Top class action at Aldon

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Sarah Carless reports …

An international field contested Aldon International Horse Trials across four days of competition, with classes ranging from BE100 to CIC**. 

The event traditionally brings the British Eventing calendar to a conclusion and is a popular event with dsc_1140riders. This year, more than 650 horse and rider combinations vied for top honours. 

The first of the two three-day event classes – BE100 Section A – was won by Jane Rogers and Corrieview Merlin Magic. An impressive dressage score of 21.8 gave them a commanding lead, and despite dropping a pole in the final show jumping phase nothing could deny them victory. The three-day event provides riders with the chance to directly qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, but Jane had already taken her place in the BE100 Championship with a qualifying result at the regional final at Goring Heath. Second placed Alyson Parker and JJ Malone had also already qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup with Hannah Stout and Mtoto Jack coming home in third to book her place in the final. 

The BE100 Open Three Day Event (Section B) was claimed by Venetia Chamberlen and Sorrell II. The pair had been second after dressage with a score of 27.8, but moved up to take the win when the leader suffered eight faults in the show jumping phase. Second when to Georgina Clarke with Aberville and Milo Kennedy and Goodluck Jonathan taking third. 

Young rider Will Furlong has had a fantastic season. At Aldon, he collected yet another international victory, winning the CCI* (Section C) with Elstar.  It was the pairs fourth win of 2016, having been victorious at Berkshire College, Stratford Hills and Goring Heath before their Aldon success. On his Facebook page will said: “So proud of Elstar jumping double clear to finish on her dressage score to win the CCI1* It has been incredibly successful season, and despite a few lows there has been plenty of highs as well – finished off nicely by winning the 1* at Aldon at the weekend. Let’s hope we can kick on next year and make 2017 just as good.”

Second in the CCI* went to Ben Lee Liles and Ballyellen Buzz with Georgie Strang and Cooley Acrobat finishing in the third spot. 

Aldon also hosts a range of CIC classes. CIC* Section N was won by Thomas Tulluch and Bally Blackjack ahead of Richard Evans (Brown Sugar III) and Katie Burton (Cornish Daybreak). British Eventing’s Pony Championship winner and member of the Great British Pony team Saffron Cresswell won CIC* Section N with Quality Rose, having finished sixth in Section N with her champion winning pony Cuffesgrange Littl Ric. Her winning margin over second placed Lauren Innes and Fision M was 5.1 penalties, with Jasmin Abraham and Genuine Pearl finishing in third spot. 

Lici Hawker scored her first international win in CIC* Section O with Lawa. The Wiltshire-based rider had some stiff competition with David Doel finishing second, just 0.5 penalties adrift on AD with Richard Waygood coming home in third with Askari. 

Louise Harwood and Jenga were the winners in the CIC** (Section P) with Jenga II, with owner Cybthia Higgon winning the Event Horse Owners Association award. Second went to Steve Garrod and Ufonzo with Flora Lickiss coming in third with George V. 

Stars of the international eventing scene finished their season with a win, including Holly Woodhead who won Open Intermediate Section J with GI Master Caster. It was a great result for Holly who was sidelined with an ankle injury with the pair finishing on their dressage score of 23. Australian event rider Sam Griffiths won BE100 Section K wth Graphene whislt compatriot Paul Tapner won BE100 Section R on Bob Chaplin. 

After a successful season, Livvy Nile completed her year with a win in BE100 Plus Section T with Janet and Peter Hunt’s Jumbos Star. Livvy has ridden the eight-year-old mare for the last 18 months, starting to compete her at BE90 and completing her first Novice a few weeks ago, where they finished in the top 10. They have had 11 top ten places throughout the season, with wins at Dauntsey and Wilton as well as Aldon. Livvy also placed fifth in BE100 Section R with Loopy Lou II, fifth in BE100 Section Q with Brendonhill Bennu Bunter and eighth in Intermediate Section I with Zefron. 

Livvy told Eventing Worldwide; “We are very pleased with her progress through the season, and have made sure that she has been produced slowly to keep her happy and confident. Finishing with a win was a bonus to top off a great season, I am lucky enough to have the ride on another of Janet and Peter’s horses, along with my two other rides, who belong to my Mum and myself, they all ran at Aldon and all finished in the top ten of their sections so I am over the moon. I could not have achieved any of it without the continued help and support of Janet and Peter, my Mum Sue, my Sister Rika and all my friends that have helped me along the way- so I’d especially like to thank them.”

Other results: Novice Section D Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp, Cooley Cavier; Novice Section E Abbie Hughes, Conteurs Rock; Novice Section F Line Andersen, Ferro Curry; Open Novice Under 18 Section G Danielle Frost, Karma K; BE100 Under 18 Section H Thea Llewellin, Lakestreet Curious; Intermediate Section I Millie Dumas, Catheryn; BE100 Section K Alex Kennedy, Gilexio; BE100 Section M Aaron Millar, Friendship VDL; BE100 Section Q Harriet Smith, Mannin Bay; BE100 Open Section S Taggy Forester Bennett; 

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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