Georgia Dixon reports…
Richmond horse trials hosted their second event of the season to round off August. It was a full weekend of eventing with a total of 25 sections ranging from BE90 to Intermediate, incorporating youth classes in BE100, Novice and Intermediate.
The BE100 regional final was won by Finn Healy and Jack In The Box II, Finn’s older sister was part of the GB pony team at this year’s European championships and he is now on his way to the Badminton Mitsubishi Motors cup – a young rider to look out for in the future. Finn and the 11 year-old gelding finished on their dressage score of 31.8, qualifying for the championships in May. The win comes the week after the combination won their last run out at Shelford Manor in the BE100U18.
The BE100U18 section at Richmond was won by Zoe Allen and the 14.2hh gelding, Shadow Bumblebee who finished on their dressage score of 28.3. William Clayton wasn’t far behind in the runner up position on Hawksworth after finishing on a dressage score of 30.5.
GB World Equestrian Games (WEG) team rider, Rosalind Canter rode two horses around the BE100 course and won both sections. Ros and Lordships Parc Royale won BE100 Section R, finishing on a dressage score of 22.3. She then went on to with BE100 Section S after Izilot DHI produced a dressage test worthy of a mark of 16.3. They finished on an overall score of 17.2 after adding 0.4 time penalties from across the country. Rosalind withdrew all of her other rides over the weekend and is now on her way to Tyron with Allstar B for WEG.
Alanis Milner-Moore rode Cavalier Charlie Boy to victory in BE90 Section X after finishing on a score of 29.3. The combination finished just two penalties ahead of Gillian Bassett and Rainton Woodlander who finished on their dressage score of 31.3.
BE90 Section O saw two combinations finish on the very same winning score of 28.3, Katie Brickman and Laura Fenwick. Katie was crowned the winner with Etasja and Laura was pushed down into second place with Rustenberg Diamond; being further off the optimum time in the cross country.
Oliver Jackson had two horses in the top ten in the ONU18 section. Oliver finished in sixth place onboard Viktor Krum and seventh on KEC Quality Fantasy. The winner of the section was Connie Gill and Florida II – who were one of only three people in the section to finish on their dressage score. This is Connie’s 2nd win on the trot with this fabulous mare produced by Charlotte Rowe.
Yasmin Ingham won the OIU21 section on her Young Rider European Championship ride Rehy DJ. The combination won after adding only 3.6 time faults from the cross country to a dressage score of 28.2. Leila Paske and Fernhill First Friend came second in the section, despite adding four jumping penalties and 3.2 cross country time penalties to a dressage score of 30.2.
Despite being only their first ever intermediate – individually and as a combination – Morgan Kent and Felda won Intermediate Section B, finishing on a score of 31.7. Izzy Taylor took second and fourth place in the section, with Sara Bowe and Erbentico VB between in third.
Lucy Sugden and Elbandani had their second win of the season after winning Novice Section I. They added only 0.8 time faults from the cross country to a dressage score of 32.3, winning by 0.7 penalties. Christopher Whittle and Big Step were the combination just behind in second place. Despite being one of only two to go inside the time in the cross country phase, four faults in the show jumping phase cost them the win.
Matthew Wright not only won the Open Novice section, but also the Open Intermediate section. Matthew finished on his dressage score in both classes and finished on exactly the same score in the ON and the OI. He finished on 27.5 with Ballycoog Guiness in the ON and 27.5 with DHI Paparazzi in the OI.