Event reports sponsored by Caunton Manor Stud
Jody Millin reports …
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2020 welcomed the 37th Poplar Park Horse Trials. Sadly due to the on going influx of various continental sounding storms, most events found themselves having to abandon. The entrants to Poplar were very grateful for all the efforts made by the organisers to enable them to get their season off to a flying start!
Saturday saw the BE80(T), BE90, BE90o and BE90oU18 sections.
Section F in the BE80T was won by Kizzy Smith riding Ellie Forbes’ Teffia. This was their first run together and they completed on a winning score of 29.4 jumping a double clear, adding just a few time faults to their impressive 25.8 dressage.
Kizzy said “ I was really pleased with his first ever run. He did a super test and felt very confident showjumping and cross country. I have been helping with his jumping for about a year now and will aim to do some 90s with him. His owner will continue to do BD with him too.”
In second place was Helene Kontofrios and Percy, completing on their dressage score of 34.5. Third was Martha Hall riding Hearnsbrook Cygnus having 4 penalties showjumping to add to their dressage to finish on 35.
BE80T Section G was won by Jenna Davies riding Abbots Vale Remus. She completed on her dressage score of 29.3. Jenna said “ I am so thankful to David and Geraldine Harding for loaning me ‘Reg’ after my mare injured her suspensory.” Jenna describes herself as a Riding club and pleasure rider and is busy running her own livery yard and also works part time as an exam invigilator around eventing. She was thrilled with her win and states she will aim for the BE80(T) Championships at Burghley.
BE90 Section B was won by Isabella Stagg riding Quite a Compliment. Isabella is no stranger to the top 10 with this horse, she has already been successful at The Mitsubishi Motors Cup in 2017 finishing 6th in the BEC100 and 13th in the BEC90 last year. She completed on an impressive double clear with a Dressage of 22.8. I am sure this is going to be one to watch again this season. Second was Maria Veale riding Gabbana II on a 27 double clear, third was Franchessca Jackson riding Edentrillick Ruby Tuesday adding just .4 to her 31 dressage to complete on 31.4
Sunday brought the bigger classes. Throughout the day there were very few competitiors who made the time across the country, being the first run of the season for many and with the on going weather over the last few months.
There were 11 starters in the Intermediate. Section N which was won by Caroline Marsh riding Capital T. Tom McEwen took second riding Cassiana De Riverland and also took 4th with Coilbri De Riverland and 6th with Chatsworth Diamond. He had a busy week with several horses also running at Oasby in the days before. Third was Anthony Clark riding Baskin Wicked Game.
The OI was won by Bubby Upton riding her classy 10 year old gelding Cola III. With a 22.5 Dressage she added 10.4 time to take the win. Cola is by Catoki and was purchased by her mother Rachel Upton as a 6 year old from Andrew Williams and Vikki Tuffs of GHF Equestrian. Bubby brought him on to win the 7 Year Old Championships at Osberton in 2017 having only done one intermediate before hand! Bubby said “ He is the most beautiful horse in every way, to look at and to ride, and I can’t help but smile every time I ride him”. She plans to aim for the U25 at Bramham this season and the Young Rider Europeans which would be her last season at young rider level.
Second was Grace Taylor riding Game Changer finishing on 33.10 and third was Anthony Clark riding Crambambou on a score of 35.30. Grace and Anthony both had dressage of 27.1 however Grace was quicker Cross Country.
Poplar raised money all weekend for RDA Woodbridge, East Anglian Air ambulance and Suffolk Air Training Core Cadets and they would like to thank all their sponsors.
Other section winners where
BE Novice Section P
1st Ricky Hilton, 2nd William Morton 3rd Sarah Way.
BE Open Novice Section Q
1st Mary Edmundson, 2nd Sam Sweeney 3rd Constance Copestake.
BE ONu18 Section O
1st Emily Finston, 2nd Olivia Hall 3rd Oliver Kidner
BE100 Section I
1st Alice Hallows, 2nd Jo Williams 3rd Georgina Woods.
BE100 Section J
1st Mary Edmundson, 2nd Kate Low 3rd Charlotte Cutler.
BE100 Open Section K
1st Rebecca Spalding, 2nd Alice Hallows 3rd Caroline Day.
BE100OU18 Section K
1st Isabella Elwes, 2nd Sophie Runnacles 3rd Grace Partridge.
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