Sarah Carless reports …
The last of West Wilts’ three British Eventing fixtures hosted 16 sections garnering more than 550 entries across three days of competition.
In BE100 Section A the top two riders ended up on the same score but the win went to Rosie Fry and Kiwi Cruise. Having moved up the levels together, Tori Mcalister and Corrieview Brynn registered a second win this year in Novice Section H – their previous win came at Berkshire College in the Open Novice Under 18.
Kathy Oliver and Dare To Stare have had six top ten placings this year, and at West Wilts they picked up their second victory of the season in BE90 Section J finishing on their dressage score of 26.0.
Kathy told Eventing Worldwide: “She was bought for me to ride at the end of last year by my friend Amanda Downton who owns the lovely mare. We have taken our time with her and gone back to basics then started eventing her in July which she is really enjoying and loves the cross country. She is now entered in BE100 for the rest of the season and then it will be a winter of show jumping and dressage.”
Having recently won the Pony Intermediate Eventing Championships, Ellie Clarke and Electoral Role picked up another win in BE100 Section P. This is Ellie’s first season eventing Rolo and she has recently started working for Kitty King as a working pupil.
She told Eventing Worldwide: “He really is the most genuine horse – he really tries hard when he goes to events. I’ve had a good season, I’ve done some unaffiliated events due to ground conditions, and he’s been placed in the top 10 in all of them. In BE events he’s been just missing out on the placings and I could never seem to get all three phases right. Since starting as a working pupil for Kitty I’ve had so much training from her and her mum Jane which has helped me enormous amounts. It felt really good to have another win at West Wilts, especially as I didn’t have such a great run there at their last event a month ago. To finally be getting all three phases right on the day feels amazing and I couldn’t do it without all the help I get here. My aim is to go Novice this year which I hope I can do, but we’ll just have to see what happens.”
The Intermediate Novice (Section E) was won by Holly Osborne and Little Maestro on the back of a series of top ten placings this year.
Nineteen-year-old Holly, who rides out at a racing yard and rides horses locally to pay for her eventing, has owned Mylo for three and a half years. She told Eventing Worldwide: “He is a great little horse who has given me so much experience at Novice and 1*. He is a sensitive horse and gets very tense in his dressage so it was so nice to get all three phases right on the same day and win. I was so surprised but over the moon with Mylo who was just so relaxed and rideable on the day so to win was just amazing. My plans are to move up to intermediate and maybe a 2* in the future.”
Other section results;BE100 Section B George Hilton Jones, Rapid Global VB; BE100 Section C Helen Witchell, A Cooley Deal Breaker; BE100 Open Section D Annie Ho, MJI Belle Bonita; Novice Section F Daisy Berkeley, Cooley One To Many; Novice Section G Claire Turner, Corgary Pronto; BE90 Section I Emma Sutton, Coltstown Glider; BE90 Section K Ellie Watkins, Boyne Valley Prince; BE90 Section L Rosie Doe, Rickamore Contrast; BE80(T) Section M Katie Mathias; BE80(T) Section N Imogen Sanderson, Fillo De Fear Bui II; BE100 Section O Noor Slaoui, Tonic de Bellefond.
Images courtesy of Lansdown Photography