Event reports sponsored by Caunton Manor Stud
Sonia Chapman reports ..
All competitors that had the opportunity to run at Lincoln, must feel like they achieved a win.
With the cancellations due to weather and now the suspension of eventing until further notice. Lincoln did a brilliant job, to run in testing ground/weather conditions. While also enabling as many people as possible to go eventing, all the waitlists were full to brimming and a large number of people were disappointed.
The battle for the most wins across the 3 days of Lincoln was hard fought, with Ros Canter and Piggy March achieving a draw with 4 wins a piece, not mentioning the second places they picked up behind themselves as winners. World Champions Ros & Allstar B produced the best dressage, one of only 2 in the twenties, followed this up with 1 time penalty in the showjumping and few time penalties on the cross country to win by 2 penalties in the Advanced intermediate. Pencos Crown Jewel and Ros edged into second ahead of Kitty King and Vendredi Baits the only other twenties dressage. Kitty was pleased with her run as neither of her horses particular enjoyed the “tacky” going but produced good results.
Ros’s 3 other wins were curtesy of two young horses in the BE100’s Section A with Juul W , Section D and Izilot DHI the 2019 BE 6 year old champion.
Cooley Goodwood gave Piggy March the first of her 4 wins for the weekend in BE 100 section C, following up on their BE100 win from Isleham. Brookfield Innocent won Open Immediate Section Q, another horse following up a win already this season but at Oasby. This section was incredibly competitive in the dressage with the majority of the section gaining a mark in the low twenties. This section was dominated with the top three placings going to the busiest event riders Piggy, Izzy Taylor and Oliver Townend. Piggy also won Open Intermediate section P on Cooley Monsoon for Jennifer Saunders, with second place on Fonbherna Lancer who last season was ridden by Izzy Taylor finishing the season at Boekelo. Izzy Taylor was then third on Graf Cavalier who consequently was ridden previously by Piggy!
Izzy Taylor had a particularly busy time at Lincoln, riding the maximum number of horses of 15 over the course of 3 days, now that’s dedication. This effort produced 9 placings and 1 win on Romantic in Novice section G.
Jaymee Savill got her last year in Pony trials off to a flying start gaining a one, two on Independent Johnny and Knockmullen Flyer respectively. With current reigning European Pony Champion Midnight Dancer and Finn Healy grabbing third place. Although the three boys in this class all managed a placing with Freddie Cooper coming fourth and Archie Tulloch gaining 8th, super effort boys.
The Open Novice Under 18 was won by an ecstatic Issie Thompson and Stallion Pennineview Silver Concorde, on a 31.8 dressage followed by a faultless double clear. Issie was quick to thank her sponsors, trainers and parents for helping her achieve this win.
Nicola Wilson picked up her first win since returning to competition from her neck fracture last season on Chiraz in Novice section H.
Philippa Nixon and PRF Divo Mail won Intermediate section R and for good measure Philippa also finished second in Intermediate Novice Section V on Artic Cruising. Polly Stockton and Wil She Ever claim top honours in Intermediate Section S.
In March 2019 the record for the most wins in a month was set at 14 by Piggy March, with two weekends to go Piggy is already on 11, by far could this record have been beaten?
IMAGES COURTESY OF STACEY SMALLEY