Sarah Carless reports…
Three days of competition at Wellington Horse Trials attracted more than 550 entries with a field of class competitors including those making final preparations for the World Equestrian Games.
Charlotte Bull was one of the winners in the BE105 class which competitors with an opportunity to ease the transition from BE100 before moving up to Novice level. Her winning partner in Section C was her 14.2 10-year-old gelding who she has owned for three and a half years.
The 14-year-old commented: “With plans to do a novice before the season ends, I took the opportunity to get more experience of doing a more difficult dressage test and to get a taste of the bigger and more technical two jumping phases before going straight in at Novice. I feel that the 105 class has benefited myself and Casper as we can now feel more confident going into a Novice because we have ability to do something only slightly smaller. As the novice test that we completed was both of our first Novice test, I was very impressed with how he went. He then did a lovely double clear with 4 seconds to add cross country finishing on 27.9. To find out that we had won the section made me feel very happy and confident that we were ready to finally step up a level.My plans for the rest of the 2018 season on Casper are to qualify for Badminton 100 Grassroots final before heading to both of our first novices at South of England towards the end of September.”
In their first outing since the FEI European Eventing Championships for Juniors, Georgia Bartlett and Spano De Nazca topped the table in Open Intermediate Under 21 Section Q. The pair finished 11that Fontainbleau and were part of the Great British Silver Medal Team.
Georgia commented: “It was fantastic to be back competing Nono again after the Europeans. We have such a special partnership and he felt better than ever. Nothing beats riding him round a cross country course and he was foot-perfect round a tough track. We are planning on doing our first CIC** at South of England next and we will be aiming for the Junior Europeans again next year.”
In her second competition back since the birth of her second daughter Lena, Zara Tindall topped the Advanced class for eight and nine-year-old’s with Classic Affair. The nine-year-old gelding had been campaign by Tom McEwen during the early part of the year.
Kitty King had an extremely successful weekend with three wins to her name. In BE105 Section B she topped the standings with Fernhill Mojito – a third win for the pairing this season. The pair now head to Burghley for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals where they will compete in the five-year-old class. This was followed by victory in Intermediate Section O with Cristal Fontaine – a fifth win this season, and Open Intermediate Section P with Vendredi Biats, who topped the standings for the second time this year.
Taking home two wins was Tim Rogers who topped BE100 Section G with Coolrock Cooley and BE100 Section H with Monbeg on Point, both of whom completed with double clear rounds.
As final preparations are made for the World Equestrian Games, New Zealand team rider Jonelle Price took victory with her selected mount and Badminton winner Classic Moet in Advanced Section R. Another New Zealand team rider heading to Tryon to take victory at the event was Dan Jocelyn and Grovine De Reve who topped Open Intermediate Section M.
Other section results; BE105 Holly Bluck, Seppelino: BE100 Section D Charlotte Bacon, Cosmos Du Figuier; BE100 Section E Gubby Leech, Royal Harvest; BE100 Open Section F Lucy Gaaston, Nelgorde Naheez; BE100 Section I Zoe Wilkinson, Wish List; Five Year Old Section J Kylie Roddy, Darling Du Loir; Intermediate Section K Becky Woolven, Everlyne; Intermediate Section L David Doel, Galileo III; Intermediate Section N Samantha Seaton, Rowbury Spree.