EVENT REPORTS – A round up of British Eventing in June…..

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Sarah Carless reports …


More than 450 entries were received for British Eventing’s fixture at Rackham. 

Melissa Joannides came away from the event with two victories to her name. The first came in BE90 Section A with The Elvis, with a winning score of 25.3 – 4.5 penalties clear of the field. Her second victory came in BE100 Section G with Hay Josephine. Their dressage score of 27 meant that despite a pole down they still took victory with a score of 31.0. 

A dressage score of 17.3 provided Lisa Pilbeam and Bellatrix III with a platform for victory in BE90 Section I, and despite adding 1.6 time penalties from the cross country they still had a winning margin of 2.9 penalties. Lisa then went on to take victory in BE90 Section J with Aneisidora Ruby Lights. 

Sam Penn was another rider to enjoy a double of wins. In BE90 Open Section D she took the win with Derroon Allegra with a margin of 4.7 penalties and this was followed by victory in BE100 Section F with Burntwood Sorrell. 

The KBIS Five Year Old class was won by Will Furlong and Akina Z. 

Rackham provided Fern Wilson with her second win of the season with Killea Colours, who were victorious in BE90 Section L. With a winning score of 28.3 their success came off the back of a previous win at Goring Heath and four other top ten finishes at BE90 this season. 

Other section results; BE90 Section B Clare Hanson, Craughwell Silver; BE90 Section C Heidi Reed, Ilar Vincent; BE100 Plus Section H Louise Weir, Lady Ballina; BE90 Section K Liam Cornford, Billy Nit Nat; BE100 Open Section M Harriet Upton, Arabella II; BE100 Section N Ellie Glover, Ace Silver Shadow; BE100 Section O Amy Rose Howe, Unchartered Territory. 


Eventers north of the border flocked to Burgie for its mid-season fixture, with more than 200 entries. 

Nadine Urquhart had a successful weekend, with two wins to her name. Her first was in BE100 Open with Trew Chipara and this was followed by victory in Open Novice Section G1 with Perihelion Peridot. 

After three top ten placings this season, Amanda Waugh and Fan Daby Angus finally topped their section with victory in BE90 Section B. And in BE90 Section C Caroline Pennycook and Blue Thor took their second win of the year, having been placed at each of their events this season. The Novice Regional Final (Section H1) went to Iana Campbell and Edelwijs II. 

Lucinda Crawford took a one, two finish in Novice Under 18 Section H, winning with Silver Touch and finishing runner up with Ballintoher Harry. 

Other section results: BE90 Section A Holly Robertson, Shannondale JD; BE80(T) Section I Jill Fiona Morrison, Cottontail; BE80(T) Section J Jessica Berrie, Lucy Locket III; BE100 Section D Alexandra Ingram, Elora; BE100 Section E Louisa Milne Home, Ballylarkin Bouncer; Novice Section G Fiona Malcolm, Thebestof Three. 

Farley Hall

Riders were full of praise for this year’s Farley Hall Horse Trials, following the event’s cancellation due to heavy rainfall in 2016. With classes from BE100 up to Advanced Intermediate, the event attracted more than 500 entries. 

Great Britain team rider Kitty King took victory in a hotly contested Advanced Intermediate (Section F) with Vendredi Biats adding nothing to their dressage score of 23.0. Meanwhile, Holly Woodhead took her forst victory with a new horse for this season – RLE Barina – in Intermediate Section C. 

Young rider Millie Dumas rode Fabian II to victory in Intermediate Section A. This is a pair to watch having been placed at each of their BE competitions this season, including a previous win at Tweseldown (1) at the start of the year. 

Bubby Upton, who has been named on the longlist for the Great British Junior team, took a second victory of the year with Cola III at Farley, winning Open Novice Section G. Bubby took on the ride this year, and on top of winning the Novice Under 18 section at Lincolnshire, the pair have also had four other top ten placings. Bubby also took third place with her longlisted horse Eros DHI in Open Intermediate Section D, in what was the final trial before the final team is announced, to be the highest placed amongst the team contenders. 

Andrew Nicholson came away from Farley Hall with a double of victories, winning Open Intermediate Section D with Swallow Springs, and also Open Intermediate Section E with Yacabo BK. 

Other section results; Intermediate Section B Francis Whittington, Nimrod II; Novice Section H Alice Pearson, TJ Charlene; BE100 Section I Zara Tindall, Gladstone; BE100 Section J Tori McAlisister; BE100 Section K Harriet George; BE100 Open Section L Nancy Eadie, Smokey Diamond; Novice Section M Lucy Gaston, Regal Lilly; Novice Section N Ludwig Svennerstal; Novice Section O Melissa Vernon, Family Law; 

Alnwick Ford

Alnwick Ford was a new addition to the British Eventing calendar this season, providing a fantastic mid-season opportunity for competitors in the North, with classes from BE80(T) to Intermediate Novice, attracting more than 300 entries. 

Nicola Wilson made it a hattrick of wins with her young string of horses. Her first win was with PRF Jaguar Elite in BE100 Section B – their second win of the season – with Wilson also topping BE100 Section C with ALL We Need – a fourth win of the season – finishing on their dressage score of 20.3 and a winning margin of 7.7 penalties. Wilson finished her successful weekend with a win in BE90 Open Section E1 with For You on the mares first outing and also taking second with PRF Elite Baloubet. 

Fellow British rider Oliver Townend also proved strength in his string of up and coming horses with two victories. The first was in BE100 Section A with Miss Cooley and this was followed by a One, Two finish in Novice Section M, where he took victory with Cooley Down Under with Eldmire Star taking second. 

Melissa Chapman and Awsaal took their second victory of the year in BE90 Section I. Having previously won at Richmond (1), on this occasion the pair won on a score of 28.0. Clare Marshall and Samuel also made it their second win of the season in BE100 Section O, with a winning score of 15.0 – a winning margin of 15.8 penalties. Lorna Riley was another rider to add to their winning tally in taking victory with VIP IV in Open Novice Section M1, having previously won at Floors Castle. In Intermediate Novice Section K, Kirstin Bamford piloted Gummys Twinkeling to a third win of the season, having previously topped their sections at Belsay and Forgandenny. 

Other section results: BE90 Section D Nydia Chandler, Goldies Indiana; BE90 Section E Louise Higham, Laburnham Thigue; BE80(T) Section F Jade Paterson, Kingsmeadow House Magic Mix; BE80(T) Section G Claire Norton, Laharden Jewel; BE90 Section H Sinead Russell, Earthquake Echo; BE90 Section J Rebekah Reay, Saffron IX; Novice Section L Wills Oakden, Power Blazer; BE100 Section N Victoria Cowie, Lislan Inspector; BE100 Open Section P James Adams, Vivendi Somnia.

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