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Event results : 15 December 2013 IHDT Cricklands

A large entry of twenty nine competitors made for a busy day for judges and stewards. The rain held off for the morning but arrived, as forecast, in the afternoon making it a rather dismal experience for those driving later, especially as the light began to fade.

There were eight drivers in the Novice Pony class and it proved a very tightly contested class. Isobel Wesbroom-Warr won on a score of 154.5 producing her usual neat and effective performance. Her twin sister Catherine, was not far behind finishing in second place on 161.5. Although Caroline Sturgess completed on this score too she was placed third, total obstacle times being the deciding factor. Katy Alvis was fourth, an uncharacteristically expensive cones round putting her down the placings.

A delighted Ainslie Turner had a second consecutive win in the Open Pony class with little Leo. The second placed driver in this class was also especially delighted, being Erica Rye driving Tony Clarke's four year old Herbie. This youngster behaved impeccably on this his first outing. Alison Dascombe was third. Tony, driving later in the day, unfortunately made an error of course in the cones, although his young pony earned the best dressage mark of the day of 11.5 and also performed very confidently in the obstacles.

Spectators were once again treated to the wonderful sight of a team in action. Joanna Broadbent, in a class of her own, brought her young ponies for another outing, an eye- catching coloured pony being the nearside wheeler.

Also, in a class of his own in Horse Pairs, James Broome brought out his new pair of chestnut Gelderlanders who coped very calmly with the, by now, windy conditions.

The Pony Pairs class, ever popular and competitive, was decisively won by Janet Macdonald, her ponies working very smoothly together and moving deceptively quickly in the obstacles. Some twenty points behind was Averina Snow in second place, closely chased by John Weaver in third.

In the Novice Horse class, Janice Sidebottom put up some very fast obstacle times with her coloured horse to win on a score of 148.5. A spook at the water tray in obstacle two put paid to Sue Johnson's chance of winning this class so she was second. It must be recorded, however, that she was dressed as a snowman complete with carrot nose, her backstepper, another Sue, sporting a Christmas pudding outfit!

Peter Sidebottom, also with a coloured horse, produced the best overall score of the day giving him another win in the Open Horse class on 144.5 penalties. Georgia Bartlett gave him a run for his money but was unable to match Peter's obstacle times.



Class: Novice Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Isobel Westbroom-Warr 18.5 2 34 36 30 34 154.5 1 Junior
Catherine Westbroom-Warr 24.5 7 32 34 32 32 161.5 2 Junior
Caroline Sturgess 17.5 7 32 41 31 33 161.5 3
Katy Alvis 18.5 22 32 36 29 33 170.5 4 Junior
Neil Edwards 24.5 11 31 40 29 35 170.5 5
Nicola Shutt 21 22 33 36 30 33 175 6
John Williams 33.5 26 35 36 31 35 196.5 7
Maggie Martin 22.5 47 35 41 35 39 219.5 8

Class: Open Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Ainslie Turner 24.5 7 31 28 32 28 150.5 1 Small Pony
Erica Rye 17.5 16 37 39 35 37 181.5 2
Alison Dascombe 23.5 25 39 47 39 41 214.5 3
Tony Clarke 11.5 41 32 35 32 31 182.5 E Elim Cones

Class: Teams
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Joanna Broadbent 23 48 54 74 50 58 307 1

Class: Pony Pairs
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Janet MacDonald 14.5 10 32 34 31 34 155.5 1
John Weaver 26 4 36 43 32 38 179 2
Averina Snow 31 17 35 34 31 32 180 3
Ainslie Turner 26.5 15 40 34 37 32 184.5 4 Small Ponies
Rowena Moyse 22 30 41 38 37 36 204.5 5
Wendy Morris 20.5 31 38 50 36 40 215.5 6 Small Ponies

Class: Horse Pairs
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
James Broome 22.5 28 50 72 41 51 264.5 1

Class: Novice Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Janice Sidebottom 19.5 8 29 33 28 31 148.5 1
Sue Johnson 21 2 33 42 30 31 159.0 2
Holly Finch 31.5 57 33 34 30 28 213.5 3
Ralph Bailey 31.5 36 39 38 39 40 223.5 4
Catherine Stevens 34.5 78 48 25 0 0 185.5 R Retired

