Sarah Carless reports…

Organisers at Oasby’s first British Eventing gallantly ran two days of competition before the weather halted proceedings, as sadly after heavy rainfall the ground conditions deteriorated meaning all competition on Saturday and Sunday was abandoned. 

Storm Straker has eventing in her blood as the niece of Olympic Silver medallist Karen Dixon. At Oasby she got her season off to a flying start with a win in a very competitive Open Novice Section N on a score of 26.3. This put her ahead of Nicola Wilson riding Annie Clover and Paul Tapner with Bob Chaplin. 

Storm has competed at two-star level with Well Designed and plans to move up the levels this year, aiming to do the CIC*** at Bramham and potentially Bleinham. 

She told Eventing Worldwide; “It was great to get a win at the first event of the season especially in such a competitive class. I haven’t had any training over winter due to weather and university so I was surprised to do so well in the dressage and had planned on really schooling my horses round the cross country due to no previous schooling beforehand. Once I realised I was lying in such a good position I decided to push for the time although I knew I had to be close to the optimum as Nicola Wilson was on the same dressage score as me. 

One Mitsubishi Motors Cup finalist got her season off to a flying start with victory in BE100 Section R1. Laura Greenhalgh topped the standings in this section with Stanhopes Travelling Man. Oasby is a lucky venue for this pair who have won her on three previous occasions and will be making their second appearance at the championships in May in the BE100 class. 

Oliver Townend, Britain’s top rider from 2017, started his season in style with a win in Open Novice Section B with Coldplay III.  Piggy French was another rider to get her 2018 campaign off to a flying start with a win in Novice Section C on Emerald Jonny, Intermediate Section H with Graf Cavalier and Open Intermediate Section L with Cooley Monsoon. 

Other section results: Open Novice section A Francesca Fitzherbert, Hartpury Take It 2 The Top; Novice Section D Noah Brook, Gabanna HFD; BE100 Section E2 Hayden Hankey, Novaturient; BE100 Open Section F1 Lauren Blades, Edelweis V; BE100 Open Section F2 Rosalind Canter, DHI Jura; BE100 Section G Victoria Banks, Miss Junior; Intermediate Section I Isabel White, Quite Something; Open Intermediate Section J Izzy Taylor, Springpower; Intermediate Section K Ibby Macpherson, Ballingowan Diamond; Novice section M Louise Harwood, Trevillick; 

Images courtesy of Stacey Smalley

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