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Rika Nile reports…
The popular Wiltshire venue had some of the best weather of the week for its first fixture of the season, over the weekend of 10th-11th June. Both days had a full day of competition seeing some top names on the circuit, as well as some up and coming stars, tackle 90, 100 and Novice courses.
One of these up and coming talents is Dorset-based Rosie Fry, who claimed Novice section I Nick Engert’s Augusta Firefly. The combination were fresh back from a top five Novice Regional Final placing at Mount Ballan to take on the track at West Wilts, which they did with success.
Building on a very successful record over the past couple of seasons, including 2nd in the CIC* at Bicton and a double clear at Ballindenisk CCI*, their clean sheet left them on their dressage mark of 30.3 to take the section ahead of Selina Milnes and Morelands Casanova. Rosie also picked up 4th in Novice section J with Aunt Augusta, also owned by Nick Engert, who dedicates time to being a BE steward.
Rosie, who now events professionally after obtaining a Law degree from Exeter University, commented: “It’s my first win since August 2015, which was also with Effie (Augusta Firefly), so it feels pretty good! And I’m thrilled to get a win for such a lovely, supportive owner who gives so much back to the sport.”
Another up and coming star who reached the top of the leader board in their section was Alex Kennedy, riding Ellie Guy’s Gortglas Earl Grey. The combination headed Open Novice section L, after an impressive dressage of 25.3 left them room to pick up 1.6 time penalties. Their finishing score of 26.9 meant they comfortably took the win with their nearest rival finishing on 31.5.
Alex, who has recently been longlisted for the British Young Rider European team with her own Lissangle Cavaletto B, also picked up 6th in Novice section M riding Gilexio. Holly Woodhead, another rider who found success on the British youth teams, joined Alex also collecting a win at the event (Global H, BE100 section G), as well as a second and third with other rides Hannibal Von Kastanjenhof and Fare.
26-year-old Sophie Albery joined the list of section winners with her partner of five years, Wayland Timberry, after taking BE90 section B on their dressage mark of 23. The receptionist and beauty therapist juggles eventing with her work commitments, which sees her visiting the yard several times a day.
Sophie, who is aiming to qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup final in 2018 with the 11-year-old New Forest Pony, told Eventing Worldwide: “Neither of us had ever done any eventing before I had him so we have learnt together which makes it even more special.
“We have gone through massive highs and lows, and worked our socks off to the extreme! Six months ago he lost all his confidence and I couldn’t get him over a trotting pole. Now here we are winning two BE90’s in the space of a month or so!”
“I’m abosultely over the moon with Timberry right now,” Sophie added.
Other section winners:
BE90 section A: Lauren Collard (Orians Brite Spark)
BE90 section C: Ellie Fredericks (Moor Land Oscar)
BE90 section D: Bryony Lagor (Vorvashill Vertigo)
BE90 section E: Pippa Tucker (Rambo II)
BE100 section F: Gubby Leech (Alvescot Waltztime)
BE100 section H: Kathryn Harris (Key West B)
BE100 section N: Kitty King (MHS Fernhill Finale)
BE100 section Q: Harry Rowecliffe (My Kiltealy Sandstorm)
BE100open section P: Samantha Brown (Diathus)
Novice section J: Shane Rose (Graphene
Novice section K: Zoe Gould (Musical Legend)
Novice section M: Aaron Millar (Galopin B)
Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photos