Class: Open Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Peter Sidebottom 23.5 2 28 37 26 28 144.5 1
Georgia Barlett 19.5 6 30 33 30 34 152.5 2
Peter Finch 23 29 32 66 31 36 217.0 3
Kate Fincham-Powell 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 R Retired

 

 

 

Event results : 22 November 2013 IHDT Cricklands

This event was well supported with over twenty drivers arriving on a mild November morning to put their horses and ponies through their paces. The day began with the Open Pony class. Ainslie Turner driving her diminutive Leo established a lead of 3.5 penalties in the first two phases and although both Hazel Fisher and Colin Cornwell chased hard in the obstacles, Ainslie's times were the fastest and she won the class with an increased lead. She was delighted to have Leo back in full flow after an unsettled patch. By the end of the day, only Peter Sidebottom in Open Horse had bettered Ainslie's final score. Hazel and Colin finished second and third respectively, with Tony Clarke in fourth with a young pony on its first outing.

Three drivers contested the Novice Horse class, the two stalwarts of this class at Cricklands, Sue Johnson and Elizabeth Pilkington being joined by Janice Sidebottom. Despite a costly cones round giving her a lot of ground to make up, Janice won the class by the close margin of two penalties from Sue.

Joanna Broadbent again brought her lovely team all the way from the West country and quietly drove them through the phases of the competition to complete on a score of 240 penalties.

The Open Horse class was won by Peter Sidebottom posting the best score of the whole day of 163.50 penalties. His overall obstacle times remained unbeaten. David Whitfield had four knock -downs in the cones which meant he was unable to match Peter's winning score in spite of near equal obstacle times. Peter Finch was third.

Unusually, there was a tie for first place in the Pony Pairs class between Rowena Moyse and Averina Snow both completing on a score of 189.00 penalties. John Weaver took the third rosette, having earned unwanted extra penalties for a corrected error of course in one of the obstacles.

The day concluded with the Novice Pony class, the largest of the day with eight entrants. Katy Alvis took first place by two penalties from Isobel Wesbroom -Warr. After dressage and cones Isobel had the amazingly low score of only 19 penalties after producing the best dressage test of the day for a score of 16 followed by a clear cones round for only three time penalties. So Katy had a little bit to make up which she duly did for a well earned win. Catherine Sturgess finished in third place not far behind Isobel.

This was a day of some very closely fought finishes.


Class: Novice Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Katy Alvis 24 9 35 34 34 33 169 1 Junior
Isobel Wesbroom-Warr 16 3 38 37 39 38 171 2 Junior
Caroline Sturgess 23 6 38 36 39 36 178 3
Nicola Shute 28.5 6 43 42 39 39 197.5 4
Maggie Martin 23.5 25 43 41 39 40 211.5 5
Natasha Smith 24.5 19 50 41 43 46 223.5 6
Catherine Wesbroom-Warr 23 26 45 43 45 42 224 7
Angela Cherrington 31 21 49 49 50 50 250 8

Class: Open Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Ainslie Turner 23.5 1 35 36 35 35 165.5 1 Small Pony
Hazel Fisher 27 4 42 39 40 37 189 2 Small Pony / Veteran
Tony Clarke 20 8 45 45 42 38 198 3
Colin Cornwall 29 25 36 38 37 37 202 4 Small Pony / Veteran
Alison Dascombe 31 6 41 48 41 40 207 5
Ainslie Turner HC 24.5 6 37 38 37 33 175.5 HC

Class: Teams
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Joanna Broadbent 25 25 49 45 45 51 240 1

Class: Pony Pairs
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Rowena Moyse 29 12 39 37 36 36 189 1=
Averina Snow 29 5 42 39 38 36 189 1=
John Weaver 24 17 63 36 38 37 215 3
Hazel Fisher 24.5 20 47 46 48 43 228.5 4 Small Pony / Veteran
Wendy Morris 21.5 19 49 51 46 51 237.5 5

Class: Novice Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Janice Sidebottom 24 25 39 38 36 37 199 1
Sue Johnson 24 9 46 39 45 37 201 2
Elizabeth Pilkington 27 16 57 60 105 102 367 3

