Kc Watson reports….

Dalkeith (2) certainly took the opportunity to highlight the extremes of the Scottish eventing weather! Saturday was filled with beautiful Scottish sunshine, followed by a day of very heavy but much needed rain making for testing conditions during the second day of competition. 

The team worked incredibly hard on the ground in all arenas, warm-ups and Cross Country course making for a beautiful track around the parkland at Dalkeith Country Park for two busy days of eventing. Classes were made up of BE80 (T), BE90, BE 100, Novice and open Intermediate as well as incorporating under 18 and under 21 Novice and Intermediate classes, it was set to be a very competitive weekend in the idyllic countryside of East Lothian.

The BE80 (T) was hotly contested across all three sections, Abby Taylor won her section aboard the 4yo gelding Notamarko completing on their dressage score in their third British Event together. Ferne Fairfull took a clear win in section M with her ride Amoureva Z in their first ever British Event, leading by a clear margin on her dressage score of 24.5 with just 4 time to add Cross Country. Rebecca Robb finished on her dressage score to take the win in her BE80 (T) section on board Brodnants Diamond Bracelet, this being the horses second event. Rebecca, whose own horse is currently out of action with an injury, has been given the ride on the 10yo mare by her fellow livery Julie Scott.

“Julie very kindly let me have the ride on Betty (Brodnants Diamond Bracelet) after Julie herself had a nasty injury last winter. It was only the mares second ever with her also finishing 6th in her first event!” 

Rebecca, who has previously evented her own horse to Novice level hopes to continue to compete Betty on behalf of her owner. The pair were not so lucky with the weather, and as for many others competing on Sunday endured some testing conditions.

“I don’t think I have ever been so soaked at an event before in my life! The ground held up well for my rounds but I was thankful for the mare’s studs!”

There was an impressive turnout for the BE90 with 5 sections running over the weekend. Claire Smith took the win aboard the 9 year old gelding Equit in their first season together, finishing with 0.8 time to add to her dressage of 25.8. Douglas Crawford and Blueside Boy were hot on their heels to finish on their dressage score of 26.8. 

Giorgia Burns took the win in section N finishing on her dressage score of 29.8 with the 10 year old mare Ferro Star owned by Alison Mathers. 

“I have had the ride of her for about a year not, she is really getting the hang of eventing now as she lacked in confidence when I started with her. This is her second win of the season and she has been in the top 5 at most of her events.”

Giorgia and Ferro Star were another combination who had to brave the difficult weather conditions.

“We actually decided to change studs after the dressage as it had gotten so wet. She jumped like a pro in the conditions, she gave the show jumps extra air and on the cross country she was just so confident on her feet that we were able to come in on the optimum time, there were only two of us in a huge section to do so!”

Two sections of BE100 proved to be extremely competitive with the top 5 being separated by less than 5 penalties in both sections. Claire Marshall added 4 time faults to her impressive dressage of 20.5 to win her section aboard the 11yo gelding Samuel, adding to their impressive results over the last 2 and a half seasons. Steven Renton took the win with Kirsty McMillan’s Hegglelane Houston, adding just 0.4 time to their dressage score of 28.8.

“She is an exciting young horse for the future, she started off slightly tricky at the beginning of the year but with the quiet, gently approach things seem to be going in the right direction.” 

This is Steven’s first season with the 6 year old mare by Hollywood. 

“She stayed relaxed and rideable throughout her test, despite the torrential rain mid-way through! I was slightly concerned as although the team at Dalkeith did a great job moving fences between classes the ground did become fairly slippy, but thankfully she warmed up perfectly and jumped a perfect clear. I couldn’t have asked for more Cross Country, up til now she’s held her breath a bit Cross Country and not fully relaxed but yesterday she felt amazing, listening the whole way round.”

All section winners –

BE 90 Sec A – Claire Smith / Equit

BE 90 Sec B – Morag O’Mara / Mr Incredible II

BE 90 Sec C – Samantha Martin / Touchwood II

BE 90Open – Victoria Reid / Bloomfield Bordeaux

Novice Sec D – James Adams / Quinara

Novice Sec E – Katherine Lindsay / Hilton Cooley

Novice Sec F – Emily Parker / Mile High

Open Novice U18 – Rachel Williamson / Mcdiamond

Intermediate Sec G – James Adams / Cupido IV

Open Intermediate U21 – Georgia Dukes / Jsr Crazy Mazy

BE100 Open U18 – Roan Grant / Caballo Rojo

BE100 Sec J – Claire Marshall / Samuel 

BE80 (T) Sec K – Rebecca Robb / Brodnants Diamond Bracelet

BE80 (T) Sec L – Abby Taylor / Notamarko

Be80 (T) Sec M – Ferne Fairfull / Amoureva Z

BE90 Sec N – Giorgia Burns / Ferro Star

BE90 Sec O – Claire Marshall / Billanianburn

BE100 Sec P – Sarah Rowell / Commodore

Be100 Sec Q – Steven Renton / Hegglelane Houston

BE100 Open – Martyn Johnson / Patrickswell Scorpion

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