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Cat Jamieson reports…

Dauntsey Park Horse Trials is held twice in a season for British Eventing

Held at Brook Farm, Great Somerford, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 5JA, United Kingdom with thank to the Sturgis family, Beanie being the XC DESIGNER and as always providing a whole selection of challenging courses across a variety of levels, the courses change from year to year making it a extremely popular event.  July 18th – 19th had courses ranging from BE 90 to Intermediate Novice with 4year old and 5 year old classes sponsored by KBIS.

Tuesday 18th 

BE90-100 incorporating the BE 4yr old class.

Section A, won by Ella Hitchman on In Your Dreams III on a score of 23.5, 2nd place was Lysanne Vase and 3rd place Julie Bush.

Jamie Ritchie who was placed 7th in this section on her mare Snow White Fleet said

“she is an ex-racer I produced myself who is competent at 90, I am looking to step up to 100 in August.  Ultimately I want her to go Novice but I want to be super established at 100 before we crack on. She is lush!”

Section B, won by Lynette Taylor on Libris Fand, 2nd place Sasha Good, 3rd place Ellie Fredericks

Section C BE90 open, won by Bruce Haskell on his new young mare, Minerva Vam Des Kooldries, 2nd place Zoe Embury on Orlando and 3rd place Benjamin Cooke.

Bruce says “I won the 90 open on a very cool new project mare! She is a 5yo and only her 2nd time out and so go and pulls a 26 dr double clear round a pretty decent track for a 90, as always”.  Bruce also had another couple of horses in the 100, with the next taking 7th in Section I.

Section D, Harriet Smailes on Shroughan Thief, 2nd place Caroline Wilkinson and 3rd place Matilda Williams, Hanna Vickery who came 4th in this section told me how pleased she was for being placed “on a horse I swapped for a saddle, I had no money but a £1500 saddle, because he was quirky and everyone had given up on him. He only started BE in mid June and this was his third event. Next step 100, he will be a star!”

Mechelle Leke who was also placed in this popular section said “Swangrove Take The Biscuit. 

She’s a 16’1 eight yr old Chestnut Mare. I bought her 2 years ago, I was riding her for a friend to sell & liked her so much I bought her for myself.  She had done some low key shows & my first show was somerford show (Dauntsey) where she won ridden hunter. I occasionally hunt her with the Beaufort & she’s Qualified 2nd rounds British Nov & Discovery. 

This is her first season BE she finished 4th at Mount Ballan in May & qualified for regionals & 9th at Dauntsey her 2nd event.  I last evented back in 2010 & nice to be back with this cool little mare”

Section E 4YO, Nici Wilson on Katie Bell with 25.3, 2nd place going to Tim Price on Faerie Magnifico and 3rd to Ginny Howe on Interlaken W.

Section F, Celia Nowill on Ralphie, 2nd place Jeremy Samuels, 3rd place Sophie Albery.

Section G, Poppy Clark on Alfie Grove 25.8, 2nd place Veera Peltokangas and 3rd place Tom Grant.

Poppy who won this section “Alfie is 8 and owned by my Uncle who has hunted him with the Beaufort for the past two seasons.  We’ve struggled a lot with napping in the showjumping but after hard work we seemed to have turned a corner!  He will next run at West Wilts in the Novice and the aim for him will be to finish with a novice run at Gatcombe before I return to uni and Alf returns to the hunting field! Every event is a massive family effort with support from my aunties and little cousin who help me balance competing with studying, this made a win on home soil that much more rewarding!”

Section H, Kitty King on The Last Euro 23.9, 2nd place Alice Pearson and 3rd place Millie Dumas on Hai Five DHI

Section I, Kitty King on Cristal Fontaine, 2nd place Aimee Stunt on Timolin and 3rd place Charles Foot.

Elaine Tragett came 8th in this section “MGH Miller, just rising 6 ISH having bought him from MGH Sporthorses (Padraig McCarthy backed him and bought him as a foal in Ireland) as a green backed 5yo last April, produced by me and I’m trained by Annabel Scrimgeour. Just stepped up to 100 and going really well and going to step up again to Novice at Gatcombe and then hopefully back to Dauntsey for Novice in October and finish the year at Aldon”

Lisa Baker who was placed 9th in this section says “She’s a 15hh skewbald mare called Malibu. We’ve been competing together for three seasons and this year we are aiming to qualify for the Mitsubishi motors cup, I’m running in three regional finals so fingers crossed!”

Wednesday 19th

Novice Section J, Lucinda Mesquita on Jem Rose 29.6, 2nd place Michael Jackson and 3rd place Dannie Morgan.

Section K, Katie Hancock on Coddstown Pet 25.8, 2nd place Kitty King on Drewmain Firefly and 3rd place Selina Milnes.

Katie Hancock – Coddstown Pet aka Gabby won the Mitsubishi Motors cup BE100 this year and then stepped up to Novice and ever since the she has been amazing. “Dauntsey was her 6th Novice with her last 3 outings we were 2nd so to win on such a great dressage score was fantastic! I knew the xc time would be tight so I tried to make the most of every opportunity available to us to save time but she really stepped up to the mark and answered every question. We’re aiming to complete a 1 star this year.”

4th place was Caroline Harris on Gail and David Sinclairs Tinsley Faerie Legend, Gail told me “it was only her 3rd Novice event having also come 4th at Treborough, Caroline has only been riding her since the Spring and is really pleased with her.”

Section L, Sarah Arkell on General Custard II 31.8, 2nd place Kevin Mcnab and 4rd place Caroline Harris on Falko TH

Section M, Tim Rogers on Hildare Amun Ra 24.0, 2nd place Jamie-Lee Day on Serano, 3rd place Gordon Murphy on Elmwood Czech Point

Section N, Intermediate Novice, William Clayton on Major Diamond Flight, 2nd Sarah Helfer and 3rd place Harry Meade on Gideon.

Section O, 5YO Class, Kathryn Robinson on Castello 236, 2nd Line Andresen, 3rd Aiofe Clark.

Section P, BE100 Camilla Earnshaw on Trinity O Really, 2nd Neil Spratt and 3rd place Tim Rogers on Russeljacket

Final Section of the day Section Q BE100 open, was won by Marcelo Tosi on Starbucks I on 18.7 the lowest completion score of the day.

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee


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