Rika Nile reports…
Set in rolling Exmoor countryside, Treborough Horse Trials welcomed competitors in BE80(T), BE90, BE100 and Novice classes, taking new routes over the Adrian Ditcham-designed course. Organiser Sarah Weatherlake and her team put on a brilliantly run event which saw riders from across the country attend to make up nearly 500 combinations run over the weekend.
Jason Hobbs continued his winning streak, making four wins in four weeks when he rode Langarth Dilys to the top spot in BE100 section C, giving the combination their second consecutive win; only a week after winning at Nunney. Finishing on their dressage score, it gave them nearly a five point margin over 2nd placed Abbie Hughes and Tiger D Oust.
Ben Lee Liles joined Jason with a second consecutive win with Westceffyl Kingsdway Lad. They topped leaderboard in BE90 section M finishing on 23.3, ahead of Lily Ryder and Dartans Blackberry (26.3) and Lauren Picknett riding Hookey Bold Rover (27.7). Ben also won Novice section G with Ballyellen Buzz, over seven marks ahead of Charlotte Rowe who took 2nd and 3rd, with only 0.3 marks between her rides, Langaller Starring Role and LVS Stonehavens Quebec.
Only 0.5 of a mark separated the top three in Open Novice section E, with two of the top three placings going to Michael Jackson. Michael and Gary Power’s PSH Blue Tango finished top of the section on their 26 dressage mark, 0.3 ahead of Charlotte East and King Albert and 0.5 ahead of his second ride, Trudi Robinson’s Hilldown Prophet. Michael finished off his Open Novice campaign also taking 4th on Coco Taylor’s Sugar Brown Babe, finishing on 29.
Vicky Tuffs and Its Cooley picked up their first win on the season in Novice section F, leading from the beginning with a 26.5 dressage score. Adding just 1.6 time penalties to their dressage, the score still gave them the edge over Rebecca Charnock and Woodlands Unique, and Sarah Barden with Aztec Exclusive, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Wiltshire based Tom Grant and Cavalex won BE100 section N, the only BE100 section to run on the Sunday which saw 41 starters. Finishing on their dressage score of 26.3, they led from the beginning to win ahead of India John (Ballyhooly) and Joanne Dudley (Spring Razzle Dazzle). Tom also took 3rd place with Just Julius in a competitive BE90 open section, which was won by Kitty King and The Last Euro, with Lucinda Fredericks and CVS Super Ted in 2nd.
BE100 section A was won by Wayne Garrick and Eastwood, giving them a successful start to their season campaign. They finished on their dressage score to win ahead of Morgan Wyatt and Baylew Enigma in 2nd and Jason Hobbs, who added to his earlier success to take 3rd with Sinterklaas Z. Louise Harwood topped BE100 section B, finishing on the their dressage score of 26.5, the same mark as 2nd placed Rebecca Wilkins and Trenerth Pimms also finished on, with Andrew McConnon and Daddys Quest in 3rd.
Alice Montgomery and Ececheira took the top spot in BE100plus section D, finishing on their dressage score of 29.3, making them the only combination to finish the class on a sub-30 score. Caroline Harris took 2nd with Cuffsgrange Craven Carel, whilst 3rd went to Kim Parker and Ashfordcleave Muffalump.
BE90 section H gave Georgina Joynson and Gorfelyn Persian Prince their second win of the season ahead of Katie Ingram and Hollyhatch Highflyer in 2nd and Mollie Freeston and My Templemary Boy in 3rd. Livvy Nile and Brendonhill Benny Bunter, picked up their first win in BE90 section L, with their impressive dressage mark allowing a pole to role. Charlotte Vincent and Gew Thula Thula made the trip up from Cornwall worthwhile with a win in BE90 section I, whilst Jack Stancombe and MGH Rococo had a five mark lead to win BE90 section K, ahead of Fiona Rawle and Montague Don, and Harriet Dance riding SOS Upperclass Otto.
Three Airowear sponsored BE80(T) sections finished off the weekend and saw wins for Vicky Stilton and Wiscombe Saffron (section O), Holly Whyte and Tynefield Fairly Marvelous (section P1) and Emma-Rose Woofenden with Miss Blue Huragan (section P2).
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee