Ruth Gregory reports ..
The first weekend of September eventing felt a bit cloudy, not just in terms of weather, but with the disappointment of there being no Burghley Horse Trials.
However, in the Yorkshire dales Richmond showcased a splendid event to brighten the mood, with professionals and amateurs filling the sections from BE90 to Intermediate.
Yorkshire local Nicola Wilson topped the Intermediate section A with Helen Scott’s, Hawk Eye. The gelding is a new ride for Nicola this season and together the pair haven’t been placed outside of the top 10 at any of their seven starts.
Finishing second in the section was fellow Yorkshire native Oliver Townend riding Glamour Girl. The mare, who’s owned by Becky Shenton and Rosie Skinner, was having her first attempt at this level following her win in the ON at Aston-Le-Walls last month.
Winner of the Open Intermediate under 21 section was Sophie Barlow with her own Rock n Roll De Buissy.
Sophie told EWW:
“It was fantastic to have a win at Richmond. It was a superbly run event with good ground and challenging yet inviting courses. Rocky gave me a fantastic feel in all three phases especially cross country, the tight time meant you really had to kick on but I’m very lucky in the fact that he is quick and nimble, and we got the job done.”
Sophie has brought the gelding up the grades from BE100 to Advanced over the last four seasons, and their win here was only their second together.
“He definitely is a once in a lifetime horse who is very special to us. It was great to be able to make all the training worthwhile, none of which would be possible without my very supportive trainer Richard Long and my Mum.”
Izzy Taylor made the trip North a successful one by taking a win in section B with Happy Days. The 8YO son of showjumper Cevin Z jumped double clear to finish on a score of 27.5. Izzy also piloted Happy Day’s half-sister, Romantic, to third in section E.
Topping section E were Emily King and the striking gelding Valmy Biats. Their first season together is proving to be a successful one as they’ve already gained a string of impressive results, including a win in the intermediate at Cholmondeley Castle on the French bred gelding’s intermediate debut.
His stable mate Rastaman won the Novice section O piloted by his owner Sam Ecroyd.
Whilst, Oliver Townend took the section N win with Master Class Ramiro. They finished on their dressage mark of 28.8 having been the only combination to make the time cross country.
Xantha Goldsack and Pamplona put in a foot perfect performance in the 5YO section I by adding nothing to their dressage mark of 29.5 to seal the win. The mare is a new ‘lockdown project’ for Xanthe whilst her 4* campaigner HI Tech is having a deserved season off.
She told EWW;
“I was so pleased with Pamplona she’d only done 2 events, but she’s really taken to it. She’s got a super trainable attitude and she’s a total pleasure on competition day- a very exciting one for the future!”
Finishing a very close second on 29.8 were Lizzie Baugh and Kilcombe Luxsam. Whilst making up the top 3 was Katie Magee and Drumgiven Mr Charisma on 30.1.
Katie also bagged herself a BE100 win in section S, even more impressively as they finished on the lowest score of the weekend of 21.3.
In section K Andrew Heffernan secured the top 2 placings. He won with Ballingowan Benedict by jumping double clear to remain on a dressage score of 25.8. His other ride Enola also jumped double clear to finish closely behind on 27.0.
The BE100Open under 18 section was won by Finlay Marsden riding Ardagh Epic on a sore of 25.8. It has been a good season for the partnership who also won a BE100 section at Warwick Hall in July and were placed eighth in a competitive section at Burgham International on Bank holiday weekend.
Second place went to Maggie Dearnley and her ride Bridgepark Cottage Lady. It was a perfect start for their eventing debut together as the mare only arrived with Maggie mid-August. The lack of time certainly didn’t prove to be an issue as they jumped a smart double clear to remain on their dressage score of 28.8.
Maggie Town EWW:
“I was absolutely delighted to finish second on Bean, I just wanted to do her justice and consolidate on our new partnership. It was a start of a new chapter last week for me starting my 4-year accountancy apprenticeship with Mazars UK so to come second at Richmond topped off a great week.”
Maggie is now aiming to bag a few more 100 runs before making the step up to Novice.
“I’m excited to develop our partnership further and I hope to run her alongside my other mare Lassban Ice Cool next season- aiming to do some 2*S and 2*Ls.”
It was a busy weekend for the family as Maggie’s mother balanced grooming duties around eventing herself in the BE90 section where she finished 4th.
“I have a huge amount of thanks to my mum for helping me with my two super horses while eventing herself. It was great to be back at Richmond; they ran a fabulous event!”
Open Intermediate Section D; Rosalind Canter, Pencos Crown Jewel; Open Intermediate Section F; James Avery, Gorgeous DHI; Novice Section G; Josie Proctor, Top Gun VII; Novice Section H; Izzy Taylor, Cooley on the Cards; BE100 Section J; Lucinda Atkinson, Millrose; BE90 Section L; Wendy Hoggard, Barton Blount; BE90 Section M; Chloe Fairley, Behey Boy II; Open Noviceu18 Section P; Musa Hussain, Wisdom of Zorro; Open Novice Section Q; Nicola Wilson, Chiraz III; BE100 Section T; Penny Lawn, Regal Rendezvous; BE100Open Section U; Ellie Clarke, Ashburton; BE90 Section V; Lorna Mckechnie, Lolantus H; BE90 Section W; Phoebe Towers, Arber B; BE90Openu18 Section X; Sienna Bowman, Matthew Man.