Georgia Dixon reports….

Action packed competition at Oasby

The second week of the 2017 season brought lots of excitement including an 18 dressage from a competitive four days at Bede Events Oasby. The Lincolnshire event hosts competition from BE90 to Intermediate over the four days, incorporating Pony, Junior and Young Rider sections. In total, there were 37 sections over the course of the event.

There were 9 BE90 sections. There were many sub 30 scores, however the best score of all of the sections was 26.8. This score came from Section O2 winner, Tamsyn Iveson and Enniscrone Morgan Gold. They put forward a 25.8 dressage, only adding 0.8 time faults to leave them on 26.8.

Annie Smith and Annaghmore Lad came came second in Section O2. It was Annie’s first ever event as well as her 14.2hh pony’s. They finished on their dressage score of 29.8.

Closely behind Tamsyn with the best overall BE90 score was Elise Howard and Just Dilly, winners on Section P2. They finished on their dressage score of 27. Chloe Minshaw took second in this section riding Gredington Wildfire. Chloe got a 29.8 dressage and one show jump down, leaving her on 33.8 for second place.

Sally Butler and Tregida were the winners of Section O3, after a flying double clear to finish on their dressage score of 28.5. Just ahead of second placed rider, Beth Norman and Emlyn who also finished on their dressage score, which was 29.

French rider, Arthur Duffort was the one who stood out in the BE100 sections. He obtained an 18.3 dressage score with Firetto, owned by Sarah-Jane Ford. Arthur then piloted the mare around the course for a double clear, inside the time for a win in section X1. Eliza Stoddart, who placed second in the section on board SJL Convince Me also finished on her impressive dressage score of 20.5. With a gap of almost 9 penalties between her and third placed rider, Jessica McKie.

Rebecca Jessett – who has qualified for Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup Championships at BE90 level – won BE 100 Section E2 with Percivals Rebel. The combination finished on their dressage score of 29.8

It was also the second week in a row that Sara Bowe and Kingsleypark Panther have won their BE100 section. Last week they won at Epworth and this week they won BE100 Section G, with a 24 dressage and 1.2 time penalties, leaving them on 25.2. Sara also came 4th on Erbentico VB in the BE100Open Section.

Another double win combination includes Samantha Hobbs and Lime Rickey. They also won a BE100 section at Epworth last week, this week they won BE100 section V2 on their dressage score of 29.3.

12-year-old, Percy Pony Club member, Millie Mahoney was the winner of the BE100U18 Section W with Mary Star. The combination has qualified for Badminton Mitsubishi Motors BE90 championships and this was their first BE100 together. Millie won a BE90 section last week at Epworth. The combination posted a 29.3 dressage and did everything right to finish on that score and win the section.
Millie told us: “Mary and I are so lucky to have so many people looking out for us and helping us become the best we can, especially Lesley Turnbull-Hall, Jane Adderley, Philippa McKeever-Curry, Will Murray and Craig Anderson.

I would also especially like to thank Victoria Mercer who has helped turn my adrenaline and nerves into focus and being positive.

Last year was the first BE season for both of us.

We ran at Epworth last week and were stunned to win our BE90 section and this was our first BE100. We have qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in May for the 90cm event but know it will be far bigger than we are used to as it is a championship so I was advised to try a BE100.

I still can’t really believe that we did a double clear and won at our first attempt. Oasby is over 4 hours away from us but we heard it was an inviting course for first-timers so we decided to give it a go.”

BE100u18 section T was won by Alice Killham and Jigilo Junior who added 0.4 time faults to their 25.8 dressage score, leaving them on 26.2. Sophie Wilson and Caraca came in just behind them in second, on a score of 28.5.

Bizzy Loffet and Starflower were the winners of the first Pony Trial of the season. They lead from the beginning with the best dressage of 26. They then went on to have one show jump down, resulting in four penalties being added to their score, leaving them on 30. Second place went to Saffie Osborne and Little Indian Feather. The combination added 4.4 time faults cross country to their dressage score of 26.8, leaving them just behind Bizzy with 31.2.

8 out of 51 combinations did not finish in the Pony Trial section.

Young Rider Charlotte Dennis won the Novice section D with Darrango, finishing on 32.5. Charlotte also had two other rides at Oasby, where she came 11th in the Novice Section C and 8th in the OIU21.

Angus Smales and ESI Pheonix came 2nd to Charlotte in Section D. ESI Phoenix was one of Angus’ 7 rides over the course of the four days and was also his highest placed horse. Angus also came third in the OI on the horse, A Bit Much, finishing on their dressage score of 32.5.

Polly Jackson Griffin won section M on one of her 10 rides that she took to Oasby, Monarts Matisse. Polly added 3.2 time faults to her dressage score of 26.8. Wills Oakden came 2nd behind Polly with Power Blazer, finishing on a score of 31.8 after adding 2 time faults to a dressage score of 29.8.

Harry Hogan, who is another young talent, won the Novice Section Q with Rocketman GD. The combination finished on their dressage score of 27.3. Harry also placed 4th in Novice Section R and 8th in the Intermediate Section J.

The winner of Section R was Diane Esvan and Triomphe Amadeus, the combination added 3.2 time faults to an impressive dressage score of 24.3.

The OIU21 class, sponsored by Askham Byran was won by Ella Woodhead. Ella was riding Westwood Mariner and added only 4.8 time faults to the best dressage score of the section; 23.9. Richard Coney finished just behind Ella for second place riding Master Ping. Richard added 4.4 time faults to an also impressive dressage score of 25.9.

There were two Intermediate sections and two open intermediate sections. Oliver Townend was the winner of one of the I and also the winner of one of the OI sections.

Oliver Townend won section J in the I with Khoi Traveler, adding only 0.4 time faults to a dressage score of 28.2. The combination finished on 28.6 – over 10 penalties ahead of any other rider. Second place went to Lydia Hannon and Tierro who added 6.8 time faults to a dressage score of 32.5, leaving them on 39.3.

Lydia Hannon also finished in second behind Oliver Townend again in the OI section I. Lydia was riding My Royal Touch and finished on a score of 34.1. Oliver Townend pipped her to the post once again however with Note Worthy, finishing on another sub 30 score of 28.5.

Intermediate section L was won by James L Robinson. James also placed fourth in the same section. He won on Cassan, adding 7.2 time penalties to a dressage score of 28.4 and came fourth on Native Spirit, adding 12 time penalties cross country to a dressage score of 28.9.

Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole

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