The 2015 season kicked off at Isleham on a bright but fresh Saturday. There was a definite sense of excitement throughout the lorry park during the day with many competitors happy to be back out eventing again. What better place to start than the Isleham fens.
The dressage arenas and warm up are in a large flat field and the warm up area is particularly generous.
The show jumping was colorful and well designed producing plenty of clear rounds. The layout, having the arena exit next to the lorry park and opposite the entrance, enabled the show jumping to flow.
The terrain here is mainly flat but the cross country course includes some inventive groundwork introducing some interesting features and delivering some technically challenging questions. The ground was in superb condition benefitting from the well draining soil. Spectators benefitted from being able to view almost half the cross country course from the mound adjacent to the lorry park and many were enjoying the early Spring sun around the show jumping arena.
Isleham’s courses proved to be a fair trial with approximately half the competitors achieving double clears, an encouraging start to the season for many. Cross country time was influential in determining the final placing’s in most of Saturdays sections.
A strong Sec A (BE100) was won by Tatiana Beskhmlnitskaya with Clonea King who rolled a pole show jumping to add 4 to their impressive dressage of just 22.8. Clear inside the time cross country kept them in the top spot ahead of Piggy French on the 6 year old Aubane Boy. Third in section A was Trixi Gingell on Castorre with a double clear after picking up 0.8 time on the cross country course.
Piggy French headed the second section of BE100 with Tom March’s 6 year old Jump Jet lll after finishing on their dressage score of 20.5. Piggy relegated Frances Whittington on his Fernhill First Friend to second after he picked up 5.6 time penalties to add to his very competitive dressage of 20.0. Shannondale Casey piloted by Hannah Norvill finishing a respectable 3rd on their dressage score of 27.
Nat Dixon took section C on her dressage score of 25.8 after returning one of the fastest cross country rounds in the section. Sophie Jenman and Mary Edmundson both finished on 30.8 with Sophie taking second ahead of Mary only separated by one show jumping pole.
Sophie Jenman also featured in section D finishing 3rd.. The BE100 open section being won by Andrew James on Cavaliers Showdown with just 27 dressage penalties with Alice Hallows on the 14.2 Ottava Rima in second after a double clear and just 30 dressage penalties.
Section E, the first of the BE90 sections, saw some very competitive scores with the top 7 not adding to there dressage penalties which ranged from 22.8 to 31.3. Jane Anderson taking top spot with her 10 year old Jims Patch. Second was the pony Churchside Marble with Joanne Masterson (28.3) and third, another pony, Riversdale Magic Heart with Heidi Coy also on 28.3, separated only by cross country time, Joanne finishing nearer to the optimum time.
Cross country time was influential in section F with Emily Uden taking the win with her pony Campion Capella on 24.7, adding just 1.2 xc time to their dressage of 23.5. Followed closely by Abi Jacobs with her own The Jays Ghost in Cavalier who added 4.8 time to their very competitive dressage penalties, 21. Georgia Dixon rolled a pole to add 4 penalties to her dressage score of just 22 to take third in this hotly contested section.
Mary Edmundson took top spot in the BE90Open on the 8year old 14.2 Jack In The Box ll finishing on their dressage penalties of just 25. The winner a clear 5 penalties ahead of second placed Simon Grieve on Woodland Rock.
A huge thank you to both Janice Hawes for her report and Lorraine Porter Photography for her wonderful photoghraphs, its great to welcome you both to the EWW team!