South of England International (2) Event Report

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Sarah Carless reports……

Holmes and Funnell come out on top at South of England International 

The South of England International Horse Trials second event of the 2016 British Eventing calendar once again drew many top British and international riders. Over the weekend, more than 500 horses and riders competed in classes from BE100 to CIC**

A field of 61 contested the CIC* with the Sarah Holmes taking victory on her own Dunganstown Fleur, a horse she bought as an unbroken three-year-old and has produced herself. The pairing scored an impressive 32.9 in the dressage giving them a clear lead over the rest of the field. A clean sheet in show jumping gave them breathing room on the cross country where they collected 11.6 time penalties to finish one penalty ahead of Christopher Burton and Fire Fly. Third in the class went to Louisa Lockwood and Chief Tenaya.

Sarah, who is based on the Isle of White and had a late start to the season after having her ankle rebuilt, commented: “It was well worth the trip. She ran so well and did everything I asked her to do in all three phases. I was a little on the slow side (cross country) because I ran quite quickly at Blair. Because she is a quick little mare I had to prepare into all of the combinations and probably did it a little too much. I was chuffed without she went. I was shocked at the dressage score. My cousin went to see if there were any scores and he took a photo of the scoreboard as he didn’t think I would believe it. I thought she did a really nice test but I was amazed I was that far in front – it was a fantastic score and the best we have done. She’s well established and has moved up to intermediate and has taken that in her stride. Hopefully she’ll do two-star next season but she’ll go to Little Downham to finish the season next week.”

A small but competitive class of 27 took on the CIC**. And it was Billy Walk On and Pippa Funnell cemented their good form at international competition taking victory. The seven-year-old Bay gelding, owned by Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw, has been competed by Pippa in six two star competitions – CIC and CCI – this season and has been in the top ten on each occasion and winning two. His other victory came at the CCI** at Houghton Hal in May.

As in the CIC*, the combination’s dressage score of 38.3 gave them a clear advantage ahead of the jumping phases. The horse kept his clean sheet show jumping and added just 4.0 time faults from the cross country to finish on 42.3 – a winning margin of 5.8 over Australia’s Christopher Burton and the experienced TS Jamaimo. Third in the class went to Tom Crisp and Liberty and Glory. Pippa topped off her win with MGH Grafton Street, a horse she purchased from Andrew Nicholson last year, finishing in fourth.

Aside from the international classes there were 15 sections of national classes. Zoe Gould and Musical Legend scored their first win at BE100 in Section C. It was a great end to the season for the East Sussex-based rider who has owned the ex-racehorse since he was four.

She said: “I am so pleased. He hasn’t been quite on form most of the season but we managed to trace this to a saddle issue. We got it sorted and then he was back to his usual self. He’s a very genuine, kind horse who we’ve taken our time with and I have ambitions of going Novice with him, hopefully next season.”

At the beginning of the season, Harry Horton was the recipient of the Kenneth Clawson Memorial Trophy at the JAS Championship, presented to the most promising and up and coming rider in the future. Throughout the season, the 20-year-old Essex rider has had a string of good results, but took his first win with Findon Fiasco, a nine-year-old Gelding owned by [insert] in Novice Section L.

Harry commented: “Liffi has had a great season. After a good run at Gatcombe in the Corinthian Cup (National Novice Restricted Championships) he had a break and this was his first event back. It was fantastic to get the win as were doing our first intermediate at Oasby and it’s a great reward for his owner for all her support throughout the season.”

The organisers commented after the event: “What a fantastic weekend of competition with some of the top names in the sport at The SSangYong South of England International Horse Trials. A huge thank you to our brilliant team of volunteers, judges and officials who make it possible to run this event so smoothly. A massive thank you to SSangYong Motor UK and all our many other sponsors for their incredibly generous support and finally to all you competitors for coming and we look forward to seeing you all next Spring.”

Other section results; BE100 Section A Christopher Burton, Cyprian; BE100 Section B Lisa Pilbeam, Popstar III; BE100 Section D Jeremy Samuels, Rock DJ II;BE100 Open Section E Jennifer Rowlinson, Come Along Springtime; BE100 Under 18 Section F Georgia Thomson, Super Snoop II; Open Novice Under 18 Section G Leilia Paske, Fernhill First Friend; Novice Section H Brook Staples, Big Owl; Novice Section I Fiona Dallyn, The African Queen; Novice Section M Lucy Jackson, Mrs Browns Boy; Open Novice Section N Maxence Lux, Safran D Argonne; Open Intermediate Under 21 Section O Olivia Bartlett, Early Spring; Intermediate Section P Fiona Breach Kilcannon Harley; Open Intermediate Section Q Blyth Tait, Darius IV.

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