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Rika Nile reports …
Three days of competition over the August Bank Holiday weekend saw just shy of 700 combinations head to KBIS Wellington Horse Trials in Hampshire. The event held classes at BE100, BE105, Intermediate and Advanced levels and included one of the last KBIS 5YO qualifying classes of the season, the Young Rider Final Trial and also one of only two 8/9 year old Advanced classes in the country.
The event was also one of six this season to trial the new BE105 classes and held four sections to accommodate the 124 combinations entered. Irish Olympic team memeber Jonty Evans and Gambesie were the first to win over the enhanced BE100 course after finishing on their 25.5 dressage score in section A. Not too far behind them in 2nd on 26.9 was Leonard Goerens with Hillgrounds Wishiek, whilst Dannie Morgan and Crannagh Silver Lady finished 3rd on 29.8.
Claire Turner and Dannie Morgan both finished on their 28 dressage scores in section B, meaning the cross country time would be the decider of first and second place. Claire and her ride Corgary Pronto finished just three seconds off the 5:12 optimum time to take the win over Dannie with Quantanamo Z, who picked up his second BE105 top three placing. 3rd placed Rebecca Gibbs and Woodlands Be Conquered finished just 1 penalty behind the top two on 29. Section C was won by Sarah Arrowsmith and Brother Bertie who led from the beginning after posting a 24.3 dressage mark. Their double clear left them with nothing to add to put them ahead of Lauren McLusky with Timmy Too and Alyson Parker with J J Malone in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
It was a close call in section D with only 0.6 between the top three, but Katherine Morris and Gurrane Captain Sparrow held off the rest of the field to lead the section on 33.2, also collecting their first BE win together. Adding only 1.2 time penalties to their dressage was just enough to keep them ahead of Theresa White and Rubyartist, who finished just 0.5 marks behind on 33.7. Emily Baldwin and Bright Spark III were the only combination to receive a sub-30 dressage mark, but just rolled a pole to drop them to 3rd by 0.1 of a penalty after finishing on 33.8.
The KBIS 5YO section K saw the top two combinations finish on their 27.5 dressage score, leaving the placings up to their cross country time. Winner Fiona Breach and Sumas Favour The Brave finished bang on the 5:16 optimum time to book their ticket to Osberton, whilst David Sheerin and Todays Special finished the cross country in 5:06 to take 2nd. 3rd went to Kitty King and Drewmain Firefly who finished on 29.5, just 0.3 ahead of Tom Crisp and Don Zephyr who finished on 29.8 to take 3rd.
Ffion Hibbard added a third win of the season to her record with Kylemore Charlie in BE100 section E, which only saw five show jumping clears. They stayed on their 31 dressage score, making them one of only two in the section to finish on their mark from the first phase, the other combination being 4th placed Livvy Nile and Loopy Lou II. Alberto Giugni (Billy Hennessy) and Holly Bluck (Seppelino) both added penalties in the show jumping but stayed faultless in the cross country phase to take 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Rebecca Gibbs and Portphilip Double O Four finished on their dressage score of 25 to win BE100 sectionJ when Kitty King and The Last Euro added just 0.4 time to her dressage of 24.8 to drop them into 2nd behind Rebecca by 0.2. Dressage leaders Millie Dumas and Candieland just rolled a pole to finish 3rd when they finished on 26.5.
Kathy Staples and Foxs Castle collected their sixth win of the season in BE100 section H after adding just 0.8 time to their dressage score, to finish ahead of Lillie Browne (Petarco) and Zoe Wilkinson (Parkfield Petit Moi) in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Section G winners Maximilian Bidinger and Dylano also added just time to their dressage to take the top spot in the section H, with Lorna Daniel and Orions Alibi, who finished on their dressage score, and Hannah Stout with Mtoto Jack in 3rd. Hippolte Rechard and Waterline had a convincing debut together after winning BE100 section I.
Gill Horton and Ultor achieved their first ever win together in BE100Open section F when they added nothing to their 27.5 dressage mark. Their clean sheet kept them ahead of Lauren Obosi and First Impression, who were not far behind to finish 2nd on 27.8. Nigel Sibley and Spring Robin finished 3rd after adding 2 show jumping time penalties to their 27.8 dressage.
Sam Griffiiths had a double Intermediate win with Dushi Terma and Paulank Kings River in sections M and N respectively. Both horses finished on their dressage score to finish ahead of Maddy Taylor and In A Piccle (section M) and Andrew Nicholson with Yacabo BK, finishing just 0.5 behind Paulank Kings River in section M. Andrew Nicholson continued in good form with a win in Open Intermediate section O with Teseo, as well as placings with Zacarias (6th, section M) and Liberto II (8th, section O).
Tom McEwen made a quick trip from Scotland to Hampshire after his 2nd place with Diesel in the Event Rider Masters series at Blair to win Intermediate section Q with Barina 50. The combination stayed on their dressage score of 27.7 to finish top of the leaderboard, as well as Tom finishing 3rd with So Amazing. Izzy Taylor and Serafina were the ones to stop a 1-2 for Tom when they finished on their 29.3 dressage score.
Emily Llewellyn and Kitty King both finished on 26.4 in Open Intermediate section R with their rides Exclusive and Billy Bounce. Emily and Exclusive finished on the optimum time in the competitive section to win and see Kitty take 2nd. Places 3rd through to 7th all only had a mark between them, seeing Tim Price and Danturano K take 3rd.
Chelsea Round and Fleetwood Mac V took the top spot in OIu21 section S, after finishing on their 28.4 dressage score, and leaving Harriet Wright (Ngong Hills) and Harriet Dickin (Dargle Looks) in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Open Intermediate section L was the Young Rider Final Trial with 11 combinations coming forward to try and catch the selectors’ eye. It was won by Sam Ecroyd and Opera House who have had a successful season so far with three wins and two placings in six runs. They finished on 28.8 after just adding four from the show jumping to their 24.8 dressage, finishing ahead of last years Young Rider Gold Medal combination Will Furlong and Livingstone II. India Wishart and The Masters Harry finished 3rd on their 30.8 dressage.
Ludwig Svennerstal had a double win in Intermediate section P with Paramount Importance, and Advanced section T with Win And Love. Ludwig and Paramount Importance finished on their 24.3 dressage score to finish ahead of Kitty King, who had her third 2nd place of the event with Virage Des Falaises. With Win And Love, the combination were the only ones in the Advance sections to finish on their dressage score of 31.5, which placed them 5th after dressage. Their clean sheet saw them climb above Alexander Whewall (Chakiris Star) and Hedvig Wik (Chippieh).
Anna Horton and Barones II won Advanced section U after they added just 2 time penalties to their dressage mark of 31.4, to go ahead of dressage leader Mark Todd and Obos Colombus, who lowered a pole and also picked up cross country time. Jessica Acheson and Babaloo II finished 3rd on 43.8, but only by 0.1 when 4th placed Sarah Stretton and Celtic Connection IV finished on 43.9.
Mark Todd rode the 9-year-old Kiltubrid Rhapsody to a first place in the Advanced 8/9YO section. They added only 5.2 time penalties to their dressage to finish ahead of Pippa Funnell and Billy Cuckoo, who also added 5.2 time penalties to their dressage. Sam Penn and Troef Van De Vive La Vie finished 3rd after jumping a double clear in the first Advanced together.
Both throughout and after the final day of competition, social media was awash with thanks for the organisers David Sheerin, Guy Prest and their team, as well as the volunteers and sponsors at Wellington for putting on such a great event.