Sarah Carless reports…
Top class action at Withington Manor
Withington Manor once again proved a popular fixture attracting more than 400 entries across its Novice, Pony One Star, Intermediate and Advanced classes.
The Eric Winter designed cross country course had been developed for this year’s competition and included a new water jump and sunken road complex together with a viewing mound.
Double JAS Champion Natalie McGoldrick took the win in Novice Section F with Trickie Johnnie. The pair tied on a score of 29.3 with the second placed combination but were given the nod as they were the closest to the optimum time on the cross country.
Natalie told Eventing Worldwide: “It was super to get our second win of the season under our belts, before the end of April. We had a cross country disaster whilst in sight of the win in the 1* at Hambleden, due to me deciding to put a five-point breastplate on him for the first time, following his saddle slipping during the show jumping. My aim at Withington was just to have a confidence boosting cross country run, so to win was a huge bonus. We now head to Aston to have our first run at Intermediate.”
Felicity Collins and Just Amazing III were the winners in the hotly contested Open Intermediate Section M. The homebred mare has had some great results already this season but stepped up to take victory as the combination aim for the Young Rider Championships at Houghton Hall later this month. It was a great weekend for Felicity who also took third place with RSH Contend’Or in the Advanced Under 25.
Felicity told Eventing Worldwide: “She’s a talented mare and very good in all three phases, but you don’t always go to an event entered in a class as competitive as that OIu21 expecting to win, so it was a real boost to be at the top of the leaderboard, even more so to do it with her making it all feel so easy. And great consolidation after her second place at South of England OIu21 a few weeks ago. She will have one more quiet run at Rockingham OI later this month to keep her on the ball, before heading to Houghton along with my other horse RSH Contend’Or, who ran amazingly in his first Advanced at Withington.”
Another combination benefitting from keeping a clean sheet were Holly Osborne and Little Maestro who won Novice Under 18 Section E on their dressage score of 32.0.
Saffron Cresswell and Cuffesgrange Little Ric repeated last year’s victory in the Pony One Star class. It was their second win of the year having previously won in the Pony Trial class at Weston Park. This was the final Pony qualifying round before the championships which take place at Brand Hall at the beginning of June.
London 52 stepped up to Intermediate in style as Laura Collet piloted him to victory in Section I – his first run at this level. The pair have finished in the top six at each pf their previous competitions this season and on this occasion won on their dressage score of 28.0.
Two British team riders took victory in the Open Intermediate classes – Section L went to Tom McEwen and Joyride whilst Oliver Townend piloted Black Tie II to victory in Section N.
In Advanced Section G, Izzy Taylor took the win with Trevidden whilst Vittoria Pannizon took the win in Advanced Section H with Chequers Play The Game.
Other section results: Novice Section A Sammi Birch, The Kincooley Ceili; Novice Section B Ben Way, Direct Showman; Novice Section C Alexander Bragg, Bloomfield Tiger Two; Open Novice Section D Sam Ecroyd, Christoff; Intermediate Section J Jesse Campbell, Lord George III; Intermediate Section K Kylie Roddy, SRS Kan Do; Open Intermediate Section L Tom McEwen, Joyride.
Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photography