Bryony Skinner reports …
A sunny weekend over 5-6th May, saw Broadway’s first event of the season take place. Over 500 competitors took part and the event also held an additional Novice class on the Saturday giving competitors the welcome opportunity to make up for recent abandoned events.
The BE80(T) section E was won by Laura Turford on her own Sir Atticus Finch, finishing on their impressive dressage score of 25.3. Laura commented: “This was Duncan’s (Sir Atticus Finch) first BE event. I have evented him only a few times previously so I was over the moon with his performance and his attitude to his work. This season I plan to move him on to 90cm and depending on how he feels I’d like to do 100cm on him before the end of the year. The course at Broadway rode really well. I feel Broadway is a great course for introducing youngsters to Eventing as the fences are very inviting.”
The BE100 Section I was won by Michelle Williamson who completed on her dressage score of 28.8, with the mare All Night Dinah. Michelle commented: “All Night Dinah and I had a great event at Broadway, the x-country was a flowing course with some good questions and quite hilly so you needed to be fit! Dinah is an 11yr old mare by Jumbo, her owner Anstice Baring bred her. She hasn’t always been the easiest and used to be very naughty going into the start box! I was over the moon at Broadway as she flew out when we were counted down. Dinah is now going to move up a level, and if all goes to plan will be aimed at Barbury Novice in July.”
Saffie Osborne took 1st place in the BE100Ou18 Section M on her own Lakantus, adding no penalties to their dressage score of 26.3. Saffie said “That was my first event with Lakantus. We purchased him at the end of last season from Alex Power in Ireland. I thought the course was lovely. Nice and inviting and perfect for a first ride on a new horse. My aims with him are to step up to Novice and then hopefully, if all is well, step him up to Intermediate towards the end of the season, looking to do junior trials on him next year.”
Madison Penfound won the Novice Section N on In Disguise II, after adding 4 SJ penalties and 0.8 x-country time penalties to their dressage score of 28. Madison commented on her facebook page: “In Disguise (barn name Zac) one of my new additions did a 28 dressage, 1 down, and clear XC to WIN the Novice today at Broadway!! What a superstar! Big things ahead for this horse!
Rosthwaite Mykonos did his second event ever and first novice to jump a beautiful clear XC!
Big thank you to top coach Nick Gauntlett!”
Madison’s coach Nick Gauntlett happened to take second place to her in the section on the stallion Party Trick who also appeared at the stallion parade at Badminton Horse Trials over the weekend. Broadway was only the 3rd event for the stallion.
Novice Section O was won by Kacey Arnold and NPS Elegance, who added 8 time penalties x-country to their dressage score of 25.5. Kacey commented, “I brought NPS Elegance from New Priory Stud as a backed 4 year old she’s now 7. I have produced her myself and have been having regular showjump training with showjumper Jay Halim. That’s the phase both I, and NPS Elegance struggle a bit with. It all came together on Sunday at Broadway. Phew!! The xc rode well, the time was hard to get, as there was a few fences running down hill to skinnies, so I found myself wasting a bit time getting her back on her hocks/setting up in front of the fences. It was my 1st win at this level and NPS Elegance’s. We head to Houghton for CCI* next. The win also qualified us for the restricted novice champs at Gatcombe in August!”
A busy but successful weekend for Vittoria Panizzon saw her take first place in the ON Section P on Lougherne Luke at Me, completing on their dressage score of 25, as well as coming 5th in BE100 Section J on Secret Legacy and 6th in BE100Open Section K on Caraghs Royal Quality.
The IN section Q was won by Alice Pearson after adding only 1.6 x-country time penalties to her dressage score of 36.1. Alice was delighted to have her first win of the season and commented on her facebook page: “First win of the 2018 season! Another fab day at Broadway yesterday. Rock Solid and Ciaos had their first runs of the season and both jumped double clear, Rock Solid steady xc in the BE100 and Ciaos certainly told me he is still loving xc for a fast and furious round but nailed it for the win in the Intermediate Novice!! Thanks team for a super day with super owners in the sun!!”
Other winners: BE80(T) Section F – Olivia Down, Crème de la Crème; BE90 Section A – Emily Crichton, Havana II; BE90 Section B – Leah Wells, Oberons Toblerone; BE90 Section C – Stephanie Carter, Little Midnight Dancer; BE90 Section D – Chica Herbert, Ballyell Nibbler; BE100 Section I – Michelle Williamson, All Night Dinah; BE100 Section J – Jean Briden, Moonlight Duke; BE100open Section K – Phoebe Marot, Suspicion; BE100Ou18 Section L – Amelia James, Ech Na Sliabh; Novice Section G – Christina Henriksen, JTH Zest
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