EWWs Event Reports sponsored by RACESAFE
Sarah Carless reports…
An action packed weekend of eventing saw Nicola Wilson, Will Furlong and Amy Crear take the honours at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.
Nicola Wilson and One Two Many proved untouchable as they came from behind to claim the Superflex CIC*** title.
Wilson, second after the dressage behind Izzy Taylor and Be Touchable, surged into the lead following the a clear in the show jumping round which saw Taylor pick up four penalties. Despite Wilson getting a 2.8 time penalties in the cross country, she set the standard for the remaining competitors and her score of 39.9 was unmatched throughout.
Taylor completed a rare clear round inside the time on cross country to remain on her show jumping score to finished second overall. Willa Newton and Neelix finished third on a score of 41.0.
During the CIC*** Simon Grieve suffered a rotational fall which resulted in a dislocated shoulder whilst riding Trevidden. Afterwards he said on his Facebook page: “I’m completely blown away by and so incredibly thankful for the well wishes from so many lovely people after my fall at Hartpury yesterday. I’m told it was a classic rotational, so am feeling incredibly lucky that, despite the large drop on the landing side of the fence I only have a dislocated shoulder, which unfortunately will not relocate correctly so I’m off to surgery again soon, and an absolutely fine horse, Joss. I wanted to say thank you so much to the incredible organisers of the event and the medical team who came to my aid within seconds of my smash. It is such a comfort to know that those incredible people are there to look after us. I cannot thank them enough for making me comfortable so quickly.”
Will Furlong triumphed to claim the Magic CCI** title in tight fashion. It all came down to the last round as Will and Collien P 2 had less than a fence in hand over Andrew Nicholson. Despite the pressure Furlong kept his composure to produce a lovely clear and claim first prize, finishing on his dressage score of 42.3.
New Zealand’s Nicholson rose from fourth to finish second having completed his show jumping round clear and inside the time on Swallow Springs to also finish on his dressage score of 45.0 narrowly beating Germany’s Franca Luedeke aboard Cero Song on 45.9 in third.
Tom Carlile occupied both joint first and third spots after the cross country but withdrew joint leader Quiro Hoy before the show jumping. With his own Opium de Boisy he had an unfortunate ten faults to drop him to fourth place. Rupert Batting and Manyoshu took home the prize for completing the cross country course closest to the optimum prize.
Furlong, who is in his last year of young riders, said: “I am over the moon, absolutely delighted, and really looking forward to progressing with her. I’ve only been riding her since May so it’s really exciting to see what we will achieve together.”
The Recover CCI* was won by Amy Crerar and Sankro, who led the competition from start to finish winning on a score of 41.8. It was an extremely close run for the top two spots as Amy added one show jumping time fault to her dressage and cross country score (40.8) to finish just 0.1 ahead of Emily Llewellyn and Exclusive.
Llewellyn went into an early lead in the dressage phase with a score of 41.9 with Amy just pushing her to second spot in the second day of dressage. Emily and Exclusive then went clear inside the time in both the cross country and the show jumping to remain on 41.9, keeping the pressure on Crerar but ultimately it was not quite enough and they took home second.
Lizzie Baugh riding Quarry Man rose to the occasion on the cross country to go into third after phase two. She too had nothing to add after the final phase and finished on her dressage score of 45.2, keeping her spot on the podium at the end of the class.
Storm Straker completed on her dressage score of 48.8 to claim 10th prize and in doing so clinched the Denis Ivan trophy for the highest placed Pony Club Rider. Charlotte Jenkins and Cuffesgrange Ars Royale took home the award for completing the cross country closest to the optimum time, as well as landing 11th place.
Event Director, Phillip Cheetham, said: “This has been another amazing display of world class eventing right across the whole week. Everyone involved has worked incredibly hard to pull off one of the biggest events on our equine calendar. We hope that all the spectators and competitors all had a great time and we cannot wait to welcome them back next year.”
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee and Phil J Photography
Saturday Cross Country
1* cross Country