Sarah Carless reports …
Tweseldown success Rowe.
Tweseldown’s second British Eventing fixture of the year received rave reviews from riders, with nearly 800 entries to the three days of competition of the Hampshire event.
Eventing Worldwide’s LVS Stonehavens Quebec was a winner of one of the Novice sections (Section V) with rider Charlotte Rowe. Devon-based Charlotte took over the ride on six year old Darcy at the beginning of this year and in their 6 events together this year have built a strong relationship. The mare will now head to Ireland to compete in the CCIYH* for six and seven year olds at Tattersalls International Horse Trials.
Charlotte and Darcy went to the event with the intention of completing the dressage and show jumping before their trip to Ireland. [emember_protected custom_msg=’This content is only available to Members, to read more of this article please Join HERE or if you are a member please LOGIN‘]But finding themselves in a competitive position prior to the cross country it was decided to run as the course would help their preparation for Tattersalls. And this paid off as the pairing came away with victory having finished on the same score as second placed Mary King with King Robert, winning by virtue of their faster round on cross country.
Charlotte commented: “It felt fantastic to win because it’s been a lot of hard due to some changes we have made. She is a super mare and we are starting to build a partnership. Her next plan is Tatts, then she will aim for Barbury, and hopeful at the end of the year go to Osberton 6 year old championships. I took the decision to run her XC because the course was very similar to Tatts – big bold and plenty of ditches.”
Charlotte had a successful competition, completing the Intermediate Novice with Eventing Worldwide’s The Night Traveller to finish 11th, and The Emerald Lilly in the Intermediate also finishing in 11th.
Jack Pinkney and The Millers Tale scored their second win of the 2016 season in BE90 Section F. Jack, who works for Austin O Conner had faultless rounds in the show jumping and cross country to win on a score of 28.3. Their previous win came at Whitfield Horse Trials. He said: “I thought Tweseldown down rode really well. The last two seasons which seem to be getting better and better. The Millers Tale has only just started his eventing career – he’s got a good head for the job as wants to jump between the flags, and is very responsive on the flat. We will aim for a few pre novices and will see where we are.”
Another horse and rider combination securing a second win of the year was Sam Penn and Burntwoocd Sorrel, who won BE100 Section H on a score of 23.0 having scored 19.8 in the dressage. The previous won this season at Munstead.
Sam said: “I really liked the new Tweseldown. The reorganised cross country rode really nicely. Ginger missed all of last season due to injury but has come back really well this year. At 17 years old he is likely to remain at BE100 but will hopefully continue to do so successfully.”
SamAustralian Kevin McNab was a double winner at the event, coming away with victory in Intermediate Section Q with Brookfield Quality and Intermediate Novice Section S with Creevagh Bobby Joe. Another international rider to have a successful day was Gemma Tattersall. Not only did she win Novice Section N with Chilli Knight but she also took second place in the same section with Tillingbourne.
The Novice Regional Final, for qualification to the Novice Championships held at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, was won by Neil Spratt and Eluna.
After the event, it was announced that Eric Winter, who was recently named as the new course designer for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, would be joining the team. Organisers said Eric would not only be designing the cross country for British Eventing competitions but also the unaffilated Eventers Challenge and schooling courses, adding: “ With the combination of Dominic Moore and Eric the future is very bright.”
Section results: BE90 Section A Philippa Hendry, Chevalian Amagnac; BE90 Section B Louise Hinckley, Penhill All Dun Up; BE90 Section C Rachel Fisher, Sidney Rebel; BE90 Section D Jenna Good, Trewithan Hawkweed; BE90 Section Emma Jowett, Byrnedale Fern; BE90 Open Section G Charlotte Gray, Call Me Cooley; BE100 Section I Dannie Morgan, Quantanamo Z; BE100 Section J Lizzie Brown, Superstorm Sandy; BE100 Section K Laura Taylor, Cavalier Breeze; BE100 Under 18 Section L Laura Mcalister, Sportsfield Dusty; BE100 Open Section M Ed lethal, Cristobal; Novice Under 18 Section 0 Phoebe Locke, Cooley Challenger; Intermediate Section P Lucy Jackson, Superstition II; Open Intermediate Section R Francis Whittington, Easy Target; Novice Section U Esme Mitchell, Donau VDL; BE100 Section W Gubby Leech, Verdener Jung.
Photograhps courtesy of Lorraine Porter