Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th October
Amanda Rushby reports…
As the BE calendar draws to a close it is events such as Weston Park International which keep the momentum up right until the close of the season. The news that broke in the week leading up to the event that Weston Park would no longer run as a three day international as of next year was disappointing to say the least with the Organisers saying on their Facebook page, “we are absolutely devastated”. As it always does, however, the show went on and Weston Park put on a spectacular four days of competition.
The CCI* kicked off with Rosalind Canter putting a fantastic finish to Pencos Crown Jewel’s season by leading throughout the three days of competition. The six year old mare by Jumbo has had a fabulous season with three wins in total and rarely out of the top ten. Canter praised the mare, saying, “I broke Pencos Crown Jewel in as a three year old so it is a very special win. She has been a pleasure to produce right from the start and has a brilliant temperament for the job, always being calm and reliable. I was delighted with her dressage test as she has gained a lot of lift and expression to her work in the last few weeks. She has been consistent in the jumping phases all year and although the course at Weston was quite a challenge she loved it and got better and better throughout the cross country. I have never lead from start to finish at a three day so it was quite nerve wracking going into the show jumping but I know her so well that once I was on board I felt much better! Weston was a great event this year. The park is stunning and I hope the one day events continue to be popular as the ground and courses were great!”
The CCI* for Ponies saw Zara Nelson take the one-two with her fabulous 14.2hh geldings, Millridge Buachaill and Knockbordan Revelation. The Irish rider, who earlier this year won a bronze medal for Ireland in Malmo at the FEI European Championships, kept one of few clean sheets in the small section which had a total of nineteen starters.
The CCI* for Juniors was hotly contended with Bubby Upton campaigning Fernhill Rock Star, with whom she has had numerous successes with this season, against Thomas Hawke and Irish Jester. Despite a lowered pole in the show jumping Hawke and Irish Jester’s strong dressage score secured them the win with Upton coming a close second. Hawke took over the ride of Irish Jester at the start of 2014 with much success, however this is the pair’s first win together this season proving the sixteen year old gelding is still ahead of his game.
The CCI** was sponsored by David and Catherine Witt of Rookery Park Stud who are long standing supporters of the autumn event. Piggy French cruised to a win on Belco HRS who finished on his dressage score of 39.1 despite the show jumping causing problems for many combinations. The nine year old gelding enjoyed his fourth win this season out of six runs for owners Hows Racesafe after a late season start in July.
CCI* International Novice sponsored by Monarch Equestrian
1st Rosalind Canter & Pencos Crown Jewel 34.8 D, Double Clear
2nd Sarah Parkes & Cyres 38.9 D, Double Clear
3rd Louisa Lockwood & The Chocolate Musketeer 43.6 D, Double Clear
Charles Owen CCI* Ponies
1st Zara Nelson & Millridge Buachaill Bui 47.2 D, Double Clear
2nd Zara Nelson & Knockbordan Revelation 51.8 D, Double Clear
3rd Stephanie Stammschroer & Morelands Affair 54.5 D, Double Clear
1st Thomas Hawke & Irish Jester 33.2 D, 4 SJ
2nd Bubby Upton & Fernhill Rock Star 39 D, Double Clear
3rd Isabel White & Damorka 40.7 D, Double Clear
CCI** International Intermediate Sponsored by Catherine & David Witt
1st Piggy French & Belco HRS 39.1 D, Double Clear
2nd Polly Stockton & Ortolan 39.4 D, 4 SJ
3rd Brook Staples & Doonaveeragh O Six 36.9 D, 4.4 XCT, 4 SJ
Photographs courtesy of HR Photography