Sarah Carless reports ..
Wellington Horse Trials was basked in glorious sunshine for its Bank Holiday weekend fixture.
The Hampshire event attracted a field of top class competitors, with classes ranging from BE100, including a qualifying class for the KBIS Young Horse Championships, up to Advanced.
Fresh from her two victories in Ireland, Izzy Taylor continued her winning streak, taking two wins at Wellington. The first came in Intermediate Section O with DHI Jet Set who is a new ride for the British rider. However, the partnership has gotten off to a good start as this was their second victory in a row having won the CIC** at Somerford International we well as two second placed at Aston Le Walls third and fourth eventing fixtures. Taylor’s second win came in the Advanced class for eight and nine-year olds (Section U) with SpringPower.
Holly Woodhead by far had the most successful weekend. Her score sheet included five top ten finishes which included three wins, a third and an eighth place.
Woodhead’s wins came in BE100 Section B with Fare, BE100 Section C with Global H and BE100 Section J with Hakuna Matata PFB. Woodhead is building an impressive string of young horses, and has been achieving incredible results this season. Wellington marked a fifth win for herself and Global H – a partnership which has only been out of the top ten once this year. Hakuna Matata PFB has been placed on every outing this year but this was the pairs first win in 2017. It was a second win for Fare who with Woodhead also has an impressive string of results and the rider who is based in Wiltshire has a strong string of horses to go forward with.
In all it was a good weekend for British riders. In a back to business approach, Kristina Cook took two section wins, fresh from her team Gold medal winning performance at the European Championships. Cook was victorious in BE10O Section H with Falsetto and Intermediate Section M with Killadeas.
And a dash back from Blair Castle International Horse Trials proved successful for Elisabeth Halliday Sharpe as she won Advanced Section S with Carpe Diem IV, having re-routed to the southern after withdrawing after the dressage in Scotland.
On her first outing since helping the British Young Riders take silver medal at the Young Rider European Championships, Felicity Collins took victory in the Open Intermediate Under 21 Class with her medal winning mount RSH Contendor, with Just Amazing III taking third place for the young rider.
Other section results: BE100 Section A Gubby Leach, Flying Dutchman; BE100 Section D Tara Glen, Westwinds Mackenzie; BE105 Section D David Doel, Man About Town II; BE105 Section F Kitty King, MHS Fernhill Finale; BE105 Section G Claire Turner, Corgany Pronto; BE100 Section I Joe Lethbridge, Mr Madagascar; 5 year old Section K Hippolyte Rechard, Carsontown Do It Tomorrow; Intermediate Section L Pippa Funnell, Maybach; Intermediate Section P Tom Jackson, Newmarket Prospect; Open Intermediate Section N Andrew Nicholson, Swallow Springs, Open Intermediate Section Q Austin O Connor, Kilpatrick Knight; Advanced Section T Sarah Bullimore; Lilly Corinne.
Photographs courtesy of Gary Horner