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Sarah Carless reports ..
The second of Poplar Park’s fixtures was a new addition for 2017 and had been due to run two days of competition, but due to a shortage of entries all competition took place on Saturday. However, these sections were still well supported with nearly 300 entries.
Caroline Smith enjoyed a successful outing with each of her four rides placing in the top ten. These placings included two wins – one in BE90 Section A with Fenomeen L who has won at each of his five British Eventing outings this year and the second in BE105 Section I with Toces Bright Lass.
Lucy Haycock was another rider to walk away with a double of wins at Poplar. Her first win was in BE90 Section B with Rearcross Quality Time, with her second win in BE90 Open Section D with Tor Ness.
The winner of the sole BE100 class (Section G) went to Rhiannon Trenton and Loganberry, with the pair finishing on their dressage score of 26.5. Rhiannon works at a race yard exercising and training the younger and older horses. She has ridden Loganberry, owned by Donna Armitage, for 18 months.
Rhiannon told Eventing Worldwide: “When I first started riding her, she would worry about going over a pole on the floor. As time went on her confidence with me grew, and she has gone from strength to strength. Winning at Poplar Park on my dressage score of 26.5 was overwhelming to say the least. She has now qualified for the Regionals grassroots at BE90 and BE100. I hope to progress with her in the season ahead and build her confidence, to eventually get her to novice, and who even knows she may be a potential intermediate candidate.”
Section results: BE90 Section C Malcolm Holthausen, Billy Estrella; BE80(T) Section E Corrine Roberts, Fourstar Struck; BE80(T) Section F Lucy Shrimpton, Ullord Charley; BE100 Open Section H Mary Edmundson, Sunday Driver.
Photographs courtesy of Sue Westmoor