Millie Wain reports …
Cholmondeley Horse Trials took place on the 28th and 29th July; there were 16 sections with classes ranging from BE90 to Intermediate level. The event is part of the Tri-star Saracen Horse Feeds intermediate and grassroots leagues and the Fairfax Saddles novice league. The cross country course, which is designed by Alec Lochore, is set over the estate’s parkland and the show jumping arena is overlooked by the beautiful Cholmondeley Castle.
Vicki Ardern took the top spot in BE90 section C with the 14.2hh, 18-year-old gelding Silver Cloud III. They have accumulated 209 foundation points during the course of their 8 seasons of eventing together as a combination. After her win, Eventing Worldwide spoke to Vicki and she said:
“We have an amazing partnership together. We know each other inside out and we just go out and enjoy it together. Archie (Silver Cloud III) is definitely one in a million and will be irreplaceable. At Cholmondeley, Archie tried really hard in the dressage and did a lovely test for a score of 28.5. He was spooky in the show jumping, which is normal for Archie, so he had an unfortunate pole, but then stormed round the cross country. He knows his job and has it down to a fine art, making my job super easy and enjoyable.
For the rest of this season, I plan to head to a BE90 RF and hopefully qualify for Badminton Grassroots in the 90.”
There were 4 BE100 sections over the weekend and Robyn Gray won BE100 section F with the 6-year-old mare Little Mill II. They finished on their dressage score of 23.8, being 5 penalties ahead of the rest of the section. In second place was Abigail Boulton riding Doolin Dancer and in third place was Carrie Skelton and Hespo with a score of 30.1. Abigail Boulton also won section M with Akina Z. They were the only combination to complete on their dressage score, which was 31.3 penalties and were in 8th place after the first phase but two good jumping rounds took them up the leader board to the top spot.
Emily King won both of the Novice sections with Kings Rose and Langford Take The Biscuit on scores of 18.5 and 28.3 respectively. Both horses finished on their dressage scores; Langford Take The Biscuit was one of two in section J to do so and Kings Rose was the only one to add nothing to their dressage score. On her Facebook page, Emily posted:
Pretty sweet day at Cholmondeley Castle – Hobby WINS the Novice on a 28 dc, Rosie WINS the Novice on a 18 dc and Marco finishes 2nd in the BE100 on a 25 dc!! Clever clever babies
Huge thank you to everyone involved… especially each and every member of the Your Horse and Country Magazine’s ‘Hobnob Syndicate’
The BE100plus class was won by Emma Rarity and Zummertimes. It was a convincing win for the pair, who finished almost 13 penalties ahead of the rest of the section. This was their fifth double clear in as many runs this season. We caught up with Emma and she told us:
“I’ve owned Leo (Zummertimes) for 4 years. He is a 14yo KWPN. He show jumped with his previous owner and I saw the potential in him for eventing. He’s exceeded all my expectations as I really didn’t know how he was going to take to it. During the first 2 years our partnership developed and he got to grips with his new job.
I couldn’t have asked any more of Leo at Cholmondeley. He really was foot perfect all day! I knew he had done a good test but I was still shocked at the score of 20.5!! To be 13 points ahead of second place was amazing.
We have a few chances at the BE100 Regional Finals. So we are going to aim for that. I’m hoping to move Leo up to Novice soon. I’m looking forward to what the rest of the season brings.”
In the Open Intermediate section, there were 9 starting combinations. Patricia Pytches won the class aboard CES Ballycar Chip, scoring 28.6 in the dressage and adding 2 cross country time faults to that. Carlos Parro and Maesmawr Fox were the only other combination to get a sub-30 mark in the dressage with a score of 28 but added 4 faults in the show jumping phase. They jumped a clear cross country round inside the optimum time of 6 minutes and 16 seconds to secure third place. Polly Stockton and Lariats Sun came second in section O, adding nothing to their dressage score of 31.1 penalties. Just 1.7 penalties separated the top 4 placings.
Other section winners:
BE90 section A – Lisa Wootton and Miss Twiggs
BE90 section B – Gabriella Wilton-Baker and Grant My Wish
BE90 section C – Charlotte Davies and Comanche V
BE100 section E – Helena Pope and Rossalouha Ted
BE100 section L – Janine Bowler and Hilary
BE100open section G – Erin Coughlan and Arctic Mouse
Open Novice section K – Aimee Penny and Freshman HH
Intermediate section N – Alexandra Farrar-Fry and Santiago S
Open Intermediate u21 – Rose Nesbitt and Cooley Tanglewood
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