Lily Good reports..
Last weekend saw the hugely popular Farley Hall Horse Trials take place, with sections ranging from BE100 to Advanced-Intermediate. The sun was shining all weekend and with plenty of rain in the lead up to the event, the ground was perfect.
Saturday started off with the intermediates and Vicky Tuffs was victorious in Intermediate Section A aboard Heartbeat, adding nothing to a fantastic dressage score of 26.8. 2nd place went to Carlos Parro (BRA) riding Quaikin Qurious finishing on their dressage score of 29.3. Laura Schroter and Porsche finished 3rd adding 4 faults in the Show Jumping to finish on 32.
Intermediate Section B’s winner was Beetle Gage riding Fly Me to the Moon completing on their dressage score of 30.2. Kitty King took 2nd aboard MHS Fernhill Finale adding 4 faults to their identical dressage score of 30.2 to leave them on 34.2. Ard Dassett Spectre and Craig Barr were 3rd after adding 1.2 too fast cross country penalties to finish on 36.2.
Charlotte Faulkner was the winner of Intermediate Section C aboard San Romano who finished on 28.2 just adding two cross country time penalties to their dressage score. She commented to Eventing Worldwide: “I’ve had San Romano on and off for the last 5 years. He’s not been the easiest, but has a lot of talent to win in each phase. We’ve built up a really good partnership and this is his first win at the level. It all came together on the day. We are aiming to compete at more 3*S this season and finish with a 3*L. I thought the event was very well run with lovely ground. I’m already looking forward to competing there next year.”
Close behind in 2nd on 30.9 was Que Sera and Holly Woodhead, and Zoe Wilkinson was 3rd finishing on 31.8 aboard Valentines Troublemaker.
Open Intermediate Section D was headed by Harry Meade riding Monbeg Medlar finishing on their fantastic dressage score of 22.7. Vicky Tuffs and Wishing Time finished 2nd, also finishing on their dressage score of 25.5. Just behind them on 25.7, Andrew Hoy (AUS) and Bloom Des Hauts Crets were 3rd.
Farley Hall was also hosting the Young Rider final trials at OIu21 level and for the second year running, the trial was won by Bubby Upton and Cola III on their dressage score of 27.3. 2nd place was taken by Felicity Collins riding RSH Contend’or finishing on their dressage score of 31.5. Heidi Coy took 3rd and 4th place aboard Russal Z and Royal Fury finishing on 31.5 and 32.7 respectively.
The Advanced Intermediate was won by a member of the winning team at last years’ World Championships- Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser who finished with a lead of over 5 penalties on their dressage score 24.3. Aiofe Clarke (IRL) took 2nd on his dressage score of 30.1, and very closely followed in 3rd was Alberto Giugni riding Applejack III finished on 30.3.
After all of the Intermediates there were two novice section, and Sara Squires was the winner of Novice Section G riding Denali, finishing on their dressage score of 26. In 2nd was Aiofe Clark (IRL) who finished her dressage of 27.5 riding Leopard’s Action. Harry Dzenis and My Eastwood Brightside took 3rd finishing on their dressage score of 30. Novice Section H was won by Golden Recipe and Mathew Heath who added nothing to their dressage score of 32.8. Diani Western-Kaye and Cruisings Hey There Delilah finished 2nd on their dressage of 33.3 and Kate Welch was 3rd on 33.5 with Dicali OHZ.
Saturday kicked off with the novice sections before moving onto the 100s in the afternoon.
Georgina Wood was victorious in Novice Section I aboard Greenlanes Hudson, finishing on their fantastic dressage score of 23.8. Andrew Nicholson (NZL) took 2nd place on 25.5 riding Damaso, with Harry Meade and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise behind them in 3rd finishing on their dressage score of 28.5. Novice Section J went to Kylie Roddy riding Ringwood Gold Dust, who finished on their dressage score of 23.5. Holly Woodhead took 2nd aboard Benicia B on their dressage of 26.8. 3rd place went to Caroline Harris and Corvette II who finished just behind on a dressage score of 27.5.
Holly Woodhead went one better in Novice Section K to take the win aboard Pengrafen adding 4 faults in the show jumping to finish just ahead of 2nd placed Danielle Dunn with a winning score of 29.8. 3rd place went to Kevin McNab (AUS) and Fortune III who finished on their dressage score of 30.8.
Open Section L was won by William Heaton riding Seapatrick Hint of Cruise who completed on 29.7. Gemma Plastow finished in 2nd on a clean sheet aboard Laurentian Lad with 31 and Mark Todd (NZL) was 3rd after adding 4 faults in the show jumping aboard Leonidas II finishing on 33.3.
The ONu18 Section M proved to be fiercely competitive with the top 13 all finishing on sub-30 scores. Lily Good was victorious aboard One Misty Morning, finishing on their dressage score of 24.3, closely followed by Polly Wallis and Torboy Abbey in 2nd place on 24.5. Lila Millard finished 3rd with Stillbrook Ben on their dressage score of 25.5. Mark Corbett held course walks for both cross country and show jumping during the day as the South East U18 Coach which were hugely beneficial for all.
Next was the 3 100 sections, with Jack Pinkney taking the win in the 100open Section N, riding Billy Hennessy finishing one second over the optimum time on 26.2. Stephanie Read took 2nd on Carricos Conquest on 28.5 and Holly Woodhead finished just behind on 29.5 with Graveur.
BE100 Section O was won by Catherine Sadler and Royale Messenger on their dressage score of 25.3, Catherine commented to Eventing Worldwide: “Have had some good results on him, but this was our first win so pretty happy with that. He is very good xc, but I can struggle to get him going as well as he does at home in the ring. Totally capable of a good score so lovely to carry all the work at home into the arena. Kylie and Frank Bourney train me, we have been working hard at home, Kylie is amazing. We have taken everything apart overthe last 6 months on the flat and jumping which has been challenging, but feels like it is paying off!” 2nd was Harry Meade riding Castle Howard Octavion on 25.2. Joe Lethbridge took 3rd Oakwood Romeo on 26.5. Michael Jackson took the win in BE100 Section P aboard PSH Stratos finishing on their dressage score of 28.5. Angus Humfrey finished just behind on his dressage score of 29 riding Hebbes, closely followed by Lauren Innes and Delaroche Glenniston on 29.3.
Once again a hugely enjoyed weekend at Farley Hall had by all, thank you to the organisers and volunteers who make it all possible.
Images courtesy of Tanzy Lee