Sonia Chapman reports ..
South of England faced a French invasion when 16 pony riders descended to compete in the CCISP2*. Louise Perrin and Taleyrac were in pole position after the dressage and show jumping, before rain stopped play on Sunday. Cancelling the whole of Sundays competition. The French showed a real team spirit during the dressage when they clapped and cheered after every French test. Well I do not think a group of random people were cheering for my 40 test in the BE100!!
The ground at South of England on Saturday was perfect, probably the best that the event has ever seen. The day started with 5 sections of BE100 followed up with 4 Novice sections and the show jumping for the SP2*.
20-year-old Burntwood Sorrel and Sam Sweeney, achieved there third BE100 win for the season, in section A. With a great dressage of 19.8, where their closest competitor Jemima Upton and Centre Stage received 24.5 to finish in second place. This was a competitive section mainly made up of professionals who were able to do day before dressage to allow the show jumping to start at 0800.
Alana Sparrow and Angels Spirit were the winners in Section B, following up there win at there previous event at Munstead. Although this pair have had a great season with several wins, including the BE100 championship at Badminton, in fact they have mainly finished in the top 3 across there 15 runs this season what an impressive feat.
Jodie Amos and Albatomas lead from start to finish in Section C, adding 0.8-time faults cross country to their great dressage of 25.5. David Britnell was second on Osborne Stardust and seemed to be one of the busiest riders on Saturday. Third place went to Georgie Wood and Greenlanes Hermione, where an unlucky pole in the double at 6 prevent them picking up the win.
Jasmine Wilks and Colwills Silver Hill finished on 24, to pick up the win in Section D.
The BE100 Open was won by Chillis Prince a new ride for Katy Jones this season, after he was produced by local rider Gemma Tattersall and as his name suggests is by Chilli Morning out of Kings Gem. Pippa Funnel picked up third place in this section on Billy Cassidy who is owned by long time owners Denise and Roger Lincoln, who owned Primmores Pride.
A large BE100U18 section was won by Charlotte Kennedy and Ricardo Red. The BE100U18 section were ably helped in the warmup by Mark Corbet.
Ben Taylor made it a worthwhile journey from Aston le Walls to claim Novice Section G on Barnacurra Ace Ventura. Just pipping Kevin Mcnab in to second and third place on Vidalgo and Inspiring Isa respectively, who will be ruing a pole on one- and a few-time penalties on the other that cost him the win.
Sam Sweeney picked up a second win in Novice section H on Just a Griffin. Felicity Collins finished second on Iede CVN, setting them up nicely for a run at the 6-year-old championships this weekend.
Kevin Mcnab did pick up the win in Section I on Hanerina SSF.
Former local Georgie Strang and Red Hot Cooley, were in the lead after the dressage in the CCIS3* on 28.3 before its sad abandonment. Where a special shout out must be made to Nici Wilson and Fine Fleur who pulled off a great dressage to be lying third on 30.8.
The cross-country stewards had a nice touch of writing down people’s names and numbers on the board. Although there was more than one rider who looked shocked when asked their name, not a trick question!