Rika Nile reports ..
West Wilts held the first of their three eventing fixtures over the 11th and 12th June, seeing competitors tackle BE90, BE100 and Novice classes. The popular South West venue received a huge entry which succumbed to a large ballot but still saw the maximum amount of runners, bar only a handful who withdrew over the course of the weekend which was presumably down to the deteriorating weather on the Sunday.
BE90 section A marked a win for Briony Simpson and Cassidy’s Finbar who jumped a double clear to add just 0.4 time faults to their 30.8 dressage mark to finish only 0.6 penalties ahead of Julie Bush and Attychree Prince (31.8). Less than a penalty also separated the top two in BE90 section E, which was won by Bronte Monks and Ardwholihane Hero who finished on their dressage of [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‘]26.5, whilst in 2nd, George Pennington and Ballyengland Challenger finished on 27.3.
Katie Ingram and Hollyhatch Highflyer picked up their first ever BE win in BE90 section D. Posting an impressive 22 dressage, their double clear with a handful of time faults was enough to hold onto the lead, finishing ahead of Isny O’Donnell (Dakota IV) and Chloe Hayward (Vegas 2 W Z) in 2nd and 3rd.
Emma Sutton and Coltstown Glider won BE90 section F, with a double clear and 25 dressage, whilst both Ben Lee Liles with (Westceffyl Kingsdway Lad, BE90 section B) and Amy Bourne with (For Fashion VE, BE90 section C) both picked up wins at the first event for their rides.
Steph Woolley and Freckleton Matador topped BE100 section G, making another combination to have their first BE win over the weekend. Finishing on their 26.8 dressage score made them the only combination to finish on a sub-30 score in section G. Jason Hobbs took 2nd on 30.3 (Sinterklaas Z) and 4th on 30.8 (Grandiamo), with Sarah Gormley just fitting in between after finishing on 30.4 (Golden Jubilee Splash).
Amy Barlow and Earth Star won BE100 section H on 29.3, Lucy Dixon with Southmead First Stitch and Jessica Rutter with MGH Coco came 2nd and 3rd respectively, both finishing on 30.5. Jock Paget and Quixotic II picked up their second consecutive win in BE100 section N, adding nothing to their dressage score 26.5.
Lauren Hyde riding Dior and Charlotte Radford with Menai Cosmic Duke both finished on their dressage scores of 30.3 in BE100 section O, but Lauren took the win due to finishing three seconds closer to the optimum time than Charlotte. Fractionally behind, finishing in 3rd with 30.4 was Pippa Tucker and Rambo II.
Bill Levett put in the top three dressage performances in the BE100open section P, with 20.8, 21.5 and 22. Sadly a 1-2-3 was deterred by a pole and some cross country penalties, but he won the class on Dances with Wolves with 21.5 and came 4th on Matinee idol II with 24.8. Jessica Stephens (Zilona) and Rachael Hill (Dower House Boy) sat in between Bill’s rides in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Nick Gauntlett and Flicka II’s dressage performance in Novice section J gave them an easy win even adding 8 time penalties to their 23.8 mark, finishing on 31.8. Nick’s closest rival was Louise Harwood and Aslan VI who finished on 36.6, with Charlotte Armstrong and Hoowoodno in 3rd. Novice section I saw the top two having less of a gap in the marks, with Jessica Acheson and Furthest Point winning by only 0.2 penalties, with Louisa Lockwood and Fair Lady II close behind.
Lizzie Provenzano and Fine Feathers were the only combination across all of the Novice sections to finish on a sub-30 mark. Their 29 dressage was only hindered by a single time fault leaving them on 29.4 to take section L, ahead of Dani Evans with Fun Time Cilla (33.7) and Amy Tough riding Noble Special Agent (34.3) in 2nd and 3rd.
Zoe Wilkinson and ARS Vivella won Novice section K on 32.9, whilst Constance Chapman (Chillout Baby) and Emily Proud (Schmaul) were 2nd and 3rd on 35.5 and 35.8 respectively. Richard Waygood and Prospector Joe finished on their dressage score to win ON section M on a score of 30, ahead of Andrew McConnon with Henton For Fun on 30.7 in 2nd and Charlotte Rowe with Eventing Worldwide’s The Night Traveller in 3rd with 31.4.
Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photos