Georgia Dixon reports…
Kelsall Hill’s second event of the year took place over the weekend (25th-27th September) and I feel as though it is always a stark reminder that the event season is starting to come to a close. For many grassroots riders, Kelsall is usually the last event of the season, but this year Kelsall has been and gone and it feels as though the season has only just started.
It is always a good competition at Kelsall, with classes ranging from BE80(T) all the way up to Intermediate – with a lot of professional favourite’s contesting the well-built course, designed by Captain Mark Phillips. This year was no different, a lot of exciting performances took place across the three days of competition.
A BE80(T) Regional Final was one of the important sections over the days, as the riders were battling it out for a place at the Championships. Shirley Cadwallader and The Sauce Pot went home victorious, adding only 3.6 time penalties from the cross country phase to an impressive dressage score of 26.5. Georgina Hodson and Redinagh Clover were not far behind, finishing on a final score of 30.6 for second place.
BE80(T) Section O was dominated by Cerys Jones and Branchfield Mona. The combination finished on their dressage score of 21.5 – the best score in the section. Megan Cole and Pancake Times finished in second place, adding nothing to their dressage score of 25.8
BE90 Section J had an exciting finish, with the top four all posting dressage scores between 22 and 23.8. Kane Phillips and Gurraun Catch Up came out on top, they had a 22 from the dressage and only added 0.4 time penalties to this score from the cross country phase. Cerys Jones and Grey Boy II also had a dressage score of 22, but four faults from the show jumping saw them drop down into fourth position. Matilda Wadeson and Jalisca PM finished on their dressage score of 23.8 to leave them in second place.
Katie Pollock rode Caereini Dum Dum Diddle to victory inn BE90 Section K after riding two faultless jumping phases to finish on their dressage score of 28. Alice Barnes was not far behind, finishing in second place with OCS Double Vision on a score of 28.3.
Holly Clarke and Nico showed off their dance moves in BE90 Section W, wowing the judge to attain a 19 dressage score. Four faults from the show jumping did however mean they were pushed out of the top spot into second place, finishing on a score of 23. This left the door wide open for Becky Hartley and Casanova Duke, who scored 20.3 in the dressage score and subsequently won the section, adding nothing to this in the jumping phases.
There was only one youth section during the weekend, BE100OU18. Grace Barr and Balnashallog Maestro proved to be unstoppable, winning the class after adding only 4.4 time faults from he cross country phase to a 25.8 dressage score. Olivia Wright finished up in second place, finishing on a dressage score of 30.8.
It was very tight at the top of the leaderboard in BE100 Section R – the top four all finished on their dressage scores, with only 1.5 penalties between them all. The winning score came from Ella Woodhead, riding Quarza – they finished on 25.3. Finn Healy and Fathers Compromise finished in second place on 25.8, and Oliver Lofthouse placed third with Amacitia on 26.
Another nail-biting finish in BE100 Section T as both the first and second placed combinations finished on the same score – 24.3. Katy Mousdale and Conclusive were victorious in the end, with Emily Philip and Spitfire being awarded second place. Third place went to Caroline Dyer ad Curraghgraigue Quebec, who finished on their dressage score of 25.3 – one penalty behind the leaders.
Sam Ecroyd topped the leaderboard in Novice Section B with Chapel House, as well as piloting Harthill Bahri to third place in Novice Section C – finishing with zero penalties to add from the two jumping phases and being one of few combinations to conclude on a dressage score in both sections. Most of the double clears came from the ON Section, with the top five all finishing on their dressage mark. Sally James came out on top riding Regal Mix, 1.5 penalties ahead of second placed combination, Polly Stockton and Ballingowan Leia.
Izzy Taylor won Section E and Section F in the Intermediate, with Oliver Townend coming in second place to her in both. Izzy rode Romantic to victory in Section E, with a final score of 28.6, after adding only 3.6 time penalties to their dressage score. She then piloted Happy Days to the top spot in Section F, despite having four faults in the show-jumping and 2 time penalties from the cross country phase.
Intermediate Section G was won by Arthur Duffort and Brando De Cherel, they added four faults from the show jumping to a dressage score of 28.4. Franky Reid Warrilow and Billy Bordeaux also scored 28.4 in the dressage, however 5.2 time faults from the cross country means they sit behind Arthur in second place, respectively.
Images courtesy of FRW Photography