Georgia Dixon reports …
Norton Disney horse trials, set in the beautiful countryside of Lincolnshire, is one of those events where everything is in close proximity, making it a lovely event to spectate and ride at. The going was perfect and had been well maintained to ensure good running for everyone, this laid out the perfect conditions for some great results in all classes – BE80(T), BE90, BE100 and Novice.
The BE100Open Section J showed off some top class riding and horses. Imogen Murray and SJL Convince Me stole the show after scoring an incredible 17.8 dressage score, the pair then went on to finish on this result after adding nothing from the show jumping and cross country phases. However, this was not the only impressive score of the section, every combination in the top 10 finished on a final result of less than 30 penalties. Joshua Levett and Ballymore Rich Cat finished in second place on a score of 21 and Georgie From and DHI Jura finished on their dressage score of 21.3 to finish third.
Harriette Howard and Doctor of Diplomacy had their first win of the season together in BE100 Section E. The combination lead from the beginning with a dressage score of 27.8 and then added no further faults from the final two phases to take a comfortable win. John-Paul Sheffield and Irene finished in second place on a final score of 29.3, just ahead of Lucy Robinson and Red Quest II in third on 29.8.
BE100 Section F was won by Phillipa Ward and Rathmores Little Artist who finished on their dressage score of 26.5. Eliza Stoddart piloted Codebreaker to take the spot just behind Phillipa in second place – 0.1 penalty point ahead of third placed combination, Sally Chamberlain and Chevalian Royal Fire.
Chloe Mia Davis rode Bo Jangles around his first event to win BE80(T) Section G. They added 0.8 time penalties from the cross country to a dressage score of 26.5. Jessica Bluhm and Carlingfords O Reilly finished in second place on a score of 29.
BE90 Section A was won by Bailey-Mai Harrison on the Irish bred pony D S Shadows Moonlight, they finished on their dressage score of 29. Hannah Baker and BP Silver were hot on their heels in second place, finishing one penalty point behind on 30 – also adding nothing to their dressage mark.
Rhydant Duffy and Jessica McLeod produced their second win in a row since opening their season. The combination lead from start to finish in BE90 Section B after posting the only sub 30 dressage score – 27.5 – and then went on to complete the final two phases penalty free. Jessica finished 2.5 penalties ahead of second placed rider Jodie Burnley, when finished on a dressage score of 30 with Crownhill Smoke. Jack Shaw and Henley Sasperilla finished in third place, adding nothing to their dressage score of 35.5.
Four faults from the show jumping cost Helen Jackson and Leverage the win in BE90 Section C after an impressive dressage test of 21, the combination finished on a final score of 25, which left them in second place. However, the winner of the section was Kathryn Harrison and Rising Star who rode faultlessly to finish on their dressage score of 22.5, opening their season with a promising result.
Arthur Duffort had the two best dressage scores in Novice Section K, scoring 23.3 on JSC Bucketlist and 24.8 on Bradno De Cherel, however, despite jumping double clear, time faults across the country on both cost him the win. Brando De Cherel finished with 2.8 time faults to finish respectably in second place. The win was awarded to Richard Jones and Grafics who added nothing to their dressage score of 26.8.
Piggy French and Cooley Lancer started off positively in Novice Section L, attaining a dressage score of 24.5. The combination then went on to add only 2.8 time penalties from the cross country phases to win the section. Elizabeth Power and Azure weren’t too far behind in second place, after adding 1.2 time penalties to a dressage score of 28.5. John-Paul Sheffield had another good result, finishing third in this section with Future Gravitas.
There was one section of Open Novice – Section M – and this was won by Alexandra Farrar-Fry and Santiago S. The combination added 0.8 time penalties to the best dressage score of the section, 27.3. The combination finished 1.7 penalties ahead of the second placed pair, Alex Postolowsky and Eastern Gold II.