Bryony Skinner reports ..
A deluge of rain saw the weekend of Dauntsey Park abandoned but not before over 150 horse and rider combinations contended with the elements to compete in the Novice and Intermediate sections on Friday 2nd October.
Roberto Scalisi won the Intermediate section F with his ex-racehorse Alamein, adding a handful of x country time penalties to his dressage score of 29.3 in a hotly contested section where unsurprisingly the x country time proved very influential. Roberto commented:
“Alamein is an ex-racehorse I bought with half owner Ros Hayward a few years ago. It was a super tough course as always, going to Dauntsey you know it’s going to be serious, especially the intermediate and the time!! But once he goes through that start box his blood goes up, adrenalin kicks in and he just runs and jumps. I point his head, neck and shoulders between the flags and he just wants to get to the other side! He has got one more intermediate run this year to gain more experience at this level and then internationals next year”.
Selina Milnes had a successful weekend, competing three horses and being placed in the top ten on all of them. She won the Novice section A with the 16.3hh gelding Cooley Time, adding 4 x country time faults to their very good dressage score of 23.5. This left them nearly 5 points clear of second placed Laura Collett and Rossmount Trendy. Selina commented on her facebook page; “The weather tried hard to stop play yesterday at Dauntsey, but we all battled on! We had the three special Cooley boys. Cooley Time got the ball rolling with a fab win, while 6yr old Cooley Snapchat finished 2nd in his novice section, Cooley At The Hilton jumped a lovely double clear at the end of the day around a big intermediate track to finish 7th. A huge shout out to all at Dauntsey that managed to keep the show on the road.”
Andrew Nicholson was another rider placed with three horses on the day including a win in the Novice section B with the 6 year old mare Quimba. Andrew also came 3rd in the Intermediate section G with Monbeg Exclusive and 8th in the Intermediate section F with Belona.
Christopher Burton also took 1st, 3rd and 8th across his sections on the Friday, adding no jumping penalties to his dressage scores on any of his three rides! He won the OI section E with the 14 year old mare Quality Purdey, owned by Claire Poole. The combination completed on their dressage score of 25.7. Christopher also came 3rd in this section, again completing on his dressage score of 27.1 with the 15 year old gelding Graf Liberty.
Other winners: ON section D, Gubby Leech – Rocketman; Novice section G, Padraig McCarthy – MGH Jessica; Intermediate section G, Tom Wooward – Low Moor Lucky