EVENT REPORTS – Somerford Park International

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Georgia Dixon reports …

Somerford Park International is always a popular event – being quite easy to access from both the north and the south of the country. It’s two feature classes include a CIC* and a CIC** with BE100, Novice and Intermediate sections also being run alongside the Internationals. 

Izzy Taylor was the winner in the Rockery Park Stud’s CIC** on board Lady Bamford’s DHI Jet Set. This was DHI Jet Set’s first attempt at an international event having only had 5 intermediate runs coming 2nd in both of his previous events. 

Izzy and DHI Jet Set were the first to go and lead the dressage until the very end of the second day where Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy put forwards a dressage score marginally better. Izzy then added only 2.4 time penalties across country to her dressage score of 39.5 to regain the lead. 

Alex Hua Tian and his Olympic ride Don Geniro were the runners up in the CIC** after finishing on their dressage score of 42.3. Alex was one of only four who finished on their dressage score in the large 97 competitor class. 

Harry Harding had a very good international run in the Andrews Bowen CIC* taking 1st and 2nd place. Harry won on board Georgie Girl after the overnight dressage leader Bubby Upton and Cola III obtained 4 faults in the show jumping and 2.8 time faults across country to push her down to 3rd place. Harry and Georgie Girl finished on their dressage score of 39.9.

Harry then came 2nd on Goteus S after adding only 1.6 time faults to a dressage score of 40.6. Tyler Cassells was the only other competitor who finished on their dressage score. Tyler came 4th on Currabawn Minx. 

The BE100 sections also showed some impressive performances across the board. One of which came from the Section M winners Lorna Riley and Quiva Du Buisson Z. This is the horses first win, having only started competing in British Eventing events this year. They won on a dressage score of 23, 3.8 penalties in front of the runners up. 

Alice Pegley did a beautiful dressage test with Weston Lara to score them 18.8 in Section K of the BE100 classes. Unfortunately 4 faults show jumping and some time faults across the country meant that the pair finished in 2nd place on a score of 29.2. Emma Corner was the rider who came out on top with Grandioos, finishing on a dressage score of 28. 

Christie Mott had her first Novice win on Seymours Star II. The pair won Section Q after adding only 4.8 time faults to a dressage score of 28.3. 

There were only two combinations who finished inside the time cross country out of the 5 novice sections and one of those Section C winner Bill Levett. Bill piloted Mighty Tara to finish on a dressage score of 27.8 and win the section. 

Young rider Mia Ketcher had her 2nd consecutive 2nd place finish with Lostock James Brown. The combination were runners up in the Novice at Bold Heath in the previous week and also finished second in Novice Section R at Somerford. They added 4 faults in the show jumping and 4.8 time faults to a dressage score of 30.3. Charlotte Allwood and Donogue Big Ronnie were the winners in Section R. They finished on their dressage score of 32.3. 

Kristina Hall-Jackson took the top spot in the Intermediate Section I. Kristina rode Slaney Cruise to add only 2 time faults to a dressage score of 27.5. This left the combination 6 penalties ahead of the runners up; James L Robinson and Native Spirit. 

Laura Collett was the winner of the other Intermediate Section (G) riding the 7-year-old Sir Papillon. The combination had an impressive dressage score of 23 and added 4.4. time penalties to leave them just 1 penalty ahead of Lydia Hannon and Tierro who finshed up in 2nd place. 

Photographs courtesy of FRW Photography 


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