Sonia Chapman reports …

Hot, bold and fun best describe the Friday at Dauntsey, which really stepped up to embrace the current regulations on eventing.

The information tent just past the entrance to the lorry park, no walking fantastic. The cross-country commentary could be easily heard in the lorry park, maybe not so good for an excited horse. Considering the weather, the ground for all phases was as good as could be expected, thanks for the effort made.

The showjumping warm up was a field further along, with plenty of space for social distancing and warming up away from others.

In Dauntsey traditional everyone helps out in the volunteers roles and on Friday the show jumping steward was Jacky Green.

Dauntsey had done a good job on ensuring that courses were not at maximum length incase it was peoples first run, without effecting the true Dauntsey experience of a big bold cross country with two tricky waters.

Sections across the three levels were full of professionals and amateurs alike, with everyone keen for a run two days of competition had become three.

The competition started off with the Novice sections, which had a tight cross country time which proved little challenge to the host of professionals in attendance. The standard of showjumping also provided a high number of clear rounds within the Novice sections.

Gubby Leech headed the way by winning two Novice sections on “Epica” and “James Bond Van’T Akkerhof” respectively.

William Fox Pitt claimed his first win of the season on his homebred, Under Oath in Novice Section B with a great dressage and finishing score of 19.8.

Dani Evans headed the Open Novice Section D on a previous Andrew Nicholson ride of Argentino BK, who has competed up to 3*L.

Sammi Birch celebrated her birthday by winning BE100 section G on Jutopia, although her birthday was actually on Saturday as Tim Price was informed as he trotted passed her signing Happy Birthday!

Sammie stated “A great couple of days at Dauntsey with 4 lovely 6 year old mares all double clear. Susan Lamb and Terry Miller’s #lovelylola taking the win on a super score of 15 and 10 penalties ahead of the rest of the field”

Georgie Strang and the stunning stallion A Moment in Time II won BE100 section G, showing that the Grafham stud combination of Jumbo and Wish Upon A Star is a winning combination.

Jack Pinkney and Shannondale Carlina headed BE100 Section I, with the following update on his facebook page “Winner winner, Very good day for Shannondale Carlina owned by Catherine CS taking the win in her BE100 section adding nothing to her 25.5 dressage. What a super little mare ! Thank you to Catherine for letting me ride her.”

In second in this section was Paul Tapner on the aptly names “Mini Ferrai”, with Paul commenting

“A great morning at Dauntsey competing Mini Ferrari. Mini posted a pretty good dressage score of 22.5 he added 4 to his final score but over the moon with him as he finished 2nd!” Paul seems to be increasing his eventing string again, well he has done more events this season than last, which not many people can say!

Sam Griffth carried on the Australian domination of the BE100 sections by winning section J on Jypresse-E, commenting on his facebook page “A lovely dressage test 25.8 and super double clear means a win for Jypresse-E #Peanut. This super young horse continues to impress everyone when she goes to a competition.”

Thanks to Beanie Sturgis and Judie Simmonds the organisers, I think everyone agrees with you that the new normal has lots of benefits and hopefully they will be here to stay.

Images courtesy of Phil J Photos 

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