Charlotte Rowe kicks off the season in fine style.
Rika Nile reports….
Moreton kicked off the 2017 eventing season for the South West region, holding a full day of competition on the Saturday at BE100 and Novice level. The second day of competition was sadly abandoned due to heavy rainfall overnight, which also saw other events due to take place over the weekend abandoned. Social media comments praised the organisers for making the decision, as well as thanking them for letting competitors know at the earliest possible time. Despite the disappointment for everyone involved in the second day, the first day provided a great day of competition and a positive start to the season for many.
Eventing Worldwide blogger and rider Charlotte Rowe had a super first event, picking up two wins, a 2nd and a 4th.
Her first win came with HHS Leacourt Cavalier in BE100open section D, after they stayed on their 29.5 dressage to win the section. Charlotte also claimed 2nd and 4th in BE100open section C with Eventing Worldwide’s The Night Traveller and Langaller Starring Role.
It was tight at the top in this section, as both of Charlotte’s horses finished on their dressage scores which were 24.3 and 24.8 respectively, with section winner Mary King (Kings Ginger) finishing on 23.3, and 3rd placed Ben Lee Liles (Ballyellen Buzz) finishing on 24.4.
Charlottes second win came with her mother Penny’s The Emerald Lily in Open Novice section G. They led the section after posting a 25.8 dressage and jumping a double clear, adding just a handful of time penalties to their score. Talullah Bartlett (Candyman Leanorth) and Rebecca Charnock (Woodlands Unique) finished 2nd and 3rd in the competitive section which saw all 25 starters finish, with all but six jumping double clear.
Commenting on her successful day, Charlotte said: “I am delighted with how they all went. I have changed to a new dressage trainer, Helen Griffiths, and she is transforming my flat work. Let’s hope season continues on with this form. It’s a privilege to have such a lovely team of horses, and I’d like to thank all of my owners.”
Jane Rogers and Corrieview Merlin Magic won their first event of the season for the second year running, after taking BE100 section A with a mark of 25.5; 12 months after winning their BE100 section at Moreton in 2016. Katie Hancock and Mitsubishi Motors Cup qualified Coddstown Pet finished 2nd behind Jane with a double clear, and Emma Jowett (Bandalera) finished 3rd, adding just 0.4 time to their score.
Ben Lee Liles and Jackpott VIII topped the 42-strong BE100 section B, finishing on their 25.3 dressage mark. Andrew Nicholson (Berganza) and Abi Lucas (Langaller Sea Fox) also both jumped double clear to finish in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Novice section E saw only two combinations finish on their dressage score, which were winner David Doel (Ferro Point) and second placed Nana Dalton (Coolrock Wacko Jacko) who had 26 and 29.8 respectively. David also took 7th with Dunges Don Perignon, whilst 3rd and 4th placed Tim Cheffings (Jazz Master) and Alexander Bragg (Bloomfield Tiger Two) also had two top ten placings, with Tim also collecting 5th (Gaston), and Alexander 9th (Bonmahon Blue Mist).
Open Novice section section F was won by Taggy Forester-Bennett and Bonza Moorabinda, who finished on a score of 30 after adding just 1.2 time penalties to their dressage. 2nd placed Laura-Beth Limb (Elja) also finished on 30, but a slightly slower cross country time left her just behind the winner.
Taggy commented on her win: “I’ve been riding her for two years now after forming a syndicate to buy her at the end of our first season in 2015. Moreton was our first event together that year and we won the Open Novice then! So to come back for our second time two years later and win was really special.”