EVENT REPORTS – Kelsall Hill

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Georgia Dixon reports ….

With 25 sections run over three days it was a busy weekend of eventing at Kelsall Hill in Cheshire. The event ran a Mitsubishi Motors BE90 Regional Final alongside sections at BE80(T) up to and including Intermediate. 

The winner of the BE90 Regional final was Sophie Croxtonand Mr McGowan after a 30.5 dressage and double clear secured them a ticket to the finals at Badminton Horse Trials next year. Sarah Spearing and Timberwolf III also secured their place in the finals after finishing in the runner up position on a score of 31. 

Lucy Corlett had her first win on board Dizzy Rascal II in section C of the BE80(T) class. The combination had done 4 events and been placed in the top 10 at all of them. A dressage score of 28 followed by a faultless double clear meant that they won the section and secured their first ever win. 

Just behind them in 2nd place was Theresa Bebbington and Nutherscopse Jonathon who finished just behind on their dressage score of 28.5. 

Lindsay Raistrick just managed to pip Sharlotte Amos to the post by 0.1 penalties in Section B of the BE80(T) classes. Lindsay rode Gwallwy Gwawr to a dressage score of 29.3 and then added 2.4 time penalties across the country which meant that the combination just about held onto the lead finshing on a score of 31.7. Sharlotte and The Lone Ranger finished on their dressage score of 31.8 to finish as the runners up. 

Matilda Wadeson and Dartagnan had their second consecutive win in the BE90 Section H. The combination had one show jump down resulting in 4 faults however still finished on a score of 31.5 to top the leaderboard. Lucy Evans and BaranaFrank were the runners up on a score of 32.6 after adding 5.6 time faults to a dressage score of 27. 

Gill Toogood and First Class Lady stormed their third ever event to win Section K of the BE90 classes. The combination posted the best dressage score of 25.5 and then preceded to add only 4.8 time faults across the country to leave them in the pole position on a score of 30.3. Emma Wayland and Harthill Phantom finished in 2nd place on their dressage score of 33.3.

Harry Harding rode a new ride Mill Flower, previously ridden by Sam Ecroyd and Paul Sims. It was the combinations first event together and they went on to win Section E of the BE90. They had a dressage score of 24 and were one of only three to finish on their dressage scores in the section.  

Naomi Young and Liskillen Prince went to Kelsall Hill after having only ever done one other event together and won the BE90 Open section. They were the only combination to finish on their dressage score, which was 30.8. They won by almost 6 penalties. 

It was a literal race to the finish line in BE100 Section Q after both the winner and runner up were on the same score going into the cross country phase. Both riders scored a magnificent 17 dressage score and both went double clear.
Alexandra Lines and Grantstown Cavalier were however the victors of the section after adding only 1.6 time penalties. Harry Harding and Withington added 2, leaving them narrowly in 2nd place. 

Becky Hartley and Croft Aurora won BE100 Section O after finishing on their dressage score of 28.5 – one penalty ahead of the runners up, Scott Wallace and Locarno Star. Scott finished on his dressage score of 29.5 which meant that it was good enough for second place. 

The BE100u18 class was won by Luke Breckell and MoelfrynSovering Boy after they finished on a dressage score of 25. Katie Rucker and Rossdaragh Top Quality were the runners up on an eventual score of 29.4. 

Only one combination made the Novice time across the country and that was Lauren Allin and The Aviator III. They won Section X after adding only 4 faults in the show jumping to a dressage score of 29.3. Robyn Gray and Litchfield Foxtrot finished in 2nd place despite 8 faults in the show jumping and 1.2 time penalties from the cross country phase.

Novice Section W was won by Heidi O’Brien and Ballynahowen King who added 3.2 time faults to a dressage score of 32.5. 

Sophie Barlow jumped double clear with Rock N Roll De Buissy and won the Nu18 section. The combination added 7.6 time faults from the cross country phase to a dressage score of 29.8. Mark Poskitt and Spypark Ferro XS finished in 2nd place. 

Kesall based rider Michael Owen won the Open Novice with King Ed after adding 4 faults show jumping and 1.2 cross country time faults to a dressage score of 28. Paul Sims and Pebbly Wizard jumped a double clear however 4 faults from the cross country meant that they finished as runners up. 

Paul then went on to win Intermediate Section M with Lonestar. The combination added 4 faults show jumping and 2.8 cross country time faults to a dressage score of 33.2. This left them on a score of 40 – 5 penalties ahead of the runner up, Piggy French. 

Piggy did however win the Open Intermediate with Jump Jet III after finishing on a score of 34.1. Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift were the runners up in the section on a score of 38.9. Alex Hua Tian and Dooney Rock then finished in 3rd on a score of 39.

Photographs courtesy of FRW Photography

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