Class: Open Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Peter Sidebottom 26.5 8 31 33 33 32 163.5 1
David Whitfield 24.5 22 37 33 34 33 183.5 2
Peter Finch 23 19 42 36 49 37 206 3

 

Event results : 20 October 2013 IHDT Cricklands

A near capacity entry of 28 turnouts took part in this competition held at the David Broome Event Centre near Chepstow, the event being the first of six qualifying rounds planned for the forthcoming winter season at this venue for the Wales and Gloucester area of Indoor Carriage Driving. Those arriving early were so confident of getting a soaking due to the pattern of unsettled weather that full waterproofs were worn regardless to begin with until the sun came out and made everyone rather warm. Miraculously, there was not a drop of
rain all day! The previous day's downpours had created some puddles in the arena around the cones and obstacles which provided an extra challenge for one or two equines. The surface quickly dried out during the morning. The dressage tests were driven in the newly resurfaced fenced arena.

The Novice Pony Class boasted thirteen entries. There was a tussle for first place between Katy Alvis and Isobel Westbroom Warr, Katy winning by 6.5 points, by virtue of her faster obstacle times. Neil Roberts was a worthy third not so far behind and Catherine Westbroom - Warr was fourth. The two best cones rounds of the day came in this class from Neil and Nicola Shute.
Katy's final score of 182.00 was the best overall score of this event.

The two competitors in Open Pony both took their ponies gently and Alison Dascombe won on a score of 258.50 from Jacqui Pillinger with her young Dartmoor pony.

Eight multiples were divided into three classes, pony tandem, pony pairs and pony team. James Broome won the pony tandem class from Ainslie Turner. Ainslie drove a second time HC as her leader the indomitable Leo, took exception to the puddle in the cones course first time round and a point no doubt needed to be made! Janet Macdonald driving her new combination, finished on a good score of 207.50 to take the pony pairs class from John Weaver. The new pony in Janet's pair took the water and the narrow gate choices in the obstacles in his stride and John's ponies settled down well to negotiate the obstacles very neatly. Wendy Morris and Rowena Moyse were third and fourth respectively.

Joanna Broadbent and her team of lovely ponies took the obstacles quietly, which was deceptive to an onlooker as they clocked very competitive times to complete on a total score of 267.00.

Three contested the Novice Horse Class which was decisively won by Sue Johnson, driving consistently throughout, to finish on a score of 204.50. A distance behind were Russell Knight in second place and Elizabeth Pilkington in third.

Peter Finch was first in the Open Horse class, just ahead of David Whitfield both of them taking it steady in the obstacles.

Class: Novice Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Katy Alvis 31 8 42 31 40 30 182 1 Junior
Isobel Westbroom-Warr 28.5 5 48 34 40 33 188.5 2 Junior
Neil Edwards 33.5 1 51 35 43 34 197.5 3
Catherine Wesbroom-Warr 27.5 12 49 45 55 44 232.5 4 Junior
John Williams 37.5 15 52 42 52 38 236.5 5
Natasha Smith 34 19 62 41 48 38 242 6
Helen Broomhill 35.5 19 65 35 57 32 243.5 7
Lochlan King 38 8 56 47 56 45 250 8 Junior
Angela Cherrington 36.5 24 58 46 58 47 269.5 8
Maggie Martin 32 39 65 42 56 37 271 10
Kim Carre 38.5 65 50 39 47 36 275.5 11 2 x 20 penalties in Cones
Nicola Shute 40.5 2 44 48 49 42 225.5 Elim Obs 1
Eddy Pyatt 32 28 60 43 67 40 270 Elim Obs 2 & 3

Class: Open Single Pony
Competitor Precision & Paces Cones Obs 1 Obs 2 Obs 3 Obs 4 Total Score Place Notes
Alison Dascombe 27.5 24 58 47 55 47 258.5 1
Jacqui Pillinger 34 42 67 50 69 57 319 2 Small Pony

Class: Multiples - Tandems
Competitor Precision & Paces Cones Obs 1 Obs 2 Obs 3 Obs 4 Total Score Place Notes
James Broome 38.5 33 60 46 61 42 280.5 1
Ainslie Turner 38.5 47 76 61 74 51 347.5 2
Ainslie Turner 40 41 74 55 70 50 330 HC

