Timmy Orritt reports ….
Over the weekend of 30th June to the 1st July, Eland Lodge held their first event of the season after their event in the spring was abandoned due to the weather, with sections ranging from BE80T up to Novice, incorporating a 4YO class, Open sections, and a Novice Regional Final.
There were two BE80 sections, both sponsored by Aerowear. In section F, Erica Murphy and Welton Artemis led from start to finish and added just 2.4 time penalties cross country to their Best Dressage of 24.8. 2nd place went to Holly Ridgeway and Ballinteskin All Star when the pair finished on their respectful dressage of 28.5, having gone double clear inside the optimum time. In section G, the win went to Robyn Dutton and French Connection VI as they went double clear to finish on their dressage of 31.3, with Abigail Hydon and Chiddock Times Square taking 2nd place when they added 1.6 time penalties cross country to their dressage of 29.8, to finish on a score of 31.4. Jayne Money and Dudley Light scored the best dressage of the section of 25.5, however were dropped to 4th place due to incurring time penalties.
In the 4YO section, Carlos Parro and Cool Striker obtained the best dressage mark of 27.3, however added 4 faults from the showjumping to this score to drop them to 2nd place, allowing Samantha Jimmison and Myspires Another Star to take the win after they finished on their dressage score of 29.3.
There were four BE90 sections, including the Open section, and in section A, Olivia Walker and Equitrek Atom took the win following a double clear to add nothing to their best dressage of 21.5, and Lucy Robinson and Silvio Berlusconi came second when they finished on their dressage of 27.8. in section B, Megan Lewcock and New Hunt Foxtrot scored a 27.5 dressage and went double clear, just adding 0.8 time penalties to their score to put them in second place, allowing Sally Flockett and Hope Classy Chassi to finish 1st, as they finished on their dressage score of 28.3. Rebecca Woolley won section C riding Appache Breeze as the pair finished on their best dressage mark of 26, ahead of Maddie Maher and Willoway Chicago who finished 2nd on a score of 28.3. Rebecca Woolley also obtained the best dressage score of 23.5, in the BE90open riding Zeno Das Gluck, and the combination finished 5th overall in the Open section. In the Open Section, 2nd and 3rd places, Bernadeete Buxton and Lisa Lewis, finished on identical scores of 26.8, when both added nothing to their original dressage mark. However Bernadette and Coolgrange Pixie came in closer to the optimum time than Lisa and Corrib Blue Vinney, meaning Bernadette finished 2nd, and Lisa 3rd.
Lisa said “I was thrilled for 3rd place! From start to finish, Vinney was super and tried his best in all 3 phases. The course was really inviting and the ground was so good – thanks to everyone at Eland for working so hard to make the ground the best it could be!”
1st place in the BE90open went to Jack Leese and Carrabawn Kid, and they added just 0.4 time penalties to their dressage of 24, to finish on 24.4 and take the class.
Section H in the BE100 saw a win for Josh Haynes and Capuchin Jack who went double clear following their best dressage score of 22.8 to maintain their lead ahead of Lucas Poole and Casino Royale VIII who finished on their dressage of 25 to come second, and Emily Philp and Global High Society in 3rd. Emily Philp also won section J on Unchained Melody, when the combination achieved the best dressage score of 25.3, and followed this by a double clear, inside the time. 2nd in section J went to Daisy Liddle and Shades of Grey II, when they also went double clear and finished on their dressage score of 27. Section I was a competitive section which saw Sam Ecroyd and Lumina Cola lead from start to finish, adding nothing to their best dressage of 25. 2nd place went to Oliver Townend and Sligo Candyman, who finished on 27.5 after adding 1.2 time faults to their dressage of 26.3, and Izzy Taylor finished 3rd with Springwood Balou, on their dressage of 28.5. The BE100open saw a win For Michael Owen riding Castle Coote Seamus, when the combination finished on their dressage of 25.5 ahead of Abbie-elle Healy and Barum Peter Pan in 2nd on a score of 26.8.
Tyler Cassells and Francesca Du Domaine R scored the best dressage in Novice section L, but added 6.4 time penalties to their original score, which dropped the pair to 3rd, behind Oliver Townend and Miss Cooley in 2nd, who were the only combination in the section to make the optimum time, and Louise Harwood and Dasset Golden Touch in 1st on a final score of 30.1. Section M saw a win for Oliver Townend and Innislusky Paddy, as 2.4 cross country time penalties were added to their dressage of 31.3, and Kate Poole riding Tremlett added to 4.8 time penalties to their best dressage of 29.5 to finish second. In the Open section, Paula Holden led from start to finish after scoring the best dressage mark of 28.8, and following this with a double clear to just add 1.2 time penalties, and maintain their lead over the section. Harriett Beaumont rode Annaghmore Bonita to 2nd place after adding 3.6 time penalties to their dressage of 34.3. The Novice Regional Final meant a win for Izzy Taylor and MBF Harley Rebel, when the pair added just 4 showjumping faults to their best dressage score of 25.9, allowing them to finish ahead of Emma Thomas and The Buzz Factor in 2nd on a score of 31.4, and Carlos Parro and JRP Kick On Casanova who finished right behind Emma on 31.8 to take 3rd place.
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole