Georgia Dixon reports ….
As we head into the final month of the eventing season, many people finished on a high at the London Capital and Finance Osberton International – one of the biggest events on the calendar; competitors travelled from all over the UK to compete at the prestigious event. The Nottingham-based event is home to the four and five year old young horse classes as well as the YH* and YH** Championships. Alongside the baby horses, many horse and rider combinations contested the long format CCI* and CCI** classes over the week.
As well as fantastic talent and riding, Equestrian of Sport was held in aid of Jonty Evans’ rehabilitation, featuring a special guest… Jonty himself. Being such an iconic character for determination, strength, kindness and talent amongst the equestrian world, it was an extremely emotional night for everybody who attended the event to see him there and recovering. The night raised in excess of £7500 with more pledges to be taken into account for a final figure.
The YH** class saw 60 of the most talented seven year old’s battle it out to be crowned the champion. The horse that came out on top was Sarah Bullimore’s and Brett Bullimore’s Couret; Sarah piloted the young horse to comfortably win the class on their dressage score of 25.5. Couret is bred out of Sarah’s four star, Grade I mare, Lilly Corinne and by the international show jumping favourite, Balou du Rouet. Couret is sure to be a gelding to watch for the future.
The runner up in the YH** was Laura Collet, who rode Calmaro around the difficult two star track to finish on their impressive dressage score of 27.9. Calmaro, owned by Laura herself, Ms Margie Gibb and Miss Karen Bartlett previously also came second in the CIC** at Barbury International Horse Trials and has placed in the top ten in every single event except for two this year, including winning an intermediate and the CCI* at Tattersalls. Calmaro is another young horse who is already proving to be very impressive.
There were 75 starters in the YH* six year old championships but there could only be one winner, Oliver Townend and the Hazeldines & Mitchell Fox Group’s Weston Goodfella. The world ranked number one rider, Oliver Townend finished on his dressage score of 27 with Weston Goodfella to finish exactly one penalty ahead of the runners up, Piggy French and Emerald Jonny.
Tom March’s Irish bred Emerald Jonny and Piggy French kept up their good form to finish on their dressage score after a very successful season at novices and International CIC* level; the gelding has won two novices this year as well a winning the CIC* at Burgham and placing second in the CIC* at Rockingham International.
Vicky Tuffs won the five year old championships on Max McInerney – last year’s four year old runner up. The young horse has shown good form all year after winning four events in total and being placed in the top ten in all but two of them. The pair finished on their dressage score of 28.9, just ahead of young rider Emily King and Vamonos who finished on their dressage score of 29.4.
The four year old championships finished with just 0.1 penalties between the top two, however, it was Imogen Murray and Jezebel HDH who took the crown. The young Dutch-bred horse had only done two events previous to the championship, winning one of them. The combination finished on their dressage score of 27.4. Samantha Jimmison and MySpires Another Star were the runners up, finishing on their dressage score of 27.5.
Izzy Taylor had a successful week in the CCI** class after making up two thirds of the top three. Izzy won the class with Conguistador II after finishing on their dressage score of 28.9. Izzy also rode Liscarrow Conista to a foot perfect double clear to finish on their dressage score of 30.9.
The talented young rider Yasmin Ingham has held her top form after a successful Young Rider European Championships earlier in the year – where she finished fourth with Rehy DJ – to take second place in the CCI** on Sandman 7. Yasmin rode Edwin and Sue Davies’ and Miss Janette Chinn’s 12 year old gelding to complete with only 30.3 penalties from the dressage phase. This was only the fourth event for this combination since Yasmin took over the reins from Sandman 7’s previous rider Pippa Funnell earlier in the year.
On top of her successes in the CCI** Izzy also took the win in the CCI* onboard MBF Harley Rebel. They finished on their dressage score of 30.4 to finish with a 0.5 penalty lead ahead of Flora Harris and Diamond Holly. Kate Tarrant was the rider who finished in third place in the CCI* with her own and Ms Lynne Clark’s Belofte.
Images Courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography