Georgia Dixon reports…
The second of Llanymynech’s horse trials took place over the August bank holiday weekend and featured a whole range of classes from BE80(T) through to Novice, including some all important tickets to Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup Championships at BE100 level.
Katie Thomas and Cefnpant Iolo are one of the combinations heading to Badminton to compete I the BE100 championships next year. It was very tight at the top of the leaderboard in the BE100RF, however, Katie held onto the win, finishing on her dressage score of 27.3. Lucy Watson and Rafiki Yango went into the cross country phase on the exact same score as Katie, however they crossed through the finish line two seconds too fast, giving them 0.8 time faults and pushing the down into third place. This allowed Vicki Lowe and Ava III to sneak up into second place, finishing on their dressage score of 27.8.
Gabriella Macdonald has been on top form with Menai Laurence, picking up their second win in a row after winning BE80(T) Section A by an impressive eight penalties; they finished on their dressage score of 22.3, the best dressage score by four penalties.
Harry Harding rode to an impressive win on the five-year-old Utahs Sorrel Son in BE90 Section L, this being the horses first event of the season. The combination did everything right in the dressage, leaving them on an impressive score of 22. They then carried on their form to complete an almost faultless event, just adding 3.2 time faults too fast acorss the country. They still finished on a score of 25.8, leaving them at the top of the leaderboard by 0.6 penalties. Victoria Jones and Garry Knight were the combination just behind in second place, they finished on their dressage score of 25.8.
The BE90 sections saw another impressive win from first time combination Petra James and The Protagonist. They won BE90 Section M after adding only 0.8 time faults from the cross country phase to their dressage score of 22.3. Debbie Baker was the second placed rider in this section riding Tonycynffig Maatgold – the pair posted a dressage score of 24.8, then added four faults from the show jumping and 0.8 time faults from the cross country to leave them on a score of 29.6.
Robyn Gray finished first and second in BE100 Section G winning the section – on Little Mill II – with a dressage score of 22.5 and adding 2.8 time faults too fast from the cross country phase. Robyn then rode Don’t Back Down to a double clear and second place, just slotting in behind herself.
Alex Smith rode Bazaars Hightown to victory in the BE100 Open Section H; a new ride for Alex. The new duo won after finishing on their dressage score of 29. In second place was Susan Pym and Clownswords Stardust, they finished on a final score of 29.7 – 2.4 too fast time faults pushed them out of the top place position.
Novice Section N was won by Ben McClumpha and Sharaz and they were the only combination to finish on their dressage score from all three of the Novice sections. Ben won the class on a score of 25.8. Manuel Heleno and Mississippi V finished in second place on a final score of 32.9; meaning Ben and Sharaz won by over 7 penalties.
Jeanette Brakewell rode Argent Touch to victory in Novice Section O after riding a dressage test which was worthy of a score of 29.5, they then added 2 time faults from the cross country, meaning they finished on a final score of 31.5. Brier Leahy and Trethern were hot on their heels, after adding only 0.4 time faults from the cross country to a dressage score of 31.3. This meant that Jeanette won by a total of 0.2 penalties; it was very tight at the top of the leaderboard.
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