Rika Nile reports ….

Poplar Park successfully held its second fixture of the season, not only attracting a good entry for its original scheduled classes, but also for the extra Novice and Intermediate sections it ran after the abandonment of events caused by the wet weather.

The efforts of the event organisers didn’t go unnoticed after putting on the extra classes. with it being highly praised by all involved, including Open Intermediate section H winner Anthony Clark. Anthony, who rode his own and Carol Elliot’s Crambamboli to victory, said the organisers “could do no more” in making the event a success.

It was a third consecutive Poplar Park OI win for Anthony and Cambomboli, who have been a combination for four seasons, and have progressed up the levels. Anthony said of the 14-year-old:

“He’s not always been easy, but is hugely rewarding. He came from a jumping home but had fallen out of love with life. I sold him a couple of seasons ago having jumped 2*, but he then came back 6 months later. I was loving having him back, so bought him back and since then he has double clears at Advanced and 3*.”

Anthony was also second in Open Novice section G with homebred Romeo IX, and 10th in Novice section F with Baskin Wicked Game, two horses who he thinks very highly of.

Tamsin Miall and Gloria III started their season at Poplar with a convincing win in Novice section F. After scoring 23 in the dressage, the combination then jumped a double clear adding just 4.4 time to their final score, still winning with room to spare.

Tamsin, who runs a livery yard of 30 horses, purchased the mare from Emma Massingale, who is known for The Island Project, as a weanling. She commented:

“Gloria is by Emma’s Hannovarian/TB stallion who does the most amazing ‘free work’, but we didn’t really consider the dam side (ID/Shire) as thought in the future she would be something for my daughter to hunt and do Pony Club on. However Gloria grew too big; mainly feet, head and ears and my daughter passed her over for a sprightlier version. My husband backed her in a barn when he was meant to be lambing, and she is still ridden by anyone as is as kind as she is heavy.

“She won her first BE event last season, but has only done a few as can suffer from a lack of adrenaline. Poplar was her first event this year as between me being ill and the weather she has done nothing. She is basically awesome in every respect and is the horse of a lifetime as will do anything for anyone. We would like to finish on a CCI* but to be honest we just have fun!” Tamsin said.

Lauren Mclusky had a successful campaign at the event, placing on five out of six rides, including a win in BE105 section L with Sonic De Sermentol. Lauren told Eventing Worlwide:

“I really enjoy coming to Poplar, it’s a lovely event and run very well. I have had a kfantastic weekend and all horses ran well. ‘Sonic’ had a great first run back for over a year, and we’ve not had many runs together so I am really happy with how he went. He is now aiming for the 1* at Brightling Park International in July.

“I’m also thrilled with the other 5 horses I had at Poplar, with Summerbridge Lilly and Cassidy IV finishing 3rd, and both Cothopo and Airaz finishing in the top ten on Saturday,” Lauren added.

Summer Nicholls and home produced Turfhorst Purple Rain topped BE90 section P after finishing on their 26.5 dressage score. The Equestrian Learning Academy member commented:

“It means a lot to win with him as we have tried hard to bring him on carefully and correctly, having owned him since a three year old, and our hard work is really starting to really pay off.

“He excels in dressage and loves his cross country so it’s nice that things are clicking into place in the showjumping phase as well! Our aims for the season are to get some more double clears under our belt and aim to do some BE100s and aim for Regional Finals and beyond,” Summer added.

Two sections across the weekend went down to the wire, with the winners being decided on the combinations who were closest to the optimum time. BE90 section A was won by Rachel Elliot (Florence Court), with Tomas Cousillas (Ashwey Laurenzo) in 2nd. Both combinations finished on their 28.8 dressage, but with an optimum time of 4:59, Rachel’s time of 4:50 gave her the edge over Tomas, who completed the cross country in 4:45.

A mere second came between 1st and 2nd place in BE90 section O, with winner Eve Duberly (Malin Spike) being just a second off of the optimum time (4:59), finishing the course in 4:48. Fractionally behind Eve, also finishing on their 23.5 dressage mark, was Alyson Parker (Moloko), who crossed the finish line in 4:47.

The best dressage scores of the weekend came in BE80(T) section N, which saw three tests end up in the teens. Maria Veale and Gabbana II scored 19.3 and kept it foot perfect all the way to claim the section. Runner up Suzanne Ashwell and her ride Rapunzel were the leaders after dressage, scoring an impressive 16.5. They managed to keep clear of any jumping penalties, but a slightly steadier cross country round just pushed them into 2nd. Lisa Mancuso and Trigger IV were the other combination to break the sub-20 barrier scoring 18.8.

Other section results:
BE90 section B: Corinne Roberts – Fourstar Struck
BE90 section C: Jo Williams – Parksidefarm Storm
BE90open section D: Caroline Day – Brother Barnaby
BE100 section E: Harriet Gillam – Milchem Las Vegasm
Novice section G: Phoebe Buckley – Muchadoaboutnothing
BE100 section I: Ollie Martin – Martins Irish Eddie
BE100 section J: Michelle Lowe – Vivendi Noble Cavalier
BE100open section K: Scott Allen – Wozz Two of Bellhouse
BE80(T) section M: Anna Telford – Adamantine Diamond Fire

Photographs courtesy of Sue Westmoor

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