Sarah Carless reports..
There were wins for Britain’s Emily Gilruth, Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon (ITA), and double European Young Rider gold medallist Emily Parker at the Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun International Horse Trials near Edinburgh last weekend.
Riding her own Topwood Beau, Cheshire’s Emily Gilruth put in a strong performance across the three phases to be crowned the CIC*** winner. A 48.2 dressage score saw the combination off to a good start, before moving on to the show jumping arena where they produced just one of only a few clear rounds. Heading into the cross country on Saturday afternoon in a top position, the pair delivered a clear round picking up 11.2 time penalties to secure first place ahead of New Zealand’s Caroline Powell and Michael and Claire Hunter’s Spice Sensation.
Vittoria Panizzon made it a one-two in the CCI2* section, taking first place on Mrs Patricia Lambert and Miss Amy Lambert’s Chequers Play the Game and second on Mrs Lucy Allison and Mrs Sally Bullen’s Borough Free Flight. The Gloucestershire based rider and the 13 year old gelding finished on their dressage score of 44.2 penalties to take the class win ahead of her other ride. The 9 year old British bred gelding picked up four faults from the show jumping phase to finish 0.3 penalties behind his stable mate and over 11 penalties ahead of third placed Daisy Liddle and her own Count Danilo.
Joanne Earl from North Yorkshire took top honours in the CCI1* riding her own and Mrs Ann Earle’s Craic in Time. The seven year old gelding added just two time penalties from the cross country phase to win the 1* ahead of North Yorkshire’s James Sommerville and Altaskin Jack whom he owns with Mrs Jennifer Sommerville and Mrs Rachel Sykes.
Emily Parker from the Scottish Borders, enjoyed a successful show collecting the CIC2* title on her own and Mrs Bridget Mazdon’s Hillary VD Bisschop. Emily and the nine year old mare picked up eight time penalties from the cross country phase to add to the 52.5 penalty dressage score to finish just 0.4 penalties ahead of runner up, New Zealand’s Blyth Tait and his own and Mrs Su Jenkin’s Darius IV.
On her Facebook page Emily said: “Can’t quite believe Dulfie has won the CIC** at Hopetoun. She was a total star from start to finish – couldn’t have hoped for her to feel any better and to win was a bonus. Thank you to all at Hopetoun and everyone that helped so much this weekend.”
Somerset’s Alex Kennedy made the long trip up from the West Country worthwhile by taking home the CIC1* win in stunning fashion. Riding her own Lissangle Cavaletto B, the pair finished over seven penalties ahead of closest rivals, Douglas Edward and his own and Mrs Amanda Edward’s Rehy Volunteer. Alex, a 2015 Junior European team bronze medallist, kept a clean sheet throughout the show jumping and cross country phases, adding nothing to her 40.6 penalty dressage score to confidently take the class win.
17 year old Harriet Wright stormed to victory in the Junior CIC1* section, with winning margin of more than 11 penalties. The Derbyshire based competitor piloted her own 11 year old gelding to a 38.8 penalty dressage score before producing a clear show jumping and cross country round securing the win over Scotland’s Rosa Onslow. Riding Miss Lizzie Brown’s 16 year old gelding Henton Attorney General, the pair picked up seven faults from the show jumping phase before a clear cross country round ensured them second place ahead of Rosa’s other ride, Limbo Kaiser, owned by Mrs Cindy Onslow.
Photographs Courtesy of Dave Cameron