KEYSOE August 2015
Keysoe hosted another successful BE Event with 27 Sections ranging from 80 Training classes to Intermediate sections running over three days of the August Bank Holiday weekend. A firm favourite with competitors wishing to show jump on a surface Keysoe lived up to its growing reputation for being exceptionally well organised, with actual ‘live’ scoring and times being adhered to as efficiently as possible. In previous years there had been some concerns over the ground conditions XC but this season massive attempts have been made to improve the going with extra turf added to the tracks and much attention paid to take off and landing areas.
In Section A 9 competitors were either eliminated or retired in the jumping phases, that combined with 3 competitors taking part HC meant that placings ran to 18th. It was tight at the top with only .7 penalties separating the top 3 combinations. Jemma Whitlam and aptly named ‘That’s My Girl’ topped the section with their dressage score of 29.3. Cheryl Hunt and ‘Rouvin’ who were equal first after the dressage finished on an identical score of 29.3 with a frustrating 1 time penalty in the showjumping to add to their dressage score of 28.3 and dropping them into second. In third place Morgan Saper on board ‘Commandment Morgan’ added nothing to their dressage score of 30 to gain their 5th consecutive top 10 placing this season.
In Section B the showjumping was more influential with only 8 pairings going double clear. The top 3 placings were unchanged from the dressage with all 3 combinations finishing on their dressage scores. Joanne Masterson and Darc Legend posted an impressive score of 25 in the dressage, only .5 penalties ahead of the second place pairing of Charlotte Bell and Rockabella. In third and taking home their best placing to date on a final score of 26.8 was Anna Reynolds and Popsy.
Eleanor Watts and ‘Brianna’ who were lying in 4th place after the dressage in Section C were rewarded for their double clear to finish on their dressage mark of 25.8. Max Gordon and ‘My Kilbeg Cloud’ scored the best dressage of the section but had an unlucky pole in the showjumping to add 4 penalties to their dressage score of 22 and finish .2 penalties from first place. Cheryl Hunt added another top 3 placing to her weekends tally coming in third place with ‘Kas Silvana’, this time adding 4.4 penalties from the jumping phases to their dressage score of 27.3 for a combined score of 31.7.
In Section D of the Intermediate 10 competitors either retired or were eliminated in the jumping phases, only 4 pairings went double clear and only one competitor made the optimum time XC. In first place Matthew Wright and ‘Rakam D Emra’ scored the best dressage mark of the section (27.3), adding 6 penalties from the showjumping and posting the third quickest time XC with only 2 time penalties to finish on their score of 35.3. In Second place Jo Chipperfield and ‘Dancing Royale’ were one of only 4 double clears of the day and the second quickest XC time, adding just 0.4 penalties XC to their dressage score of 35.9 for second place. Third place pairing Andrew James and ‘Lapdancer’ finished on a combined score of 41.8 adding a pole in the showjumping and 3.2 time XC to their dressage score of 34.6.
In Section E the top 2 placings finished on combined scores in the 20’s. Andrew James bettered his third place in Section D for a win in Section E on board ‘Cavaliers Showdown’ adding just 2 time XC to their dressage score of 26.8. Dag Albert and ‘Cahblis Grand Cru’ topped the leader board after the dressage with a 25 mark but added 4 time XC to finish .2 penalties between their first place rivals. In third place Anthony Clark and Crambamboli were one of only two combinations to finish inside the time XC but added a pole in the showjumping to their dressage score of 33 to finish 8 penalties behind the second place contenders.
In Section F of the Open Intermediate only 10 out of 13 pairings completed. Dag Albert claimed his second top 3 placing in the intermediate sections this time with a win onboard ‘Mitras Eminem’, they added 3.2 time XC to their dressage score of 30.2 for a combined score of 33.4. In the second spot Angus Smales riding ‘Master Crisp’ added a pole from the showjumping to their dressage score of 31.4 for a total score of 35.4 In third place Georgina Kidner riding ‘Thornfield Jones’ was one of only a few competitors across all of the Intermediate sections to finish on her dressage score, they finished on a grand total of 36.4.
