Sarah Carless reports….
The second of Great Witchingham’s British Eventing fixtures proved as popular as event with competitors competing in classes from BE80(T) up to CIC*.
In the same week that Imogen Murray was announced as a long list reserve for Equestrian Team GBR’s World Equestrian Games squad, she claimed victory in the CIC* class at Great Witchingham International – her first international win.
She took victory riding I’ve Dun Talking in a very competitive section. Imogen commented: “A first International win seems a long time coming. What she lacks for in size she certainly makes up for in ability. She has so much scope, the bigger they get the better she is really. She’s also developing her own fan club – people just seem to love her. It was clear that the team at Great Witchingham had put a lot of effort into the ground conditions, which was very much appreciated by all of us. We’re all very grateful to the volunteers that sat outside all day today in such hot weather.”
Lauren Blades finished second with Making Waves with Camilla Stewart Wood finished third with Brenhin Bychan.
Sarah Bullimore, who has been long-listed for the World Equestrian Games squad, collected her fouth win of the year with Starbucks I in Novice Section B. Ros Canter was also named on the Great British long-list and she was victorious in the Five Year Old Qualifier (Section H) with Lordships Parc Royale.
Of the back of a good run of results, Lisa Freckingham picked up a win in Intermediate Section E with the Classic Composer. Despite a pole down in the show jumping, a clear inside the time across the country gave them victory.
Open Intermediate Section F was hotly contested. The class was won by Lydia Hannon with My Royal Touch who finished on the same score as Laura Collet. Collett was contesting her first competition with Parkfield Quintessential, whom she recently took over the reins from Holly Woodhead, who has moved to Ireland for a new venture. Collett also finished thrd with Sir Papillon.
It was a third win in a row for Samantha Hobbs who was victorious in BE100 Section G. With wins at Shelford Manor and Catton Park already under her belt, she took the win on board Just Soda No Ice. Another combination collecting a third win in a row was Caroline Bridge and Eldyno, who topped the standings in BE100 Open Section J.
There were pony club classes at both BE100 and BE90. The BE100 class (Section L) was won by Eliza Tribe and Surprise Surprise whilst the BE90 (Section P) was topped by Emily Finston and Lookout Lollypop.
Other section results;Novice Section B Wendy Schaeffer MacDonald, Ishtar Van Ter Royen; Open Novice Section D Isabel White, Akolien; BE100 Open Section I Eliza Stoddart, Lupicorde; BE100 Plus Section K Biddy Brasted Watts, Bansha Vendi; BE90 Section M Joanne Watts, Chilham Temple Bar; BE90 Section N Imogen Simper Lewis, Love On Sight; BE90 Section O Lisa Maynard, Ballinamurra De Valera; BE80(T) Section Q Lucy Blowers Cabecera; BE80(T) Section R Lucy McHale, Pollyanna.
Photographs courtesy of Sue Westmoor
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