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Sarah Carless reports..

Skipton’s first British Eventing fixture offered competitors classes from BE90 to Open Novice and attracted around 450 entries across the weekend. 

Laura Hanson and Bonnie Release The Stars notched up their second win in a row at Skipton when then topped BE90 Section K. Laura, who has worked for Andrew Downes for the past 10 years, is now hoping to move up the levels. In addition to their victories this year, the pair also completed the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in May. 

She told Eventing Worldwide: “Rufus he is owned by Anna and Paul Johnson who are a great support to us and I am very grateful to them. They bred him at home along with two others, one of which is eventing and the other one hopefully will event. Rufus is also currently up for sale and he completed the Mitsubishi Motors Cup last year. It feels great to have to wins in a row on him and he always loves it a Skipton and does well there.” 

Lauren Burton and D Akieda kept up this season’s good form with a second win in the two events they have competed at this season. They topped BE90 Section L with a score of 29.5. Meanwhile, in BE90 Section J Nicola Cornforth and Silver Tom were another combination to continue their winning season with a third win from three events. They were victorious with a score of 25.4, having added 3.6 time faults on the cross country to their dressage score of 21.8. 

Vicki Fahey and I Blame Bertie added to their winning tally in taking victory in BE90 Section M. It is the pairs third win of the year, having previously topped their sections at Epworth and Bishop Burton. Bertie was bought for Vicki’s 11-year-old daughter and has proven to be a great mother/daughter share. At Skipton, they won on their dressage score of 21.8. 

Vicki told Eventing Worldwide: “I am absolutely thrilled with him – he’s proving so consistent. My daughter is doing her first event on him in two weeks. I’m wanting to do the Mitsubishi Motors Cup on him again really.”

Alex Postolowsky came away from Skipton with a brace of wins, being victorious in Novice Section F with Kelshamore Dandy and BE100 Section C with Freddie VIII. Poppy Boyton was another rider to enjoy a successful weekend and she went away with a one, two finish in BE100 Open Section D, winning with Rinnen Silver Rocket, and second on Carissimo Z. 

Following the event, joint organiser and cross country course designer Tim Bennett thanked the team, volunteers, sponsors, suppliers and competitors for what he described as a truly amazing weekend. 

Other section results: BE100 Section B Peter Mellor, Beethoven; Novice Section E Beth Norman, Welham Mile High; Novice Section G Grace Taylor, Jack In The Box III; Open Novice Section H Sam Ecroyd, Renegade Marmalade; BE90 Section I Anna Lancashire, Ballyric; BE100 Section A Polly Stockton, Sir Alfred II; BE100 Section N Rachael Lupton, Sky Blue Curtis; BE100 Section O Bethany Shipley, Punch Town. 

Photographs courtesy of Chantal Crosby

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