE100 Section G Katie Richards, Silver Sunshine; BE100 Open Section H Kylie Roddy, Furich Tejo; BE90 Section J Suzanne Homewood, Royal Reflection; BE90 Section K Harriet Upton, Twinkle; BE90 Section L Anna Pestell; BE90 Section M Jessica Moody, Clann Cavalux; BE100 Section P Jasmine Wilks, Harestone.
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