Rika Nile reports….
Launceston Horse Trials is the second of two Cornish events in the eventing calendar, and continued with success in its fourth year of running. Organised by Andy Reeve of St Leonard’s Equestrian Centre, where the event is held, it boasted new changes to the Lucy Wiegersma designed course, which included playing cards and castles for the Alice In Wonderland themed jumps.
Karen Cowling had a successful day after a double win with Missy III and Katie V, who both finished on their dressage scores. Picking up their first win of the season together, Karen and Missy III headed BE90Open section F after leading from start to finish with their 20.5 dressage mark. After keeping a clean sheet in the jumping, the pair had nearly a five mark lead over 2nd placed Charlotte Rowe and Cante Jondo Rocio. 3rd went to Deborah Rusden and Lemon Twist.
Karen’s second win was with BE80(T) ride Katie V, who topped the leaderboard in section H after adding nothing to their 29.8 dressage in the jumping phases, seeing Lauren Northway with Tuscan Tango and Kirsty Dunkin and Walter VIII take 2nd and 3rd on 30.5 and 32.3 respectively.
The best dressage of the day went to BE80(T) competitor Alexandra Reeve and her own Florrie II. The combination scored an impressive mark of 16 in the dressage and then jumped a foot perfect double clear to win section G by over seven marks. Carrie Meerman and Opposition Diva were Alexandra’s closest rivals taking 2nd with 23.3, whilst Bryony Lagor and Vorvashill Vertigo finished off the top three with 24.5. Alexandra also placed 4th with BE100 ride Dyamond Ronda in section A.
Holly Wright and Minacks Maid collected their second consecutive win of the season in BE100 section A, after adding just 0.8 to their dressage to give them a final score of 23.1. Lizzie Luxton and Cardinal finished on their dressage score of 29 to place 2nd, nearly six marks behind Holly and Minacks Maid. Tim Cheffings and Memo II continued their recent top ten success claiming 3rd with 29.5.
Lizzie Luxton went one better than her earlier 2nd with Cardinal to win BE100Open section C with Hunros Tolketna. They added just 0.4 cross country time to their 27.3 dressage to take the section ahead of Hayley Matthews and Fuegos Star, who finished on 31.2 to place 2nd and Isabelle Joce with Koleston Perfect in 3rd.
BE100 section B saw a first win for Hannah Clarke and Viva D Ok, a combination who are in their first season of BE together. They kept a clean sheet across the board to win on their 27.8 dressage mark and finish ahead of Althea Bleekman with Ragracho and Lizzie Luxton, who added to her earlier placings to take 3rd with Arkid.
A close finish in BE90 section D saw winner Michelle Harris with Elina ST take the win by only 0.3. The combination’s dressage score of 24.5 gave them just enough room to roll a pole and stay ahead of Karen Long and Phoenix II, who placed 2nd on their dressage of 28.8. 3rd placed Becky Murray and Raindancer Roxanne also finished just 0.3 marks behind the winner on 28.8, but a slightly slower cross country round meant they finished just behind Karen.
Nicky Palmer and Penshanda had their first ever BE win in BE90 section E, after jumping a foot perfect double clear to finish on their 24 dressage. Dressage leaders Livvy Nile and Brendonhill Benny Bunter took 2nd after adding just a 2 cross country time penalties to their 23.3 dressage, whilst Emily Dunstan and Newbridge Lady took 3rd with 27.8.
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee