EVENT REPORTS – July round-up of British Eventing fixtures

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Sarah Carless reports ……

Brightling Park International

The CIC* (Section N) was won by New Zealander Caroline Powell with the talented Flipper K. The pair were in contention from the start and despite a rail down in the show jumping and 1.2 time penalties in the show jumping they were able to take victory by 0.2 penalties. Dressage leader Wendy Schaeffer-MacDonald and Numerano GT Z dropped to second with a slow and stead round the cross country where they added 10.8 time faults to their dressage of 32.4. Brazillian rider Marcio Carvahlo Jorge finished in third with Joly Jumper. 

As well as winning the CIC*, Powell was also triumphant in be100 Section E with B Posy. 

The CIC** was won by West-Country based Millie Dumas who led from start to finish with RF West Indie. Their dressage score of 41.1 put them out in front and the pair kept a clean sheet in the show jumping. Time proved influential on the cross country with none of the combinations in this class making the optimum time so despite adding 12.8 time penalties the pair came out in front with a final score of 53.9. Second went to Lucienne Elms with Mistralou, with Matthew Heath third with Lockroy. 

It was a successful event for Georgie Strang who came away with two victories to her name – Novice Section J with Capels Hollow Drift and Novice Section K with Carrick Diamond Flyer. 

Other section results: BE90 Section A Lisa Pilbeam, Aneisidora Ruby Lights; BE90 Section B Anna Hanson, Anderida Queretta; BE90 Section C Lucy Rackham, Castlefrench Duke; BE90 Open Section D Maxine Lower, Jacks Here; BE100 Section F Ava Riedyk, Moon Artist; BE100 Section G Anna Martin, Sannanvalley Classic; BE100 Open Section H Caroline Jenks, Waldo; Novice Section I Gemma Tattersall, Billy Shania; Novice Regional Final Section L Sarah Bullimore, Corouet. 

Eland Lodge (2)

More than 400 horse and rider combinations headed to Eland Lodge for its second British Eventing fixture of the year. 

It’s class list included a KBIS Four-Year-Old qualifier for the Young Horse Championships (Section E), and this was won by Jordan Kavanagh and Tulsa. The Novice Regional Final was won by Andrew Downes and Gold Nugget, who had previously won at Catton Park. 

With plenty of top ten finishes behind them in 2017, Matthew Owen and Smooth Operatoe IV made it to the top to head BE100 Section J for their first win of the year. Aside from this the pair have had four top ten placings in 2017. 

Harry Harding and Goteus S had their second win of the year, but their first at Novice, in Novice Section O. Their first win of 2017 came back in April at Eland Lodge (1) so it was apt they repeated victory on this occasion, to back up the four other top ten placings they have accumulated. 

Other section results; BE90 Section A Neil Fox, Valhalla; BE90 Section B Georgie Rockingham, Olaris Beech; BE90 Section C Kerry Arnold-Herrick, Brownscombe Francesca; BE90 Open Daniel Titterton, Vision B; BE80(T) Section F Katie Brickman, Etasja; BE80(T) Jane Valentine, Dollar Oats; BE100 Section H Olivia Wells S Emerald Dell Aremac Z; be100 Section I Lucas Poole, Casino Royale VIII; BE100 Open Section K Amber Franklin, Watervalley Golden Girl; Novice Section M Oliver Townend, Fernhill Freestyle; Novice Section N Rosie Thomas, The Masters Rebel; Open Novice Section P Sally James, Kapowairua.

Kirriemuir (2)

Kirriemuir’s second British Eventing fixture was a new date on the calendar in 2017 and was well attended by riders in the North. 

The event gave Jessica Berrie and Lucy Locket II their second win on the season in BE80(T) Section H, having previously been victorious at Burgie. It was also a second win for Rachael Cross and Sailles Lad who topped BE90 Section B having previously won at Scotsburn. And Sinead Russell made it two wins in two events when she topped BE100 Section D with Earthquake Echo, having won at Alnwick Ford the previous week. Lucinda Crawford made it three wins for the year when she took victory in Novice Under 18 Section G with Silver Touch. 

Kirriemuir has proven to be a lucky venue for David Gatherer in 2017. Having won BE100 Section D with Killossery Kameo back in MAY, the pair repeated this feat topping BE100 Section E. 

Stephanie O Neill narrowly edged-out her finance Wills Oaken to take victory by 0.1 penalties in Novice Section F with Ardeo Fun Size, whilst Wills took second and third with Oughterard Cooley and Cooley Cappuccino respectively. 

Other section results; BE90 Section A Felix Feather, Opposite Reflection; BE90 Section C Sarah Gillard, Burnetts Bravado; BE80(T) Section I Kyla Grieve, Culmore Frank. 

Buckminster Park

Always a popular fixture on the British Eventing calendar, Buckminster Park attracted a host of top riders with classes ranging from BE100 to Open Novice. 

The KBIS Five-Year-Old Qualifier for the Young Horse Championships at Osberton was won by Hector Payne riding Castor HZ – their first affiliated outing. It was a competitive section with more than 30 entries. 

Virginia Turnbull and Fidalgo Classic made it a second win when they topped BE100 Section A, having previously won at Shelford Manor (1). The pair have not been out of the top ten all season with six placings from six events. Another pair not to be out of the top ten this season, but taking their first win was Willa Newton and Moangarriff Duke, who topped BE100 Section M. It was also a second win of the year for Catherine Hill and Miss Emily who topped BE100 Section D. 

Martha Craggs was another rider to top their section for the second time in 2017 as she was victorious in Novice Under 18 Section J with Garrybritt Coole Park. 

British Eventing Chairman Paul Hodgson presented two BE Awards at Buckminster Park Horse Trials to two outstanding and long-standing volunteers in the sport; Graham Daws and Shelagh Thomas.

Graham built the first cross country course at Buckminster Park back in the late 1980’s and eventing has been his passion ever since. Graham is now a Mentor Controller training the next generation and is well known to the BE staff involved in training. 

Shelagh Thomas started her BE career in 1989 fence judging at Belton, Withcote and Lowesby Horse Trials with her daughter Miranda, and since then has volunteered at just about every horse trials in the East Midlands. From fence judging to scoring and dressage stewarding, Shelagh has volunteered at all the BEDE events, as well as Rockingham, Lincoln, Norton Disney, Draycott, Brooksby, to name just a few.

Other section results; BE100 Section B Samantha Jimmison, Upsalls Lorna; BE100 Section C Anthony Clark, Loughnatousa Kimberley; Novice Section F Lauren Shannon, Making Waves; Novice Section G Hannah Cash, Cruise Interest; Novice Section H Alex Postolowsky, Sapphire; Novice Section I James Sommerville VSS Mission Impossible; Open Novice Section K Rachel Holden, Martel; BE100 Section L Susie Berry, Fernhill Smart Choice; BE100 Under 18 Section N Florence White, Nono. 

Upton House

More than 550 combinations headed to Upton House for this popular mid-week fixture. 

The two Open Intermediate sections attracted a high-class field with 78 entries across the two classes. Section D was won by Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class whilst Mark Todd topped Section E with Obos Columbus. 

Townend was also victorious in Intermediate Section A with Menlo Park – their third win of the season which has only seen them finish outside the top ten on one occasion. It was also a second win of the year for Philippa Hendry who topped BE100 Section I with Chevalian Armagnac with a score of 21.3, having previously won at Borde Hill (1). Also making it two wins was Hayley Harris and Ard Killua II who topped BE100 Open Section L, whose previous victory came at Keysoe (2). 

Laura Collett and Calmaro picked up their third win of the year in Novice Section H, having previously been victorious at Larkhill and Tweseldown (2). And Alice Pearson was also another rider picking up a second win with TJ Charlene, who previously won at Farley Hall. 

Other section results: Intermediate Section B Hector Baker, Wieke; Intermediate Section C Arthur Duffort, Gredington Mailthyme; Intermediate Section F Sharon Hunt, Veyga; Novice Section G Aoife Clark, Celus D Ermac Z; BE100 Section J Jesse Campbell, Morning Fawlty; BE100 Section K Nici Wilson, Horace Slughorn; Novice Section N Alex Postolowsky, Grappa Nera; Novice Section O Casey McKenna, Royal Symphony. 

Northallerton (2) 

This was a new date for the North Yorkshire fixture, and its second British Eventing competition of the year. 

British team rider Nicola Wilson has an impressive string of young horses, and they provided her with two victories. Chabadu was the winner in BE100 Section G – taking their tally to four this season – whilst For You won BE100 Section H – a third victory. 

Having come second in her section at Northallerton’s first event earlier this year, Angela Moore went one better on this occasion to win BE80(T) section E with Angel Desire. The BE80(T) Section F was won by Eden Fisher and Clayhill Shady. 

Kathryn Woolley and Oberoza enjoyed their second win of the year, finishing on their dressage score of 21.3, winning BE90 Section I having previously won at Norton Disney (1). Jessica Walton gave her preparation for the Under 18 Championships a boost when she won BE100 Section M on Chance X – with the pair going on to take the Under 18 individual title at Frickley Park. 

The new BE105 Classes proved extremely popular, with 51 entries across the two sections, which were won by Helena Youmans and Castle Kelly (Section O) and Lauren Dale and Cotterstown Magic (Section O). 

Other Section results; BE90 Section A Jackie Harrison, Grass Roots; BE90 Section B Holly Stevenson, Touchdown Billy; BE90 Section C Zoe Dawson, Bossinova; BE90 Open Section D Phil Brown, Bella Cruise; BE90 Section J Deirdre Johnston, Kingsleypark Patch; BE90 Section K Sophie Johnson, Ludos Rebel; BE100 Section L Jordan Kavanagh, Extender; BE100 Open Section N Rosie Cornish, Kiltealy King. 

Warwick Hall (3)

Sadly much of the competition at Warwick Halls third British Eventing fixture was abandoned due to extreme weather conditions. 

Amy Auld was the winner of the Waitings Warwick Hall Cup with Holmside Red Ace following a win in BE90 Section O yesterday. Amy took the title following two firsts and a third from the three events held at the venue providing a total of 22 points, ahead of Jodie Gray with Danny Murphy on 21 points who won their BE80(T) Section H in the classes which did run. Katie Stephens-Grandy with Mr. Music finished on 20 points following their 3rd place in BE90 Section N. 

Robyn Gray for winning the Chess Memorial Trophy for the highest placed mare, who finished second in Novice Section B. Emily Parker came away from the event with two wins – in Novice Section C with Beyond Gold, and Open Novice Section D with Howick Freedom. 

Other section results; Novice Section A Gareth Warburton, Centurion IV; Novice Section B Paula Jane Holden, Falco III; BE100 Section E Emma Silman, KEC Sazoon; BE100 Section F Mary Pearson, Je Taime Fandango; BE80(T) Section J Kerry Armstrong, Jumangi II; BE80(T) Section K Gillian Sleight, Cobblers Dream. BE90 Section N Chloe Hagan, Burgundy Sunshine; BE90 Open Section O1 Kirsty Stark, Mr Monkey Puzzle. 

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