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Millie Wain reports..
The South of England International Horse Trials is one of the most popular competitions on the British Eventing Calendar in the South East. It attracts many top international riders and continues to grow year on year and this particular fixture received almost 550 entries and 18 sections took place over the weekend; there were classes from BE100 up to CIC2*.
The CIC** was run in a reverse format, with the showjumping taking place after the cross country. This class was won by Katie Preston riding Templar Justice on 54.4 penalties. They produced the fastest cross country round of the day, picking up just 2 time penalties around the Scott Brickell-designed track. The combination have competed up to CCI*** this season and were competing for the first time since July. The showjumping provided an exciting end to the CIC**: Mollie Summerland and Charly Van Ter Heiden were in the lead going into the final phase but they lowered one pole, dropping them to second place behind Katie Preston by just 0.1 penalties. In third place were Alice Dunsdon riding Cool Dude on a score of 56.5 penalties.
Gemma Tattersall continued her excellent 2017 form in the CIC* class, taking the win with the 7-year-old mare Billy Shania. They were one of only three combinations to complete on their dressage score, which was 44.0 penalties. After her win, Gemma took to twitter to express how her win felt: “My very own Princess Billy Shania WON her first 1star finished on her good dressage score of 44 to head a big section. So pleased with her.” Gemma had a successful weekend – she also took first place in Open Novice section N riding Tillingborne and had top 5 finishes on all of her rides. Second place in the CIC* went to Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and the 6-year-gelding Cooley Quicksilver, who jumped a double clear and added 1.2 time penalties to their dressage score of 45.0. Third place went to Natalie McGoldrick riding Tricky Johnie on 46.7 penalties.
There were 15 starters in the CIC*P and the winners were the Pony European individual silver medallists Saffie Osborne and Little Indian Feather. They led from the first phase and completed on 50.1 penalties, being 6 marks ahead of second place, which went to Molly Faulkner riding Sycamore Lad. Saffie and Little Indian Feather have had a very good season; they won the British Pony National Championship at Brand Hall and gained two medals for GB at the Pony Europeans.
Lucy Price won the Nu18 section O. She was riding the 9-year-old Upper Class and they were the only combination in the section to finish on their dressage score, which was 31.3 penalties (this was their first novice together). Second place went to Tori McAlister and Corrieview Brynn on 31.7 penalties. Katie Higgins came third aboard Tir Na Nog Shadow and the combination finished on the same score as Tori McAlister but they were further away from the cross country optimum time of 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
The winner of BE100u18 section F was Jack Mariani riding Curraghchase Silver. The pair completed on their dressage score of 31.3 and this was their first BE100 competition. After his win, Jack spoke to Eventing Worldwide and said “I only joined BE a couple of months ago and this was my first BE100 so although I was confident we would get round I never imagined we could win! ‘AJ’ has been a superstar all season winning at all the Pony Club events we have entered and coming 5th at the Championships in August at Cholmondeley, so the win at South of England was the icing on the cake. I felt we could have improved by a few marks on the dressage but he jumped really well round both the SJ and the XC. Next year I would really like to continue to do well in the under 18 classes and hopefully be given the opportunity to represent the South East at the Regional Under 18 Championships at Frickley Park.”
Sam Griffiths was back in the saddle after suffering from an injury and he was competing in his first event of the season in the Open Intermediate on Paulank Brockhagh. They were at the top of the leaderboard from the beginning and picked up just 6.4 time penalties on the cross country phase to complete on 31.2 penalties. This was more than 5 penalties ahead of the rest of the section. In second place was Pippa Funnell aboard her Rio 2016 Olympic ride Billy The Biz. Third place went to Rose Carnegie and Landine, who finished on 38.5 penalties.
Sir Mark Todd had a 1-2 in Intermediate section R. He finished in first and second place on Dusk Till Dawn and Mc Claren respectively. The win was secured after a cross country round that was considerably faster than any other combination. Dusk Till Dawn picked up just 4.4 time penalties to complete on 37.8 penalties while Mc Claren finished on 43.6. Third place went to Will Furlong and Elstar with a score of 45.1.
Other section winners:
BE100 section A – Pippa Funnell riding Billy Wonder, 22.3 penalties
BE100 section B – Trudy Johnson riding Catch Me If U Can, 28.3 penalties
BE100 section C – Kevin McNab riding Eldora W, 28.0 penalties
BE100 section D – Sarah Turner riding Carsontown Watercolour, 27.3 penalties
BE100OPEN section E – Molly Faulkner riding Classic Affair, 25.9 penalties
Novice section G – Indiana Limpus riding Billy Pacific, 36.0 penalties
Novice section H – Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp riding Castlefield Flash Cooley, 36.7 penalties
Novice section I – Gordon Murphy riding Monbeg After Dark, 32.8 penalties
Novice section M – Jennifer Rowlinson riding Come Along Springtime, 35.1 penalties
OIU21 section P – Leilia Paske riding Fernhill First Friend, 43.4 penalties
Photographs courtesy of Gary Horner