EVENT REPORTS – Eland Lodge

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Millie Wain reports…

On the 1st and 2nd July, Eland Lodge Equestrian held their second fixture on the 2017 British Eventing calendar. There were classes ranging from BE80(T) to Novice, including a Novice Regional Final. The BE80 and BE90 were held on Saturday and the BE100 and Novice classes took place on Sunday. 

The winner of BE90 section A was the 8 year old gelding Vahalla ridden by Neil Fox; they completed on their dressage score of 20.8 to win the section by 0.7 penalties. This is the horse’s first season of eventing and the partnership have now gained two top ten placings at BE90. Lydia Balls finished in 2nd place riding Cwmcynwal Arian in the horse’s first event and 3rd place went to Carla Brocklehurst riding Lhees Son. 

Georgie Rockingham took the top spot in section B riding Olaris Beech. They had led the section from the dressage phase, scoring 28.3 and this was their first win as a combination. Jayne Money finished 2nd with Sir Peter on a score of 29.8 and Annabel Mason finished in 3rd place riding the 8 year old made Creevagh Charm. 

Section C was won by Kerry Arnold-herrick riding Brownscombe Francesca. They won on their dressage score of 25. Kerry has been eventing this mare since 2012; they have picked up numerous placings at BE90 level and also competed in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton in 2015. One mark behind them was Stephanie Coathrup riding Summer Cavalier. Third place went to Gary Ralph with Carlton Argento, finishing on a score of 28.7. 

The BE90open section was competitive, with just two riders picking up faults in the showjumping phase. The winner of this section was Daniel Titterton riding the 15 year old Vision B in the horse’s debut event. They led the section from the beginning, finishing on their impressive dressage mark of 19.8 (the best completion score of the whole weekend). Second place went to Richard Long riding the 8 year old gelding Carrabawn Kid on a score of 24 penalties and Tyler Cassells finished 3rd with Glynnwood High Jump finishing on their dressage score of 25.3. 

There was 7 starters in the KBIS 4 year old class, which saw some talented young horses compete. These classes act as qualifiers for the KBIS Young Horse Championships held at Osberton International Horse Trials in October. First place went to Jordan Kavanagh, who was riding Tulsa, finishing on their dressage score of 27.5. Tulsa is a 16.2hh gelding and is by Bazaars Texas. The only other combination to finish on their dressage score was Virginia Turnbull and Just Soda No Ice. Virginia had two horses to ride in this class and her success was continued as she finished 4th on her other ride, I Diablo Joe. Samantha Jimmison was the leader after the first phase with an excellent score of 18.8 but penalties from the showjumping meant that their lead was not maintained. Nevertheless they finished in 3rd place after completing the cross country course with no further penalties to add. Every combination in the 4YO class completed the cross country course clear and with no time penalties. 

There were two Airowear BE80(T) sections held on Saturday. Section F was won by Katie Brickman riding Etasja after adding nothing to their dressage score of 25.3. Katie, from York, only started eventing Etasja in June and has already picked up two top three placings out of three starts. Jodie Watts finished 2nd with the 7 year old mare Shamrock Quest and Victoria Mazengarb took third place with Faliraki S, completing on their dressage score of 30.

Jane Valentine won the second BE80 section riding Dollar Oats and they finished on their dressage score of 27.3. This was the third top ten placing this season for the combination and they have finished on their dressage score every time out. Kelly Macpherson took 2nd place with the 6 year old Fly Aphrodite and 3rd place went to Maddy Moffett riding Atomic Gold. 

On Sunday, there were three BE100 sections (H,I and J) and a BE100open section (K). All of these sections were sponsored by Dubarry of Ireland. Section H was won by Olivia Wells riding S Emerald Dell Aremac Z. They completed on their dressage score of 25 penalties. The pair have recently moved up to BE100 level in the horse’s first season of eventing and this was their second top 10 placing. Oliver Lofthouse was in the lead going into the cross country phase with Amacita but added 1.6 time faults to finish in second place. Over the past three seasons, the partnership have accumulated 113 foundation points and have competed in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup on two occasions. The top three was concluded with Michael Owen riding Cappoquin Jon, who were 0.7 penalties behind Oliver Lofthouse. 

Lucas Poole, from Staffordshire, won section I riding the 9 year old mare Casino Royale VIII on a competitive dressage score of 21 penalties. Andrew Heffernan finished in second place with the 6 year old Gloriette DHI and Hazel Harris finished in third place with Bunderberg. 

Section J was led by Matthew Owen, who was riding Smooth Operator IV. They added one time penalty from the showjumping and were one second over the optimum time on the cross country of 4 minutes and 21 seconds. This combination have had a successful season so far, gaining five top 10 placings at BE100 level. Second place went to Niamh Hawkins riding Noble Phantom and Staffordshire-based rider Becky Hartley finished 3rd riding the chestnut mare, Safira. Becky was awarded the rosette for the highest placed Staffordshire rider in this section – a prize courtesy of sponsors Advanced Equine Dentistry. 

The top of the leaderboard of the BE100open section was very close. The winner, Amber Franklin, finished on her dressage score of 27. Amber was riding the 9 year old mare Watervalley Golden Girl. Arthur Marshall and Samantha Rose, who finished in second and third place respectively, completed on the same score (27.3) but it was the timing on the cross country that separated them. Arthur was closer to the optimum time, meaning that he took second place and Samantha came 3rd. 

Oliver Townend was the winner of one of the Novice sections and he was riding the 6 year old Fernhill Freestyle. Oliver was riding five horses at Eland Lodge and went home with four top 4 placings. The pair produced a score of 31 in the dressage and added 3.2 time penalties on the cross country to take the win, 5 penalties ahead of Tyler Cassells, who was riding J Adore Salsa. Third place went to Charlotte Clewlow riding Wenbach Paddy. 

Section N was won by Rosie Thomas riding The Masters Rebel. The combination finished with 31.7 penalties, 0.3 penalties ahead of Alex Hua Tian who was riding Catherston Sandalwood. Oliver Townend completed the top three riding A Sportsfield Diamond, finishing on 34. The optimum time of 4 minutes 9 seconds proved to be influential and difficult to get, with only three combinations across four sections doing so. 

Section O of the Novice was won by Harry Harding with Goetus S. The pair finished on 39.2 penalties. Harry had 11.2 penalties to add from the jumping to his leading dressage score of 28, which was four marks ahead of anyone else in the section. Holly Smith and Foxcovert Grey came 2nd after jumping a double clear. Jodie Watts and Lickeen Lakeview Milo finished in third place on 48.1 penalties. 

There was one Open Novice section at the Horse Trials and the winner was Sally James riding Kapowairua. They added just 2.8 time penalties on the cross country to their dressage score of 29.5. Italian rider Vittoria Panizzon claimed second place with Argentinus, finishing on a score of 33.2 penalties and third place went to Ruth Tatam riding Visual Impact. 

The Novice regional final was hotly contested and the jumping phases proved to be influential. In these classes, riders tackle an intermediate level dressage test and showjumping track followed by the Novice cross country. Andrew Downs was the only rider in all of the Novice section to complete on their dressage score, securing the win in section L with Gold Nugget. Oliver Townend was very close to Andrew’s finishing score, being just 0.1 penalties behind. Oliver was in the lead going into the cross country with Menlo Park after getting the best dressage score in the section, 29.6. After his dressage test, Oliver said “He (Menlo Park) felt very good. He’s still relatively babyish and it’s quite a tricky test but I was happy.” Third place went to Annie Bellamy riding Grafik III.

Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole

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