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Sarah Wells Gaston reports..
Torrential downpours claimed another event casualty as Tweseldown was forced to abandon after the competition had gotten underway.
Thursday saw three classes completed before organisers took the sad decision to forgo all other classes due to the deterioration of the ground conditions. It was particularly disappointing for riders heading for Spring international competitions as the event historically offers an early season preparation run through its Advanced Intermediate class.
Via their Facebook Page organisers said: “The first day of our British Eventing Official horse trials didn’t quite go to plan. A reasonably kind forecast turned into relentless rain and the decision to abandon before AI cross country was made. Although we have some dry weather forecast and jumping phases would have been ok, the dressage rings and warm up was the worst we have ever seen at Tweseldown. The high-water table leaves all the extra rain nowhere to go and even the best bog trotters we’re struggling today! It is so disappointing for all our riders who need runs, we are really sorry.”
The three sections who were able to complete were all at BE100 Level. Gemma Tattersall and Johan-Some took the win in BE100 Section A finishing on their dressage score of 24.3. Lucy Jackson and Justdunitt topped Section B, also finishing on their dressage score (31.5). And Caroline Harris topped Section C with D-Day adding 3.6 time penalties to their dressage score for a three phase total of 32.1.
This was just the four of Tweseldown’s British Eventing fixtures. Tweseldown (2) takes place May 2-4 with classes ranging from BE90 up to Open Intermediate.