Georgia Dixon reports …
Kelsall Hill in Cheshire falls 2 weeks before Badminton Horse Trials and Louise Harwood and Whitson had a great pre Badminton run in the AI section after finishing 3rd. They had the best dressage in the section with a 29.1 and rolled one pole and added 1.6 time faults. Michael Owen who is based at Kelsall took the win with The Highland Prince after finishing on their dressage score of 33.2.
They also had sections over from BE80(T) to Intermediate throughout the weekend, leaving the organisers on a very tight schedule, with 24 sections overall.
Suzanne Birchall and Gran Dis Norman won the BE80(T) Section A after finishing on their dressage score of 25.5. Charlie Barrett and Spice V came second finishing on their dressage score of 26.8.
Section C saw a 12.5 dressage from Robyn Gray and Little Mill II. They finished on this score, meaning that they won the section by 13, with Claire Lewis and Master Wickham finishing on their dressage score of 25.3 for second place.
There were also some extremely impressive dressage scores in the BE90 sections. The winner of Section H, Hannah Barnett and Welton Chillipepper finished on their dressage score of 19.3. Neil Fox and Tradhearg Cool Joules also posted a great dressage score to take the win in Section F with 20.8. The best dressage score on the BE90 sections was from Alice Tracey and XFactor Hero, they managed an impressive 18.5.
53 competitors faced problems around the BE90 cross country proving that the course was challenging. It wasn’t however challenger for the joint winners in Section X who both stromed around with 1.8 time faults for going too fast! Kate Hayward with Nobelle Clover and Rachel Andrews with Gonzo both ended up on the same score of 29.6 after adding 0.8 time faults to their dressage scores of 28.8.
There were four sections of BE100 and one BE100Open sections. Pauls Sims took 1st and 4th in Section G. He won on Dantes Inferno, finishing on a dressage score of 24.8. Closely behind on 28.8 was Paula Jane Holden and Falco III.
Emily Philip posted a 17 dressage in Section P and carried that score through the finish line with her on board Unchained Melody. They won the BE100 section, however Charlotte Parry Ashcroft and Wil Jack B King were not far behind finishing on their dressage score of 20.8.
Kelsall resident Michael Owen and Chilli Pepper IV won BE100 Section Q with 21.3, the same score as Lucas Poole and Lux Zee who came 2nd. Both had the same dressage score and added nothing to it.
Laura Williams won the BE100 Open Section on Boann Sonic. The combination finished on their dressage score of 28.8, just ahead of Simon Middleton in second who piloted Shenanigan to a double clear.
There were 33 problems on the cross country course out of the four novice sections that ran over the Saturday and the Sunday.
Section N was won by Lauren Shannon and Glenneagle II, the combination added 2.4 time faults to their dressage score of 21.5. Brier Leahy came second on Kellen, they finished on 28.8.
Hayden Hankey and You’ve Got The Lux won Section O, finshing on 24.5 after adding some time faults to a dressage score of 23.3. Helen Waterhouse who finished up in second was one of the few people who managed to finish on their dressage score in the novice sections, she rode Shes Kanny.
Alice Tracey and Freedom Hill won Section T finishing on their dressage score of 31.3. Jeanette Brakewell and Tory Massini finished in second on 31.7.
Bianca Mortimer and Ballytiglea Vivendi stormed into the lead in the Open Novice section, finishing on their dressage score of 25.5. Paul Sims added 4.8 time faults to a 24.8 dressage on Pebbly Wizard, pushing them down into second.
Sarah Stretton won the Intermediate Section on Danger Mouse VI, they added 0.4 time faults to a 33 dressage. The winner of the Open Intermediate finished on their dressage score and that was Alexandra Farrar-Fry and Cruisings Slainte Mhath. They finshed on 27.7.
Photographs courtesy of Felicity White