In Section G no pairings achieved a sub 30 dressage score. Mary Edmundson and ‘Ashley V11’ were one of only 3 combinations in this section to finish double clear inside the time finishing on their dressage score of 35. In second place and only .2 penalties behind the leaders Sophie Jenman and ‘Zoook’ added 1.2 time from the XC to their dressage score of 34 for a combined score of 35.2. Tiana Coudray and ‘Cavalier Crystal’ added 3.2 time penalties for going too fast XC to their dressage score of 32.3 for third.
In Section H the top 3 finished on their dressage scores with Izzy Taylor and ‘Kiltealy Catch Up’ finishing ahead of the rest with their dressage score of 30.8. Richard P Jones and ‘Liscarrow Conista’ were 6 seconds quicker XC and finished on their dressage score of 32.8, 2 penalties behind the leaders. In third place Matthew Wright and ‘Porscher’ finished on their dressage score of 34.3 and one of the quickest XC times of the day.
In Section I only 11 competitors completed the three phases with Matthew Wright taking victory on board ‘Chezet’. The pairing were in second place after the dressage and added nothing to their dressage score of 26 to finish 4.5 penalties ahead of the second place combination. Matthew Heath and ‘Goodness Me’ added a pole in the showjumping to their dressage score of 26.5 for a combined score of 30.5 and second place. Oliver Smith and ‘ Colorfast’ added 6 time penalties XC to their dressage score of 27 for a combined score of 33 and third place.
On the Saturday the Novice sections ran with considerably smaller numbers compared to those on the Friday. Similarly to the Friday sections the Optimum time was still proving hard to reach and there were very few double clears in each section.
In Section J only 13 combinations completed. The top prize went to dressage leaders Laura Collett and ‘Dacapo’ finishing on a score of 28.3 with 26.3 in the dressage and 2 time to add from the XC. Laura had 4 horses running at Keysoe over the weekend all of whom took home top 10 placings with Dacapo topping her tally of placings. In Second position Caroline Powell onboard ‘Chance Encounter’ finished on their best combined score to date at this level with just one second over the optimum time XC to add to their dressage score of 31.3. Fiona Davidson and grey mare ‘Foxfields Chanteuse’ finished third in what is only their second event this season with 5.6 time to add from the XC to their dressage score of 30.
In Section K Natasha Goody and mouthful for the commentators – ‘Jakke Van Het Bergeneinde’ took the victory with their most confident Novice outing to date finishing on a 33.2 total score with just 3.2 time to add to their 30 dressage. No stranger to the top placings Laura Collett and ‘Leamore Hightale’ finished on their dressage score with a 34 grand total putting them just .8 penalties behind the first place pairing. After scoring a 33 in the dressage Charlotte Connelly riding ‘Irish Ted’ picked up a frustrating 2 time penalties in the showjumping for a 35 combined score placing them just one penalty behind the second place duo.
After two combinations retired on the XC you were guaranteed a placing in the top 10 for completing in Section L of the Open Novice with only 9 pairs left in the section. 5 riders completed the XC within the optimum time and 7 combinations completed the jumping phases double clear. Andrew James and ‘Jazz Concerto’ lead from the dressage finishing on the only sub 30 score of the section (29.3) and 9 seconds within the optimum time XC. In Second place Niall Fergusson and ‘Jet Lag’ also completed on their dressage score with a total of 33.8. Despite gaining 2.4 penalties XC Caroline Powell and ‘Oliphant’ pipped Sophie Dutton and ‘Lost Prophet’ to third by .1 penalties with their combined score of 34.9.
Section L1 was the only BE90 section to run on the Saturday with only 7 pairings completing for a guaranteed placing. Only one combination finished on their dressage score and they were also the only pairing to achieve a double clear. Victoria Watson and Harvey lead from the dressage with the top score of 30 and nothing to add in the jumping giving them a 22 point lead over the second place combination. Despite scoring 36 in the dressage, adding 8 penalties from the showjumping and 8 time in the XC Ian Foster and ‘Newmarket Adventure’ took second place in this horse’s first BE event. In third place Lauren Jones and ‘Lady Zadie’ added 25.4 penalties from the jumping phases to their dressage score of 30.5 for a combined score of 55.9.
