Ruth Gregory reports
Keysoe held its second event of the season over the weekend 22-23rd June. The event organiser Simon Bates and his team worked hard to provide another great competition attracting both elite and ammeters alike.
Newlywed, Piggy French, added another win to her impressive accumulative sum already this season. She piloted Brookfield Quality to top spot in the ON section G. The mare was previously campaigned by fellow British team member Harry Meade, before the reins were handed to Piggy at the start of the season. They’ve certainty been a pair well suited with 4 wins already under their belt, two of those being at internationals.
Piggy also finished third in the section with Highdown March, another consistent horse of hers this season, having not been placed out of the top ten at any of the gelding’s events, two of those being wins.
Sandwiched between Piggy’s rides, in second place was Irish rider Austin O’Connor riding Calvin II. The nine-year-old gelding is a new ride for Austin this season and is already showing his potential having won a IN section at Tweseldown back in May.
Alison Glover was victorious in the BE100 section B with her own Saintfield Douglas, with it being only the eight-year-old gelding’s second attempt at this level.
Whilst British young rider team member, Bubby Upton, took the win in the BE100 section N with Challenge Z. The gelding is a new ride for Bubby and is in his first season eventing. He is certainly one to watch as from only running at two events he has managed to accumulate 22 points under his belt already.
Bubby’s other ride Cooley As Ice, finished third in the BE100 section O. The gelding is another horse new to eventing this year and it was his first outing at this level.
Winners of section O were Amy Stone and Nelson VT Dauwhof. The combination has progressed up the grades from doing their first BE80(T) together only May 2018. It was a dream debut for them at this level following on from their third placing in a BE90 section at Little Downham last time out.
The BE90 Section K win was claimed by Margo Sly riding Gorsehill Alamo.
In the BE90 Section I, Katie Power took top spot with Tattygare Never Let Me Go, by less than one fault, they added nothing to their dressage mark of 30.0.
Biting at their heels to finish a close second were Ellie Homer and Maplevalley Royale. The pairing were dressage leaders, but 1.2 cross country time penalties cost them to narrowly miss out on the win
Willa Newton bagged herself another win for the season in the Novice Section E with Fadeline, a nine-year-old mare who she got given the ride on last Autumn.
Pony European Lost list partnership, Jaymee Savill and Knockmullen Flyer were triumphant in the Novice Section F.
BE100 Section A; George Hilton-Jones, Rapid Global VB; BE100 Section C; Grace Hull, Ahaltive Surprise; BE100 Section X; Laurie Beynon, Ellatine; BE100Open Section D; Eve Hobbs, Fivale Indian Art; BE100Open Section P; Laurence Hunt, Lakota Ghost; BE80(T); Deborah Burrell, Imperial Tangle; BE80 (T) Section R; Jacqueline Lawson, MBF Cappaquin; BE90 Section H; Luke Thompson, Exit Visa; BE90 Section J; Jessica Hadaway, Cynheidrefawr Ceidrych; BE90 Section L; Victoria Weir, Vicky; BE90Open Section M; Laurence Hunt, Corlanau Armani;
Images courtesy of Ash Rawlinson