Georgia Dixon reports…

The Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials managed to fit in two days of competition before the weather took victim to another event on the calendar. Thursday and Friday saw some great competition at the Norfolk event with BE100, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced sections. Unfortunately the international classes were abandoned after the dressage phase. 

BE100U18 was won by Bosco Turner who rode Loughnavatta Cedar. The combination posted the best dressage score of the class; 32.3. They then went on to finish on this score to stay at the top of the leaderboard just above Summer Nicholls and Alfie XXVI. 

Norfolk based rider, Alice Casburn placed third and sixth in the BE100U18 section. Alice is sixteen years old and is negotiating her GCSE’s this year however managed to pilot Raediant Rubi (who was gifted to her) into third place and Rally into sixth, jumping double clear on both. 

Another local rider, 20-year-old Indie Vaughan-Jones had a good day on the Thursday having four rides and going home with four top ten rosettes. Indie won BE100 Section D on Cool Blue, a horse who has never contended this level before. The pair added 0.4 time penalties to a 29 dressage score to be the only combination to finish sub 30.

Her other two rides, Cool Choice and Cuffesgrange Diamond Echo were both bought unseen by Indie herself. Cool choice was bought from Newmarket as a two year old and only cost £1 however went on to come ninth in BE100 Section C after jumping double clear. Cuffesgrange Diamond Echo finished second in the BE100Open Section F finishing on a dressage score of 25.5.

Indie previously worked for British Team Gold medallist, Rosalind Canter who was also in action at the event. Ros went on to win Novice Section G on her own Lordships Graffalo. The pair added 6.8 time penalties across the country however their dressage score of 22.3 was so impressive that this meant they remained at the top of the leaderboard. 

Novice Section O was won by Katie Bleloch and Cavalier Micky Finn who finished on a score of 35.8. Tatiana Beskhmelnitskaya and Catherstone Bit Of Gold finished just behind in second despite adding 17.6 time penalties across the country.  

Nicola Wilson topped the Open Novice Section I riding Beltane Queen. Nicola also finished third on board Cooley Conker. Oliver Townend finished in between in second place riding Midsummer Picnic. Nicola and Ollie were the only two to finish on their dressage scores in the section. 

Nicola also came third in the Open Novice Section P with All We Need. Angus Smales won the section with Eastern Gold II, finishing almost 10 penalties ahead of second placed combination; Lydia Hannon and PLS Beroko. 

Annie Clover was also ridden by Nicola Wilson over the weekend to finish in the top spot in the Open Intermediate Section L. The pair added only 1.2 time penalties to a 31.1 dressage score. Hector Payne was hot on their heels to get second place riding Top Baits, finishing with a 0.8 penalty margin behind Nicola. 

Local rider Philippa Cross rode her top horse Scoop de Ferbet to victory in Intermediate Section J. The combination won by a narrow margin of 0.2 penalties after adding 5.6 time faults to a dressage score of 32.7. ‘Scoop’ is owned by Tina Hayward and ‘The Scoop Syndicate’ the combination are now aiming towards Chatsworth CIC***.

Piggy French took first and third place prizes home from Intermediate Section K winning on Carnival March and coming third on Castletown Clover. Piggy also took a win in the Advanced Section N on Quarrycrest Echo after adding only 5.6 time penalties to a 28.3 dressage score. 

Arthur Duffort piloted Gredington Mailthyme around the 16hh Gelding’s first Advanced to finish fourth in Section N after jumping double clear adding only 9.2 time penalties to a dressage score of 35.8. 

Kathryn, Giovanni and Sophie you are vey much in our thoughts and the whole EWW team sends their love.

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