Somerford Park International Horse Trials

EWWs Event Reports sponsored by RACESAFE

Georgia Dixon reports ….

CIC2* Winner Oliver Townend said that “Somerford’s the best facility and stepping stone for the big three day events in the autumn” and throughout the weekend there were lots of satisfied riders and VWP_5653owners speaking about qualifications for events such as Osberton later on in the year. Not only does the Cheshire event provide CIC* and CIC2* classes but it also caters for BE100, Intermediate and Novice section riders.

The weather started off wet and slippery on Friday for the Novice and Intermediate riders who had to tackle the strong cross country courses. However, as the weekend went on it brightened up leaving Sunday glorious for the finale with the CIC* and CIC** classes completing their jumping phases.

Oliver Townend dominated the CIC** coming home as the winner, runner up, fourth and sixth. He took the win riding Oliver and Andrew Cawthray’s Note Worthy, finishing on the best dressage score of 37.8. He then came in second place on MHS King Joules after finishing on the overnight dressage score of 38.6. There were only two dressage scores under 40 in the CIC** class, both tests were produced by Oliver.

Katie Richards was the highest placed rider taking part in their very first FEI two-star competition. Katie took on the competition after being successful at Intermediate level with Ridgebarn Ruff and the combination showed off their skill to finish with a double clear and only 6 time penalties to add to their dressage score of 51.3. They finished in a respectable 15th place.

Sam Ecroyd made an impression in the CIC* after placing 2nd and 3rd, just behind overnight leader; Caroline Powell. Caroline finished marginally ahead of Sam after adding 2.8 time penalties to her dressage score of 33.8. Caroline and Flipper K finished on 36.6 with Sam and Renegade Marmalade finishing very closely behind on 36.8 after adding 0.8 to their dressage score of 36.


Out of the 116 competitors in the CIC* only 12 came across problems cross country and out of the top 10, 7 went double clear and came home inside the time.

There were only 9 Novice under 18 riders in the ONU18 section and out of the 9 only two went double clear; Alice Davies-Cooke and Discovery V and Lucinda Crawford and Ballintoher Harry. Alice Davies-Cooke took the win on Discovery V after having the best dressage score of 29.3 and finishing on 30.1. Alice dominated the section as 2nd placed rider Victora Hopkinson finished 19 penalties behind her with Sid IV on a score of 49.2.

Saffron Osborne was the U18 rider shining in the BE100 after winning the BE100u18 section with Little Indian Feather. The combination were one of only 3 to finish on their dressage score, the other two were placed in 2nd and 3rd. Saffron won on a score of 28, Libby Edwards and Callows King Cruise came home in 2nd place on 33.3 and Natasha Anson and Esperanza II finished 3rd with 35.

Over the time period of Friday and Saturday 7 sections of Novice took place, 5 sections of BE100 and 4 sections of Intermediates. Polly Stockton and Oliver Townend were the only riders to go inside the time cross country out of the novice sections and George Coe and Kerry Dicken were the only two to go inside the time in the Intermediate sections. In the Open Intermediate sections however an additional 3 riders went inside the time; Bettina Hoy, Oliver Townend and Shane Rose.

Photographs courtesy of Vincent Whitehead Photography

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