Sarah Wells-Gaston reports …
Floors Castle International received a bumper number of entries for its fixture, with more than 600 entries across its 21 sections, which ranged from BE90 up to CCI3*-S.
Germany’s Emma Bruessau took victory with Dark Desire GS in the CCI3*-L (Section A) with an impressive score of 18.6. Bruessau is a student of fellow German rider Julia Krajewski, but is currently staying for a training stay with Chris Bartle.
Second went to Hector Payne and Top Biats – who scored 19.9 in the dressage and added 3.2 time faults from the cross country to finish on 23.1. Another German combination rounded off the podium; Felix Etzel and Polarantz who completed on 23.8.
Ruth Edge is better known these days for her dressage career. But the former Luhmühlen winner, who ‘hung up her eventing boots’ back in 2016 still keeps her hand in the eventing field, and she took victory in CCI2*-S Section B with Invito II. The pair have made big strides forward this season having kicked it off with a win at Lincolnshire in a BE100. Polly Stockton finished second with Chicko, just 0.3 behind Edge, whilst Antonia Baumgart finished third with Lamango.
It was a second win of the year for Cameron Swales and Machno Showtime who topped BE90 Section E. Having previously won at Forgandenny, the pair finished on their dressage score of 22.5 on this occasion.
Katie Mclaren and Vistimar were winners in BE100 Section K at Floors, providing them with their second win in a row this year. Having scored 25.5 in the dressage they pair had an unfortunate four faults in the show juming. But a clear round cross country still gave them victory. Katie is currently studying Media Studdies at Robert Gordon’s University.
She told Eventing Worldwide: J’Lo is 18 years old this year and we plan on moving up to Novice at the end of the year. I have had her for a few years now and she has been an absolute dream. We also won our last event too at Forgandenny BE100! So it’s safe to say we’re off to a good start.”
Having competed in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup earlier this month, Emma Buchanan and Blaze have already secured a regional final qualification having won BE100 Section S. The pair completed on their dressage score of 24.3.
Husband and wife team Ben and Emma Hobday took three victories between them, with Emma scooping victory in BE100 Section J with Shadow Shannondale, whilst Ben topped the tables in Novice Section D with Iron Man III – their fifth top ten finish in the six-year-old gelding’s first season of affiliated eventing. Ben also topped Open Novice Section H1 with Mile High – a horse previously ridden by Emily Parker and who joined Ben this season.
It was a whitewash in Open Intermediate Section C for Matthew Wright who held the top three spots. He took victory with Prince Mayo whilst stablemates Rapide Gii and Obos Columbus finished second and third respectively.
Other section results: BE90 Section F Martin Arnott, Dark Surprise: BE90 Section G Annie Sandell, Murrah Hall Midnight Maelstrom; Open Novice Under 18 Section H Jessica Walton, Drewmain Star Attraction; Novice Section I Nicola Wilson, Chiraz III; BE100 Open Section L Laura Ritchie Bland, ESI Falsterbo; BE90 Section M James Houlden, Heronsmill Tigers Eye; BE90 Section N Henny Cooper, Lots of Lux; BE90 Section O Emma Little, Alecon; BE90 Section P Helen Self Dodd, Helen; BE90 Open Section P1 Kerri Dow, Cowling Faer and Square: BE100 Open Under 18 Grace Botterell, Winston XX; BE100 Section R Shaun Malpass, PB Ginger Ninja.