Sarah Carless reports …
With three days of competition at the Frank Knight Dauntsey Park Horse Trials, more than 550 competitors battled for top honours across classes ranging from BE90 to Open Intermediate.
World Equestrian Games Team Gold medallist Gemma Tattersall won the big class of the event, come away victorious in the Charles Stanley Open Intermediate (Section C) with Quicklook V and taking home the £1,000 prize.
Katie Burton and Cornish Cabochon finished their season as it started – with a win, as they topped BE100 Section J. Billy is a 6-year-old home bred by my mother Bridget Parker.
Katie commented: “His Grandmother, Cornish Faer, competed at Badminton and Burghley and was shortlisted for the Atlanta Olympics. He has been lightly competed this year being placed and winning and will compete at Bicton for his final event of the year. Hopefully he will upgrade next year and aim for a CCI*.”
Taking two wins from their two events this year were Alison Lidstone and Doogie, who topped BE90 Section O with a 9.7 penalty winning margin. The horse, who is owned by Mary Baker and Carol Large had his final run at Calmsden this weekend and will move up to BE100 next year.
The top two riders in BE90 Section R could not be separated. Both Petra James and Claire Ford finished on a score of 32.1 but the win went to Petra as she had a faster time on the cross country with The Protagonist for their second win of the year.
Petra is based in the west of Wales and The Protagonist, known as Smithy, is a 9-year-old homebred horse, out of a mare that Petra previously evented too.
She commented: “He has had a slow start competitively due to being a little willful and for two years my partner used him to go up and down the mountain collecting sheep. I have returned to eventing this season after breaking my shoulder and collarbone last year. This was my last event for 2018 and I’ve had a cracking run since the end of June – two British Riding Club events and three BE competitions resulting in 4 wins and a second place. I am hoping to try and qualify for the Grassroots Championships and also move up a level when Smithy has gained a little more experience.”
Dauntsey played host to two Regional Finals for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at BE90. Section S was won by Georgie Toole and Kissemmie Midnight Magic who has qualified for the finals for the first time. The final year Cardif Met University student, who is doing a degree in Sports Science and PE, took the win on her 13-year-old Welsh Section D who she has had since a just broken 4-year-old.
She commented: “Last season was our first (and only) BE event which we won. This season we started off at Offchurch Bury finishing 8th as I went too fast cross country. We did our first 100 at Monmouth a couple of weeks ago and finished third. In the meantime, I was representing Malvern Pony Club at 100 and for Bromyard Riding Club at the 90 Horse Trials, and then finished second in my arena at championships at Swalcliffe. To win the regional final was just a dream come through as I was already back at university so his preparation was reliant upon him remembering what he had done at Monmouth.”
Section T was won by Victoria Gregg and Langson Governor in what is their first season eventing together.
Phoebe Locke and HIPP DHI picked up their second win of the season in BE100 Section I having previously won at West Wilts. Darcy Zander and Livell took their total of wins this season to three, and a second in a row, when they topped BE100 Open Section K. Another combination collecting their third win of the year was Joe Roome and Emerald Sprit II who topped Novice Section N. Katie Mathias and Lordor Carl also collected a third win of the year topping BE90 Section P with a 4.2 penalty winning margin. Since forming their partnership, Gubby Leech and Timolin have not been out of the top ten and here they took their second win of the season in Novice Section M.
Other section results:
Intermediate Section A Selina Milnes, Morelands Casanova; Intermediate Section B Freddie Scala, Corriebeg Vivendi; Novice Section D Louisa Lockwood, Fernhill Aldo; Novice Section E Jesse Campbell, Connador; Novice Section D Franky Reid-Warrilow, Dolley Phantom; Open Novice Section G Annie Ho, Jockey Club MJI Wendy; BE100 Section H Khia Cadney Moon, Pengrafen; BE100 Plus Phillippa Aris, Burlyns Ziva Zivana; BE90 Section Q Katie Yockney, Sparkey Grey; BE100 Section U Nicky Brooks, Woodhaven Bobby; BE100 Section V Harry Meade, Monbeg Icon.
Images courtesy of Phil J Photos