In Section M of the U18 Novice the top 3 contenders all finished on their dressage scores. Leilia Paske and popularly named ‘Skippy VIII’ were lying in second after the dressage with a solid performance securing them a mark of 27.8 they nabbed the top placing when early leaders Emily Grace and ‘Cloonbarry Robin’ (25.5 score) racked up penalties in the jumping phases to put them out of contention. Gemma Wellings and aptly named ‘Strong Prospect’ finished 12 seconds inside the optimum time XC with nothing to add to their score of 31.5 in the dressage and ending the day in second place. In third place Lydia Norton and ‘Painted Moon II’ finished bang on the optimum time XC to complete on their dressage score of 33.3.
In Section N of the BE100 the showjumping proved quite influential with only 7 out of 29 finishers jumping clear in the showjumping phase. The optimum time of 4:39 proved fairly easy to obtain with all but one of the first 19 placings finishing within the optimum time XC. The top 3 placings all finished on their dressage scores with Rachel Hanlon and ‘Hillviewfarm Shady Lady’ completing on their mark of 27.3. Only two scores bettered Rachel’s but both combinations encountered problems in the jumping phases and either retired XC or fell out of contention. In Second place Andrew James and ‘Francesca’s Rock’ posted a double clear and finished 1 second inside the optimum time XC for a final score of 28.8. Meanwhile Sarah Wales and her own ‘Mossycon’ finished the day on their dressage score of 30.3 to take their third top 3 placing since their season began in July.
Laurence Hunt and newcomer ‘Isca Prince’ reigned triumphant in Section O finishing on the best dressage score of the section (27.3) in what is only the horses first BE Event, their next event will be the 100 at Allerton. The top 6 competitors in Section O all finished on their dressage score with only 3 achieving sub 30 scores and only 3 out of 33 pairings gaining jumping penalties in the Cross Country. In general the marks were remarkably tight in the top 10 with only .8 penalties separating the 6 riders placed 6th to 11th with riders placed 7th, 8th and 9th all finishing on 36.3 and riders placed 10th and 11th both finishing on 36.8. In Second place Max Wolstencroft on board ‘Gainstown Heather’ finished on his dressage score of 29.8, 2.5 penalties behind the leading duo. Louise Cupitt and ‘Energiek N’ posted the 5th quickest time Cross Country and finished on their dressage score of 33.8 for third place.
In Section P Grace Taylor and ‘Lynwood Constitution’ posted the only sub 30 dressage score of the section (26) some 4 penalties clear of the second place competitors. Despite adding 3 penalties in the showjumping Grace still finished on top with a total score of 29 putting them in the lead by 1 penalty point. Phoebe Buckley and ‘Dassett’ retained their second place following the dressage to finish on their dressage score of 30. In third place Maaike Van Wijk and ‘Topaz VIII’ also finished on their dressage score for a combined total of 34.5.
Nicole Gwynne and ‘RNH My Lord’ had the second best dressage of the day with a 30.5 score in Section Q of the BE100. Jade Manton and ‘Epperne Z’ led from the dressage on 30.3 and added nothing from the Showjumping but withdrew before the XC putting Nicole on her combined score of 30.5 in the top spot. Grace Gerry and ‘Donnerstrum’ completed a very confident XC round where they posted one of the quickest times of the day to finish on their dressage score of 31, only .5 penalties behind the first place pairing. Tom Searle finished in 3rd and 4th place on his two rides with ‘Supermario II’ achieving the higher dressage score to finish on their mark of 31.5 and take 3rd place.
In Section R Sophie Benton and ‘Hayestown Danny’ took the top prize finishing on their dressage score of 29.8. This is the duo’s second season at BE100 level and their second top 10 placing at this level. In Second place Barry Meningen and ‘In a Spark’ also finished on their dressage score with a 31.8 total and the second quickest XC time of the section. Third place pairing Laurence Close and ‘Manor Farm Boy’ added 1 time penalty in the showjumping to their dressage score of 32.3 for an overall score of 33.3.
