Report by Janice Hawes
Norton Disney by numbers:
BE80 = 27
BE90 = 58
BE100 = 1
Novice = 4
Norton Disney has previously brought the season to a close each October. 2015 was its first running in the spring and it is obvious from the 90 balloted that this is a popular, well supported event. The spring event, with a slightly different layout to the autumn, is blessed with cheerful volunteers and good ground. The dressage is held in a flat, quiet field with large working in area well away from the rest of the activity.
Show jumping is held in a generous sized arena with well designed, well built courses. Approximately half the BE80 competitors achieving encouraging clears. Approximately two thirds of the 90/100 competitors achieved clear rounds on Saturday, a few less on Sunday. Around half the Novice competitors achieved clears with only a handful faulting in the open novice.
The cross country is built on good ground and proved straightforward. Only a handful in each section of the 80/90/100 faulted and each section had a smattering of time faults, some for going too fast. However, in the novice sections only Nat Dixon and Craig Barr managed to get round within the time. So while few novices faulted cross country, time was certainly proving to be influential.
Hayley Crofts enjoyed her day running three horses. In the BE90 section E Hayley still managed a win despite lowering a pole in the show jumping with Philadelphia Dreamer. Her other successes include third in section D (BE90) with Rumian and seventh in section A (BE100) with Clover Rock.
Simon Greive also had a good day with three double clear in the BE100 sections, picking up a win in section N with Woodland Rock and 3rd in section A with the 5 year old, Mr Fahrenheit II.
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