Class: Pony Pairs
Competitor Precision & Paces Cones Obs 1 Obs 2 Obs 3 Obs 4 Total Score Place Notes
Janet MacDonald 25.5 15 53 37 44 33 207.5 1
John Weaver 33 17 52 35 48 35 220 2
Wendy Morris 29 13 67 54 64 49 276 3 Small Ponies
Rowena Moyse 32 12 50 120 45 36 295 4

Class: Teams
Competitor Precision & Paces Cones Obs 1 Obs 2 Obs 3 Obs 4 Total Score Place Notes
Joanna Broadbent 33 35 61 43 54 41 267 1

Class: Novice Single Horse
Competitor Precision & Paces Cones Obs 1 Obs 2 Obs 3 Obs 4 Total Score Place Notes
Sue Johnson 29.5 9 48 36 46 36 204.5 1
Russell Knight 35.5 34 59 46 72 44 290.5 2
Elizabeth Pilkington 25.5 20 73 52 77 53 300.5 3

Class: Open Single Horse
Competitor Precision & Paces Cones Obs 1 Obs 2 Obs 3 Obs 4 Total Score Place Notes
Peter Finch 34.5 33 62 53 55 44 281.5 1
David Whitfield 28 15 67 50 69 57 286 2

 

 

Event results : 25 August 2013

 

Fourteen competitors enjoyed perfect conditions on this lovely day at Tanhouse Farm, Berkeley, by kind permission of the Macdonald family. Alan Hodges, designed the course, setting a tricky, 20 gate cones course followed by five inviting and spacious obstacles set out around the fields. The first obstacle was set in the spinney, easy to navigate but a little scary for a driver accustomed to temporary obstacles which are forgiving in the event of a collision. The next three obstacles were built out on the grass and the fifth was the infamous Stinky Hollow
featuring a dry stream crossing.

As usual, the event was a perfect low-key introduction to competition driving for first timers, whether human or equine, but also gave more experienced participants a worthy challenge. There were three classes, namely Novice, Open, and Multiples. The largest class was the Novice class, contested by eight drivers. After dressage and cones most of these had a score between 50 and 60 penalties with two others not too far adrift, so the obstacles were going to be an important factor!

This proved to be the case with Sue Johnson emerging as the clear winner of the class, from Helen Broomhall, her nearest challenger. Sue's total score of 324 was the best of the day (by one point). Helen posted the fastest time of the class in obstacles 1 and 3 but could not quite catch Sue, finishing with 353 penalties. Elizabeth Pilkington was third on 362.


In the Open class, two of the ponies were at their first ever competition! However, Tony Clarke and Jacqui Pillinger respectively were very pleased with their novices' performances. Jacqui won the class on a good score of 355. Erica Rye was close behind on 360 for second place and Tony with Jacko was third.


Janet Macdonald and her pony pair produced the best dressage test of the day and a double clear cones round to earn only 33 penalties before the obstacles. Her efficient obstacle times then gave her the win in the Multiples class on a score of 325, only one point behind Sue Johnson's best overall score. John Weaver, driving two very enthusiastic ponies, who enjoyed everything except the dressage, was second. Ainslie Turner was third with her pony tandem.


To round off the day, there was a spread of sandwiches and cake for all to tuck into during a short wait for the final scores. Thanks were given to all those many people, in a multiplicity of roles, who had made the day possible by giving their time energy and commitment.

 

 

Event results : 10 July 2013

 

This was the fourth and final event of the Summer 2013 series. For the first time for probably years the weather was so settled and dry that I felt it was safe to leave my waterproofs at home

There was plenty of course walking to do especially as we were set British Carriagedriving dressage test Novice 100 to be driven in a 100 metre arena, and then a 20 gate cones course. This was also a challenge for the grey matter after being lulled along by driving the same test and then 10 cones for a whole season. Everyone rose to the occasion and I for one enjoyed the change.

Overall dressage marks were very respectable but the cones course was expensive in penalties for everyone, there being no single figure score here. The event was well supported by 15 drivers, some coming from a significant distance away

I was, unusually, in a class of my own in Novice Horse, and all went smoothly apart from some adventures in the cones phase.

David Whitfield was alone in his class in Open Horse, finishing on a good score of 216 penalties.

There were five competitors in Novice Pony, which was won by Alison Dascombe on a score of 185 penalties. She drove the equal best cones round of the evening followed by the fastest obstacle times of this competition. Her finishing score was the best of the night. Sadly Alex Broome was eliminated in the second obstacle, which cost her a placing. Maggie Martin was second in the class on 279 penalties and Angela Cherrington with her inexperienced pony close behind in third place. John Williams was fourth.

The Open Pony class was won by Tony Clarke on 212 penalties after producing a consistent performance in all three phases. Peter Finch with his pretty coloured pony mare could not compensate for his rather costly cones round even with brisk obstacle times and so was second. Erica Rye was chasing in third place and Hazel Fisher driving steadily with a new pony was fourth.

Colin Cornwall with Ainslie Turner on the back step, drove his ponies expertly to earn the win in the Pony Pairs class. A low dressage mark, added to a low cones score, consolidated by neat obstacle times gave him an excellent overall score of 197. Janet Macdonald driving a new pony partnership was second after a steady round. James Broome was third in spite of producing the best dressage test of the evening.

Wendy Morris bravely driving her Shetlands in tandem on this occasion was another driver alone in her class.

 

Event results : 12 June 2013

This event took place on a cool rainy evening but spirits were little dampened by the conditions. The going became just a little slippery here and there on the grass, adding an extra factor for drivers to think of when driving the obstacles. The water obstacle, as always, was much enjoyed, providing a fun splash for seasoned campaigners and very valuable training for those with less experienced horses and ponies.


Sue Johnson practised her Para dressage test in the Novice Horse class in a full size grass arena and earned a good score of 21 penalties here. In spite of an uncharacteristically high score in the cones phase she went on to win the class from Elizabeth Pilkington by a generous margin.


The Novice Pony class was again won by Alison Dascombe, who performed consistently well through all three phases to complete on 240 penalties. Eddy Pyatt was second and Maggie Martin third, both of these hampered by high scores collected on the cones course. John Williams' pony did not take to the water and so unfortunately was eliminated.


The most contested class of the evening was the Open Pony Class. The decisive winner was James Broome who finished on a score of 181 penalties, the only score below 200 and the best of the night. After dressage and cones, Emily Ham was only half a point behind James but a mistake in obstacle 4 meant that she finished in second place by 23 penalties. Tony Clarke was third, having driven his usual excellent dressage, for the best test of the event. Erica Rye and Ainslie Turner were fourth and fifth respectively, and were both delighted with their ponies' performances in the water. Peter Finch with a lovely showy pony was sixth.


Wendy Morris was in a class of her own in Multiples, her ponies clearly so much more confident in the water second time round.


At the next and last evening event of this season, the competitors will be given the challenge of driving a different test in the big grass arena which will be interesting!

 

Event results : 15 May 2013

D ue to prolonged heavy rainfall the previous day this event became the competition that almost never was! Cancellation looked certain 24 hours before but conditions improved so rapidly that the event was given the go-ahead. To save the ground in the fields, all 3 phases were driven in the various arenas and collecting rings around the showground. Drivers were rewarded with a stunningly beautiful evening and they much appreciated the chance to drive after all.


The Novice Horse class began proceedings. Elizabeth Pilkington earned a score of 25 in the dressage giving her a lead of 8 points from Sue Johnson. Sue went on to erode this margin steadily, driving a double clear in the cones and going a bit more quickly in the obstacles. She won with a score of 204 penalties, 3 points better than Elizabeth.


Alice Stables, with her father back-stepping, was in a class of her own to win Open Horse on a score of 285.


Six drivers battled for the Open Pony win. Tony Clarke produced a lovely test for 15 penalties, the best dressage score of the night. He added nothing to this in the cones and then drove speedily through all four obstacles to finish on 148 penalties and win the class. This was the best overall score of the evening. James Broome came the closest to challenging Tony, finishing on 156. Janet Macdonald was third, driving her new Welsh pony. Ainslie Turner driving her promising young pony was fourth, despite having to borrow bits and pieces
to create a bridle, to replace the one that was still at home. Erica Rye was fifth and Peter Finch sixth.


Wendy Morris was alone in the Multiples Class and completed on a score of 233.5 with her pony pair.


