Sonia Chapman reports ..
Wilton House had a bumper two days of sport of the weekend of 27th to 28th July. With classes from BE100, BE100plus Novice and Intermediate, with both days nearly full despite the hot weather and the variety of events last weekend.
The cross-country course has been slightly relocated to avoid lorries entering and exiting the event crossing the cross country track. This has been a fantastic improvement, not just to avoid the traffic, but it allows the first two cross country jumps at all levels to be jumped on flattish ground before climbing uphill towards fence three. Fence four on the intermediate tracks, saw the new shaped ladybirds, previously turtles. While the turtles caused trouble at the water and at Mark Todds request they were changed to ladybirds (although it is a shame that with his retirement announcement he will not have chance to jump them), the ladybirds looked indefinitely scarier and beautifully crafted.
All three courses were extremely well presented with the BE100 having a blue mermaid into the water that caused no end of trouble and a cleverly crafted dog at the second to last based on organiser Anthony Ffooks daughter Harriet’s dog. The track at Wilton has brilliant terrain for cross country with uphill, downhill with drops and skinnys into space and at the bottom of steep hills an education at all levels.
The Open Intermediate section was won by newly married Alice Dunsdon on Sambo by a margin of 5 marks from Sophie Jenman and Quantanamo Z. This section also saw Samantha Lissinton pick up some lower placings in her second event in the UK, after relocating to the UK from New Zealand at the beginning of July.
Bella Innes Ker showed that she has another potential super star in Highway II, with a win in Intermediate section H. Bella mentioned that William Fox Pitt, with who Bella is based after her relocation south, has really helped with Highway’s showjumping to gain her second clear round at intermediate level within a week. Lily Bradstock and Shiny Roase Z picked up 3rd place, to follow up their good round in the Eventing Grand Prix at Hickstead on Thursday.
Charlotee Armstrong and Chateau D YQUem Z (feel sorry for the commentator not sure how to pronounce this), won Intermediate Section I. Chateau not only won the section but picked up the fastest time of the day and won best mare of the day. To top it off Charlottes groom Katie then won best groom.
Eventing Worldwide sponsored rider, Charlotte Rowe seemed to be the rider on fire on Saturday picking up a win in Open Novice section A and a third place. Followed up with a second and a seventh in the BE100 sections.
Jefferson 18 caused a stir in the Novice sections, was that a commentator’s error dressage score of 14.5. No it was not and while Chris Burton did not catch the time in the Novice a finishing score of 15.7 was good enough for a win by over 10 points. Unfortunately for other competitor’s Burto was not content with picking up with one novice win but also picked up the win in the Novice section C on Kiltown Sherlock, this time on a more normal score of 27.3!
Images courtesy of Tanzy Lee