Georgia Dixon reports ….
The Shropshire based event always attracts riders of the highest calibre including Sir Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Zara Tindall and Paul Tapner who all attended the event at the weekend. Weston
Park is also home to classes ranging from Novice to Advanced, incorporating Pony Trial classes and the Askham Bryan Open Intermediate Under 21 trials.
16-year-old Moreton Hall schoolgirl Alice Davies-Cooke came 7th in the OIU21 riding Longfordpass Delux. They had a 37.7 dressage with 8 faults show jumping followed by an extremely confident and speedy cross country leaving them faultless and with no time or jumping penalties.
Alice said: “The course rode lovely and there were some really tricky fences which were causing so much trouble but Flash gave me all of his effort and was so bold, he never thought twice about going. My aim this season is to be selected to go to the Junior European Championships at Millstreet, Ireland representing Great Britain.”
The winner of the OIU21 was Heidi Coy and Royal Fury, they scored 29.5 in the dressage then only added 1.2 cross country time faults to their dressage score, leaving then in the lead on 30.7. Alex Norris and Treefers came 2nd after finishing on their dressage score of 31.6. The combination also came 3rd at the previous OIU21 trial at Aldon.
There were two Pony Trial sections which took place on the Saturday; Section F and Section G. Only 7 of the 54 riders made the times across country.
Connie Gill and Bizzy Loffet were the only two combinations to do a completely faultless event after their dressage in section G. Both finished on their dressage scores but Connie Gill took the win with Hotshots producing a 29 dressage in comparison to Bizzy Loffet’s and Starflower’s dressage of 30.8 which left them in 2nd.
Saffron Cresswell took the win in Section F with Cuffesgrange Little Ric finishing on their dressage score of 25. Saffron won the section by 7.2 penalties with Saffie Osborne in 2nd placed with Red Dandy who finished on 32.7.
The Novice cross country also proved hard to get after only 14 riders out of 113 managed to get inside the time not including the Open Novice sections.
Sam Ecroyd won two of the four novices that he was entered into despite withdrawing The Quiet Man from Section E. He was Section A on Catena Vant Gelutt Z and Section C on Renegade Marmalade.
Section B was also won by another well known rider, Izzy Taylor and Ballycoog Guiness. They finished on their impressive dressage score of 22.5. Oliver Townend came 2nd with Attractive Proposition after adding only 4 jumping penalties to a dressage of 26.3.
Izzy Taylor also took the win and second place in Section E ahead of Paul Tapner who came in 3rd. Izzy added 4 jumping penalties to a dressage score of 23.5 with Monkeying Around to win on 27.5.
Not including the OIU21 class, only 5 combinations made the intermediate time out of 4 sections.
Millie Dumas was the dressage diva in the intermediate sections after getting a 17.7 dressage on Cameya. Their dressage score was so good that despite having 4 faults show jumping and 9.2 time faults across country, they still won Section M. Millie beat the likes of Andrew Nicholson who came in 2nd with Zacarias.
Becky Woolven and DHI Babette K won Section I adding only 1.6 time faults to a dressage score of 27 leaving them on 28.6. 2nd place went to James L Robinson and Cassan who added 0.8 time faults to a dressage score of 31.6.
There was one advanced section on Sunday with every single combination except one jumping clear around the cross country course, proving the high standard of riding that came from that section. However, not one of the riders went inside the time.
Zara Tindall and High Kingdom won the advanced adding only 6 time faults to their dressage score of 29.9. Rosalind Canter and Allstar B came 2nd and Paul Tapner and Bonza King of Rouges came 3rd.
Last years GB Young Riders Team rider India Wishart did her first Advanced on The Masters Harry and came a very respectable 9th adding only 8 time penalties to a dressage score of 33.8.
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography