Timmy Orritt reports ….
After making the tough and unfortunate decision to abandon their first day of competition, Llanymynech, a unique event in which half of the cross country course runs in England, and the other half in Wales, were given the all clear to run their second day of eventing on the 12th May, with a mixture of sections from BE90 up to Open Novice, including a BE100Ou18.
Paul Sims took the lead from start to finish in the Open Novice section riding SNAKES AND LADDERS, as the pair added just 2.8 time penalties from the cross country to their dressage score of 23.8, to finish on 26.6. Kate Mills and DE JA VU IV came a close 2nd when the combination finished on their dressage of 27.5. Robyn Gray, who had three rides over the day, claimed 3rd riding LITCHFIELD FOXTROT, when they also finished on their dressage of 29.
In Novice section K, Lizzie Doolittle and SHOP DJ obtained the best dressage mark in their section, however added 4 showjumping penalties and some time cross country to their original mark of 28.5 to drop to 3rd place overall, allowing Lucy Watson and RAFIKI YANGO to take the win on a score of 35.3, and Kerry Olivieri rose to 2nd place riding MOYGANNON CRUISE.
Novice section L saw a win for EMC ITS SHOWTIME ridden by Becky Hartley when the pair went double clear inside the time following their dressage mark of 36. Becky also took the win in section H of the BE100s riding GELATHA, after the combination finished on their dressage score of 32. Sue Colley and HENDRIK 24 took 2nd place behind them in the Novice when they also went double clear to add zero penalties to their dressage of 37.3, and Dr Philip Dale rode EX MISS BOUQUET 2016 to 2nd place in section H (BE100) when they finished closely behind Becky on their dressage of 32.8.
In the BE100 section G, it was a one-two result for Louise Harwood, who won riding BRECHFA LETTA after the completed with a double clear following their dressage score of 29, and Louise finished 2nd riding BALOUTERO, again going double clear to finish on their dressage mark of 31.
Maddie Taylor and MIGHTY MAX managed to obtain the best dressage score in the BE100Ou18 section, however 4 showjumping penalties and 2.4 time faults from the cross country phase dropped the pair from their lead into 3rd place overall, allowing Lucy Exley and CAPUCHIN CASANOVA to win, following the combination adding just 4 faults from the showjumping to their dressage of 25.8 to finish on 29.8 in the lead. Alice Salwey and WESTERLAKE BUTTONWEED finished 2nd in the section on a final score of 30.8 after they also clipped an unfortunate pole showjumping to add 4 penalties to their original dressage of 26.8.
The BE100open section was a small section which saw only 10 completions. Out of these, the win went to Maddie Maher riding TRETHERN, when the pair went double clear inside the time to finish on their dressage score of 28. Rosie Alcorn and DJANGO III took 2nd place behind them.
Both 90 sections saw very close marks, with 1st and 2nd places in each section finishing on the same score. In section N, Sarah Ridgway and SKA BUACHAILL MOR pipped David Llewellyn and QUICK SONNY to the win when the pair came finished closer to the optimum time, after both combinations added nothing to their equal dressage marks of 33. Similarly in section O, Sarah Fitton riding STARS BOY, and Dean Price riding REGAL PRINCE V, both finished on their same dressage scores of 27.5 after each pair went double clear with zero time penalties. However, it was Sarah and STARS BOY who came in closest to the optimum time and therefore took the win, with Dean Price finishing 2nd.
A special mention must go to Hazel and Jonathon Radford, and the rest of the team at LLanymynech who did everything they could to allow the second day of eventing to take place, and had the ground as near to perfect as possible. Well done to all the competitors competing, and we look forward to seeing you all again at Llanymynech’s second event on the 24th/25th August alter this year.