Rika Nile reports…
A monumental effort from Gatcombe’s organisers meant they were able to run a full day of Intermediate competition on Sunday, after becoming another victim of the weather which forced the abandonment of all competition on the Saturday.
Of the six sections run, Izzy Taylor won three of them with Tregolls, Direct Tullyoran Cruise and Impromptu II.
Commenting on her successful day, Izzy said: “I’m delighted to have had three wins today at Gatcombe. It feels like it has been a long Winter this year, and I’m really happy that all the training over the Winter months has paid off and it’s good to see that the horses can replicate their work at home out on competition days.
“Today the sun was out so it makes it more enjoyable for the owners to come and watch rather than sitting in cold damp conditions, and to top it off with
good results makes for a happy team all round!”
“Gatcombe had done well to run in what must have been an uphill battle at the beginning of the week, it was a shame to lose Saturday at such short notice but they have pulled together for a great day today,” Izzy added, also thanking her team, owners and sponsors.
Andrew Hoy secured a win in the Advanced Intermediate with Cheeky Calimbo after riding the fastest cross country round of the day, adding only 3.2 time to their 25.8 dressage. Their quick round put them more than ten marks ahead of 2nd placed Lucy Jackson and Willy Do, whilst Andrew and Lucy also placed 3rd and 4th with Vassily De Lassos and Superstition II respectively.
Ben Hobday and the 8-year-old Shadow Man II kicked off their 2018 season with a win, taking Open Intermediate section J, whilst Tom McEwen and Royal Roxey also collected a win in Open Intermediate section I, ahead of Dan Jocelyn (Grovine De Reve) and Oliver Townend (Treglider).
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography