Cat Jamieson reports..
British Eventing Dauntsey Horse Trials – held over the weekend of 4th to 6th October, with thanks to Organisers Beanie Sturgis and Judie Simmonds, and Event Secretary Ann Allen. Always a super event towards the end of the season, known to be a testing but fair XC course, ideal for those wishing to challenge before moving up levels.
Classes ranged from BE90 to Intermediate, unfortunately rain stopped play and Sunday was abandoned even though the team tried their hardest for this not to happen.
Dan Jocelyn said of his win on Lissyegan Rory “he is now qualified for Advanced and now heads off to our last event of the season as part of the Kiwi contingent. We are heading to the 4*long at Boekelo in Holland which will be a massive step up for the little horse but we are both looking forward to the challenge ahead.” He also had a 5th on Duke of Champions in the Intermediate.
Sammi Birch who had 7 horses at the event, with a superb double win, 3rd and 4th and 3 top 20 placings, this was back to back wins for Faerie Magnifico who also won a Novice section at Moreton Morrell the previous weekend. Sammi has recently taken the ride over from Jonelle Price.
Zara Tindall had a well deserved win in the Open Intermediate on Class Affair, following a disappointing time at Burghley and Blenheim this season, Sam Griffiths followed in 2nd on Billy Liffy and Louise Harwood in 3rd on the well known Mr Potts. Gubby Leech came 4th in the section and had a successful daywith 4 horses at the event and some great placings, Epica 4th in the OI, Timolin 4th in the Intermediate, Royal Harvest 5th in the IN and Cooley Convinced 4th in the Novice.
Italian Olympic rider Marcio Carvalho Jorge was placed on 3 of his youngsters, a 2nd,3rd and an 8th. He also had another 2 placings and a successful day. Fellow Italian Team rider Alberto Giugni won the Intermediate Novice on Urma BK – which was his first competition on this horse, normally ridden by Rebecca Giorgetti and started out by Andrew Nicholson.
Bill Levett took the win in Section B on Loxleys Last Stand – one of his 5 horses at the event, whilst son Joshua had 3 with Athleet V coming 2nd in Section N. Liudwig Svennerstal was 2nd on Eternal Tango Von Der Held and Padgraig McCarthy in 3rd.
Carly Martin Pope who came 3rd in the BE100+ said on Facebook that she was so pleased with her superstar horse and had their highest ever placing, her horse Jake, didn’t think anything of the heavy ground and felt incredible in all 3 phases.
Alex Holman Eventing had 3 horses at the event all in the Novice classes and with all 3 getting placings of 7th, 8th and 9th.
Section A Dan Jocelyn Lissyegan Rory 38.3
Section B Bill Levett Loxleys Last Stand 38.8
Section C (Open) Zara Tindall Class Affair 30.0
Section D IN Alberto Giugni Urma BK 29.6
Section E Sammi Birch Faerie Magnifico 26.8
Section F Daisy Berkeley Diese Du Figuier 24.8
Section G Alice Pearson Jack the Ginger 28.0
Section H Eva Carse Lisnafiffy 30.3
Section I Lorna Daniel Orions Albi 32.3
Section J Jo Rimmer Roundthorn Fairplay 30.0
Section K Freddie Best Hejo 28.3
Section L Georgie B Patrick Harry Duke 32.6
Section M Sammi Birch Sheepdrove Cariad 25.3
Section N Beatrice Montgomerie Monbeg by Magic 28.0
Images courtesy of TB Photographic