Double win for Team Bragg at Homme House
It was a worthwhile trip to Homme House for Bridgewater based event rider Alexander Bragg who picked up two wins at the Herefordshire event – both on horses owned by Eventing Worldwide.
Alexander, who recently announced a sponsorship deal with Pontispool Equine Sports Centre, took his first win on Tuesday in the KBIS sponsored 5 year old class (Section G) riding LVS Stonehavens Quebec. The combination scored 13.3 penalties in the dressage and added 7.2 time penalties cross country to finish on a score of 20.3 – three clear of the combination in second.
His second win came the following day on The Night Traveller in the BE100 Open (Section R). A dressage score of 21 was followed by a double clear meaning they could not be beaten.
He told Eventing Worldwide: “One win each day was great. I was so pleased for LVS Stonehavens Quebec because she did an outstanding dressage. She is so laid back and jumped a really mature double clear which was fantastic. It gave us the qualification we needed to go to the young horse championships, and she got it in style. She may do her first Novice in September which will be her last run before the championships. She has the right temperament to step up – she needs to go and jump some bigger courses and then go to the championships. Then she’ll have some time to rest and grow and I think if she matures physically she’ll come out next season even better. The Night Traveller is so consistent in the dressage. He’s had a bit of a break because he’s had a minor muscle injury. We’ve been able to put some work into him, and he came out and did a really supple and correct test and led the dressage. It was another good double clear from him as well. Having the little injury has halted our progress so we’ll re-plan the autumn and see where we go for him.”
Alexander also picked up 8th place on board The Ladies Club supported Bloomfield Tiger Two in BE100 Section H.
It was another fantastic event for Parkfield Breeding and Zoe Wilkinson. The first day of competition saw Zoe take victory in BE100 Section I with the ever consistent Francoe PFB. It was their fourth victory of the year following wins at Larkhill, Aston Lew Walls and Nunney International. Zoe was also 8th in the KBIS 5 Year Old Section G with Finduss PFB, producing his best dressage score to date.
The following day, Zoe took victory in the KBIS 4 year Old Class with Gladstone I PFB in the mare’s first British Eventing competition.
Gabbie Robinson, Stud Manager at Parkfield Breeding told Eventing Worldwide: “Francoe PFB has wonhis last four events. He’s very cool and is one to watch. He’s got a great attitude and turns his hoof to everything. Zoe teaches him something and he picks it up so quickly. He’ll do a Novice at the end of the season and go to the five year old championships at Osberton. Finduss PFB will also probably do a Novice at the end of the year. He’s an amazing jumper and has pretty much jumped a double clear at each of his events. He’s falling into a better rhythm in the dressage which is really positive. He’s just a bit too active in the brain for dressage but he is getting better at each event. He jumps like a stag and is another horse to watch. Gladstone I PFB has exceeded our expectations. We knew she was special but to go out and win her first event is amazing. She just went out and did her job and Zoe was really pleased. We have high hopes for her in the future.”
In the Novice sections both Vicky Tuffs (riding Brilliant) and Holly Bradshaw (riding Archfield Echo) picked up their second wins of the season with their respective rides. Vicky previously steered her horse to victory in the BE100 at Howick in March, whilst Holly’s previous success came in the BE100 at Solihull in April. It was a successful event for Vicky who was also placed 4th and 6th in the KBIS 4 Year Old class (on Goldwin and Kilbunny Alsek), 6th in BE90 Open Section M (on Kilbunny Amigo) and 3rd in KBIS 5 year Old Section F (on Kilpatrick Grace). In BE100 Section P Zara Brewer and Fervent made it their third win in a row this season. The combination’s previous wins came at Upton House (BE90 Open) and Chepstow (BE90).
Other winners over the two days of competition were: Novice Section C Hannah Bate, Dun At The Mill; Open Novice Section D Tim Cheffings, Donateur; Intermediate Novice Section D1 Loretta Joynson, PSH Mischief; Open Novice Under 18 Section E Freya Cullen, Honey Bunny II; BE100 Section H Piggy French, Templepatrick Cooley; BE90 Section J Dickon Reader, Ballymurphy Joy; BE90 Section K Kerry Phelps, Apollo XV; BE90 Section L Isabel Benbow Brynithon Scorpion; BE90 Open Section M Natalie Canning, Archfield Romeo; BE100 Under 18 Section O James Winter, Catherston Bit Of Gold; BE100 Section Q David Doel, My Friend Jackson.
Copy written by Sarah Carless
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee, HHHT and Graham Gannon http://www.grahamgannonphotography.com