WEST WILTS (2)

EWWs Event Reports sponsored by RACESAFE

Rika Nile reports..

The ever popular West Wilts held their second fixture of the season, welcoming nearly 600 combinations over two days to tackle BE90, BE100 and Novice courses. The event balloted for the second time this year after becoming oversubscribed; although it was a much smaller ballot than their June fixture, it is still a testament to the popularity of the event which even included entries from recently returned Olympic riders.

Laura Collett picked up three wins and two placings across the two days. The first top spot was in Novice section F with Sir Papillon, after they produced the fastest cross country round in the section, putting west wilts-100them ahead of Mary King and King Bill; who were one of only three double clears in the section to take 2nd. Laura’s second win was with Constance O Cool in Novice section H – marking a win at their first event together. Their 20.5 dressage was enough to allow them to win even with 8 time faults added to an otherwise faultless performance.

BE100 section Q proved even more successful for Laura as she took the win on Calmaro and also finished 4th with Cor De Cyrkon. Calmaro’s performance of finishing on their 26.3 dressage left them top of the leaderboard, with Philippa Kirby and Acorn, and Natasha Sear with Chacoa Roulette, finishing in between Laura’s rides. London 52 finished off a good couple of days for Laura with a 3rd place in Novice section G, which was won by Louise Harwood and Omard Mickey Two.

Novice section I saw a win for Jonelle Price at her first event back after the Olympics with Jacksonlyn. The combination won despite rolling a pole and adding 11.6 time penalties to their dressage due to poles rolling in the show jumping, and only two double clears in the section. Jonelle also took 2nd in the small Open Novice (section J) with Cekatinka, just being pipped by Katie Burton and Cornish Daybreak.

Vicky Tuffs and Goldwin achieved their fourth consecutive win in BE100 section R, giving them a total of six this season. The combination stayed on their 26.3 dressage score to add to their already impressive record of only top three placings. Roo Fox with El Nino V and Selina Milnes with King Of The Mill both finished on their dressage scores of 28 and 29.5 to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Only 0.8 penalties separated the top three in BE100 section A. Melissa Vernon and Family law picked up their first win after finishing on 28.5. Close behind in 2nd was Will Rawlin and V.I.P. Vino, who finished on 28.8 with Diani Western-Kaye and Daffy Duck finishing in 3rd on 29.3. BE100 section B was close across the board as nine out of the top 10 all jumped double clears and there were only eight penalties between the winner and 10th place. Paolo Belvederesi and Belle De Reve took 1st with their 25.8 dressage, Abbie Hughes and Conteurs Rock finished 2nd on 26.8, and Kitty King finished off the top three with Drewmain Firefly on 27; only 0.3 ahead of Vicky Tuffs and CFS Cooley Pot Of Gold in 4th.

BE100open section saw one of the best dressage scores of the day from Camila Garbien and Purbeck, who led the dressage phase on 19, but just slipped into 2nd after lowering a pole and picking up a few time penalties. The win went to Kathy Oliver and TJ Casimiro, who also produced a low dressage mark of 20.5, adding only a few time to their score from the cross country. Tom Rowland and Siberian Harry won BE90open section P after being one of only three to finish on their dressage score. Their mark of 26.5 was enough to put them ahead of Lauren Yallop and Center and Daisy Berkeley with Electoral Role who took 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Tim Rogers and Livell had a convincing win in BE90 section K after finishing on their 19.8 dressage score. Lindsey Cheffings and Downe Right Rio picked up 2nd on their 22.8 dressage whilst 3rd went to Justin Clubley and Halvannas Diamond Girl who finished on 26.5. Sue Thompson and Alfie XXV were one of only two combinations to finish on their dressage score to win BE90 section L. They finished just one penalty ahead of Kerry Phelps and Litterlough King Hector, who took 2nd after picking up some penalties in the show jumping phase. 9th placed Philip Tuckwell and Shutterduck were the only other combination to finish on their dressage score in the section.

Livvy Nile and Brendonhill Benny Bunter collected their second win of the season and a fourth win for owners Janet and Peter Hunt. They were the only combination to finish on a sub-30 score in BE90 section M after finishing on their 29.5 dressage. Harriet Dance and SOS Upperclass Otto took 2nd on 31.3, whilst Cheryl Chamberlain took 3rd with Cardonagh Lass. BE90 section N winners Kate Allen and Shannondale Aristo led from the start with a 23 dressage and their nearest rivals after the first phase being on 27. They added just a handful of time penalties to their mark but still took the win finishing on 26.6. 2nd placed Alisha Coombes and Delhurens Upsey Daisy finished on their 29 dressage, and 3rd placed Alec Miles and Archie XXII finished on 30.1 after adding 2.8 time penalties to their 27.3 dressage.

The KBIS young horse classes were well represented with two 5YO sections and a 4YO section with 25 starters. 5YO section C saw lots of low dressage scores and was won by Camilla Earnshaw and Cillbhrid Trinity who finished on 22. Flora Harris and Swanview Tarco took 2nd with their 23.5 dressage score and John-Paul Sheffield with Schindlers Boy finished 3rd, also on their dressage score of 24.5. Winner Camilla also took 4th with Trinity Applause on 25.

5YO section D also had some low dressage scores with winner Danielle Dunn finishing on her 21.3 dressage with Seaflower. Caroline Harris finished 2nd on 23 with Gapolio, with Jason Hobbs finishing off the top three on 24 with Do Remember Me. 4YO section O was headed by Tom Jackson and Grafennacht, who finished on 22.3, over six marks ahead of Selina Milnes and Horgans Moet who took 2nd with 28.8. Georgie Strang and Monbeg Odyssey finished just 0.2 behind Selina on 29 for 3rd.

Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photography

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