Sarah Carless reports ….
Norton Disney (1)
Norton Disney (1) is always a popular fixture and last weekend it attracted more than 500 entries for the first of its two events this year, with classes ranging from BE80 to Open Novice.
The standout result of the weekend went to Willa Newton. Her dressage score with Freestyle R of 11.8 gave her a clear victory in BE100 Section M. However, seven riders impressed the dressage judge in this section to score sub 20 marks.
Kathryn Woolley competed three horses at Norton Disney and came away with top ten placings on each. Her best came in BE90 Section B which she won with Oberonza. Her Mitsubishi Motors Cup contender Newport Arch placed tenth in BD100 Section G, whilst Alimarr placed fifth in BE100 Section H.
Following on from a second placing at Swalcliffe Park in March, Jessica Watts and Shannondale Bressie improved on this to take victory in BE100 Section G. Another combination to improve on their first outing of the season was Jess Wasley and B Walt Lando Z. A fourth placing at Stafford (1) last month set them up well and on this occasion, they were victorious in BE100 Open Section O.
Other section results: BE90 Section A Georgia Bowron, Coolatuder Buck; BE90 Section C Hannah Marley, Booty Boots; BE90 Section D Emma Freeman, Quick Dolla Bill; BE80(T) Section E Sharon Knudsen, Parsons Rhapsody; BE80(T) Section F Maddy Moffett, Cooley Well Related; BE100 Section H Eliza Stoddart, SJL Convince Me; Novice Section I Ella Woodhead, Balou De Beauvais; Novice Section J Katherine Cross, Leonidas 103; Novice Section K Arthur Duffort, Tickled Pink VI; Open Novice Section L Caroline Powell, Delany Star; BE100 Section N Lucas Poole, Bazaars Jumble.
Breckenbrough’s first fixture of the BE calendar in 2017 attracted more than 500 entries across its BE90, BE100 and Novice classes.
Kate Sanderson and Arkmire Mr Slipper got their preparation for next month’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup underway with a win in BE90 Section A. The pair, who qualified for the BE90 Championships at Dalston Green, scored an impressive 22.0 in the dressage adding just 1.2 time faults cross country to finish on 23.2 – nearly five penalties ahead of the runner-up.
The biggest winning margin of the day went to Robyn Gray riding Gelukkig. A dressage score of 19.8 and two faultless jumping rounds meant they won BE100 Section M by 11.3 penalties.
Bethany Shipley scored a win on her first competition with Punch Town in BE90 Section C. The pair had a winning margin of just 0.1 penalties, adding 0.4 time penalties (too fast) to their dressage score of 30.3. Tina Riches continued her early season form with a win in BE90 Section I with Trebellan. The pair started the season with third at Epworth but win her with a score of 28.3.
Jennifer Pearson came away from Breckenbrough with a double of wins. Her first came in BE100 Section E with Lolantus H, and this was followed up with victory in BE90 Section J riding Highlight K.
Ben Hobday was another rider to come away from the fixture with two wins. His first came with Aberllanerch High Tide in Novice Section G and this was followed by a win for Shadow Man II in Open Novice Section H. Nicola Wilson was another of Britain’s top riders to enjoy success at Breckenbrough. The best of her five top ten placings came in BE100 Section N which she won on board All We Need.
Other section results: BE90 Section B Amy Wybergh, Oooda Loop; BE100 Section D Rosalie Speeckaert, Miss Murphy II; Novice Section F Phil Brown, Comarcos Primero Naciado; BE90 Section K Lucy Barker, Sonnet To Shannon; BE90 Section L Kirsty McCreesh, Wolds Dancer; BE 100 Open Section O Gillian Raw, Huntingfield Mouse.