EVENT REPORTS – Nunney International

Laura Phipps reports …

Nunney International hosted five days of competition from the 15th-19th June with classes ranging from BE100 – Open Intermediate and including a Novice Regional Final.

Tom McEwen and Braveheart B consolidated their good run of form by storming to the Novice Regional Final win. They were the only pair to score a sub 30 mark in the dressage – 27.5 and added nothing more to claim the win by nearly 6 penalties from David Doel and Galileo III. Braveheart B is an 8 year old gelding by Radolin and was adding his second win of the season to top five placings in Tattersalls CCI* and Chatsworth CIC*, making him one to watch with the future in mind.

Hector Payne

Hector Payne and Top Biats proved class acts throughout the CIC** adding only 1.2 XC time to a leading dressage of 23.1.  This 11 year old gelding by Corofino is a former ride of William Fox-Pitt and this is the pairs first season together. They appear to have forged a brilliant partnership as evidenced by second place finishes at Floors Castle CIC** and an OI at Burnham Market prior to this victory. Hector commented on his
Facebook page: “After a couple of average days at Nunney, Top Biats definitely lightened the mood and the week finished on a total high with him following up his amazing dressage with a double clear to win the 2*. He was phenomenal in all three phases and a huge thanks must go to Nunney for making the ground near perfect after the lack of rain along with all the volunteers help. I won a beautiful trophy and it was very generous for the owners of Top Biats to receive a prize from the EHOA.”

Alexander Whewall and Chakiris Star left the disappointment of an elimination  at Badminton behind them to claim a victory in OI Section R. They scored 26.1 in the dressage and added only 1.6 XC time faults to beat Roberto Scalisi and Topaze Du Plain on 28.9. Alexander was in flying form here as he bought five horses and left with five double jumping clears. He added on his Facebook page “I’m so lucky to have such fantastic talented horses to work with. Thanks go to the team at both the show and at home for getting everything organised.”

Sam Griffiths was a busy man here as he was tasked with XC course walks in the BE100 and Novice sections and also campaigned six horses throughout the week. He was duly rewarded with a double of wins in Open Novice Section L and BE100 Section C. His Novice winner, Mornington, has been competed by Sam since 2013 however, this was their first win together. They added 1.2 XC time to a 28.8 dressage to complete 0.2 ahead of Line Andreson and Faere Spirit. In contrast, his BE100 winner, Annaghmore Valoner, is in his first season and was completing a hat trick here following wins at Ascott and West Wilts. This was achieved by completing on his dressage of 26.5, 0.5 ahead of Antoinette Mckeowen and Zary. 

It was also double delight for Toby Pigott who was victorious in two Intermediate sections. Toby, 26 and based at Rabson Manor, was gaining his first win aboard his Section Q victor Freestyle R, an 8 year old gelding by Corland, whom he has had the ride on since July 17. They added 4.4 XC time to a dressage score of 25.5 to secure the win ahead of David Doel and Ferro Point on his dressage of 30.7. Toby commented “this was only Freestyle’s second intermediate so a win is fantastic and hopefully this is a sign of the future. We are aiming for Hartpury CCI**.”

Toby was also enjoying his first triumph aboard his Section P winner, Royal Diamond II, a 10 year old gelding by Manor Diamond. They added 3.2 XC time to a dressage of 31.4 to streak to the win ahead of Ludwig Svennerstal and MGH Annaghmore on 42.9. Royal Diamond clearly has an infinity with Nunney as Toby exclaimed “that’s the second time he’s won the Nunney trophy!” before continuing “he had some time off with injury last year so it’s great to come back with a win. We will also aim him for Hartpury CCI**.”

Continuing the theme of first wins, Francesca Denning secured her first victory aboard Steppe Rebel in BE100 Section B. This six year old gelding by Steppe Dancer is owned by Jane O’Donald, whose hard Francesca works on producing the young horses and training Jane’s daughter Anna. This is the horses first season eventing and put in accomplished performances in all three phases here to complete on his dressage of 25.0. Francesca commented “Austin O’Connor helped me find Rebel in Ireland last winter. I’m chuffed Jane has allowed me to produce him for them. He’s been Mr consistent with placings in all his runs so far, so it was lovely to have a win before we upgrade to Novice next time out. All being well, our ultimate aim for him is the YH* classes.”

Other winners:
KBIS 5yo: Sara Squires and Denali
BE100 Section D: Michael Jackson and Trevargo
Section M: Dan Jocelyn and Florencina R
Section N: Charlotte Jeffes and Humphrey VI
BE100 Open Section O: Emma Jane Matthews and Newgate Times
BE100 Plus Section F: Laura Cackett and Aces High IV
IN Section S: Jason Hobbs and Rusticoats
Novice Section G: Nici Wilson and Horace Slughorn
Section H: Millie Dumas and Universal Cooley
Section I: Joe Roome and Emerald Spirit II
Section J: Paolo Belvederesi and Cream of the Crop
Section K: Louise Harwood and Dream Dragon
Open Intermediate Section U: Heidi Coy and Carrigsean Tigerseye

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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