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Bryony Skinner reports …
Dry weather doesn’t deter competitors at Tweseldown.
Despite a very hot weekend and a long spell of dry weather; Tweseldown (3) attracted over 640 competitors during the course of three days. No proper rain for months had given the team at Tweseldown a challenge but the watering and aerovating paid off and riders praised the organisers for their efforts, as well as the provision of water for cooling horses at the end of the cross country course.
Paris-Maria Johnson took first place in the BE80(T) – Section F on her own, Malin Rose (Rosie) who she has owned for 7 years in December. Paris-Maria added only 1.2 time faults to her dressage score of 30.3 and commented “This is our first year doing BE events so it was quite an amazing day and I definitely didn’t expect to win! She absolutely loves her job and felt amazing in all 3 disciplines so I was over the moon! She’s taken me double clear at every event we have done so far this year so she is really an amazing little mare. The course rode very well, it had lots of areas to gallop which is Rosie’s favourite thing to do so she loved it as well. Our plan for the rest of the season is to do the BE80 at Munstead and the BE80 at Tweseldown again before doing arena eventing all winter and training in preparation for a few BE90s next year.”
Tanya Reid took first place in the BE100 section I with a dressage score of 19.8, on her own Montgomery Flax, who came 13th in the 90 Mitsubishi Cup at Badminton this year. Tanya said “I’ve had Monty since he was 3. He is 15.2 and chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail and 4 white socks so he looks quite striking; at Tweseldown, a mother and daughter held him for me at the wash down point at the end of the xc and told me that they had been watching him all day as they had fallen in love with him as he was so cool! We’ve tried to concentrate on 100s this year (he was 2nd in a 90 at Tweseldown 1 at the start of the year) and he really should step up to Novice as he schools happily over Our Novice track at home (Comphurst Cross Country at Windmill Hill, East Sussex BN 27 4RZ) . I used to compete happily at Novice but am now a veteran so they do seem quite big! I am a member of the TTT and Monty and I had a couple of training sessions with Herwig Radnetter, Chief Rider at the Spanish Riding School, just before Tweseldown and he gave me the confidence to sit for my test, which I much prefer doing as it lets me ride with maximum contact in my seat, and which seemed to pay off with our dressage score of 19.8 .We train regularly with Kirsty Mepham and Judi Piper-Dadswell helps us with our showjumping. Tweseldown was very hot on Sunday and our 3 phases followed on closely from each other but with enough time in between each to cool him down and the organisers were considerate to provide a bowser of water at the xc finish. I ran at Tweseldown as I thought the ground would be good as it’s sand but we have to remember that we are in the middle of a drought in the South East and that the going is hard everywhere. The dressage arena was flat, the show jumping fair and I thought the xc was a good test, with several questions that we hadn’t tackled before (like a hanging log to a step down and an angled step up to an off-set flower box on 2 strides and the double of ducks out of the water) which made it challenging. The course rode really well. It was longer than most at an optimum time of 5.24 , which added to the challenge. I particularly like the ‘live scoring ‘ at Tweseldown which means that you can look at the scores on your phone without having to trek to the scoreboard! As for the rest of the season, we’ll see how the ground is as I don’t want to over-run him.”
Max Warburton had a successful weekend, winning the BE100 section X on Big Easy II and taking second places in the BE100 section V on Jamaicas Pride and the ON section T on Samarkand. Max commented: “The three horses are all owned by Julian Mash I’ve only been riding them for about three weeks now but seem to be forming good partnerships . I’m very excited about all three horses for the rest of the season they’ll all step up a level for the next run. The course was lovely at Tweseldown, a nice run before moving up the levels”.
Another rider to enjoy success over the weekend was Tom Jackson who won the Novice Section S on Georgio D Over and the ON Section T on Fizz V. Tom who has had both horses since they were 4 year olds, said “they have already won one or two events this year but this is George’s first Novice win, he was second last week at Great Witchingham. The course was very well built and I thought it was a really good Novice track. Both of these horses are actually for sale but if they don’t sell George will go to Osberton and Fizz will step up to intermediate.”
Oliver Townend had a busy weekend competing 5 horses and took first place in the BE100 section V on Tremayle, as well as 2nd in the BE100 Section W on Miss Cooley and 4th in the same section on Arklow Puissance.
The KBIS sponsored 4 year old section was won by Ollie Martin who completed on his dressage score of 28.3. Ollie reported on his Facebook page: “What an amazing day at Twesledown today, Martins Irish Eddie 1st in the KBIS British Equestrian Insurance 4yo class with a super cool dressage of 28.3 the only clear sj in the section and a lovely smooth xc round, qualifying us for the championships at Osberton! Martins Irish Warrior, his first event, bringing home 3rd in the 90 with a 25 dressage. Thank you everyone who helped! And Twesledown for a well run day as usual”.
Tweseldown will be running their fourth event of the season in October and many riders are already looking forward to returning.
Other winners: BE80 Section G, Miss Iseabel Walters, Moonlight V, BE80 section H, Miss Hannah Savage, A Cooley Deal Breaker, BE90 section A, Mrs Heidi Reed, Ilar Vincent, BE90 section B, Miss Zoe Warren, John Travolta, BE90 section C, Miss Katie Hale, Claydon Robinia, BE90 section D, Mrs Dinah Smith, Culmore JJ, BE90 section N, Miss Abigail Jordan, Edelweiss IV, BE90 Section O, Miss Leanne Mccabe, Secker Fortunus, BE90 Section P, Miss Harriet Peters, Cavalina Bella, 5YO Section L, Mr Owen Cooper, Pembrooke II, BE100 Section J, Mr Adam Harvey, Don Diego II, BE100 section W, Miss Sally Billing, LCC Blackjack, BE100 Open, Mr Ben Ryder, DG Canta, BE100 Plus, Mrs Karen Maurice, Panache II, IN Section U, Miss Laura Collett, Constance O Cool, Novice Section Q, Miss Tessa Bishop, Corgary Femme Fatale, Novice Section R, Miss Venetia Chamberlen, Sorrell II,
Photographs courtesy of Gary Horner