Ruth Gregory reports ..
The ever popular, Oasby horse trials didn’t disappoint with classes filled with top names and horses out in force to gear up for whatever is install for them this season. The event battled with some wild conditions and unfortunately the organisers, BEDE, had to call off the final day (Sunday 10th).
Nevertheless, Oasby saw a great weekend of sport with national classes from BE90 to Open Intermediate as well as showcasing, the first of the Pony Trials for the GB Pony Europeans.
Izzy Taylor took the OI section I win with Springpower, owned by Linda Mars and Jeremey and Andrea Brereton. The highly contested section was full of Badminton hopefuls including: Oliver Townend on Cooley Master Class, Richard P Jones with Alfie’s Clover and Willia Newton with Chance Remark, to name a few.
They lead from start to finish, adding nothing to their near perfect dressage of 23.9. It was the gelding’s first run since he was placed eighth at Boekelo CCI3* in the autumn. Last season, the pairing also won the OI at Oasby and finished second in the 8/9yo class at the Ssangyoung Blenheim Palance International. So with them starting the season where they left off they’re definitely one exciting partnership to keep an eye on this year.
Izzy Taylor was on fire as she also won the OI section L with the striking grey, Direct Cassino. They put in another polished performance to finish on their dressage mark of 24.6. The gelding, owned by Jocelyn Riley, is another exciting horse of Izzy’s to watch this season as last year he won his first advanced at Belton Park International as well as, being placed in the top five at both Arville and Blair Castle CIC3*s.
Just behind in second place were Piggy French and Brookfield Innocent. The gelding who’s owned by Alison Swinburn and John and Chloe Perry, had not had a run since he finished second in the CIC3* at Blair Castle last August. However, this result brings anticipation that the combination are in for another consistent set of results this season.
Piggy French won the OI section H with the eight-year-old gelding, Calling Card. They finished on an impressive dressage mark of 21.8 to beat Oliver Townend and Cillinabradden Evo, who were second on a collective mark of 27.3.
Making up the top three, was Imogen Murray and the ever-consistent Ivar Gooden on a score of 29.1.
It wouldn’t be an eventing weekend without Oliver Townsend, winning at least one section. He scooped up a win in the Novice section P with Western Goodfella, to finish on their dressage score of 30.0.
The gelding, who’s owned by the Hazeldines and Mitchell Fox Group, picked up from where he left over last season having won the Young Horse CIC* at Osberton International and Young Horse Championships in his last outing.
Oliver also won the intermediate section K with, Newmarket Caro on a score of 25.0. The mare was previously campaigned by Carolyne Ryan-Bell, until Oliver took the reins at the end of last season.
One of GB’s rising young stars Heidi Coy, showed off her winter training from the Rosalind Canter and Caroline Moore demonstrations, to put in a polished performance on Halenza, to finish second. Heidi, has produced Halenza from a four-year-old up to intermediate. “She is seven this year and Oasby, was her second ever intermediate!” Said Heidi, “She is a very willing horse and loves jumping!” She is now aimed to run at Houghton Hall with future hopes to be selected for the young rider Europeans. “I really do think she will be my first top level horse!”
Heidi also piloted Royal Fury, to second place in the OIu21 section J to finish on their dressage of 28.0. Heidi, has also had Rory (Royal Fury), since his was only a four-year-old and has produced him herself up the levels successfully having won double silver medals together at last years junior Europeans. “He did a 28.0 dressage with a few excitable moments!” Said Heidi, “he was very excited to be back on grass! My aim this year with him is the young rider Europeans and Blenheim’s 8/9yo class.”
The winners of the OIu21 were Phoebe Locke and Union Fortunus, jumping a smart double clear to finish on a score of 26.5. It is now the pairing’s fourth season together having previously won silver and bronze medals at the junior Europeans as well as, being reserves for the young rider Europeans last year. “Uni comes out better and better each year and never lets me down,” said Phoebe. The gelding is now set to run at Belton in the CCI3*for his next event. Phoebe had two other rides in the section, finishing third on Russal Z, and eighth with Carrigsean Tigerstyle.
The first of this years pony trials was won by Charlotte Bull and Cheeky Casper. It was the combination’s first attempt at pony trials.“It was so rewarding after nearly four years of bringing him from BE80(T) to this level.” Said Charlotte, “We had no idea of what to expect but he really does have a heart of gold and tries his absolute best in all three phases and thoroughly enjoys it as well- couldn’t have been happier with him!”
The pair added nothing to their dressage mark of 31.0 to secure the win. “He felt super all day, a lovely dressage however, the hail got the better of us in the last few movements of the test!” Said Charlotte, “He jumped super showjumping and cross country considering it was only his second novice track.” Charlotte aims to hopefully keep running him at pony trials this season.
N section A: Piggy French, Carolines Air KM: N section B: Susie Berrry, Monberg By Design: ON section C: Piggy French, Castletown Clover: ON section D: Lucy Robinson, RLE French Clover: BE100 section E1: Sarah Chamley, Enjoy II: BE100 section E2: Rachael Lupton, Shannondale Shagosha: BE100open section F: Alexandra Farrar-Fry, Santiago S: BE100 section G1: Alex Hill, Ballygriffin Doc Cider: BE100 section G2: Martyn Johnson, FMSH Ramiro: I section M: Lucy Frankham, Tullia Inspector: N section N: Lauren Allin, The Aviator III: ON section O: Pippa Dixon, Barnadarrig Boy: ON section Q: Alex Postolowsky, Eastern Gold II: BE90 section S1: Helen Jackson, Leverage: BE90 section S2: Chloe Pearson, Kenobe Star: BE90 section S3: Lucy Robinson, Red Quest II: BE90 section S4: Carlie Lewis, Rollerstone Checkmate: BE90 section S5: Russell Wright, Sangheera
Images Courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography