James Avery led the CIC* from the start, to finish 1st and 2nd on his two rides, Fraser Valley and Cadillac. The 22 year old Kiwi event rider, based in South Derbyshire at owner, Ruth Tatam’s yard, had ridden the winner under rules only twice before after only recently taking over the ride from Ms Tatam. The pair posted an impressive 36.1 to take the lead on Saturday afternoon, beating the current leading score of 38.2, which he held on his own horse Cadillac. Avery jumped 2 stylish double clears to finish in the top two placings. “Fraser Valley’s a really good jumper but it’s taken a while to get the hang of him on the flat. I’ve been having lessons from Ruth Edge, who is just down the road from us, which has made a huge difference. Cadillac is aiming to do the CCI** at Osberton if all goes to plan”
The CIC** title was taken home by Clark Montgomery for the USA riding Loughan Glen. After leading the Dressage on a score of 35, a double clear with just 1.2 time penalties to add still left them clear of Brazil’s Carlos Paro and Summon Up The Blood who finished on their dressage score of 39.8.
Somerford based Andy Hefferman, who also had a hand in this year’s course design, topped Friday’s Intermediate section with Lawless Lil. “I’m seriously, utterly and absolutely delighted.”
Mark Todd took Intermediate section E on MK San Cero who is headed to Wellington 8/9 year olds Advanced this weekend.
Nicola Wilson won the Open Intermediate section E aboard Ngong Hills with Aoife Clark and Wasting Light in 2nd spot, nudging ahead of her former ride Fenyas Elegance and Oliver Townend who dropped to 3rd spot after a rail in the showjumping.
Aoife went one better in Open Intermediate section F to take the win on Fernhill Adventure, with Bill Levett and Improvise second.
The Albion Saddlemakers Open Intermediate U21 was won by Rafael Losano and Glock Pullman. Dressage leaders Johannes Hayessen and By My Side 2 also jumped a double clear but some costly time faults across country dropped them to 2nd spot.
Harry Meade had a win in Novice section H on Mister Optimistic, with Kevin McNab and Brookfield Quality 2nd. Kevin was also 2nd in Novice Section I aboard Brookfield Innocent behind Jodie Stokes Ruth Edge’s Head Girl and the diminutive mare Headsnook Mischief posting their first BE win.
Rose Nesbitt and Carowmore Gemstone won the Open Novice and Tanya Kyle was 2nd with Diva De Lux.
Stephanie Waite and Stay In Touch won BE 100 section N, finishing on their dressage score of 25. The pair are aiming to qualify for Badminton Grassroots final after numerous placings at the level already this season. Stephanie, based in Warwickshire, also showjumps and was placed 4th at Blue Chip Championships in Hartpury earlier on in the year as well as 4th in the JAS Novice final over the winter. “I thought the event was really well organised and had a great atmosphere. I’ve had Danny since a 4 year old but we thought he was written off after being injured for 5 years, it’s amazing to be able to ride him again, let alone compete- so anything is a bonus!”
Photography courtesy Lucy Hall