It’s been very close at the top of the CIC** and CIC1* classes at Somerford Park today (Saturday 19 August) with only 2.9 penalties separating the top 3 in the two star and only 0.9 penalties separating the first three in the one star; with cross country and showjumping to follow tomorrow.
All the national BE100 and remaining two novice sections were also hotly contested and despite regular torrential downpours, the cross country course and going received much praise from competitors.
Rookery Farm CIC2*
Overnight dressage leaders, Izzy Taylor on DHI Jet Set (39.5) held onto her top spot until lunchtime today, when she was pipped by Emilie Chandler (on 38.7) who was only late on in the day relegated to second spot by Tim Price who rode a beautiful test on Ringwood Sky Boy, scoring 36.6.
New Dad, Tim Price commented: “I was really pleased with the horse’s test. It’s sometimes difficult for horses to stay focussed in this arena, but the horse went well and I was really pleased with his test. I find Somerford Park a really good track for experienced and inexperienced horses alike. The going is good and the course is really well built.”
Andrews Bowen CIC1*
Overnight CIC1* dressage leaders, Harry Harding with Georgie Girl (39.9) were overtaken in the morning by Bubby Upton with Cola III (39.7). Harry also put in a second impressive dressage performance today on Goteus S (40.6) putting him in both the second and third slots, with showjumping and cross country to follow tomorrow.
BE100 Sections winners were:
Leafield Projects BE100 Section K – Emma Corner, Grandioos (28)
Chelford Farm Supplies BE100 Section L – Marie Pope with Party Pop (27.5)
Marple Vets BE100 Section M – Lorna Riley with Quiva du Buisson Z (23)
Daneriver Hydropower BE100 Section N – Sam Ecroyd with Mill Flower (26.8)
Equusbook BE100 Open Section O – Christina Henriksen with Princess Pavan (23)
Wright & Morten BE100 Section P – Willa Newton with Woodcroft Harvest (23.8)
Sam Ecroyd, who is having a good season so far, commented: “It’s the first win for this horse, so it’s a good day. She is a 6 year old mare bred about 3 miles down the road from me near Wrexham and owned by Simon and Lindsey Middleton of Zebra Products. ”
“Somerford is an unbelievable training centre – one of the best in the country. It’s always been lucky for me; they build good courses and it’s a great place to come.”
Saturday’s Novice Section winners were:
Equine 74 Novice Section Q – Christie Mott with Seymour Star II (33.1)
Devoucoux Novice Section R – Charlotte Allwood with Donogue Big Ronnie (32.2)
Full Somerford Park results can be found at http://srsresults.co.uk/