Ruth Gregory reports…
Last weekened saw Oasby’s last event of the year. The Autumn event reminded everyone that winter’s drawing in; with the weather posing some challenging, very wet and bustry conditions. Despite, the team at Oasby, organised by BEDE events ,battled through to ensure that the weekend carried on and provided an exciting competition from BE90 to OI sections, with a class field filled some big names and up and coming eventing stars alike.
Phoebe Locke, proved why she is one of the Uk’s most exciting future young riders, by dominating the event with a full house of double clears, four top eight placings and two wins. She ran away with the OIu21 title leading from start to finish on Pica Dor. The combination added nothing to their score of 28.6. She also finished fifth and seventh in the section with Carrigsean Tigerstyle, and Russal Z. Phoebe, and Carrigsean Tigerstyle, put in a faultless double clear to finish on their dressage of 33.9. Whilst, her other ride Russal Z, only added 1.6 cross country time penalties to finish on 36.2.
Adding to a very successful weekend, Phoebe, also picked up a N win in section C with Bellagio Declyange. She piloted the eight-year-old gelding into top spot by adding nothing to their dressage of 33.8. The weekend was super special for Phoebe as all her rides had only been on her yard for a week! “It was quite overwhelming how well they went,” says Phoebe, “I was pleased with all of them in all phases, four double clears, couldn’t really ask for more!” Her next plans are to run them at Biction this weekend for their last event of the season, “Hope we can keep building on Oasby!”
Oliver Townend reminded everyone why he’s the world number one following another impressive run of results at Oasby, “I was happy with all of their performances”, says Oliver, “they all went very well.” He claimed first and second spot in the competitive OI section I, taking the win with the ever consistent Cillnabradden Evo. The pair added nothing to their near perfect dressage mark of 22.3 to cement their victory. “It was Evo’s last run before he heads to Pau, so I was happy with him in all three phases.” Oliver’s other ride Coldplay III finished a near second, only rolling a pole showjumping for an end score of 31.3.
It was a double cause for celebration in the Townend camp as he also took the ON win in section E, with the nine-year-old mare, Ececheira, by finishing on another sub 30 score of 25.7. Oliver’s three rides are all but one ready to have a break following another very busy season, as he heads to Pau with Evo next weekend, hopefully their perfect prep run at Oasby will grant them good fortunes in France next weekend.
Louise Harwood also had a run of great results over the weekend with four out of four top ten placings across the intermediate sections. “I was really pleased with the horses,” said Louise. She and Omard Mickey Two finished runners up in section G, only adding a minor 0.8 cross country time fault to finish on 34.7. The gelding has how upgraded to advanced level. “I have been producing him since he was a four-year-old.” Says Louise, “He has done a few advanced events already this year, but I am aiming to do more and a 3* with him next season.” Finishing a close third in the same section was another one of Louise’s horses, Trevillick. The seven-year-old gelding put in a faultless double clear to finish on 34.8. “It was his best placing at intermediate so far, he is only a seven-year-old and very big so producing him slowly,” says Louise. In section F she also rode Brechfa Baruch to third with another double clear to also finish on his dressage od 34.8. It was the gelding’s first intermediate run following on from his first novice earlier in the year, having bounced back from missing the whole of last season after having a colic operation.
Louise’s final ride Dassett Golden Touch, who was also making his intermediate debut, picked up a handful of jumping penalties, with an unlucky rolled pole in the showjumping, to finish a respectable seventh on a score of 38.9.”
Horse and Hound young rider of the year nominee, Heidi Coy, took the BE100 section
J crown with Indiana Du Vlist. The five-year-old mare, who Heidi only started eventing in July, put in another top performance to claim her win and add to her impressive BE record, including; two wins, two seconds and a fourth. “She has an extremely exciting future”, says Heidi, “ She got a 24 dressage, is very level headed and moves beautifully.” The combination only accumulated four showjumping faults to finish on 28.8, seven points ahead of second placed Jemima Snipe, and Chebsey Mint. It’s not quite the end of the season for the mare yet though, “ She now heads to Norton Disney”, says Heidi, “and then has some demonstrations with Caroline Moore and Ros Canter, which I am taking her to, along with some others.”
Heidi, also finished ninth in the OIu21 section with Halenza. It was the mare’s first intermediate run, but this didn’t bother the pairing as they made nothing of the tricky cross country track, to only picked up four showjumping faults, finishing on a score of 37.4.
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