EVENT REPORTS – Hopetoun

Charley Adams reports ..

The scenic event of Hopetoun Horse Trials was held last weekend.

It ran from 29 June to 30 June in West Lothian, running classes from BE80 to Novice.
Rhyian Skinner won the BE90 on Watt The Fox with a score of 29.5 after getting four faults in the show jumping.
This is her third season with the 16.2hh gelding and the combinations first win.

She said: “The cross country course was amazing, the setting spectacular and to top it off a PB in dressage and winning my section.
“This now enables me to qualify for the Scottish Championships at Blair and picking up a regional final qualification for Badminton grassroots.
“Watty felt amazing, and gave me a real confident ride, cruising round well within the time.
“The four and a half hour trip was well worthwhile. I will now be entering the Scottish Championships and will be attending Glamis to do my regional final.
“We are only a young partnership so we have lots to look forward to in the many years to come.”

Another rider securing two wins was Louisa Milne Home who was victorious in the novice and open novice.
She won a novice section on Future Plans on a score of 30.6 after obtaining 8.8 time faults in the cross country. Milne Home has been competing the gelding since 2016 and the combination had achieved their best result at Hopetoun.
Riding Carrow Iroko, Milne Home also won an open novice section finishing on a score of 37.6.

She said it was a “very good weekend with two lovely horses”.

“Both were having their first run since Tattersalls CCI3*(L). Hopetoun fitted in well for Iroko to have NRF run, and Gatcombe should fit in well with his overall education.
“He has a very good attitude and even with Thunder and lightning and pouring rain whilst he did his Dressage and cross country he just got on with the job, it did make everything a little more tricky though!
“Future Plans felt very classy and it was nice for him to have a fun run again going cross country with the worst of the weather.”

Both rides will be aimed at Blair CCI3*.

Mark Davidson won the other ON section on Highlight K.
Daniel Scott had eight rides at Hopetoun and he also came away with two wins-in the BE90 open and the BE100.
Scott won the BE100 on Sahara Blue finishing on their dressage score of 21.8. This was the mare’s first win this season and a first event for the combination.
He also finished on his dressage score to secure the win in the BE90 open on Harlequin Jubilee. This was the mare’s first appearance at British Eventing.

The Badminton rider, Wills Oakden, also secured two wins at Hopetoun among his six rides. He won the BE100 on his dressage score of 25.3 with Cooley Cando. This is only the gelding’s third event and his best result to date.
Oakden also won the novice section with A Class Cooley, obtaining 2.4 time faults to finish on a 31.2 score.
He has been competing the gelding since 2017 and this was the combinations second win this season.
Other BE100 winners included Katie Mclaren and Martin Arnott, plus Anna Layfield who won the BE100 plus.
Jenny Mills, Ava Miles and Callum Williams also won BE80 sections.
BE90 winners included Sean Mardon, Isobel Jeffrey, Catriona Boxall, Rachel Kane, Sharon Christie Thom and Fiona Macleod.

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