Millie Wain reports…
Bishop Burton (1) took place on 26th-27th May and attracted almost 450 entries; there were classes from BE90 up to Open Intermediate level. Bishop Burton has held BE events since 2002 and in August, the Pony European Championships will be taking place there.
BE90 section A was won by Heather Urquhart and Crafty Wizard. They finished on their dressage score of 30.8 penalties. In second place was Rachael Lupton aboard I Blame Bertie with 31.5 penalties. They led the dressage with a good score of 23.5, being 6 marks ahead of the rest of the section but lowered two poles in the show jumping. However, a clear cross country round inside the time was still good enough to secure second place. Third place went to Anna Layfield and Derrygimbla Boy with a score of 33.5 penalties.
The winner of section L in the novice was Samantha Jimmison riding Kroons Freddie. The combination completed on their dressage score of 26.5 penalties. After her win, Eventing Worldwide spoke to Samantha: “I’ve had Freddie for two years now and he came to me as a clueless 4 year old with attitude, but he has turned into quite a talented boy. He always tries really hard for me, we almost lost him last year when he got myopathy but luckily, he pulled through. This is only my 3rd novice so for me, just completing is pretty special so to win was amazing – I’m just so proud of the horse. His owner Joanne Pullan is so supportive and it’s nice to be able to get some good results for her. Our aim for the rest of this season is just to keep up the good work. We are learning together now so I just want to stay confident and positive and enjoy competing him.”
Christopher Whittle took the top two sports in the intermediate section with Kilwaughter Blade and Tregaverne. Kilwaughter Blade has competed in 2 Intermediates and won them both (the other win was at Richmond); at 8 years old, the gelding has already picked up 56 BE points. Christopher posted the two fastest cross country rounds in the section to leave him 4 penalties ahead of third place, which went to James Adams riding Cupido IV with 34.2 penalties.
Just 0.5 penalties separated the top three combinations in BE90 section D. Amber Williamson and Kilcrona Boy won the section, completing on their dressage score of 29.5 penalties. Tasha Kirkman and Topspeed were in the lead going into the cross country phase but added 0.8 time penalties to finish just 0.3 penalties behind the winner. Third place went to Sydney Thompson and Max IX with a score of 30.
The winners of Open Intermediate section N were Olivia Wilmot and Zebedee De Foja. The combination led from the dressage phase and was one of only two combinations to post sub-30 dressage scores. There were twelve double clears in this section out of 20 starters and therefore, the optimum cross country time of 5 minutes and 4 seconds proved to alter the placings. In second place were Caroline Clarke and Touch Too Much and James Somerville came third with Altaskin Jack.
Other section winners:
BE90 section B – Joanne Kelly riding Verdener Jung
BE90 section C – Chloe Fairley riding Skelton Beth
BE90open section E – Caroline Basnett riding Javarve Cruise
BE100 section F – Anna Tomlinson riding Rainbows Blaze
BE100 section G – Jessica Baugh riding RNH Vincent Junior
BE100 section O – Jamie Atkinson riding Hallo Quality Penny
BE100 section P – Aimee Penny riding Freshman HH
BE100u18 section H – Kitty Taylor riding Hope Over Experience
Novice section J – Kerry Dicken riding Faerlie Familiar
Novice section K – Lucinda Atkinson riding My Zenyatta
ONu18 section I – Lucy Sugden riding Elbandani