EVENT REPORTS – BICTON ARENA INTERNATIONAL

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Timmy Orritt reports …

Bicton Arena has put on yet another successful International Event this season, with classes running from BE100 through to Intermediate and CIC2*.

The CIC2* brought a win for Alexander Bragg and Sally Ellicott’s 13 year old gelding Zagreb. The pair led the section from the start, on a dressage of 40, and they added just 2.4 time penalties cross country to maintain their lead and win the class. 

“He’s an experienced horse now,” Alex told BE, “He enjoyed himself today and its set him up perfectly for Blenheim in the ERM class.” 

Alex also finished 6th on Redpath Ransom, after a double clear where they added 6.4 time faults to their dressage to finish on 65.2.

Emily King came 2nd with Walitze F Vefgard on a score of 47. This is the combination’s 5th season together, and the pair have won several other events so far this year at Tweseldown, Barbury, and Wilton. 

3rd in the CIC2* was Pippa Funnel and MGH Grafton Street, and Andrew James took 4th, 5th, and 7th place on Jazz Concerto, Hold Me Down, and Benelux Casino Royale.

In the Interemdiate, no combinations managed to make the time cross country, which meant that the time faults were influencial on the scores. In the end, it was a win for William Fox-Pitt riding Yes I Can, who finished on 35, after a 26.6 dressage and 8.4 time penalties cross country.  William also picked up the prize for the best seven-year-old in the CIC* riding Georgisaurus, where the combination finished 12th.

2nd place in the Interemdiate went to Fiona Breach and USF Carthago who added 11.6 time to their dressage of 28.6 to finish on 40.2, and Kylie Roddy and SRS Kan Do took 3rd with a final score of 41.5.

The Open Intermediate was another competitive section, which saw a win for Louise Harwood and Whitson, who completed the section on a score of 32.6, after having 4 faults showjumping and 3.6 time penalties cross country added to their dressage mark of 25. Gubby Leech and Xavier took 2nd place when the accumulated 12.4 time faults cross country which were added to their dressage of 24.1 to give them a final score of 36.5.

In the Open Intermediate U21, it was a clear win for Emily King and Dargun, who secured a 13.8 penalty lead on Georgia Bartlett and Spano De Nazca. “Dargun is my top horse at the moment,” Emily told British Eventing Reporters, “He’s a speedy horse naturally, and very special.”

Ellie Balysz and Opposition Angel Two competed in their first Intermediate, and finished a very respectful 5th, when they finished with 19.6 time faults cross country added to their dressage of 31.4. 

“I was really happy with our result at Bicton, especially as it was out first Interemdiate,” Ellie told us, “Joy did a lovely test and I was thrilled with our clear showjumping, as this is my weakest phase and something I have been working really hard on over the last few months, so it’s nice to see it paying off! I was excited to tackle a bigger, more technical course with her, which she gave me the best ride around!

“I plan to get some more experience at intermediate this season on Joy so that we can aim to do a CCI2* next year. She is a super mare who really loves her job; I’m very lucky to have her!”

The CIC* saw Selina Milnes and Morelands Casanova take the win after they added 5.2 time penalties cross countries to their dressage mark of 41.3, to finish on 46.5. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th all finished within 0.6 penalties of each other, which proves how competitive the section was. Chelsea Pearce and Djakota EB came second on 47.4, with Georgina Hambly and Hilldown Harley closely behind them on a score of 47.8 in 3rd. Kitty King and Snow Wind SN finished just 0.2 penalties behind them with a final score of 48. Kitty was also 5th in the CIC* with Drewmain Firefly, and collected the six-year-old prize, which she was over the moon with, having had the gelding since a three-year-old.

In the Intermediate Novice, there was only one combination to go double clear, and this was Sarah Shaw and Aspiration III, who added only 1.6 time faults to their dressage of 34.3 to take the win by 13 points, ahead of Harriet Mitchell and Dusky Limit who came 2nd on a score of 48.8.

5 Novice sections were ran over the weekend, which included an U18 and Open section. In section L Nici Wilson and Gazelle had the best dressage of 28, however added 3.6 time faults to finish in 2nd on 31.6, which allowed Emily King and Quinlan Z to take the lead when they added 0.8 time penalties to their dressage of 29.5. Caroline Harris and Isington Red Faerie took the win in section M after a dressage of 35.8 and just 1.2 time penalties cross country. Holly Wright and Primitive Star II were the only combination in section M to make the time cross country. In section O, Holly Woodhead took 2nd and 3rd place with Hannibal Von Kastanjenhof and Targa D, being two of only 3 combinations to finish on their dressage scores of 28.8 and 32.5. MGH Tokyo Phil was piloted by Padraig Mccarthy to the win on a score of 27.8 after they added 0.8 time penalties to their dressage of 27. Eliza Chapple and Enzo Van De Nethe won the U18 section by 12.5 penalites, and were the only combination to finish on their dressage score of 30.5. In the Open section, Shane Rose and Angelo IV had the best dressage mark in the section of 22.3, but their 8 faults showjumping and 0.8 time cross country meant that they were dropped from the win to take 2nd, meaning Jamie-lee Day and Serano took the top spot when they were just one of two combinations to finish on their dressage score of 28.8.

There were 4 BE100 sections, as well as an Open and U18 section. In section F, Lizzie Luxton took the win with Arkid after a double clear following a dressage of 27, with Victoria Hawkings and Troubleland taking 2nd finishing on their dressage of 32.3. Kevin Mcnab and Brookfield Benjamin Bounce led section G from the start with a 25.8 dressage followed by a double clear, closely followed by Rebecca Channing and Flynn V who added just 0.4 time penalties cross country to their dressage of 26.8. In section H, Chloe Cashmore piloted Galwaybay Lucky to the win on their dressage score of 30, adding nothing from the other phases. Millie Dumas and Hai Five DHI had the best dressage in section I, however their 4 faults showjumping meant that they dropped to 2nd, allowing Alexander Bragg and Killahurler Connect to take the win after they finished on their dressage of 27. In the Open section, Janou Bleekman took 1st and 2nd on Sea Yin and Granite Lady. Granite Lady achieved the best dressage of the section with a 24.8, however the combination’s 2.8 time faults cross country meant that they dropped to 2nd, which allowed Janou to take the win on Sea Yin after they went double clear inside the time to finish on their dressage of 25.5. In the U18 section, India John and Ballyhooly came 1st with a double clear inside the time following their dressage of 27. Closely behind them was Alice Nunn and Expresso III, who also went double clear inside the time to finish just 0.3 points behind the winners with a score of 27.3. 

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee

 

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