Lily Good reports ..
Last weekend saw the fantastic South of England Horse Trials take place, running a total of 17 sections, ranging from BE100 up to BE Advanced-Intermediate. The ground was commented on as being great and it was a hugely enjoyed event by all.
Saturday hosted 6 BE100 sections (included open, 5 of which were won finishing on their dressage score, as well as 2 Novice sections later on in the day. The win in Section A went to Sam Sweeney, aboard Burntwood Sorrel, who finished on their impressive dressage score of 24.5, with a clear 3 penalty lead over 2nd place which went to Brooke Staples and Chilly Boy II who finished on their dressage score of 27.3.
Alex Kennedy landed 1st place in BE100 section B riding Burnlea Sea Dancer who finished on her dressage score of 24.5 and also has various other successful runs over the weekend.
A spokesperson for the mare commented “Burnlea Sea Dancer is based at Tangier Park Sport Horses and will be making her BE Novice debut at Bovington next week after such a successful run”. The BE100open section was headed by Justin Clubley, the newly appointed South East U18 Team Coach, who will work alongside Mark Corbett, he finished on his dressage score of 28.3 aboard Daisy XIV.
The ever-popular and competitive BE100u18 section was headed by Freddie Carden, riding KEC Pallis who completed on his impressive dressage score of 22.
Freddie commented “It was a really nice first win on my young horse with a really exciting future”. Katie Hale took a close 2nd aboard the evergreen Killacoran Blue just adding 0.8 time faults to her dressage score of 23.3 and 3rd place went to Claudia Cooper who finished just 0.1 behind Katie Hale on 24.1, riding Vardigo.
The Saturday Novice sections went to local upcoming rider Tom Jackson on Star Dragon who added 3.2 time to his dressage score to finish on 33.5, 3 penalties ahead of 2nd placed Hollie Swain (NZL) and Scarlet Tamarind. Tom also won Open Intermediate Section P aboard Pencos Crown Jewel, adding 1.2 cross country time penalties to an impressive dressage score of 27.3. The other Novice section was won by Sally Witts riding Simba V who’s’ impressive dressage score of 28.5 allowed them room for 4flts in the show jumping and 0.8 time faults cross country to hold onto the win in Section H.
Sunday boasted another full on day of eventing this time with the novice sections starting in the morning. Gaspard Maksud headed Section I aboard Zaragoza II finishing on his dressage score of 28.3 with a strong lead of 6 penalties over 2nd placed Sacha Hourigan (IRL) who piloted Willy Be Dun, adding to 8 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 26.3, to finish on 34.6.
Sophie Jenman had a successful day, winning the Open Novice Section K aboard Quantanamo Z, finishing on their dressage score of 29. This young horse also won Bicton CIC* at the end of last season and is proving to be an exciting future prospect. She also boasted another win in Intermediate Section O riding Ghost Buster Fortuna HH, just adding 3.2 cross country time pentalties to their dressage of 28.9
2nd place in Open Novice Section K went to Harriet Ford riding According to Archie who added 1 show jumping time fault and 2 cross country, to their dressage score of 27.8. Chuffy Clarke took 3rd place with Fernhill G, finishing on 32.5 having added 2 show jumping time faults and 6 cross country, to their fantastic dressage score of 24.5.
The ONu18 section L was highly contested with an influential show jumping phase. The win went to Emma Jowett and Strike a Pose, the reigning BE100u18 National Champions, who finished on their dressage score of 31.3.
Emma commented to Eventing Worldwide “I was very excited to win and get a good run in for the start of the season. Striker was amazing and I’m very thankful to the needhams who own him. I’m also great full for the BE foundation skills academy who have helped me a lot recently. Also to polly Williamson who helped massively in the dressage. The win meant a lot and I’m now really looking forward to what the rest of the season has in store”
2nd place went to Jack Mariani who added 3.2 cross country time faults to his identical score of 31.3 to finish on 34.5. Georgina Herrling former Pony European Individual Gold Medallist finished 3rd and 4th aboard Kilpatrick Night and Falvaro respectively, with two double clears with added cross time faults to finish on 34.8 and 36.7.
The OIu21 was won by Max Warburton riding Samarkand, the only one double clear inside the time to finish on his dressage score of 35.5. Molly Faulkner took 2nd finishing on 36. 9 and 5th (40.8) on Classic Affair and Call Me Cooley respectively, with Felicity Collins slotting in-between for 3rd and 4th aboard Just Amazing III and RSH Contend’or who commented that “Maisie (Just Amazing III) redeemed herself in the jumping phases after an explosive dressage!”.
Georgia Bartlett took 2nd place in Open Intermediate Section P riding her Junior Silver Medallist partner Spano De Nazca, adding 0.8 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 30.9. 3rd place went to Pippa Funnel and MGH Grafton Street who finished on 38.6.
The final section of the day was the Advanced-Intermediate, and was won by Will Furlong who added 4flts in the show jumping and 6.4 cross country time faults to his dressage score of 30.1 to land the win riding Collien P 2. He also took 3rd place riding Cooley Zest.
Images Courtesy of Verona Thomas