Ruth Gregory reports ..
Monmouth held its annual September event last weekend in the beautiful autumn sunshine. The event organiser Sharon Norrish and her team worked hard to put on another fantastic event and were credited for their efforts with mass entries across all classes from BE90 to Open Novice, including u18 sections.
Winner of the Open Novice section C was Alice Keen riding her own Dazzling Springtime. The partnership knows each other very well as they are in their third season of eventing together, which has included cross country clears at CCI-L3*, Intermediate and Novice level.
Their experience certainly showed here as they jumped a foot perfect double clear to add nothing to their dressage mark of 28.5.
Aimee Penny and Gary Power’s PSH Mirror Image were a close second by only 0.9 of a penalty. The nine-year-old mare has had a brilliant season finishing in the top ten at every single event, with three of those being wins, she’s certainly one to keep an eye on for the future.
Aimee was victorious in the Novice section A with PSH Mirage, another lovely young horse bred by Gary Power at the Power Sports Horse Stud. They jumped double clear to finish on their dressage mark of 29.3.
Taking the win in section B was Louise Harwood riding her own seven-year-old Carlingfords Hes A Clover. The Irish bred gelding has had a brilliant season so far jumping 12/12 cross-country clears including at his first intermediate at Aston-Le-Walls in July.
Bella Balian and Top Billing produced their best eventing result to take the win in the BE100Plus section D. They skipped around the jumping phases to finish of their dressage mark of 29.5.
“I was so pleased with him as it’s his first season of BE and he’s progressed so far in each discipline, so it was great for them all to finally come together on the same day!
He gives me such a great feeling cross-country and I’m now really looking forward to stepping him up to novice for over last event of the season.”
It was another win for Stella Bunn and Renkum Capitano who mirrored their performance at Sapey a few weekends ago to add another BE100Open win to their name. They produced a very polished performance adding nothing to their impressive mark of 18.5 to seal the win.
The combination suffered an horrific fall a few months ago where the gelding got his front foot caught in the martingale when schooling down some steps at home. Stella was rushed to hospital but thankfully didn’t suffer any major injuries besides dental work and some stitches.
Since the freak accident the combination have come back firing picking up a trio of wins with their third being here at Monmouth.
Isabel Rugman and Cendora won the BE100Ou18 section. They are a new pairing as Cendora was previously campaigned by Ben Way before Isabel took over the reins in August. Already they’ve finished on their dressage score at each of their three events and their win here is surely a sign of things for come for them in the future.
It was a winning eventing debut for Megan Johnson who won the BE90Ou18 section with Irish Clover Boy on their very first attempt at BE together.
Ellie Savage and Cleodore were second on a score of 29.5, whilst Grace Partridge and Master Macky were third and Grace’s other ride Bookhamlodge Pennylane finished fourth. Both of Grace’s rides were members of the gold medal winning Charles Owen Pony European team in Poland last month. Master Macky was ridden by Grace’s sister Freya and finished in individual fourth whilst Bookhamlodge Pennylane took induvial silver with Ibble Watson.
Ibble Watson was triumphant in the BE100 section H with Aristoteles S Z adding nothing to their near perfect dressage mark of 18.3. She also finished fifth in the BE100Ou18 section K with Candito.
BE100 section E; Alicia Hawker, Scoobo; BE100 section F; Vicky Tuffs, Jasper; BE100 section I; Petra James, The Protagonist; BE100Open section G; Georgie Strang, Als Dexter Doolittle; BE90 section L; Jayne Whitbred, Quantum IV; BE90 section M; Casey Sharpe, Eglwsfach Roger; BE90 section N; Laura Ridout, Coolodge Sox; BE90Open section O; Amy Tough, Scarlet Ribbons;
Images courtesy of Tanzy Lee