Suzi Stanner reports ….
Competition at South of England got underway with BE100 competitors and in section A Gordon Murphy with Garrybritt Primrose posted a 22.3 dressage, double clear to take the top spot ahead of Georgie Strang’s two rides Monets Wish and Jacorde.
In section B Tom Jackson and the five year old Santana II completed on their dressage of 28.3 to finish one penalty ahead of Andrew James and another five year old, Francescas Rock in second, making it three second placings in a row for this combination. Hedvig Wik added a pole showjumping to her leading dressage score of 26.3 to finish in third on Maybach.
Tomas Cousillas and the six year old Cudlegreen Darius kept their place at the top of section C despite a pole down in the showjumping, finishing 0.3 penalties ahead of Taylor Marsh and Valentino, who picked up their highest BE placing at this level. Emme Clucas and the five year old Pencarder Condors Boy finished third.
Tom Jackson and the five year old mare Fizz V completed on their leading dressage score of 23.0 to win BE100 section D ahead of Emma Mills and Sarabande. Kevin McNab finished third with Menlo Park, the five year old geldings highest BE placing in his first season.
BE100Open Section E was won by Sophie Miles and her seven year old mare Donnerstar who finished just two second over the optimum time cross country. Sophie Jenman and Lady Elfreda finished second in their second BE event and first at this level, completing 0.2 penalties ahead of Catriona Kerruish and Courville B Z.
0.3 penalties separated the top three in the BE100u18 section F, with Lucy Crichton completing on 31.7 with Cloverhill Rebel, their first BE win. In second place, just 0.1 penalties behind the winners was Ava Rietdyk and Moon Artist, who added a pole in the showjumping to their dressage score of 27.8. Third was Grace Emily Bartholomew and Fairground Fergal of Ballinasloe who picked up their highest placing at this level and were the only combination in the top three to finish on their dressage score.
The ONu18 section was also closely fought and was won by a 0.1 penalty margin by Chloe Mariani and Sans Soucis Do Lys. Second place went to Archie Lowe with Merrywell Cavalier who have not finished outside the top two in their last three events. Olivia Bartlett took third with the nine year old gelding Early Spring.
In Novice section H Archie Lowe went one better to win with the 15.2h mare Im Blushing. In second place, with the quickest cross country round of the section was Laura Collett and Ontario II who beat Imogene Knight and J Donder into third place by 0.1 penalties.
In section I the honours went to Kevin McNab with Creevagn Bobby Joe who added only 4 cross country time penalties to their dressage of 32.8. In second place was Helen Wilson and Fine Fleur, a five year old mare taking part in her second Novice level competition. Emma Dougall finished in third with Fernhill Ferro Clover, the combinations highest placing this since making the step up to Novice this season.
The jumping phases in the CIC* class proved very influential with just seven combinations jumping double clear and only two making the optimum cross country time. Emily Baldwin added just 1.2 time penalties to a dressage score of 38.1 with Uppercourt Cooley to win the section ahead of Helen Wilson and Rosanagh, the mare’s first international event. Sophie Jenman finished third with Zoook, a 10 year old gelding, another contesting his first international.
Equally influential were the jumping phases of the CIC** competition with only 7 combinations jumping double clear and not one making the optimum time across the country. Gemma Tattersall and Santiago Bay followed up their sixth place in the CIC** at Somerford Park with a win adding 6.8 time penalties to their dressage score. Hedvig Wik and Chippieh, who has completed three CIC*** competitions this year, finished second while Pippa Funnell took third place with the eight year old Billy Cuckoo.
An impressive dressage score of 22.5 helped Laura Collett secure the win in Novice section L with the six year old gelding Dacapo, despite 3.2 cross country time penalties, making it back to back wins at this level. Kevin McNab posted the quickest cross country round of the section to finish second with another six year old, Brookfield Innocent. Tom Crisp took third place with Liberty and Glory.
In section M Kevin McNab secured another placing of the weekend this time taking the win with Danceing Fox ahead of Gemma Tattersall and Brass Farthing who had the quickest cross country round of the section. Georgie Strang took third with Simpson II.
A small section of OIu21 competitors was headed by Charlotte Bacon with the nine year old Sannanvalley Justice, their first win at this level, who finished 0.1 penalties ahead of Grace Taylor and Coogee Storm. Third place went to Felicity Collins and Just Amazing III, their highest placing at Intermediate level.
Laura Collett continued her successful weekend with a win in the Open Intermediate section O aboard Mr Bass with Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street in second. Matthew Heath took third place with The Lion, their first run back after Burghley.
In the final section of the weekend, Intermediate section P, Ludwig Svennerstal and Aspe added 13.6 time penalties to a dressage score of 25.9 to win ahead of Anthony Clark and Crambamboli, picking up their highest placing at Intermediate level. Austin O’Connor and Shes My Master picked up third, the seven year old mare’s highest placing since making the step up to Intermediate in July.
Photography courtesy of Lorraine Porter