Newcomer Alison Dascombe was delighted with her excellent win in the Novice Pony class, driving a double clear in the cones and whizzing round the obstacles. She finished on a score of 163 penalties. Eddie Pyatt was second.


This was a great fun evening although it would be a mistake to underestimate the degree of quietly competitive spirit amongst the participants!

Event results : 3rd April 2013

It was dry, but there was a cold cutting wind for the first of the evening "Summer" events at Cricklands. The ground was very firm but not slippery so drove well, but it was bitterly cold!

The dressage test took place in the re-surfaced arena which was a joy to drive on. James Broome won the multiples class on a score of 158, the best of the day, followed by John Weaver, Wendy Morris and new members, Peter and Colette Finch.

Open pony class was won by Ainslie Turner with her novice pony Dotty, on a very good score of 177.5, followed by Tony Clarke with excellent P&P results (as usual), then Erica Rye with Robbie.

Sue Johnson was in a class of her own in Novice Horse with Toby and finished on a score of 212. Miranda Saunders wisely decided not to carry on and compete as her young inexperienced novice pony found the whole experience a bit too much to deal with on this occasion.

Proceedings finished fairly early and James made the presentations and thanked everyone for coming and he especially thanked the stewards and judges, as without their help the event could not take place. Everyone was very pleased to finish reasonably early to get home to the warm!

 

 

 

Event results : 3rd March 2013

This was the final qualifying event for the Wales and Gloucester region before the IHDT Championships which take place at the College Equestrian Centre at Keysoe 5-7th April. Those drivers who wished could opt to drive the Championship test as a valuable practice. Although different tests were being driven classes were not divided. The wooden bridge was incorporated into the cones course as an introduction or reminder for the horses. As usual for this past winter season the weather was cold but otherwise not too unkind. Indeed it can now be safely said that no driving event has been lost to the elements at this venue this winter.

The Novice Pony Class was well supported. Isobel Wesbroom-Warr swept into the lead with a dressage score of only 12 to which she added only one point after a near perfect cones round. Katy Alvis was her nearest rival at this stage, with a combined dressage and cones score 24.5. The other drivers in this class all gathered significant penalties in the cones round. Isobel held on to her lead in the obstacles although Katy pushed her hard. The class finished with Isobel the winner on 152 and Katy second on 165. Error of course and subsequent elimination claimed three casualties in this class, namely Andrea Potter, Catherine Wesbroom-Warr and Claire Humphries with her donkey. Eddy Pyatt was third and Natasha Smith fourth

A tough battle ensued for the win in Open Pony, with Ainslie Turner, Tony Clarke and Hazel Fisher all posting very close scores throughout the competition. After dressage and cones Ainslie held a narrow lead from Hazel, with Tony 2.5 points behind in third. In the obstacles, Ainslie just held her advantage by one penalty, from Tony who overtook Hazel to take second place. Hazel was third by another small margin.

Joseph Adams was again in a class of his own in Horse Pairs, starting with an excellent dressage score of 18. The horses however seriously disagreed with Joseph about going over the bridge which caused a lot of time penalties. After the obstacles they finished on a score of 278,an unusually high score for them.

In the Pony Pair Class, Joseph's ponies gave him no such problem, earning him a combined score of 25.5 after dressage and cones and then whizzing fluently through the obstacles to finish on 142, the best overall score of the day. James Broome was second and third in the class, driving two different pairs, which finished only separated by four points.

There was a close finish in the Novice Horse Class, Sue Johnson and Elizabeth Pilkington finishing joint winners on a score of 215.

Karen Scott-Barrett was in a class of her own in every sense of the word in Open Horse. She produced a lovely dressage test for a mark of 16.5. She drove the obstacles smoothly and very quickly, to finish on a total of 169.


