Ruth Gregory reports ..
Twesledown held its third event of season. With both 4YO and 5YO classes, as well as that crucial final pony trial before the European selection, it was certainly an event with a lot of action and attracted those familiar eventing stars.
Laura Collett won the Novice section Q with Charlotte Heber Percy’s, Moonlight Charmer. The win was particularly special as it completed three wins at Novice in a row for the gelding, who is a new ride to Laura this season.
Laura also won the Novice section P with Lyjador.
The final pony trial was filled with eager pony riders desperate to catch the selectors eye before they made their decision for the final team that’ll travel to Strzegom, Poland in August.
Winning the trial were Ibble Watson and Bookhamlodge Pennylane. They jumped a foot perfect double clear to add nothing to their dressage mark of 31.5.
They have been on fire this season; they won the pony CIC2* at Withington Manor as well as also being placed third at the Brand Hall British Pony Championships, to name a few.
“I was thrilled as she’s been amazing all year and has been so consistent having not been placed outside of the top 10, sadly I am out of ponies this year.”
Second place went to Freya Partridge and Master Macky. They’ve been super consistent this season, with a second place at the Brand Hall British Pony Championships and third at Withington Manor pony CIC2*.
“I am over the moon, he’s been on top form and stormed around the cross country not blinking an eye at anything! Thank you so much to my trainers Sorel Warwick, Sarah Kellard-Smith and Jonquill Hemming who have helped me tremendously this season!”
Both Ibble and Freya have now been named as team members that will travel to Poland in August to contest the Pony European Championships. Their fellow team mates are Finn Healey with Midnight Dancer II, Daisy Bathe with SF Detroit, Amelia Ludiman with Tynan Mist and Xanthe de Wesselow with Baramona Lass. Eventing World Wide wishes them all the best of luck and is looking in following their team performance.
Winners of the 5YO section I were Tinana Coundray and Erika Louvo. They added nothing to their impressive dressage mark of 20.8 to cement the win.
In the 4YO section Lydia Heywood and Tullaher Lottie just rolled a poll show jumping to finish on a two-phase score of 26.5.
Molly Faulkner won the BE100Plus Section M with Finesee. They were one of the just two double clears, to finish on their dressage mark of 31.0.
“I was so pleased with how she performed, especially as the course was causing lots of problems and she’s still very inexperienced!”
It is their second win on the bounce for the pairing, with it also being the 6YO mare’s first season eventing.
“hopefully the next stop for Inka is to move up to novices and keep educating her throughout the season.
Also want to thank Tweseldown for a very well-run event and amazingly built courses, definitely a favourite of mine!”
BE90 Section A; Jasmine Wilks, Lough Derg Joe; BE90 Section B; Christopher Baker, Gemini VII; BE90 Section C; Lucy Gasston, Smart Colours; BE90 Section D1; Helen Millichamp, Kiwi Zidane; BE90 Section N; Helen Millichamp, Jalados Star; BE90 Section O; Tim Rogers, Maesmawr Huntsman; BE80(T) Section E; Sarah Marshall, Dancing Star III; BE80(T) Section F; Zoe Symes, Glen Carter; BE80(T) Section G; Anna Holmes, Sunnydale Drifterii; BE100 Section J; Katy Lawrence, Whitemoors First Flight; BE100 Section K; Harry Dzenis, Bling; BE100 Section T; Samantha Brown, Westwood Appeal; BE100 Section U; Zoe Wilkinson, Mistral Mish Mash; BE100Open Section L; Amy Struthers, Hotshot GN; ON Section R; Tori McAlister, Corrieview Brynn; IN Section S; Christine Bates, Adelaide Hill
Images courtesy of TB Photographic