Laura Erith and ‘The Wizard VII’ headed up Section S with their 1st place dressage score of 30 and nothing to add from the remaining phases. In Section S only 13 competitors completed the three phases and 3 pairings were penalised for going too fast Cross Country. Sophie Mann and ‘Delaney Star’ posted a 30.5 dressage score and a confident time XC, finishing 16 seconds within the optimum time. Third place rivals Lily Bradstock and ‘Ceriska’ finished on an identical dressage score of 30.5 but added 1 penalty from the XC phase for going too fast.
In Section T of the BE100 U18 it was an all girl top 10 with the top 9 all going double clear and only one duo in the top placings adding time penalties XC. Abbi Stone proved that her horse was ‘As Cool As Ice’ by finishing on the best dressage score of the section with a total score of 27.5. Hot on her heels Charlotte Turner and ‘Rhonas Boy’ scored 28.5 in the dressage with nothing to add from the jumping phases. In third place Mollie Harris and 14,2hh ‘Pixel Perfect’ also finished on their dressage score with a total of 29.5 in their first BE100.
In Section U of the 80T Rachel Kellett and ‘Killountain Liath’ were one of only 3 pairings to finish with a double clear. Their dressage mark and combined total of 31.5 was enough to give them a 3 point lead over the second place pair. Eden Blake and ‘Brendon Hill Sharp Talk’ also completed on their dressage score for second place and a 34.5 total score. Marie Rippingale and ‘Frankies Puzzle’ achieved the best dressage mark of the section but added 4 penalties from the showjumping to move them down into third place on a combined score of 35, .5 penalties behind the second place duo.
In Section V of the 80T there was a range in dressage scores from 23 to 46.5. Gillian Duckworth and intriguingly named ‘Red Bog Lady’ won the section finishing on their impressive dressage mark of 23.5. Theresa White and ‘Tripellino’ frustratingly added 8 penalties from the showjumping to their top dressage mark of 23 to finish in 4th. In second place Serena Allery and ‘Secret Affair VII’ added 1 time from the showjumping to their dressage score of 26 for a combined score of 27. Olivia Brennan and ‘Sowerhill Madam Butterfly’ also posted a sub 30 dressage score and double clear finishing on a confident score of 28.3 for third place.
In Section W only one competitor achieved a sub 30 dressage score. Charlotte Cramphorn and ‘Fifty Shades of Blue’ were lying in second place after the dressage but finished on their score of 31 to top the leader board after early leaders Justin Clubley and ‘South West Six’ added 10 penalties from the jumping phases to their leading dressage score. Katie Jackson and ‘Ballingham Connor’ finished in second on their dressage score of 31.5 for a double clear finish and only a .5 gap separating them from the first place duo. Third place competitors Rosanna Dobson and ‘Culfaes Apollo’ also finished on their dressage score for a combined total of 34.3 putting them just over 3 penalties a drift from their second place rivals.
In Section X only 4 competitors went double clear. Louise Gladding and ‘Tangelo’ took a significant lead over the other competitors finishing the day on their superb dressage score of 22.5 for nearly a 7 point lead over the second place horse and rider combination. Katie Pittaway and ‘Shipley’ added just 0.4 penalties from the XC to their dressage score of 29 for a 29.4 total and second place. In third place Georgina Roberts and ‘Miss Mariposa’ added a pole in the showjumping to their dressage score of 27.5 for an overall total of 31.5.
In Section Y Hannah Mears and ‘Oakwood Butterscotch’ posted the only sub 30 dressage score of the section and a double clear to finish the day with a 26.5 score and a 6.5 penalty lead. In second place Fiona Lundy and ‘C Why’ also finished on their dressage score with an overall total of 33. Hayley Cooper and ‘Favorit Von Rocherath’ finished just .5 penalties behind the second place pairing with their dressage mark and total score of 33.5.
In Section Z the top three competitors completed on their dressage scores with only .5 penalties separating them. Top of the pack was Emelya King and ‘Biscovellets Roheryn’ who finished on their dressage score of 25.3. Georgina Roberts and ‘Jogo Bonito’ finished just .2 penalties behind the first place duo with a dressage score of 25.5 for second place. In third place Carolyn Cole and ‘Pebbly Pearlfisher’ achieved a 25.8 score to put them comfortably into third place just narrowly being their second place rivals.
Photography courtesy of Lorraine Porter