Ruth Gregory reports ..
West Wilts horse trials, held its first of three events over the weekend with classes from BE90 upwards to Open Novice. Despite, the rain, event organiser Peter Collins, and he team did everything they could to make sure the unscheduled weather didn’t spoil the occasion.
Winner of the ON Section was Lucinda Mesquita, riding Jem Rose and adding nothing to their dressage mark of 27.0. Their win adds to their great form this season; including a win in the ON at Weston Park, and fifth placing in an Intermediate section at Haygain Tweseldown, last time out.
Finishing a very close second, by only 0.7 of a penalty, were Georgina Wood and Del Piero II.
Whilst, Tom McEwen rounded off the top three with Fred Baker’s, Bob Chaplin, finishing on 27.8, having led after dressage.
Tom also won the Novice Section J with Cassiana De Riverland. The mare, who’s owned by Jane Inns and Alison McEwen, was placed fourth in a Novice section at Fairfax and Favour Rockingham International last time out.
Kevin Mcnab, won the Novice Section K with Federico Vezzani’s mare, Inspiring Isa. They jumped double clear inside the time to finish on their dressage of 32.0.
Gubby Leech, also picked up a Novice win in Section N riding his own, Rocketman. Their win carries on the pairings super consistent season, where they haven’t been placed outside the top 10 at any of their eight events so far, six of those being double clears.
Phillippa Ariss, was victorious in the Novice Section L with Juliet Mason’s, Burlyins Ziva Zivania.
It was the mare’s first novice run this season following a string of top 10 places at BE100open and BE100plus level.
“It was her first novice of the season after dropping her back down to BE100 to increase her confidence in the show jumping, as I have really struggled as she is a much bigger horse than I am used to.
“From. The moment I got on her she felt on top form and produced her top performance of her career in all three phases, so it all just fell into place on the day. She will now be aimed at Gatcombe, for the restricted novice championships and then a CCI2* at the end of the season.”
Amy Barlow, riding her own, Iwan, gained their third BE100 win of the season in section O. They posted another double clear performance to finish on their dressage score of 27.0.
“I bought Iwan off a dealer, untouched as a four-year-old. He was very sharp from the word go, but he’s a very special six-year-old and a yard favourite so another win for him this season was really lovely!”
Amy, is targeting the gelding to do a few novices at the end of the season if it all goes to plan.
Young rider Lily De Lacy showed everyone how it’s done by taking the win in the BE100Open Section Q. She piloted Ashley Edmond’s, Rainstown Jonny, into top spot, jumping a near perfect double clear.
“We started off with a much-improved dressage for 24.3, which I was very happy with as he has a tendency to get tense in the arena, and then followed this with a lovely double clear.
Unfortunately, a hold on course meant we received 2.4 time but overall a very good day! We do our first Novice together at Farley Hall and then plan to do a 2* by the end of the summer.”
BE100 Sectio G; Becky Woolven, Jack D; BE100 Section H; Emily Proud, Leonado C; BE100 Section I; Jo Rimmer, Roundthorn Fairplay; BE100 Section P; Kate Raynor, Annadale Idris; BE90 Section A; Stephen Heal, XFactor Hero; BE90 Section B; Hannah Fowler, Lord Rossbuck; BE90 Section C; Heidi Ford, Contessa III; BE90 Section D; Katie Prowse, Glenomra Delux; BE90 Section E; Michael Whippey, Danseuse; BE90 Section F; Jasmin Edwardson, It Must Be Dandy
Images courtesy of Sophie Robins