EVENT REPORTS – Dalkeith (2)

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Sarah Carless reports ….

The second of Dalkeith’s British Eventing Fixture’s provided amateur and professional riders alike with a hotly contested competition, with the event receiving more than 500 entries. 

At each event this season, Rose Macpherson and HHS Eyes Only have improved their placings and their latest result provided the pair with a win in BE100 Section I. The win was even more special for Rose, who calso competes the mare at British Show Jumping, who nearly lost Eyes a year ago. 

Rose told Eventing Worldwide; “I nearly lost Eyes from a very unusual case of enteritis resulting in colic surgery. Both the vet at home and Bruce at the Dick Vet in Edinburgh said they didn’t know what was causing her symptoms and told me they couldn’t save her which was an absolute nightmare. Surgery revealed enteritis as the cause which is rare in Scotland and has no known cause. It has taken a year to get her back to feeling good and at the beginning of the season I didn’t think she would event again so a win at Dalkeith was a fairytale. I know she was feeling good for Dalkeith as she started rearing and bucking in her stable when she heard the lorry ramp, something she hasn’t done since she was ill. Eyes is the kindest, sweetest mare, she loves people and I enjoy working with her every day. I hope to move her up to Novice BE but my priority is keeping her happy and enjoying herself after what she’s been through. The cross country at Dalkeith was beautifully presented as usual, many thanks to everyone involved. I was also delighted with my young mare doing her first BE100, she would have been second but I chose to go slowly XC as she is inexperienced and likes to go fast. I have been busy project managing our house build for the last eighteen months after living in a caravan for six years so I’m looking forward to being able to focus on the horses now we are finally in the house.”

Dalkieth hosted qualifying classes for the KBIS Young Horse Championships at Osberton. The Four-Year-Old qualifier (Section C1) was one by Lisa Smith and Thief of Hearts, whilst the Five-Year-Old qualifier (Section K) was won by Sara Bowe riding Upper Limit. 

Prior to Dalkeith, Caroline Pennycook has had seven top six placings with Blue Thor including two wins at Forgandenny and Burgie. They made it a third win in BE90 Section B with a winning score of 25.8. 

Amongst Wills Oaken’s six top ten finishes at the event, he took a one two in BE100 Section G. His winning ride was Zuccheros Deff Leppard – their fourth win of the season which has not seen the pair finish outside the top three in any event they have completed. His second place mount was Tayvale Hunky Dory. 

Bella Innes Ker fought off tough competition to win Open Intermediate Section L with Carolyn, with the pair adding just 1.6 time faults cross country to their dressage score of 24.1 to take victory with Wills Oakden hot on her heels in second and third place with Cooley Ramiro and Oughterard Cooley. 

After five top six placings this season, Dalkeith gave Abbie Forster and Look Forward a win I BE100 Open Section J1. The 16-year old is in her final year at high school and has ridden for more than 10 years going from Pony Club up to British Eventing and is now gaining more experience on a homebred horse that has competed up to three-star level. Alongside eventing Abbie is also a keen hockey player, representing school, club and district teams. 

Abbie told Eventing Worldwide: “Look Forward is homebred by my Grandfather and is from a great eventing family. I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to ride him, he is now having an easy life as a school master at the age of 19. He has helped me improve my riding which has culminated in helping me to win the BE100 Open at Dalkeith. I will have to balance my riding with the start of the hockey season although I am keen to have a few more rides this eventing season. This season my results have been pretty consistent being placed in the top 10 every outing apart from one. We are currently reviewing what is planned for the rest of this season and next season. Winning at Dalkeith has been the highlight of my career so far! It is a lovely event and I love the showjumping and cross-country courses. My favourite event to go to every year.”

Having won the BE100 Championships at Frickley Park National Under 18 Championships at the end of the last month, Jessica Walkton made it four wins in a row with Chance X as they took BE100 Under 18 Section F, winning on their dressage score of 21.8 – taking the section by five penalties. 

Other section results: BE90 Section A Taylor Stewart, Amasteal; BE90 Section C Giorgia Burns, Ferro Star; BE80(T) Section D Rhianna Montgommery, Ultimate Dream; BE80(T) Section E Jenni Eno, Kaliakra’s Diamond; be100 Section H Andrew Drummond, Haslemere Quin; BE100 Section J Daniel Scott, Thatsmylot; Open Intermediate Under 21 Section M Lewis Mclean, Lissyegan Mikie Lou; Novice Under 18 Section N Rachel Williamson. Antrim October; Novice Section O Rosie Pindar, Ben Riach; Novice Section P Emily Parker, Mile High; Open Novice Section Q Harry Mutch, HD Bronze. 

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