Charley Adams reports..
With six rides and two wins, Harry Horton certainly had a successful run at Keysoe horse trails over the weekend.
Keysoe which ran from Saturday, May 4 to Monday, May 6 ran classes from BE80 to Intermediate and was organised by Simon Bates.
Harry won both the Novice and the BE90 on Darc Silver and Alvescot Wannabe respectively.
This is Harry’s second eventing season with Darc Silver and his second win this season at novice level. The 16.2h gelding won at Keysoe with a score of 31.8 after obtaining 0.8 time penalties cross country.
Harry said: “I was very pleased the horses ran well all weekend. Darc Silver ran very well in the novice, giving me a great ride cross country round a decent track, he won the novice at Whitfield the week before so it was nice to get back to back wins on the board.”
Soon the pair will be heading to Rockingham 2* with Darc Silver and described the gelding as an “exciting horse for the future”.
Harry’s other win came in section B of the BE90 riding Alvescot Wannabe when the combination finished on their dressage score of 24.3 after a double clear.
This is only the pair’s second competition this season after a 10th position finish in the BE90 at Horseheath. They competed at BE100 last season with three top 20 finishes.
Harry commented “Alvescot wannabe had a very confident run and did her best test to date. She will step back up to 100 next time out with the hope of going Novice later on in the season.
“We got a couple of good placings with Findon Fiasco and Bleannagloos Lad so it made for a very sweet weekend.” Five out of six of Harry’s rides at Keysoe finished in the top 20 including a 3rd and 5th position.
Holly Woodhead also had two wins at Keysoe, one in the Novice riding Harlassimo and one in the BE100 riding Benicia B. Holly also finished second in the Novice section she won.
It is Harlassimo and Holly’s first season competing together and she finished 11th at Whitfield in April riding the 16.2hh gelding. Her BE 100 win was enjoying her second win of the season after the mare also won at Whitfield in her first season eventing.
Holly told us: “The day was fab I had my younger horses there. Benicia B owned by Linda Penfold won her BE100 section for the second week running on a very impressive 23.5 dressage, we’ve been working really hard on keeping her relaxed in her tests so it’s great that she is now consistently scoring these marks. She will have a few more runs at this level to establish her and then step up to Novice.
“Harlassimo owned by Mr and Mrs Hope was mega in just his second Novice. He’s such fun to ride and so talented. It was great for him to win as he’s new to this level and still has so much more to give. We will establish him at Novice and then step up to the young horse classes.”
Andrew Heffernan won the other novice section and the open novice was won by Susie Berry and Owen Cooper.
The intermediate section was won by Edie Campbell who was achieving her best result on this horse this season and Lily Bradstock, plus Kylie Roddy who won the open intermediate. The NRF section W was won by Katie Barber riding Diamond Mine.