Report by Georgia Dixon
Kelsall Hill Event in Cheshire is well known for its good ground and this weekend was no different. All
competition ran from Friday through Sunday with perfect going under foot. Perhaps due to an almost
guaranteed run, the competition is highly popular and because of being oversubscribed, some BE100 sections were moved from Sunday to Saturday. Sections ranged from BE80(T) to AI and so saw a lot of competitors run over the ground which held up to be almost as good by the last horse on Sunday as it did for the first on Friday.
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Ben Hobday had a good event in Cheshire this weekend with 5/5 horses getting a top 10 placing. He even obtained his first win this season – what a comeback. Ben won the OI on Badminton Horse, Mulrys Error after finishing on his dressage score of 35.9. Ben was also placed 4th in the OI on Arco BB. 2nd place in the OI went to Jodie Stokes who lost the victory to Ben after adding 6.4 TF to her double clear leaving her on a score of 38. Every horse in the OI section went clear on the XC course.
Rosie Thomas finished 2nd and 3rd in the Interemediate section L which was won by Samantha Hobbs and Tresoke. Samantha finished on 34.1 with Rosie Thomas and MHS Nebraska following behind for 2nd with 41.5.
The AI section was lead by Paul Sims who rode Mystic Million. Paul lead from the dressage, attaining the best dressage on 28.2 and then a faultless double clear and gathering no time penalties. Emma Silman who rode Sillogue Cailiocht wasn’t fat behind for 2nd place finishing on 30.8.
Kelsall put on two Junior sections. ONU18 and BE100U18. 16 of the 35 starters in the BE100U18 went double clear and only 9 managed to go inside the time. Chloe Rodriguez lost the top spot after rattling one pole show jumping and falling behind Abbey Rimmer and Mr Ree who finished on their dressage score of 29.3 for 1st place. Hannah Fallon came 3rd riding Wilocia. The win was Abbey Rimmer’s first ever win at an affiliated event, this being only her second season at the sport.
Heidi Coy attained 1st and 4th place in the small ONU18 section which only saw 20 competitors. 7 of the 20 were either eliminated or retired on course. Heidi won the section on Forrests Foxy Lady who finished on their dressage score of 33. She then rode Sannanvalley Justice to 4th on a score of 40.7. 2nd place was taken by Rebecca Pugh and GCD Zergorino followed by Corrine Molyneux and Tipsy Laird in 3rd.
The BE80(T) sections saw some good results come through, with Niamh Hawkins and Noble Phantom winning Section E on their leading dressage score of 26. It was the combinations first event together and Niamh’s first win at an affiliated event. Section F was won by Sarah Roberts riding Sonnet to Shannon and Section G was won by Sian Edwards and Lili The Pink who also finished on the leading dressage score of 24.
Jemma Cradock dominated BE90 Section C on Princess Razelle finishing on the sections best dressage score of 25. 2nd place was taken by Brier Leahy and My Knockilllaree Conquistador who finished on 30.5. The top 8 riders in BE90 Section B all finished with a score under 30, with Oliver Lofthouse topping the group scoring 23.5 with Amicitia.
Charlotte Bacon and Cooley Enno won for the second time out of the three events the combination have done together after going double clear in BE90 Section A finishing on 28. Sophie Hall rode Gusthoff to 2nd place with Daniel Titterton and Larriston Red Bailey finishing up in 3rd.
Tyler Cassells took 1st and 5th place in the BE90Open section D and Laura Shannan finished 2nd and 3rd. Tyler rode Serenade III to a double clear for the top spot, with Laura finishing with Glenneagle II to 2nd and Falbaran H2 to 3rd.
There were 4 BE100 Sections and 1 BE100 Open Section. One of the riders who was successful in BE100 Section N was Rebecca Magleave who is taking Tommy Tuckery to Badminton for the BE100 championships next week. Rebecca finished 2nd in the section, just behind David Llewellyn and Grey Ambassador.
BE100 Section P was won by Lucas Poole and Lux Zee despite having a pole in the show jumping. Their dressage score of 22. 5 was still good enough to secure them the win after attaining the 4 faults. The combination finished just ahead of Aimee Penny and Gredington Graffiti who finished on their dressage score of 27.
Lucy Robinson and Gingerbread IV won BE100 Section O with a score of 28.7. The combination has had a perfect set up run as they are set to compete at Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup next week in the BE90 Championships. Rebecca Sowerby and Mountcharles Oisin who finished 7th in the section after knocking a pole in the show jumping are also entered into the BE100 Championships.
Photographs courtesy of Vincent Whitehead Photography