Georgia Dixon reports ..
Wellington Horse Trials sees competitors travelling up, down and across the country to attend the Hampshire event. With 20 sections ranging from BE100 up to Advanced (the highest level of British Eventing national competitions), the highest of standards is always upheld and some very impressive results come from it.
It is no secret that there are a vast number of special young horses coming up through the ranks, and the standard in the 5YO class at Wellington was second to none. The top ten all finished with a score under 30, and every single horse and rider combination that was placed jumped a double clear around the BE100 track. The winning pair was Kate Honey and Milchem Sea Breeze – the horses first BE win – after finishing on their dressage score of 25.5.
The other age class at Wellington was the Advanced 8/9YO section, this was won by Aoife Clark and Celus D Ermac Z, despite this only being the horses second Advanced run. They were the only combination to score a sub-30 dressage mark – 27.9 – and was only two seconds over the optimum time across the country, adding 0.8 time penalties.
Young rider, Felicity Collins showed her experience and talent throughout the event, placing second in a hotly contested Advanced section on RSH Contendor, as well as finishing third in the OIU21 onboard Just Amazing III. Felicity was one of only two riders in Section R of the Advanced class to finish on the initial dressage score – the other being fourth placed combination Sarah Way and Dassett Cooley Dun.
Roberto Scalisi also had a successful event, winning Section S of the Advanced onboard Topaze Du Plain, and finishing third in Section E of the BE100 class with Sultan Royale. Topaze Du Plain added only 7.6 time penalties to a dressage score of 29 to win the section on an overall score of 36.6 – second place went to Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico.
Maisy Spratt won her first BE event – this being her first season affiliated – in Section G of the BE100Open on 14.1hh pony, Libgate Spirit. The combination posted an impressive dressage score of 24.3 and went on to finish their day on the same score, firmly at the top of the leader board. Second place in the BE100Open Section G went to another pony and young rider, Lewis Drew and Menai Cosmic Duke – they added 3.2 time penalties to a dressage score of 24.
The scores were painfully tight at the top of the leaderboard in BE100 Section F, with 0.8 penalties separating the first four combinations; the top two competitors completed on exactly the same score of 27.3. Helen Millichamp and Alana Sparrow fought it out for the winning position, however Helen and Kiwi Zidane just pipped Alana and Angels spirit to the post.
Wellington hosted three of the new BE105 sections, whereby the cross country phase is over the BE100, however with a slightly bigger show jumping round. The winners of these sections were: Jennifer Rowlinson and Come Along Springtime, Caroline Harris and Ramatuelle, and Charlotte. Faulkner and. Archimedes X.
Laura Schroter had two fantastic runs in the Intermediate class, coming second in the OI Section M onboard Willem Van Wup, and finishing third in Intermediate Section L on Porsche. Despite knocking down one fence in the show jumping, a fast cross country round and an outstanding dressage score fo 23.2 with Willem Van Wup kept them toward the top of the leaderboard. Laura Collett was the winner of the section with Highland Patriot, finishing on a dressage score of 33.6.
Jodie Amos had five horses running in the Intermediate sections, however the star of her string was Attack Van De Peerdebos, winning Intermediate Section N. They finished on their dressage score of 30.2, just 0.3 penalties ahead of second placed combination, Tyler Cassells and Cooley Copresenter.
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