Georgia Dixon reports ..
After experiencing the hottest day of the year on Thursday, Cholmondeley Castle was unfortunate to see what the news describes as months’ worth of rainfall in 24 hours. Despite best efforts from the organisers and volunteers, the second day of competition at the Cheshire venue was abandoned. Thankfully, Saturday’s competition saw some impressive results across the board of BE90 and BE100 sections.
BE90 Section A was won by Becky Hartley and Who’s De Baby – the combination put forward a great dressage score of 27 and added nothing from the final two jumping phases, leaving them with a two penalty point lead over Maddie Maher and Willoway Chicago.
Scoring the best dressage mark of the section proved to be the saving grace for Laura Hanson and Bonnie Release the Stars in BE90 Section B; despite having an unlucky four faults from the show jumping, the pair’s dressage score of 23.3 meant they still won the section by almost three penalties. Christine Mullarkey and M C Zephyr added 3.6 time faults from the cross country phase to a dressage mark of 27.3, leaving them the runners up.
Emily Jarrett and Whitemoors Hot Teddy wiped the floor with the other competitors in BE90 Section C after finishing on their dressage score of 22. The only other combination who were hot on their heels was Julie Jones and Lucky Pursuit – they achieved a dressage mark of 22.3 and also went clear show jumping, however, 7.6 time faults from the cross country phase pushed them down into third position, just behind Oliver Lofthouse and Isnt It Special.
That wasn’t the only impressive result for Oliver Lofthouse as he took the win in BE100 Section F onboard Amicitia. The partnership finished on their dressage score of 27 in the section, just stealing the lead from Jack Walker and High Valley after four faults from the show jumping and 0.4 time faults from the cross country pushed them down into second place despite a dressage mark of 23.5.
BE100 Open Section G was won by Aimee Penny and PSH Mirror Image, Aimee and second placed rider, Tyler Cassells, both attained 1.2 reverse time penalties from the cross country phase for going too fast. However, Aimee’s dressage mark of 24.3 meant they stayed at the top of leaderboard ahead of Tyler and Francesca Du Domaine R.