BRITISH Eventing’s horse trials at Iping at the weekend drew more than 500 competitors, with more hopefuls standing by on a waiting list.
Numbers were swelled because so many events of this type have fallen victim to the poor weather this summer. Extra classes for the open novice under-18 section were added, and a class for five-year-old horses.
Despite the weeks of rain the ground at Hammerwood, and neighbouring properties which the cross-country course covers, was in perfect condition with a good covering of grass.
Dressage started at 8.30am on both days with seven sections of about 40 horses to be judged on the Saturday and nine sections on the Sunday, taking the last competitor round the cross-country at nearly 6pm.
The timescale was tight for competitors, with a gap of only around an hour between the three disciplines – dressage, showjumping and cross-country. The cross-country course is hilly and, at some points, twisty, making the optimum time quite tight. In some sections no-one made it in the time limit so time faults were often in double figures.
Section winners: The Rubicon (rider Sarah Jennings), Bob V1 (Indiana Limpus), Wrenwood Kaliber (Catriona Kerruish), Stanhopes Present (Alice Mayne), Pistol Pete (Rose Carnegie), Grateley Ted (Max Newton), Abergavenny Umbro (Carol Fletcher), Moon Dance (Alexis Ross), Royal Welsh (Amanda Bettle), Taylor X11 (Kate Lock), Urbanus 11 (Daisy Coakley), Busteds Arch Prince (Grace Durkan), The Ritz (Cheryl Bazanta), Briarlands Birdsong (Ken Spencer), A Good Sort (Fiona Dallyn), Onivada Bord (Tessa White).