Class: Novice Single Pony
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Isobel Westbroom-Warr121373635311521Young Junior
Katy Alvis21.53383338311652Junior
Eddy Pyatt31.538393838402253
Natasha Smith32.597694550493434Junior
Andrea Potter231334343335172EError Obs 1
Catherine Wesbroom-Warr21.52441383633192EError Cones 4b
Clare Humphries369184829275460EError Obs 1

Class: Open Single Pony
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Ainslie Turner254373334341671Small Pony
Tony Clarke21.513393134291682Veteran
Hazel Fisher275354034321733Small Pony
Colin Cornwall3413353535491984Small Pony
Erica Rye2540444044382315
Ainslie Turner202440363736193EError Obs 1

Class: Horse Pairs
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Joseph Adams1885454248402781

Class: Pony Pairs
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Joseph Adams19.56302832261421
James Broome2323384337321962
James Broome176464546402003
Wendy Morris27.518464343512294Small Pony
Peter Finch29.541554248412575

Class: Novice Single Horse
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Sue Johnson2618493946372151=
Elizabeth Pilkington2214474147442151=
Cathy Stevens4455565451513113

Class: Open Single Horse
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Karen Scott-Barrett16.518373732281691

 

Event results : 3rd February 2013

As a possible overnight freeze was forecast, the event was programmed to begin an hour later than usual at 10am.The adjustment proved unnecessary but the later start times were certainly welcomed by some. The event was well supported by 18 drivers, three of them driving twice. The cones course was a little more straightforward and flowing than in previous events here this winter. Whilst obstacle 1 and 3 was inviting and apparently simple, obstacle 2 and 4 caused much head-scratching at the course-walking stage but in practice drove well.

Emily Ham recorded a convincing win in the Open Pony class, working her way up the placings after lying fifth in the class after dressage. Her obstacle times were clean and fast and particularly in obstacle 2 and 4 much quicker than her rivals. Emily finished on a total score of 160 points. Second and third places were a close call between Colin Cornwell and Hazel Fisher, Colin finishing second on a score of 175 with Hazel only one point behind.

The Novice Horse Class was won by Elizabeth Pilkington, who completed with a score of 218.50. Sue Johnson was enjoying a super drive with Toby, but in the heat of the moment missed the D gate in obstacle 2. Janice Sidebottom was second with her first drive and third with her new horse.

The champion score of the day was achieved by Joseph Adams in the Pony Pairs class who finished on 144 penalties. Wendy Morris was his nearest challenger after the dressage and cones phases, but she could not match Joseph's obstacle times and completed on 241 penalties.

Joseph was the only competitor in the Horse Pairs class. He equalled his pony pair's dressage mark of 15 with the larger animals but was slower in the cones and obstacles to finish on 259.

Five drivers competed for the Novice Pony win. Katy Alvis, looking quiet and confident, won this class with a score of 184 penalties just 4.50 points ahead of Andrea Potter. Caroline Sturgess was third.

Peter Sidebottom was on his own in Open Horse and finished on a score of 229.


Class: Open Pony
#NamePrec isionPacesP&P TotalTime faultsDrivingCones TotalObs1 secsObs2 secsObs1 & 2 pensObs3 secsObs4 secsObs3 & 4 pensTOTALPlace FinalNotes
21Emily Ham276628353034160.001
1Colin Cornwall295528403043175.002
10Hazel Fisher252233443240176.003
20Tony Clarke20.55101538403140184.504
5Ainslie Turner244593342530455193.005
18Ainslie Turner20.5303038483746219.506

Class: Novice Horse
#NamePrec isionPacesP&P TotalTime faultsDrivingCones TotalObs1 secsObs2 secsObs1 & 2 pensObs3 secsObs4 secsObs3 & 4 pensTOTALPlace FinalNotes
4Elizabeth Pilkington27.51141564449218.501
11Janice Sidebottom317202740613960258.002
3Sue Johnson23.53337EEEEEEE\"Eliminated obs 2
22Janice Sidebottom HC344949478754269333.003HC

Class: Pony Pairs
#NamePrec isionPacesP&P TotalTime faultsDrivingCones TotalObs1 secsObs2 secsObs1 & 2 pensObs3 secsObs4 secsObs3 & 4 pensTOTALPlace FinalNotes
6Joseph Adams15651128322731144.001
8Wendy Morris303337813852241.002
9James Broome20.52953451734865291.503
7Peter Finch35211031EEEEEEE\"Eliminated cones

Class: Horse Pairs
#NamePrec isionPacesP&P TotalTime faultsDrivingCones TotalObs1 secsObs2 secsObs1 & 2 pensObs3 secsObs4 secsObs3 & 4 pensTOTALPlace FinalNotes
19Joseph Adams15.028154340634058259.001

