SYMM INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS AT HAMBLEDEN

Statistics:

3 Days
21 Sections
751 Starters
281 BE100
233 Novices
32 ONu21
72 CIC*
97 Intermediates

751 dressage sheets added, checked and cribbed.
Approximately 2000 (probably more) cross country score sheets collected and processed over the three days.

Organiser Lisa Hughes was relieved that the weather had been kind to them during the event, thankfully rain only fell overnight . The event, with its experienced team and loyal band of volunteers ran like clockwork. The show jumping is held in a large fenced grass arena and Mike Benfield’s courses always deliver an appropriate test. The cross country with its beautifully presented fences runs over hilly, wooded country and includes some significant questions at all levels.

One of the first events to adopt the live score board solution from Event Scores Live. Event Score web site This provided a digital scoreboard replacing the hand completed score sheets with monitors and gave a view of the positions in each section dynamically. The live scores were also available via the web enabling competitors and followers to monitor the score boards remotely. The site appears to need little bandwidth and was happily updating even over my patchy 3G signal. Feedback from competitors, owners and other interested parties is positive and all can see a noticeable improvement in the availability of more timely scores. While in progress each competitor status is made clear via a coloured highlight with the competitor being held in the worst position they can finish in. A significant improvement to the manually produced boards.

The Symm International horse trials hosts a well supported CIC* class split over two sections. The CIC* performance of the weekend must go to Sofia Sjoborg who took 2nd in one section and 3rd in the other after producing two wonderfully consistent performances on Contessa and DHI Mighty Dwight. CIC* section P was won by Sam Penn with GLORIS FLIGHT even after collecting 4 penalties over Mike Benfield’s suitably testing course. Gordon Murphy took CIC* section Q on Hill Drummer after adding just 0.4 time penalties to his impressive dressage score of 39.4.

The very competitive Open Novice under 18 section was won by Felicity Collins on the homebred and home produced Just Amazing III (Maisie). Felicity is keen to acknowledge the work her mother has put into producing Just Amazing up to Novice. Felicity has taken over the ride this year and has already achieved 2nd in a strong novice section at South of England and another win in the ONu18 section at Portman this season. Felicity and ‘Maisie’ are stepping up to Intermediate in May and they hope she will join Felicity’s two other rides to campaign the OIu21/Junior trials next season. Felicity also completed one of the BE100 sections on her 5 year old ‘Future Contender’ finishing 7th on their dressage score of 35. Another promising young horse to add to the string. We wish them good luck.

Harriet Gloag finished second in the ONu18 on her own Kidogo King on their dressage score of 25.5 just 0.3 behind Felicity and Just Amazing III. Harriet has also had an impressive start to the 2015 season finishing 8th in the CIC* at Aldon, they now head off to Withington OI.

Third in this section was Laura Smith. Laura and her Killard Enigma have had a busy start to the 2015 season with three top 8 placing’s in ONu18 and ON sections at Isleham, Aldon and Gatcombe.

Hambledon attracts a quality entry list with many riders competing over 2 or 3 days. Ginny Howe had 10 rides over the 3 days with 6 good placing’s. Matthew Heath took 8 horses, winning one of the intermediate sections with One of a Kind II and Harry Dzenis had 6 rides, 4 finishing in the top 6.

Isabel Mangan was delighted with their 4th placing in section C, Hambledon being only their second event together. VEYRON DH Z achieved 26.8 dressage penalties and rolled just a pole in the show jumping to finish on 30.8. A combination to watch for the future.

Section G headed by Bettina Hoy was particularly frustrating for Nicola Holehouse. Her Marmalade Monty collected 5 time penalties for going too fast to drop them from 6th to 10th! With time being so influential at Hambledon you do have to wonder, they must have been flying.

 

In a very strong section I we believe one of the few home bread, home produced combinations achieved a pleasing double clear. Lisa Spence was over the moon with her double clear on Fidget. Cross country time played its part so with a handful of time penalties they dropped out of the major placing’s. What a super performance though.

There certainly was a Splash of Class in section J when Katy Dziedzic took the section 6 penalties clear from the second placed Chris Hall with Paganini. Both finishing on their dressage penalties. Rachael Lade with Surprise Edition picked up an expensive 8 penalties in the show jumping to drop them from top spot after achieving just 21.5 dressage penalties.

 

The Open Novice, section K, peppered with Olympic riders and headed by Australian Christopher Burton produced a brilliant result for Charlie Worster and Rebecca Riiser. Achieving their first sub 30 dressage of 27.3 they finished with a stylish double clear to end the day just a couple of penalties behind the winner.

We have to make a special mention to two very special people who kept the Hambleden wheels well oiled over the three days. Bea and Nick, always smiling, thank you!

Janice Hawes.

Photographs Courtesy of Dave Murray

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All competitors Day 1

All competitors Day 2

All competitors Day 3

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