EWWs Event Reports sponsored by RACESAFE
Rika Nile reports ….
Wilton Horse Trials had its 40th Anniversary event over the last weekend in July, and this year used the brand new BE100 course, as well as its usual Novice and Intermediate courses. The event, sponsored by Whitehead Vizard, had a good entry seeing seven sections running over the new course across the two days.
BE100 section A was won by Althea Bleekman and Grannhill Marshall, collecting their first win as a combination. The pair finished on their 24.8 dressage, after dressage leader Sara Squires with Carla Bruni just rolled a pole to drop the into 2nd. Amy Barlow and Whitehill Boy finished 3rd, adding just 1.6 time faults to their 27.4 dressage.
Line Andresen and Chance Of Glory had a comfortable win in BE100 section B after their faultless jumping phases left them on their 23 dressage, over seven marks ahead of 2nd place. Finishing on 30.8, Sara Squires picking up her second top two placing this time with May Bellini, whilst 3rd went to Daisy Berkeley and NPS Devon.
BE100 section C was headed by Dannie Morgan and Aurora Equites, after they jumped a double clear and adding just 0.8 to their dressage to finish on 25.3. Lauren Pinnell and Tihui Sept took 2nd on 31.5, and were the only combination in the top 10 to finish on their dressage score. Alexander Whewall and Just A Buster finished 3rd.
Sarah Pinfield and Fanta Fox won BE100 section Q, adding to Sarah’s success the day before at Calmsden when she won her BE80(T) section with Fivale Greasepaint. The combination won by only 0.3, finishing on 32 when 2nd placed Sophie Ashton-Rickardt and Dijon finished on 32.3. Ruth Burnard and Godington Orinoco finished top of the leader board in BE100 section R, despite rolling a pole.
The trip over from the Isle Of Man was made worthwhile for Freya Cullen and Honey Bunny II after they won BE100open section D. They finished on their 21.8 dressage score leaving Bella Lloyd Webber with LVS Movistar and Chuffy Clarke with Morelands Chit Chat in 2nd and 3rd.
Livvy Nile and Jumbos Star had their second consecutive win of the season in BE100plus section E. The combination were the only ones to break into the 20’s in the dressage phase with 26.3, which gave them some room and allowed a pole to role and still take the win. Rachel Harris and Manor Mayhem finished 2nd on 32, with Alexander Bragg and Bloomfield Tiger Two finishing 3rd on 35.
Neil Spratt and First Lancer continued their recent streak in top two placings with a win in Novice section F. The pair finished on their 29.8 dressage score, with four penalties in hand over Selina Milnes and Fagrusus H, who finished 2nd on 34. Andrew Nicholson finished 3rd with Asis on 34.3.
Lucy Pearson and Master Paddington had their first BE win in Novice section G. They kept a clean sheet throughout to finish on their dressage mark of 26.5, seeing Lauren Innes and Fision M, and Helen Wilson with Miss Be Cool take 2nd and 3rd. Mollie Summerland and Charly Van Ter Heiden took the win in Novice section P by nearly seven marks after finishing on their 24 dressage. Their nearest rivals, Kate Jupp and Carry On Regardless, finished on 30.7.
Alexander Whewall built on his earlier BE100 placing with a win on Novice section N. He took the top spot with Ellfield Voyager, adding just 1.2 time penalties to their dressage of 24. Laura Collett and Sir Papillion finished 2nd on 28.8, with Francesca Clapman and Cooley One To Many finishing in 3rd.
Maxence Lux and Safran D Argonne picked up their first British Eventing win in Open Novice section H, finishing on their 25.8 dressage score. Less than a mark behind in 2nd was Coral Keen and Hayestown Clover Quin, who also finished on their dressage score of 26.5. Jo Clarke and Frankly finished off the top three after just adding a few time to their dressage score.
Intermediate section J saw a confident start to a new partnership between Giovanni Ugolotti and Cos I Will, who won their first event together on their 26.6 dressage score. Being the only combination to finish on their dressage score meant the combinations closest rival was Harry Dzenis and Star Striker who finished on 33.5.
Harry Dzenis went one better in Intermediate section K with Cruise A Crosstown to take the win, finishing on their dressage mark of 35.7. Coral Keen had her second 2nd placing of the event on Highmead Proposition, whilst Laura Collett and Harleys Comet were 3rd, at only their third run together.
Daisy Berkeley and Strike Smartly were top of the leaderboard on 27.7 in Open Intermediate section L. They were the only combination finish on their dressage score to put them ahead of Laura Normand and Vardigo, who added just 0.8 to their 29.1 dressage. Selina Milnes and Dunkery Boy took 3rd after adding just a few time penalties to their dressage.
OIU21 section M winners, Emily King and Cooley Currency, made it a total of four out of four Intermediate winners to be the only combinations in their sections to finish on their dressage scores. Emily finished on 30.2 to put her ahead of Amanda Brieditis and Boleybawn Fernhill and Francesca Sargent with Leamore Hightale who took 2nd and 3rd respectively, both jumping double clears but adding just a few time to their dressage scores.
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee and TB Photographic