Class: Novice Pony
#NamePrec isionPacesP&P TotalTime faultsDrivingCones TotalObs1 secsObs2 secsObs1 & 2 pensObs3 secsObs4 secsObs3 & 4 pensTOTALPlace FinalNotes
16Katy Alvis2588324353140184.001
13Andrea Potter23.56637423545188.502
14Caroline Sturgess29.591019354253441205.503
15Eddy Pyatt34.5252542554250248.504
17Maggie Martin31.538155352734467320.505

Class: Open Horse
#NamePrec isionPacesP&P TotalTime faultsDrivingCones TotalObs1 secsObs2 secsObs1 & 2 pensObs3 secsObs4 secsObs3 & 4 pensTOTALPlace FinalNotes
2Peter Sidebottom26.03202337523655229.001

 

Event results : 6th January 2013

Competitors enjoyed a still, mild day at this event, a considerable improvement on the weather of the previous two winter seasons. Hopefully this luck will continue.

Six drivers contested the Novice Pony class, which provided a close finish between Katy Alvis and Isabel Wesbroom-Warr. Isabel drove a superb dressage test for a mark of just 11 penalties, followed by only one knock-down and one time penalty in the cones. Katy's dressage score of 26 would have been very adequate in any of the other classes, and she was the only driver of the day to finish the cones course free of time penalties albeit with one knock-down. In the obstacles, Katy posted quicker times throughout, enabling her to better Isobel by just four points for the winner's rosette. Andrea Potter, Isabel's twin sister Catherine, newcomer Eddy Pyatt and Clare Humphries with her donkey Frostie took the other places in the class.

Emily Ham with Jack won the Open Pony class by a handsome margin. A good dressage score of 22.5 gave her a half point lead from Ainslie Turner. Going towards the end of competition she realised that drivers were incurring abundant penalties for being too slow in the cones, so excelled herself by going clear for 10 "too fast" penalties. She clinched her win with some of the fastest obstacle times of the day, finishing on a score of 172. Tony Clarke was second with 209 and Colin Cornwell third with 219. Joseph Adams with his pony pair repeated his feat of the previous event by coming home with the best overall score of the competition.

He won the multiples class on a score of 160 with a dressage mark of 15, a clear cones round for 7 time penalties then obstacle times to match Emily's in the Open Pony class. John Weaver with a pair of strong and enthusiastic ponies was second, finishing on 219. Joseph was on his own in Horse Pairs, performing excellent dressage again for 12.5 penalties. The cones course did not favour his larger turnout so he incurred some time penalties here. Smoothly driven obstacles then gave him a final score of 216.

Three drivers entered the Novice Horse class which was won this time by Elizabeth Pilkington with a score of 253. A dressage score of 24 initially gave her a narrow lead over Sue Johnson, which she consolidated in the cones phase. These two drivers' obstacle times were very similar but Elizabeth held on to the lead to finish 7 points ahead. Janice Sidebottom was third.

Peter Sidebottom drove in a class of his own in Open Horse to complete on a good score of 203.


Class: Novice Single Pony
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Katy Alvis265364136411851Senior Junior
Isobel Westbroom-Warr116384939461892Junior
Andrea Potter1822424940472183
Catherine Wesbroom-Warr26.526445141482374Junior
Eddy Pyatt33.596498462613865
Clare Humphries2687708075964346

Class: Open Single Pony
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Emily Ham22.510313932371721
Tony Clarke24.515414637452092
Colin Cornwall3019424639442193Veteran / Small Pony
Ainslie Turner2018495242482294
Erica Rye25.533465442502515
Ainslie Turner2325566364682996Small Pony

Class: Pony Pairs
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Joseph Adams157323930371601
John Weaver2720434441442192
James Broome1664516046532903
Peter Finch27.545657249593184

Class: Horse Pairs
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Joseph Adams12.523404940512161

Class: Novice Single Horse
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Elizabeth Pilkington2418495648582531
Sue Johnson25.527505750502602
Janice Sidebottom31.541425337692743

Class: Open Single Horse
CompetitorPrecision & PacesConesObs 1Obs 2Obs 3Obs 4Total ScorePlaceNotes
Peter Sidebottom27.514364337452031

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