Georgia Dixon reports ..
Set in the beautiful countryside of Surrey, in the South of England, Munstead ran two days of spectacular grassroots eventing. After a slow start to the season due to reasons none of us need reminding about… it seems that riders are now really starting to get back into the swing of things, with some impressive performances throughout the weekend.
Four sections of BE(80)T went ahead, with around 30 competitors in each. Aurelia Hodgson and Lawmens Duchess were untouchable in Section E. After a 19.3 dressage score they had already shot right into the lead – the next best dressage score being 26! Aurelia rode the six year old mare to victory, only adding 0.8 time penalties from the cross country phase, to give them a total score of 20.1. The runner up was Lucinda Langhorne with Howard, they finished on 28.5.
Section D saw only two double clears in the BE80(T). Constance Clarke finished on her dressage score of 34.3 to take the win, with Helen Jackson and Classicals Designer Swatch hot on their heels in second place, finishing on their dressage score of 36.8. Penny Herring also finished on the score 36.8 – after having one down in the showjumping to add to a dressage score of 32.8. Penny was pipped to the post for second after Helen was closest to the optimum time in the cross country phase.
In total over the weekend, six BE90 sections were run, including an Open Section. Jemima Fussell rode two faultless jumping phases, adding nothing to her dressage score in Section A – this left them at the top of leaderboard on a very impressive score of 24. Caroline Exley and Copperfield Iris also finished on their dressage score to take the second place position just behind Jemima, completing on 28.
BE90 Section B also saw some impressive performances with 10 competitors going double clear in the jumping phases and finishing on their dressage scores. Melissa Joannides was the winner of the section riding Quality Quick Decision – they finished on a score fo 26. Nicola Butcher and Love Actually finished on 29, which was good enough for second place, just ahead of Andrea Jansen and Carrick Warcraft in third on 30.7.
Heidi Reed rode a beautiful dressage test on Ilar Vincent in BE90 Section C to produce a score of 23.5 – the combination retained their lead from start to finish, adding only 2.8 time faults from the cross country phase to leave them on a final score of 26.3. Hot on their heels was Charlotte Ricca-Smith and Cefnarochr Aderyn Du, they added 0.4 time faults to their dressage score of 27.8 – leaving them in second place on 28.2.
The BE90Open Section (L) was won by Will Furlong riding IE MrMcGregor, the combination finished on their dressage score of 26.5 – the best dressage score in the whole section. Coming up closely behind in second was Helen Witchell and Tregaron, also finishing on their dressage score – 29.
Isabel Bhatia and Clinstown Windy impressed the judges in the dressage phase in the B100 Section J – the combination had the best dressage score of 27.8. They then stormed around both jumping phases, adding no further penalties to win the section. Helen Witchell ended up in the runners spot again, this time by a very small 0.2 penalty margin. She rode Wall Street NY, finishing on their dressage score of 28.
BE100 Section K was won by Megan Brown and Metropolitan Clover, Megan rode seven year old to victory after setting the tone with a mark of 27 in the dressage phase. They then only added 0.4 time penalties from the cross country phase, leaving them on a total score of 27.4. Philippa Hendry was not far behind in second place riding Cloonelara Summertime – they finished on their dressage score of 28.8.