Sarah Carless reports…
South of England’s second fixture of 2018 attracted riders of all levels with grassroots competitors to riders returning from their recent success at the World Equestrian Games, with classes from BE100 up to CIC**.
Elisabeth Halliday Sharpe and Cooley Moonshine won their second international competition of the year in topping London Capital & Finance CIC* (Section L). It was also their sixth win of the year, having not been out of the placings this season. She commented that “He is just incredible and I feel lucky to ride him!”
The section boasted 91 entries with 58 completing. Nat Dixon took second on Vic with Georgia Bartlett and Coolrock Wacko Jacko in third.
The SsangYong Pony One Star class was won by Frey Partridge and Master Macky meaning the pair has not been out of the top ten in their nine outings this year. It was also their second victory having won the Pony Trial at Tweseldown in May. Ibble Watson took second place with Brookhamlodge Penny Lane, with Xanthe De Wesselow in third with Baramona Lass.
Collecting their second win of the season was Kathy Staples and John Travolta who topped BE100 Section C. having previously won at Erideg, the pair finished on their score of 23.3 for a three-penalty winning margin. The pair have now finished their eventing season having qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup next May.
Kathy told Eventing Worldwide: “We’ve had a really fun season together, I’m riding him for Zoe Warren who has been an owner for myself and husband Brook for many years now. Joe is actually her own ride but she has been out of action for a year now. So for Zoe even though she’s not been able to enjoy riding him herself this season she’s really enjoyed watching him do well. He is a bit of a ‘grumpy old man’ at home but he loves his job and knows it well which is great and means we have a lot of fun. We have finished for the season now so he’ll have a well-earned break then all being well we plan to head to badminton in the spring for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup.”
Connie Wheeler and Loris Concerto topped a competitive Open Novice Under 18 class (Section J). The pair finished on a score of 32.4 having added four faults in the cross country and 1.6 time faults on the cross country for a pillar to post victory.
Connie said: “We were very excited to win this event as it was my last South East Under 18 competition, which meant a lot as I have been doing under 18s for the last three years and is the first time winning at novice level. Tommy behaved very well despite being held on course for 15 mins in the pouring rain.”
In what has been a successful season for the pair, Jasmine Wilks and Harestone clocked up a third win of the year in BE100 Section B.
Jasmine, a freelance rider, commented; “We have had a great season to date with this being our third win. This one was by far the most special for me as it clinched the South East Eventers League for us in the Voltaire League which was one of our goals at the start of the season along with qualifying for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup which we’ve also been lucky enough to achieve at our first regional at Firle. We are finishing off the season at Tweseldown at the start of October where we can hopefully pick up a few more points for the South East Eventers league.”
It was a successful return to the National scene for two of Great Britain’s World Equestrian Games Gold medal winning team.
Gemma Tattersall picked up first and second in the CIC** (Section M) with Billy Shania and Chilli Knight. Tattersall also had wins in Novice Section G with Chillis Prince (Section G) and Facari MG (Section H) with the rider claiming it was a huge credit to her amazing team at home who worked the horses whilst she was away. She also picked up placings in the BE100 classes.
Team-mate Tom McEwen picked up a double of one-two class placings in the Intermediate Sections. Winning Section N with Braveheart B he also came second with The Magician. In Section O he won with Dreamaway II and second with Dream Big.
Horse Trials Support Group Scholar Laura Collett collected her second win on the year with Calmaro, topping Open Intermediate Section P. Their good form this year means they have been selected for the World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion.
Other section results; BE100 Section A Georgina Wood, Greenlanes Hudson; BE100 Section D Helen Witchell, Billy Castle; BE100 Open Section E Suzy Bull, Cyber Rocket; BE100 Open Under 18 Section F Darcy Zander, Livell; Novice Section I Harry Dzenis, Kagami.