Georgia Dixon reports…..
Great Witchingham International horse trial (sponsored by Tigga’s Saddlery) is situated in the Eastern region, in Norfolk and has a class for almost anyone. The classes range from BE80(T) through to Intermediate and include a CIC*, 5YO class and Pony Club sections.
There was only one BE80(T) section and that was won by Natasha Bryant and Havago Hastings who finished on their dressage score of 36. Out of the 25 starters, only two combinations finished on their dressage scores and the other combination that did was Jessica Rawlin and Sophie II, they ended up in 2nd place. Only 14 combinations made it around the cross country without jumping faults and only 12 show jumped clear. There were 9 double clears excluding time penalties.
There were four BE90 sections, including one Open class and one Pony Club class. The top 5 in Section J all finished on a final score under 30, James Pratt won on Willy Limerik after finishing on their dressage score of 23.5. Section J saw only 6 riders finish on their dressage scores, 4 of them coming from the top 4.
BE90 section K was won by Casey McKenna and Royal Symphony despite having 4 faults in the show jumping, leaving them on a score of 25.5. In the Open section (M) Dudley Thompson lead the dressage on Ceilidh III with 24.8, however, after adding 4 faults from the show jumping, they moved down into second place. Jo Thorogood and My Newtown Clover finished on their dressage score to slide into the top position on 26.3.
Alice Shikell and Springwind Da Vinci won the BE90PC class after dressage leader Daisy Proctor had 4 faults show jumping to move into 2nd place. Alice finished on her dressage score of 24, Daisy closely followed finishing on 25 with Johnny Cash. 3rd place was taken by Miss N Hemmington and ByJingo. It was both the horse and riders first affiliated event and they finished up on their dressage score of 27.3.
Daisy Proctor also rode Iratu Varagnac to 3rd place in the BE100PC section with a double clear. The winner of this section was Georgia Wright and Da Vinci W who together finished on 24.3. Maddy Young and Borris Bradley finished on their dressage score or 24.5 for 2nd place.
Nessa Briody took two of the top 5 places in the BE100Open section I, coming 4th on Kilnantic Brownie and 5th on Tom Boy III. Mary Edmundson and Esme II won after being one of only 6 double clears and completing on a score of 27.3.
Isabel White rode Croft Herman to a win in the BE100Plus section in their first event together; it’s also the horse’s first affiliated win. Isabel was one of only 2 riders to finish on their dressage score, the only other person was Susanna Morris with Trouble and Strife, they came 3rd.
Holly Needham and Strike A Pose made an amazing comeback in the CIC* class by taking the win. The combination finished on a score of 107.4 at their last run out at Brand Hall in the CCIJ* however went on to win this CIC* here and finish on their dressage score of 43.5. 2nd place was also taken by a young rider, Bubby Upton and DHI Topper W. Hannah Norvill took 4th and 5th place in the CIC*. She came 4th with Castletown Clover and then after adding 4 faults show jumping, came 5th with In The Darco. Alex Postolowsky and Silver Lily were the 3rd place combination, finishing on their dressage score of 47.3.
There were two Novice sections over the course of the weekend. Section B was won by Nicole Gwynne and RNH My Lord finishing on their dressage score of 30. Section C (ON) was won by Tanya Kyle and Tarbert Eiffel who also finished on their dressage score – 28.3. Out of both Novice sections only 9 combinations finished on their dressage score.
Recently released, Olympic GB Rider Izzy Taylor rode Extreme II to win Intermediate Section E, being the only person to finish on their dressage score out of the three sections. Izzy finished on 30.9. Izzy also came 2nd in Section D with Impromptu II, finishing on 38.1. The winner of section D was Willa Newton and Rapide GII, this is their first win together. They added 4 time penalties to their dressage score of 31.4, leaving them on a score of 35.4. Tim Price took the win on Pats Jester in the Open Intermediate class; they were the only combination to finish on a score that is under 30 out of all three Intermediate sections after completing with 29.6.
Photographs courtesy of Lorraine Porter