Georgia Dixon reports ……
Set in front of Floors Castle on the Scottish Borders, Floors Castle Horse Trials is a very popular event and gives that international feel to even grassroots riders who are riding in the BE90 and BE100 classes. However, the main attraction to the event is its highly competitive CIC* and CIC** classes.
Excluding time penalties, 18 out of the 41 competitors in the CIC** went double clear. Oliver Townend had 3 horses placed in 3rd, 4th and 5th. However, Pia Munker and Stachus 9 came out on top with a confident win by 8 penalties finishing on her score of 35.40.
Pia lead the section from the dressage, getting the best dressage of [emember_protected custom_msg=’This content is only available to Members, to read more of this article please Join HERE or if you are a member please LOGIN‘] 33, the next best being 40.9. Sam Ecroyd and Opera House produced this test and only added 2.8 cross country time penalties for 2nd place. Emily Parker who took a total of 11 rides to Floors Castle also had numerous placing’s in the CIC**, being placed 6th, 9th and 15th.
Nobody was eliminated or retired in the CIC* class with there being only one person with more than 20 jumping penalties cross country and out of the 39 competitors who went cross country, 15 riders returned home with no time penalties added to their score.
The CIC* class was won by Christopher Whittle who rode Tregaverne – they finished on the best dressage score of 38.8 after a double clear and no time penalties. They finished ahead of second placed Storm Straker and Well Designed who also finished on their dressage score of 44. Wills Oakden was the only rider to have two horses placed in the top 10 with a 5th and 7th placing.
BE100 section M was also won by Wills Oakden who produced the only sub 20 dressage score of the weekend on Caballo Rojo. He finished almost 7 penalties ahead of second placed rider Emma Hawksby and Clorogue Victory who ended on the joint second best dressage of 26. Morag O’Mara also attained a dressage score of 26, however one show jump down and 0.8 time penalties added on the cross country left her in overall 8th on Mr Incredible II.
Andrew Malcolm had his first win this season on Knockaround in BE100 Section K. The combination had the best dressage of 23.8 and added only 0.8 reverse time penalties on the cross country to finish on 24.6. Jane Clarke and Ballyoskill Bay finished on the same score as Caitlin Padfield and Quincy IV – 32.3. However, Jane Clarke just pipped Caitlin Padfield to second place.
BE100Open Section O was won by Lucinda Crawford and Ballintoher Harry who finished on their dressage score of 30.3. Debra Rutherford came second after having two poles down with a dressage score of 24.8 on Sunnytimes. Alex Mundell and Coolrock Gold Dust came 3rd with another impressive dressage of 25, but also had 8 penalties show jumping.
Joe Argo had his first win in BE90 Section G with Duitchy after finishing on their dressage score of 33. He also finished 4th in section F with Black Jacko also finishing on their dressage score of 32. Section F was won by Claire Louise Bain and Gortmore Unavoidable Diamond who finished on 28.2 ahead of Catherine Burrell and Khaya in second place on 30.8.
Kate Sanderson topped BE90 Section E riding Ilar Solo. The combination finished on their dressage score of 24.3 Second place was taken by Jay Ryder and Shanbally Prince with 29.8.
BE90 Section R saw two impressive top placings by Philippa Shell in 1st and Jennifer Johnston in 2nd. Both riders were the only two to go under 30 after the dressage and were the only two to finish with a sub 30 score. Philippa Shell and Royal Gunner won after finishing on the best dressage score of 25.5. Jennifer Johnston then finished on 29.2 with Jumble after adding 2.4 reverse time penalties to their dressage of 26.8. 3rd place was over 7 penalties behind Jennifer Johnston and that was taken by Jennifer Macgregor and Jack Daniels IX who completed the competition on their dressage score of 36.5.
Floors Castle put on two junior Sections – BE100U18 and ONU18. The BE100 under 18 section P was won by Izzie Bamford and Coosh. Izzie also took 4th place in this section with Geffory. Izzie finished on her dressage score of 26.8 to win the section. Second place went to Daisy Cross and Ebony. Daisy had the best dressage of 24.3, however 3.2 time penalties cross country meant that she finished behind Izzie and finished on a score of 27.5. Daisy Cross also finished in 6th place on Feagh Delamain.
The ONU18 section J saw every combination except one go clear cross country. This class was won by Fab Parkin and Cill Bhrid BUI who finished on 32, adding nothing to their dressage score. Sadie Abel came 2nd with Ericantos VDB after finishing on their dressage score of 35.5. Morgan Gray and Champagne Charlie XI finished 3rd on 38.6 despite their dressage score of 27.8.
There was only one Section of Intermediate classes run over the weekend – OI Section C. Out of the 23 combinations who completed the course, there were only 3 combinations who show jumped clear and only one combination who went inside the optimum time cross country. That one person was Ruth Edge, who went on to win the section with Hennessy Gold. Ruth finished on 28.9 after a 23.9 dressage, a total of 5 penalties show jumping and then nothing to add from the cross country. 5th placed rider Emma Carmichael was the only rider in the top ten who went double clear and who didn’t obtain show jumping penalties. She added 5.2 time penalties cross country to her 40 dressage score, ending on 45.2. Rebecca Rowell who finished in 15th place was the only other rider who finished with a double clear (excluding time penalties.)
Full list of results available at https://www.britisheventing.com/asp-net/events/Results.aspx?MeetingId=4507
Photographs Courtesy of Dave Cameron