Townend takes takes a double at The Festival of Eventing
Oliver Townend reigned supreme at The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), taking the honours in both the Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship and the Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship.
Townend claimed the Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship for the fourth time – having previously won in in 2005, 2010 and 2011 – on board Stephanie D’Andrimont’s nine year old Sonic De Sermentol adding nothing to their dressage score of 27.7. He also took second spot on Karyn Shuter’s seven year old Ridire Dorcha (31.1) whilst Polly Stockton was third on Mafra Smither’s Stanhopes Mr Macoy (31.3).
In the Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship, Townend took victory onboard Note Worthy – a title he has also won on three occasions having won in 2007 and 2008. Adding just 1.2 time penalties from cross country to his overnight dressage score of 23.3 he finished on a total of 24.5 – 12 penalties ahead of the runner up.He also finished fifth on Power Drive.
Second in the Intermediate Championship was Vittoria Panizzon on Chequers Play The Game (36.5) whilst third went to Tom McEwan on Toledo De Kerser (36.6).
At the end of the dressage phase of The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup – the new Novice Restricted Championship introduced to The Festival of British Eventing this year – Noah Brook on Deo Volente III retained their overnight lead with a 7.4 penalty lead ahead of Stine Hoff on Leo M (29.9). Third going into the jumping phases was Charlotte Monk on Beauty B (32.4).
Contenders for the British Eventing Open Championship were also in action. After all combinations had completed their dressage the leader going into tomorrow is Andrew Hoy on Rutherglen (31.6) with Oliver Townend on Mr Hiho (32.6) and Nicola Wilson on Beltane Queen (34.3) in second and third. However, with the top 20 covered by ten penalties it will be all to play for in the show jumping and cross country. Reigning British Open Champion Avebury, ridden by Andrew Nicholson, has been withdrawn due to an abscess in his hoof.
The Festival of British Eventing concludes tomorrow with the show jumping and cross country phases of the TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup and the British Eventing Open Championship. Action in the main arena starts at 8.30am with the first horse due on cross country at 11.30am. Eventing Worldwide’s blogger Melissa Joannides scored 44.1 on her Championship debut.
Melissa Joannides, who is blogging for Eventing Worldwide from The Festival of British Eventing, will be jumping on Gatcombe’s hallowed turf on Brighton Rock II tomorrow morning, and we’ll keep you up to date with their progress.
Photgraphy Courtesy of Hoofprints Photography