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Sarah Carless reports…..
Future stars shine at Osberton
Eventing stars of the future shone at the KBIS British Young Horse Championships over the weekend at Osberton International and Young Horse Championships.
KBIS British Eventing Five-Year-Old Championship
Dani Evans and Hollywood Dancer claimed the KBIS Five-Year-Old Championships leading from start to finish.
Having shared the lead after dressage with Ed Eltham on Jupita VIII, Evans piloted Ann Butler’s mare through faultless jumping phases to finish on their score of 26.0.
This season the pair have clocked up 98 British Eventing Foundation Points and their results include three BE100 wins.
“Holly really deserved that result,” said Evans. “She tries so hard and has all the talent – I couldn’t have asked any more of her today. The ground out there was fantastic, Osberton is a great event to be at. I hope I will bring Holly back next year for the KBIS Six-Year-Old Championship.”
Vicky Tuffs finished second on Fernhill Funtime (27.3) ahead of Samantha Jimmison and Kroon Freddie in third. Fourth placed Lordships Graffalo, ridden by Ros Canter, won the SHB(GB) prize for the highest placed horse by a graded stallion.
KBIS British Eventing Four-Year-Old Championship
Ginny Turnbull had five horses in the KBIS Four-Year-Old Championships and piloted Just Soda No Ice to victory.
By Stallone Quainton out of Ryans Daughter, Just Soda No Ice’s double clear moved Ginny up from second after dressage when the first phase leaders, Vicky Tuffs and Max McInerney, lowered a rail in the show jumping and dropped to second place.
The mare, who is owned by Zoe Feeny, has only competed in four affiliated competitions and has yet to incur a jumping penalty in either the show jumping or the cross country. The pair also finished 10th in this year’s Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals.
“She’s so trainable and totally consistent,” said Ginny. “What makes this win even more special is that she is totally homebred – Zoe owns both the stallion and the dam.”
Ginny had three other horses in the top twenty, with Jesmond Jasmine also finishing in the top 10 in ninth.
Austin O’Connor took third with Money Talks III, 0.1 of a penalty behind Max McInerney, courtesy of a dressage score completion.
Piggy French’s young horses excelled this week with AKD Corline winning the Six-Year-Old title and stablemate Carnival March placing fourth. But for a rail down by Carnival March in the show jumping phase, it would have been a 1-2 for French.
Willaim Fox-Pitt held the lead with Georgisaurous with 39.3 just ahead of French who scored 36.6. But four penalties in the show jumping and 2 time penalties cross country dropped them down to a final finishing position of sixth. This promoted French into the lead and win.
“The Young Horse Championships have been the target for these two horses all year. They are both from Ireland, and very promising,” French said. “AKD Corline has a fantastic brain and is very professional in his work which makes my life easy. For a big horse he is very light and balanced.”
Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin retained second place with a cross country round inside the optimum time. JL Dublin was brought over from Germany as a four-year-old, and according to Wilson has plenty of attitude and is ‘super brainy’.
Kitty King moved up to third on Drewmain Firefly. Drewmain Firefly was bred by her next-door neighbours, and King backed him as a three-year-old. She explained: “He was weak and backward, and although he had a good brain I wondered whether he would have the scope, but he has improved every time out. Last year we were surprised he qualified for the five-year-old class, but this year he jumped a brilliant double clear in quite difficult ground. I think he will be better again next year.”
Reigning Junior European Champion Bubby Upton claimed the Seven-Year-Old Championship with Cola III in their first season together.
Upton put herself in contention with a score of 47.1 in the dressage, putting her second behind Aoife Clark and Calling Card (39.5). She then jumped one of five clear rounds inside the optimum time across country to move above Clark to take victory. It was the first time the warmblood has made the optimum time, and this despite his breastplate breaking at fence three and losing a shoe at fence six.
The win went some way to make up for the disappointment of having to withdraw her championship winning partner Eros DHI from their CCI** after the horse cut his pastern during the cross country.
It’s been a fantastic season for Upton, who admitted she came to Osberton dreaming of a top three finish, adding “Mum told me that I should be happy with top 10. Cola has only done two intermediates, so this was tough for him – but show him a fence and he’s got it. It was ‘plan A’ all the way. He has the best attitude and is so balanced and brave, the sort of horse you get on and can’t help but break out in a smile.
Calling Card might have dropped one place but his jockey wasn’t disappointed. Clark commented: “He’s very inexperienced at this level so it was a big ask and I’m thrilled he’s done so well as it’s all about the future. He’s very talented, but because he’s got a huge stride I had to do a little bit of homework in the approach to each fence, which wasted some time. He really tried for me though.”
William Fox-Pitt held on to third place with Shannondale Percy, despite being initially given 50 penalties for jumping the wrong side of a flag at the influential corner, Fence 8B. These penalties were subsequently removed, and William stayed ahead of Giovanni Ugolotti on Duke of Champion, by 0.2 of a penalty.
Shannondale Percy was bred in Ireland and sold to Sarah Hughes for Ryan Wood in the US to ride. He arrived with William at the beginning of this year, having done three novice classes.
“He’s a big baby and has come on a lot,” Fox-Pitt said. “He was first to go in the dressage, which wasn’t ideal, and his cross-country ride was a little bit untidy – but it was that sort of course.”
New Zealander James Avery came out on top with Zazu in the closely fought CCI**.
Emilie Chandler and Gortfadda Diamond boasted the only sub-40 dressage score (39.8) with both Avery and Mollie Summerland (Charley Van Ter Heiden) scoring 40.2 to be hot on her tail.
The top four remain unchanged following the cross country, with Chandler and Gortfadda Diamond remaining on their dressage score with Avery and Summerland keeping the pressure on with Matthew Heath (One Of A Kind II) also hot on their heels.
There was less than a show jump between the top placed riders so it was down to who could keep their cool. A single rail down dropped overnight leader down to third place when both Avery and Heath posted clear rounds on Zazu and One Of A Kind II respectively handing the New Zealander the win with the Brit in second.
The pair’s win at Osberton was their second international win at two star level in 2017, having won the CIC** at Rockingham back in May.
Gemma Tattersall claimed her second international in a row with Billy Shania, winning the CCI*.
The pair were in contention from the start of the competition, lying third after dressage and produced faultless jumping displays to win on their dressage score of 41.1.
Jenny Levett and Ballymore Rich Cat were the only sub-40 dressage score in the class (39.1) but two refusals on the cross country dropped them well down the order. This put Andrew Heffernan and Rainbow de Riverland into the lead, closely followed by Tattersall. In fact, after cross country, the top 30 combinations were all still on their dressage scores.
A foot perfect clear show jumping round by Billy Shania handed Tattersall the one-star title. Clear rounds were thin on the ground, and both runner up Kitty King (Snow Wind SN) and third placed Christopher Whittle (Kilwaughter Blade) rolled a pole apiece, while overnight leader Heffernan had a round to forget, plummeting down to 19th place with 12 penalties.
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography