Suzi Stanner reports ….

The weekend of the 12th and 13th of September West Wilts Equestrian Centre held their third event of the season.  Competition started with 5 sections of BE100 level competition including one open section.

In BE100 section A Tim Cheffings finished on a dressage score of 27.5 with Conteurs Rock, owned by Christine Channing, a 6 year old gelding is in his first BE season.  Second place went to Tintin Belsham, with her own Skipper Bob, their highest placing in 6 events this season.  Just 0.2 penalties separated them from Sam Penn who finished in third with Landello, a 7 year old gelding owned by Carol Toliver.

Carla Saxby finished just 0.5 penalties ahead of her nearest rival to win section B with Loris Concerto, a 5 year old gelding owned by Susan Normand.  Catherine Burrell and Cassidor finished in second, their highest ever BE placing, while Lauren Hyde and Dior, finished third.

Katie Hancock lead from start to finish to win section C finishing on a dressage score of 13.5 with Kilcandra Rambo Ray who has now won a total of 7 events at BE100 and BE100plus level this season.  Sara Squires and Calvin II completed on a dressage score of 20 to take second place and Bryony Whittington finished in third with her own and Michael Aitken’s 7 year old Burlington Cartier.

In the BE100open section Kat Raybould and Dower House Boy finished in first ahead of Emily Tweedie and Montjoys Boy.  Sara Squires picked up third place, this time with the 5 year old gelding Bolt.

In the final BE100 section of the day, section E, Emily Dinnis and Disert Joe completed on their dressage score of 27 to win.  Emily started the season with the 14.2h gelding at BE90 level and was competing in the pairs first BE100.  Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Castana Bay followed up their win at Firle over the August Bank Holiday weekend with second place, ahead of Giselle Mackinlay and Dark Spirit.

In the first of three Novice sections, Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp added just 0.8 time penalties across country with Deniro Z who made the step up to Novice level in August following some strong runs at BE100 level.  Chloe Mariani and Sans Soucis Du Lys finished second, in this 6 year old geldings second Novice level event.  Sarah Helfer finished third with her own Chilly Boy.

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp’s good day continued with a win in Novice section G, this time aboard her own Oskar.  Louise Chamberlain and the 10 year old mare Edge of Night finished second while Emma Roberts and Enumero finished third.

Archie Lowe and Merrywell Cavalier picked up their first win at Novice level in section H denying Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and clean sweep at the level as she finished in second place with Gorsehill Cooley.  Helen Wilson finished in third with Rosanagh, an 8 year old mare who made her Novice debut at Smiths Lawn earlier this season.

In the Intermediate-Novice section I Ali Wilkes and Schalimar finished ahead of Helen Wilson and Spring Siddhartha with Antoinette Mckeowen in third aboard Stillbrook Ben.

On Sunday the competition started at BE90 level with a win in section J for Rachael Trenaman and Daywize, their first win at this level.  Sally-Anne Miller and Oriley finished in second place in only their third BE event, with Holly Stephens and the 14.2h Morepark Helmes finishing third in their second event of the season.

Section K was won by Sarah Pinfield riding Electoral Role, a 5 year old 16.1h gelding in his first season of BE.   Second was Emily Young-Jamieson and Chester XIX who also finished second in their previous event at Treborough Hill at the end of August.  Georgina Hambly and Newz Flash finished third in their first event as a combination.

Charles Matthews finished at the top of the leaderboard in section L with Mr Delicious, a 9 year old gelding previously ridden this season by Robert Stevens.  Despite a pole down in the showjumping they finished 0.2 penalties ahead of Jessica Rutter and MGH Coco.  Lucy Dixon and Southmead First Stitch achieved their highest BE placing to date in third.

In the final BE90 section, section M, Hannah Hibberd and her 6 year old mare Artina V finished first in only their second event of the season, ahead of Francesca Dark and Matcho III.  Harriet Gilbertson and Tullibards Whos Nightcruise finished third by just 0.1 penalties.

In section N, the first of two BE80(T) sections, Stacey Littlejohns and the 6 year old, Churchpark Chaos won on their dressage score of 30.3, and are yet to be placed outside the top 10 in all their events at this level this season.  Henreitta Verschoyle and Brendonhill Bon Chance finished second with Gemma Box and Ollie VII in third.

Fiona Godfrey and Evening Primrose took the top spot in BE80(T) section O, adding 1.2 time penalties to their dressage score.  They finished ahead of Eleanor Newman and Dolly Dimple in their second event of the year.  Kayte Oram-Evenett and Ragracho, the only combination to complete inside the optimum time XC in this section, finished third.

To complete the weekend a final two sections of BE100 competition were run.  In section P it was Amy Barlow and Earth Star, a 5 year old 16.2h mare who stepped up to BE100 earlier this year who took first place, being the only combination to complete on their dressage score.  Roo Fox finished second place with Falvaro with Dannie Morgan and Crannagh Silver Lady third.

In section P Selina Milnes two rides the 5 year old geldings Farnese II and LVS Movistar could only be separated by their time across the country, both finishing on their dressage scores of 27 to take the top two spots in the section.  Amelia Winter and MGH Eskimo Joe finished third.

Photography courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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