Timmy Orritt reports …
Over the weekend of the 11th and 12th August, Bold Heath held their annual horse trials with sections ranging from BE80T up to Novice, including both 4 YO and 5 YO sections, both sponsored by KBIS.
Brier Leahy took the win on Wil She Ever in the Open Novice after receiving the best dressage in the section of 26.3, and maintaining this lead when she added just 4.8 time penalties cross country to this dressage to finish on a final mark of 31.1. Lauren Bellamy and Riocca were the only combination in the Open Novice to finish on their dressage score, therefore managing to take 3rd place as they finished on 32.5, behind Lucy Watson and Rafiki Yango who added 1.6 time faults from the cross country phase to their dressage of 30.3 to come second with a total of 31.9.
Novice section M was a competitive section, however Emma Silman managed to maintain the lead she gained in the dressage riding Kec Sazoon when they gained a score of 24 and added just 0.8 time penalties cross country to their scpre to finish on 24.8. Paul Sims finished 2nd and 4th with Dream Roller on a score of 27.9 and Blowell Beeline on a score of 28.6, which was the same mark as Emily King and Langford Take The Biscuit, who take 3rd as they finished closer to the optimum time.
In the BE100open, the top three riders James Somerville, Oliver Jackson, and Lisa Lewis all finished within one mark of each other, with James taking the win on his dressage of 27.3, followed by Oliver on a score of 27.8, and then Lisa who also finished on her dressage of 28.3. James Somerville also took 6th in section B riding Mill Man. The win in this section went to Carlos Parro and Watusi when they added 4 faults from the showjumping to their best dressage of 21 to finish on 25, ahead of Samantha Jimmison and Expert in second who finished on their dressage of 27. Samantha Jimmson also rode to 4th place in section A on Iquitos when their 4 showjumping penalties dropped them from second, allowing Nathan Connolly to take 2nd on Westminster Red, and Alex Postolowsky and Carolan to take 3rd. Hattie Mccance took the win in section A on board Danny’s Diamaond after completin on their dressage score of 25.
The 5YO section was won by Lindsay Middleton riding Ballygriffin Black Vendi who finished on their dressage of 27.8, followed by Meg Munro and SVS Aramis in second, also finishing on their dessage score of 28.8. Emily King and Ilaney took 3rd place when they too finished on their dressage of 29.
The score in the 4 YO section were also very tight, with Carlos Parro piloting Cool Striker to the win on their dressage of29.5, followed very closely by Andrew Downes and Jaguar Law who were breathing down Carlos’ neck when they finished on their dressage of 29.8, just 0.3 behind the winners. Andrew also picked up 10th upon Gortmore Emerald Clover when they finished on their dressage of 37.5.
There were 3 BE80T sections ran at Bold, all sponsored by Airowear, with Gabrielle Macdonald piloting Menai Laurence to the win in section G when they finished on a score of 28.8. Natalie Harrison rode Penny Princess to take 1st place in section H, finishing on 28.3. In section I, Jayne Money finished in pole position on Dudley Light on a total score of 33.8.
3 BE90 sections ran over the weekend, with India Richardson and Sandlands Mischief taking the win in section E when they finished on their dressage of 26.3. In section L, Heidi Coy’s 0.8 time faults cross country dropped her from the lead into 2nd place as they finished on a total of 26.1 behind Helen Peel and Lightening Lass who won by 0.1 penalties on a score of 26. In section K, the win went to myself Timmy Orritt and Backley Rolo, who performed perfectly to maintain his lead from start to finish when adding nothing to a dressage of 22. Personally, I would like to thank Bold Heath for working so tirelessly on the ground which couldn’t have been any better, and the amount of positive comments that could be heard by many over the weekend reflected all their hard work which should be a credit to them.