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Sarah Carless reports…..
Bumper entries at Borde Hill (1)
The first of Borde Hill’s British Eventing fixtures attracted a bumper entry list, with more than 700 combinations entering across is classes, which ran from BE80(T) up to Open Novice.
The event boasted four BE80(T) classes, which attracted more than 140 entries. It was a second win in a row for Sophie Storey and Dreamers Page as they took the win in BE80(T) Section A. Wendy Neath and Ferrero Rocher continued her excellent season. Having being placed in all of their events so far, at Borde Hill they took victory in BE80(T) Section D.
Wendy previously evented up to Riding Club Open level, but in her own words is a living testament to the wonders of orthopedic surgery’ with two hip replacements and having undergone rotator cuff shoulder surgery. She then turned to dressage, riding up to Advanced. But she came back to eventing when she bought Ferrero Rocher.
Wendy told Eventing Worldwide: “In 2014 I bought this horse then aged five from a lovely local PC farming family. He is just perfect, moments of sharpness to stop me being bored, totally reliable jumper, not too shabby at dressage – we’ve notched up 21BD points this winter, pretty hot at TREC. A total pleasure to own in every way too. He is my second horse of a lifetime! We started at BE80 last year and were placed nearly every time. After a winter of homework we missed out winning our section at Chilham by going too fast! At Borde Hill we were bang on the time, improved dressage and won. I am 59, and plan to do my first BE90 just 5 days before my 60th! This will be Chilham, my home even – I like the idea that this is where it all started with him 2 years ago.”
Borde Hill provided Martin Wright with his second win of the year. Riding Kondennetty Clover, he was victorious in BE90 Section E.
Victoria Linfield made it a hattrick of wins this season with Jokers Promise in winning BE90 Section G. Here they won with an impressive score of 20.1, having added 0.8 time faults from the cross country to their dressage score of 19.3. The pairs previous wins came at Tweseldown and Munstead.
Victoria told Eventing Worldwide: “I bought joker as a project six years ago out of a driving yard. The aim was to break him, do a bit and then sell him to pay for a lorry. It didn’t happen as I quickly found he was a star. He has now won six sections at 90 level. He is really careful and actually is also a really good show jumper. I work full time as a commercial manager and was out in America the week before Borde Hill, so Joker hadn’t really done any work in the week before. Obviously he doesn’t need schooling. I am a bit shocked at his form this year and have never had a horse who is such a star. He will aim for his regional finals now at Firle and Munstead. I am a committee member for the south-east eventers league therefore it’s great he is now leading the Voltaire Overall Grassroots and the Moorhouse Communications 90 leagues.”
Another combination to make it three wins in a row at Borde Hill were Melissa Joannides and Silken Crème. Having previous victories at Larkhill and Munstead under their belt already this year they won BE100 Section M on their dressage score of 21.0 – 8.3 penalties clear of the rest of the field.
Izzy Taylor had a busy but successful few days at Borde Hill with five top ten placings including two wins, which came in Novice Section T with Ballycoog Guiness (a section she also came second in with MBF Harley Rebel) and Open Novice Section U with Cadillac.
Other section results: BE80(T) Section B Beatrice Linke, Super Brat; BE80(T) Section C Georgie Kneller, Carnsdale Kingmaster: BE90 Section F Rachel Fisher, Sidney Rebel; BE90 Section H Jenny Naylor Davis, Jump Que; BE90 Section I Philippa Hendry, Chevalian Armagnac; BE90 Section J Tomas Cousillas; BE90 Open Section K Alfie Marshall, Iris Nobile; BE100 Section L Francesca Brough, Ferdi III; BE100 Open Section N Lucy Wheeler, King Creole VD N Ranch; BE100 Under 18 Section O Katie Hale, Killacoran Blue; BE100 P Andrew Nicholson Babiblonia BT4; BE100 Section Q Catherin Fowdrey, Zingaro III; BE100 Section R Elisabeth Halliday Sharp, Castlefield Flash Cooley; Novice Section S Sophie Jenman, Clonleigh Strike; Novice Under 18 Section V Georgia Bartlett, Spano De Nazca.
Photographs courtesy of Gary Horner