EVENT REPORTS – Brightling

Lewis Church reports..

With two international classes and national classes from BE90 to Novice it was a bumper weekend of eventing action at Brightling Park International Horse Trials. 

The popular East Sussex event hosted both a CIC* and CIC** class which attracted more than 12 entries between them. 

It was a successful weekend for Matthew Heath in the CIC** (Section M). Not only did he take victory on Aloha, but he also too third place with Sportsfield Lord Livesey. On his winning mount he scored 30.9 in the dressage and with one of the fastest rounds across the country, adding just 6.8 time penalties, the British rider finished on a score of 37.7. Katie Prowse finished in second on Kilcoltrim Kit Kat. 

American rider Elizabeth Halliday Sharp topped the CIC* (Section N) with Cooley Moonshine. A dressage score of 27.3 put the pair in contention and even with 6.4 time faults on the cross country the pair came out on top with a score of 33.7. Roberto Scalisi finished in second on board Black Sands. Young rider Chelsea Pearce had been in contention but picked up 12.8 time faults on the cross country and finished in third with Dakota EB. 

There was a small field for the Novice Regional Final (Section L) and this was won by Katie Blelock and Cavalier Micky Finn. 

Kitty Ashby scored her thid win this year in BE90 Section B on board Boleybawn Rose. With a double clear in the jumping phases the pair finished on their dressage score of 24.3. 

 Ella Lucas and The Chestnut have competed at six events this season and not been out of the top eight. Off the back of two second places, the pair picked up a win here in BE90 Section D. It was a clear victory with a 6.8 penalty winning margin with the pair finishing on their dressage score of 28.3. 

Victoria Bax was another rider to have a convincing win, topping BE100 Section E with Albertas Rose. The pair have competed at three competitions this year being placed on each occasion. At Brightling Park they finished on the dressage of 21.8 meaning they won by 12.9 penalties. 

Sam Penn and Burntwood Sorrell picked up their third win in a row in BE100 Section G, having previously won at Rackham and Borde Hill. They won on their dressage score of 23.3 – a winning margin of 6.8 penalties. 

Melissa Joannides continued her run of good form, notching up another victory this year. This time she topped BE100 Section H with Ashwood Cleave Little Man. 

The event ran three Novice classes and these were won by Tom Jackson (Section I, Star Dragon), Francis Whittington (Section J, Monbeg Malvo) and Gaspard Maksud (Section K, Cado Louvo). 

Following the event organisers said: “A big thank you to everyone who supported the Horse Trials this weekend, all those competing and all those helping and volunteering. What a fantastic sunny weekend.”

Other section results:BE90 Section A Becky Thomson, Bob Emmet; BE90 Section C Harriet Poupart, Voltaires Valentino; BE100 Section F Sarah Martin, Nero The Hero.