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Georgia Dixon reports..
Catton Park is set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. The course incorporates lots of hills and woodlands and this year the event fell on one of the hottest days of the year.
After two long, hot and sweaty days eventing riders were seen leading their horses into the river which could be accessed from the lorry park. There were 15 sections over the two days all ranging from BE100 up to Intermediate, including a 5yo class.
The 5yo class was sponsored by KBIS and Ed Eltham and Jupita VIII took the win after posting a 22.3 dressage and added only 0.4 time faults too fast across the country. Aimee Penny and Freshman HH scored an incredible 18.8 dressage, however moved down to 7th place after having 8 show jumping faults and 0.4 cross country time faults.
The Askham Bryan OIU21 class was won by Laura Birley and Boxtree and I. The combination had a dressage score of 27.1 and added 7.6 time faults across country to leave them in the top spot on a score of 34.7. Storm Straker and Well Designed were the runners up finishing on an overall score of 36.8. 10 out of 26 competitors show jumped clear and only one combination went inside the time in the cross country phase.
Emma Rarity won the BE100 Section A on Zummertimes finishing on their dressage score of 28.3. The runner up was Sophie Wilson and Newlands Sando HIT who also finished on their dressage score of 29.8. There were 41 competitors in Section A altogether.
It was very close in Section B in the BE100 sections with both 1st and 2nd place finishing on very good dressage scores with only 0.3 penalties between them both. Jo Ward finished on a score 22 to take the win on board Centaur Liza Jane and Stephanie Walt finished just behind in 2nd on Stay In Touch with a score of 22.3. The best dressage score was from Georgia Bowron and Coolatuder Buck who scored 20.3.
Cheshire based French rider, Arthur Duffort won two Novice sections. He won Section G with Tickled Pink VI and Section F with Firetto after finishing on dressage scores with both horses. Arthur and Tickled Pink VI were the only combination in Section G to have no time faults across country.
In Section G Alex Postolowsky then went on to take 2nd and 3rd spot. She took 2nd place with Sapphire, finishing on a score of 28.9 and then she rode Denver VIII to third with a total score of 34. Alex also won Section J with Carrick Aldato Girl, finishing on their dressage score of 29.
Novice Section I was won by Lizzie Baugh and B Exclusive. This is the combinations first win after being very close on many previous occasions including at their last event where they finished 2nd at Richmond. The pair added only 1.2 time penalties to their dressage score of 30 to leave them in the top spot on 31.2. Katie Barber and Laragh Colleen were very close behind for 2nd place on a score of 32.5.
Nat Dixon secured the top spot as well as the runner-up spot in the Open Novice Section K. Party Juice won on a dressage score and Vic came 2nd with Nat on a score of 31.3. Jamie-Lee Day then finished up in 3rd with Serano on a dressage score of 32. The top 4 placed riders in the section were the only combinations to finish on their dressage scores.
Jack Leese and Cashman B were the winners of the Intermediate Section O, this being Cashman B’s second attempt at an intermediate.
Jack added only 2.4 time faults to a dressage score of 28.6 to take the win just ahead of Hayden Hankey and You’ve Got The Lux. Hayden also had a dressage score of 28.6, however 4 faults in the show jumping proved very expensive and lost the combination the top spot leaving them in 2nd place on a score of 32.6.
Intermediate Section L saw Andrew Downes win on board Gold Nugget. Andrew and Gold Nugget added 2.4 time faults to a dressage score of 33, leaving them in the top spot ahead of Grace Taylor and Uncanny who finished 2nd on a score of 36.2.
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography