Norton Disney was blessed with fabulous weather over the weekend. Set at the Weller’s farm in Lincolnshire, it was yet another popular event, with an extra day added to the schedule. Holding host to 20 sections ranging from BE80(T) to Novice, there were numerous success stories and some of the lowest finishing scores seen.
In the Novice, Hannah Atkinson and Icarus posted a finishing score so good, it hasn’t been seen in British Eventing competition in the last 6 years. With 3 tens and enough nines to even make the professionals jealous, Atkinson received an incredible dressage score of 9.5, topped off with a double clear inside the time, taking the win by an almost 10 point lead.
She told Eventing Worldwide
“Icarus is a 7 yr old Dutch warmblood by VDL Harley. We have owned him for just over a year, he was sourced by HK horses. This was his 4th novice run, in preparation for Burgham 2* in 2 weeks. I am a riding instructor and help my mum run Saxton Riding Centre. I love Eventing and hope to get a few more rides for next season. I heard the dressage score over the commentary after showjumping and couldn’t believe the score, I knew we had done a good test but I was delighted with 9.5! The cross country was a testing course and knew I would have to ride swiftly to make the time. Icarus answered every question on the course confidently as we flew round with 2 seconds to spare. Many thanks to Norton Disney for running a great event.”
Another Novice champion was John-Paul Sheffield, who seems to have Norton Disney as his lucky venue with a hat-trick of wins. His Novice partner in victory was Elizabeth Golby’s nine-year-old gelding Schindlers Boy. He also took victory at BE100 and BE90 level with Eindhoven Garette and Kingsman respectively.
Other winners in the BE90 section included 13 year old Annie Dean and Flash, who seem to be on a winning streak after also
taking a win at Frickley Park a couple of weeks ago. Finishing on their dressage of 25.3.
Annie spoke to Eventing Worldwide and said:
“I have had Flash for 4 and a bit years! He had never evented when I got him and was a very successful showjumper. I always wanted to event and Flash and I learnt to do it together! He did an absolutely lovely dressage test to get a score of 25.3 to be in the lead and then jumped double clear inside the time. It was just amazing to lead from start to finish. Just such a special pony!”
Another successor in the BE90 sections was Evie Llewellyn-Smith and Darling Duluxe. It was a first win for Evie, and she told us,
“I am 23, have a BSc in Equine Sports Science and my PC A test. This was my (and Maggie’s) first BE win! Maggie is a 6yo 16.1 ISH. She was not a fan of water when we first introduced it and it took about 6 months to get her walking into it independently (instead of following mum or jumping the whole lot!). And she cantered through the water at Norton which I was very pleased with. Her dressage scores this year have been 21, 23, 23. The first 2 times I was sure it was a fluke but am now guessing all the dressage training during lockdown is paying off!! She also had a fly land on her just as she entered the arena on Saturday so was busy trying to get that off while on the centre line so not the best start to the test but she pulled it back bless her.”
Other winners include:
Novice: Izzy Picton-Tubervill – Killbeggan K; Sarah Bartlett – Woodys Honor Mission; Daisy Liddle – Endorsement; Rosalind Canter – Lordships Parc Royale; Sara Bowe – Erbentico VB.
BE90: Caroline Bridge – Bellagio 99; Katie Field – Jubilee Jinx.
BE80(T): Nancy Harper – Another George
BE100: Angus Smales – Metalbridge Cracker; Daisy Appleby – Lordships Revelation; Paul Burgess – Embla Million; Phillipa Cross – Bullards G and T; Angus Pimblott – Saxy Park Lane; Vivogue – Laura Greenhalgh.