Event reports sponsored by Caunton Manor Stud
Charley Adams reports ..
It was a successful first run of the season for many combinations at Oasby in Lincolnshire.
The horse trials offering classes from 90 to intermediate was held from 5th to 8th March.
James Sommerville said he was “thrilled” with how his horses went on their first run this season, especially after a shaky start with his lorry breaking down en-route.
He won the intermediate on Edison NJ finishing on his dressage score of 35. “Edison NJ showjumped really well and I was thrilled as he had only been in the yard five days at this point” he added.
In the 100 Open, James finished first on Gabbanna and second on Global Ask.
James told Eventing Worldwide he thought the courses were “great” and the ground was “excellent considering the recent weather”. It was “a fantastic event” he added.
Hayden Hankey who won the other intermediate section on Fools in Love said he did to go Oasby “feeling a little underprepared” having only managed to cross country school the novice horses once and the intermediate horses didn’t get to cross country school at all.
“It was so refreshing to come to Oasby and run on such perfect ground, even in the summer the ground often isn’t as good as it was this weekend.”
Fools in Love came over from Ireland as a five year older and started his eventing career last season with a BE100, but finished the season winning the intermediate at Kelsall Hill.
“To come out with his first event win of the season is so exciting, he’s getting better and better growing in confidence with every run. He’s a very fast gutsy cross country horse who always finishes with plenty of running. He will be aimed for Gatcombe Festival and a 3* later in the year as well as Le Lion 7yo championships.”
Hayden also won the novice on Claire Lambert’s Halcyon Graf at their first event finishing on 27.5. The gelding started eventing last year, proceeding from BE90 to Novice in one season.
Katie Stephens-Grandy won the 90 section on Rathcline Kestrel’s first ever BE90. “We were chuffed as he showed so much genuine attitude.”
She also won the 100 on Mr Music on only his fourth event at 100. The gelding has also qualified for the Science Supplements Cup at Badminton in May.
“I think the world of this horse and have really seen him develop over the winter. He is a very gamely horse with a big opinion and it’s taken some work to get the canter balanced and the mind calm. A massive thank you to the team at Oasby for some serious work to keep the ground amazing for us.”
Winners of the 100 included Constance Copestake on Challenge Z, Abigail Unwin on Eden III, Sam Ecroyd on Rastaman, Izzy Taylor on Junior Z and Richard P Jones on Financial Express. The 100 Open was won by Sarah Turner on Ryehill Princess, James Sommerville on Gabbana and Stella Burn on Renkum Capitano.
In the 100u18 section the winners were Archie Maxwell on Akolien and Jemima Snipe on Cottersdown and in the 100 regional final sections Reena Ellis on Fairfield Cassidy and Ayla Forster on Blenkinsop won their sections.
In the BE90 the winners included Dawn Bloye on Baloubet Artist, Emily Warsdale on Sonnet To Shannon, Mandy Young on Telperion Rhonderini, Jasmine Watson on Digit III and Ruth Tatum on Castledown IV. Winners of the BE90u18 included Sophia Maston on MGH April and Annie Smith on Annoghmore Lad.
Winners of the novice section included Angus Smales on Mount Corbitt Storm, Piggy March on I Diablo Joe, Oliver Townend on Glamour Girl and Izzy Taylor Jaeger Master. In the open novice section the winners were Amelia Walker on E Boy, Polly Stockton on Wil She Ever and Piggy March on Sportsfield Top Notch. The Pony trials section was won by Anna Price on Black Jacko.
The open intermediate was won by Oliver Townend on Ballaghmor Class and Piggy March on two rides – Brookfield Quality and Brookfield Inocent. Heidi Coy won the OIu18 section on Russal Z.
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