Timmy Orritt reports …

Over the weekend, Isleham welcomed in the 2019 eventing season once again, with their terrifically ran event with sections ranging from BE90 all the way up to Intermediate, seeing some big names entered throughout classes.

Piggy French had a very successful weekend picking up a 2nd and 3rd in the Open 90 section riding Cooley Goodwood in his eventing debut to finish on their dressage score of 22, and Cooley Performance to also complete on their dressage mark of 22.5.

The win in this section went to Richard Skelt and IPC TCS who led from the start to finish on 20.8 after going double clear inside the time. Piggy also managed a 1st place in section B of the BE100s, riding Igel when the pair went double clear to finish on their dressage of 31.5, as well as 2nd in the BE100open section C on board Carolines Air KM to follow their dressage score of 25 with a double clear. On the Sunday, Piggy piloted Sportsfield Top Notch to the win in the Open Novice section I after adding just 0.4 time penalties cross country to their dressage of 25.5, as well as also taking the win and 4th place in the Open Intermediate section on board Quarrycrest Echo, who finished on a score of 25.2 and Cooley Monsoon who added some time penalties cross country to complete on a final mark of 36.7. On social media,

Piggy commented “It was nice to be back out competing and good that all the horses were in great form after the winter”.

Oliver Townend also had horses competing in the Open Novice sections and in the Open Intermediate, having a very triumphant day. He took 2nd place in both Open Novice sections riding Arklow Puissance and Miss Cooley, and was the only rider to complete with 0 time penalties on both of his rides allowing him to finish on his dressage scores of 30.3 with Arklow Puissance, and 27.8 with Miss Cooley. Oliver also took 2nd and 3rd places in the Open Intermediate section riding Ballaghmor Class and Tregilder. Ballaghmor Class added just 2.8 time penalties to his dressage of 23.4, which incidentally was the best in the section, to finish 2nd in front of Tregilder who’s final mark came to 30.1 after adding 1.2 time penalties to his original dressage of 28.9.

Nicola Wilson took the win in the Intermediate section riding Erando M. The pair led from the start after gaining an impeccable dressage mark of 22.7, which was the best in the section, to then add 16.8 time penalties and still maintain their lead to complete on a final score of 39.5 in pole position. Jennifer Stead and Fortunus took 2nd place when finishing on a score of 46.2, and Holly Needham rode Forever Noble to 3rd when the pair completed on a mark of 51.3. Nicola also rode Chabadu in the Open Novice section H to again achieve the best dressage in the section of 26.5, and added 2.8 time faults to continue their lead and finish on a score of 29.3 in 1st place. Nicola took to Twitter to thank Isleham for “running such a great event”.

Lily Good piloted One Misty Morning to 1st place in section J of the Novice when the pair added 2.4 time penalties to their dressage of 25.8 to finish ahead of Hilary Butler and Wetherbrook Paganini who took 2nd place after finishing on a score of 32.5 with the addition of 1.2 time penalties to their dressage of 31.3. Lily commented they “could not have had a better start to the season” in an Instagram post. Izzy Taylor achieved the best dressage of 28.5 in Novice section K riding Hello Stranger. The combination went on to incur 1.6 time faults to hold onto their lead and take the win. Katie Barber and Diamond Mine completed on a score of 33 to finish just behind Izzy and Hello Stranger in 2nd, and Elisha Beehoo riding Lady Elfreda took 3rd place.

Francis Whittington was another rider to have a successful weekend, picking up 5 top ten finishes out of 6 horses. He rode In Touch DHI to 3rd place in the BE100 section A when finishing on a score of 28.7 in this particular horse’s eventing debut. He also picked up another 3rd place riding Adrenalin II in the BE100 section B after completing on a mark of 34.2. in the same section, Francis took 6th place on board Argentura, another horse who made their eventing debut. In the Open Novice section H, Francis managed to finish 3rd and 9th riding Farndon to complete on a score of 33.1, and DHI Purple Rain to a final score of 42. Francis also rode DHI Fiktor Nita in the Open Novice section I to finish 16.

The win in BE100 section A went to Andrew James and In Like Flynn who led from start to finish after achieving the best dressage score of 26 followed by a double clear. Andrew also picked up 4th in this section riding Primitive Inquisition. Daisy Bathe rode SF Detroit to the win in the BE100 Open section C when they finished on their best dressage of 24.8. Daisy also took 3rd place in the 100open section D riding Loughan Silver Shadow when the finished on their dressage of 26.3. The win in section D went to Hattie LLoyd-Townshend and Holiday Chase when they completed on their dressage of 24, which was the best in the section.

The win in BE90 section E went to Nathalie George and A Little Unbelievable when they led from start to finish, adding nothing to their best dressage of 27.3. Katie Grove and Don’t Be A Charlie achieved the best dressage mark in BE90 section F of 27.3, and maintained this lead after going double clear to finish in 1st place.

A big congratulations to everyone competing at Isleham this weekend, and good luck for the rest of the season!

Images Courtesy of Sue Westmoor.

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