Millie Wain reports …
Bicton Arena’s second British Eventing fixture took place on 7th-8th July with classes ranging from BE80(T) to Novice over 17 sections. The event was supporting Eventing Worldwide’s #weargreenforjonty campaign, with one of the cross country fences being dedicated to the cause.
Joanne Binns and her own homebred Bright N Breezy II took the top spot in BE80(T) section F, completing on their dressage of 32.3 penalties. Eventing Worldwide spoke to Joanne after her win and she told us: “I am new to British Eventing and have only managed a couple of events due to lameness last year. Breeze (Bright N Breezy) is my homebred girl, produced by myself and is now 9 years old. Though quite consistent with dressage and showjumping, cross country is our weakest phase and I have been having trouble with stops, often getting us eliminated.
Having joined in with a few training BE sessions with Sarah Thorne, we have stuck with it and Saturday we not only went double clear, but we were inside the time for the first time. I’m so pleased, I still feel it was all a dream! I can’t wait to tackle another course and I’m pleased I didn’t give up. I’m hoping this is the first of more successful outings to come”.
Eleanor Ansell and Brilliant won the Open Novice class. They scored 27.3 in the dressage and went double clear, picking up 5.6 time penalties and taking the win by over 4 penalties. All of the top four combinations jumped clear in both the showjumping and cross country, and only one pair in the section came home within the cross country optimum time.
There were four combinations in the 4yo section and the winner was Stephen Way riding Congress Master with a score of 32.3. The 16.2hh mare got a dressage of 28.3, picked up 4 penalties in the showjumping and went clear cross country within the time; they won the section by over 20 penalties. Second place went to Tim Cheffings with Sir Alex III sand completing the top three was Charlotte Billson riding Killycloghan Natalia.
Sophie Hawke and Ronaldjamessach took the top spot in BE90 section C. The 5yo gelding posted a dressage score of 27.5 and added just 0.4 cross country time faults gave them a finishing score of 27.9 penalties. Here’s what Sophie had to say about her win: “I’m obviously very pleased with Ronnie, it was his third BE90. He’s an ex-racehorse who ran on the flat and then hurdles, trained by Johnny Farrelly and is entered for the 100 at Launceston”
BE90 section A was won by Sophie Vicary and Engelique O. They finished on their dressage score of 27 penalties. Sophie commented on her win: “Angel is just amazing. I’m so lucky to have her. She gave me 100% in every phase at Bicton and I’m so proud of her.
I’m really grateful that I have such brilliant trainers, Ben Van Sommeran and my mum, Cathy, as they’ve both helped me to create such a great partnership with Angel and I’m so excited about our future together.”
Eventing Worldwide would like to thank Bicton who has hugely supported the #WearGreenForJonty campaign, You raised a fabulous £661.00!
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Other section winners:
BE80(T) section E – Beth Manders riding Frost At Midnight
BE90 section B – Cindy Rawson riding Freeloader
BE90 section D – Simon M Moore riding Midsummer Faerie
BE90Open section D1 – Fiona Wedden riding Mr Spiritus
5YO section H – Jason Hobbs riding Tillington Perry
BE100 section H1 – Emily Heighway riding Sunkissed
BE100 section I – Tim Cheffings riding Caledonia R
BE100 section J – Rebecca Churchill riding Mind Over Matter
BE100 section K – Rupert Batting riding Earth Star
BE100open section G – Ali Wilkes riding Tagal
Novice section L – Henrietta Ewell riding Connaght Diamond
Novice section M – Holly Forty riding Cutton Bentley
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