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Georgia Dixon reports..
The latest grassroots competition at Dalston Green, Penrith, has just had its first event of the calendar year. It included competitors riding at BE80 (T) to BE105 classes. Last weekend saw 14 sections with over 360 competitors at the Cumbrian event.
There were three Airowear BE80(T) sections, Section H, I and J. The scores were all very tight at the top in Section H, but Amy Campbell and Zamore couldn’t be beaten after leading from the dressage on a score of 28.5. They went on to win and finish on this score, just ahead of Georgia Campbell and Touch of Faerie Magic, who finished on their dressage score of 30.3 for 2nd place.
Freddy Edwards rode Scottsway Dark Secret to win in Section I, they finished on a dressage score of 22 – the same score as second placed combination Alec Turnbull and Keelogues Beauty. Freddy managed to just scrape the win off of Alex who came second. Third place went to Francine Lawson despite having 4 faults in the show jumping.
Amy Aspden stormed into the lead in Section J, finishing on her dressage score of 26.8 with Dissington Wizzard. The two riders in second and third place finished on the same score of 30 after both going double clear and inside the times. Gemma Carson and Bolaney Boy managed to grab second, leaving Thomas Collier in third.
There were five sections of BE90 all with some very impressive scores. The score that stood out the most was from Section C. Harry Mutch was riding HD The One to a storming win, finishing almost 9 penalties ahead of Emily Arter in second. Harry finished on a dressage score of 20.8. The next best dressage score was from Philippa Heler who finished in 4th overall, their dressage mark being 27.3.
Clare Chappelhow and Crackenthorpe Wanikiy also had a strong lead in Section A, winning the section on a dressage score of 25.8. Philippa Nixon and PRF Divo Mail finished second, adding 1.2 time penalties to their dressage score, finishing on 31.5.
Section B was topped by Hannah Sloan and Tino. They finished on a dressage score of 24.8. Section K was won by Kerry Armstrong and Grazia Straordinaria, after adding 4 jumping faults to a 22.3 dressage. Katie Wood and Westerlake Buttonweed won Section L, adding 1.6 time faults to their dressage score of also 22.3.
There were only 9 BE90 Open competitors, 3 of which withdrew. Francesca Weymouth won the section with an impressive dressage mark of 21.8. Francesca who rode Vattrick added 2 time penalties to win by a 7-mark margin. Lorna Riley and Cassini II finished in second place finishing on a dressage score of 29.5.
Ben Hobday may have had bad news this week in his missing out on getting into Badminton Horse Trials, but it did not stop him from stealing a one-two win in BE100 Section N. Ben won on Shadow Chanel, finishing on a dressage score of 30.5. He then came second on Clorogue B A Star, finishing on 32. Jodie Caig and Lydnhurst Breeze were hot on his heels and finished on 32.7, after adding 1.2 time faults to their dressage score.
James Adams had his first win on the season after winning Section E on his dressage score of 30.5 with Castleroche Star. Jamie Atkinson and Glen River came second, adding 0.4 time penalties to a 33.5 dressage.
Section D was the final BE100 section and this was won by James Somerville. James – a successful three-star event rider – won on Bally Louis. They won on a dressage score of 25.5, just ahead of Stephen Rankin who finished in second on Edouard Van Het Cabernhol on 30.5.
There was one BE105 section and this was won by Anna Galbraith and My Slaney Lass. The combination added 0.4 time penalties to a 32 dressage score to leave them in the lead on 32.4. Kirsty Hogg finished in second with Crispen, finishing on their dressage score of 35.3. This left Jamie Atkinson to take third place after adding 1.6 time penalties to a dressage mark of 33.8. Jamie rode Gonzalez.
Photographs courtesy of Lettie Wareing