Ruth Gregory reports …
Kesysoe held its third and final event of the season over the bank holiday weekend. Simon Bates and his team have done a wonderful job this season in providing three great events, each with testing cross country courses. Their last event gained mass entries as expected from 4YO and 5YO classes up to OI, the field of starters included many top names with some of those riders having a spin out on their younger horses before jetting off to the Senior European Championships in Germany.
Amelia Walker picked up two wins in the BE100 sections. She won BE100 section P with Dassett Rock Star. The gelding has proven he’s certainly an exciting star this season as their win at Keysoe secured his 3rd win in a row at this level at only 5-years-old!
Her other ride Harbouring finished top in section Z1.
Carly Dimes and Tregoid were just pipped to the post finishing second on the same score of 25.5.
Winners of the BE100Open section Z2 were Emily Mclane and Timeless Myth who jumped double clear to complete on their dressage mark 25.5.
Whilst, Mary Edmundson took the other top 3 placings with Junction Princless and Tashkaldou. Second placed Junction Princless is a new ride to Mary this year and they only contested their first event in June. But since the seven-year-old mare has had a brilliant record finishing in the top 5 at each of her events.
Pippa Funnell won the Intermediate section E with Billy Wonder. The gelding is owned by her, Pippa’s great friend Ruth McMullen and her mother Jennifer. The pair’s win here follows on from their 5th placing in the Novice British Championships at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing at the start of the month.
Andrew James also picked up multiple wins over the Novice sections. He piloted Joe Wise’s Shannondale Warren to top spot in the section K, completing on 29.8. It was the gelding’s second Novice run on the bounce after also winning at Smiths Lawn.
His second win was in section L with In Like Flynn, who’s owned by Angela Tucker.
Victorious in the ONu18 section were Lily Ryder and SRS Everest with a score of 32.7. their win follows on from their 3rd placing in the ONu18 at West Wilts on their first attempt at that level.
Finishing a close second by only of a 0.1 was Lelilia Paske and Fernhill First Friend.
The OI section was won by Chelsea Round onboard her own super consistent gelding Fleetwood Mac V. The combination has had a great season where they’ve completed their first CCI-S4* at Barbury and their first advanced with two top 5 placings at Little Downham and Aston-Le-Walls in the competitive Au25 section.
Piggy French finished second with Carnival March. Her badminton winner and Burghley bound ride Vanir Kamira was leading after dressage on a score of 21.1 but finished in eventual 27th after occurring 20 penalties and some time from the cross-country course. Hopefully, they’ve brushed off their cobwebs and are set to go for it at Burghley next week.
4YO section X; Imogen Murray, Monberg Heartbeat; 5YO section O; Jaimy, Naomi Lawrence; BE100 section H; Louise Bradley, My Cordello T; BE100 section Q; Michelle Lowe, Vivendi Noble Cavelier; BE100Open section I; Amy Hawley, Boradstone Numero Uno; BE100Ou18 section R; Finley Wyatt, Ruben S; BE80(T) section Y; Grace Gerry, Illustrious Illusion; BE80(T) section Z; Alice Winter, Ower Lad; BE90 section S; Charlotte Pegrum, Master Grey; BE90 section T; Sophie Reason, Ballygriffin Buddy; BE90 section U; Ruth Hole, Easy VZ; BE90 section V; Kizzy Smith, ST Georges Day; BE90Open section W; Phillippa Cross, Diamond Indulgence; I section F; Tom O’bryan, DHI Du Route; N section A; Giovanni Ugolotti, Kiltown Madison; N section B; Max Warburton, Beplus; N section C; Meghan Healy, Think It Over; N section J; Jemimia Upton, Hugotogo; ON section D; Gaspard Maksud, Zaragoza II, ON section M; Isabelle Hogarth, Shannondale Aston
Images courtesy of Ash Rawlinson