Jody Millin reports…
April 10th and 11th saw riders head to Weston Park (1) where classes ran from PT to Advanced and many riders brought out teams of horses for the weekend. As usual the Cross Country was testing and the time was tight!
The Pony Trail was won by Archie Tullcoch riding Mohill Gyspy. The 14.1 gelding of unknown breeding led from the start with a dressage of 25.6 adding 4 showjumping and 6 cross country to finish on 35.60. Second was Anna Price riding Black Jacko completing on a score of 39.00 and third was Maisy Spratt riding Sycamore Lad completing on 39.60.
The OIU21 was won by Milo Kennedy riding Moher Prince, completing on a score of 47.7 having added 12 showjumping and 1.6 X Country to their 34.1 dressage. Second was Emma Monton riding Grande by Design completing on 51.50 and third was Lucy Hattersley riding Bennys Quality Star completing on 52.20.
The ON section K was won by Piggy March on Cooley Goodwood with a score of 25.5. Tom March told me that Cooley Goodwood was bought by Susie Wood from Richard Sheane at Cooley Farm in Ireland as a 4yo. He is out of Obos Quality and he has been with Piggy for two years and she aims to keep him to produce through the levels with her sights on the 7yo National Championship at Osberton and the World Young Horse Championship at Le Lion D’Angers. Piggy has been delighted with his progress as he was still a little green at the beginning of last season. She is looking forward to an exciting future with him and says he has plenty of ability.
Piggy also took second place with the same dressage score of 25.5 just adding 0.8 time to their score on I Diablo Joe, owned and bred by Geoff Burton. I Diablo Joe has previously won the BYEH as a 4yo and came to Piggy at the end of 2019. He was selected for Le Lion last year but sadly was another casualty to Covid_19 as his owner was not able to accommodate the quarantine required on return due to work commitments, so he was re directed to Thoresby. Tom said, “ He is a horse that has quite low mileage so Piggy will continue to produce him until he is ready to move up the levels. He is very smart in the dressage and she believes he is another exciting prospect to look forward to this season”.
Third in this section was Sophie Hodgson riding GI Master Caster completing on 33.90.
The Advanced Section F was won by Emilie Chandler riding Gortfadda Diamond on a score of 37.70. Second was Wills Oakden riding Macgregors Cooley on a score of 38.30, third was Sam Ecroyd riding Davinci II on a score of 40.80, fourth was Tom McEwen riding Toledo De Kerser and fifth was Bubby Upton riding Cola II. Bubby has got her season off to a great start finishing 2nd in the OI with Cannavaro and 9th in the OI with Magic Roundabout IV. She told me how she came to have him,
“ Piggy rang me one day and said ‘ I’m on my way to yours with Magic and you need to try him’ …”.
She said after getting on him, he never left the yard!! She has lots of work to do to get him where she wants him and will aim him for 4* this season.
Harry Mead has made a remarkable recovery from a nasty fall last season to top two OI sections at Weston Park. He won section D with Red Kite completing on a score of 28.5. Second was Ben Hobday riding Shadow Man, third was Ros Nesbitt riding EG Michaelangelo, fourth was Clare Chamberlayne riding Globemaster and fifth was Ros Canter riding Izilot DHI.
Harry Mead also won Section C riding Tenareze completing on a score of 30.