Windsor Park Regional Driving Trials
3-4 June 2017

by Julia Crockford

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The Windsor Park committee were congratulated for the efficient and friendly run event, starting with a welcome Pimms reception sponsored by Jack in a Box and beer by the Indoor Carriage driving Trials Group.

Peter Bridson made a speech and glasses were raised to three prominent people lost this year: Bruce Blundell, Gill Anslow and Gloria Parker, all of which had been stalwarts of Windsor Park Equestrian Club and will be greatly missed.

This year two separate dressage arenas and cones courses made for less congestion at the Cannon ground and sped up the whole event enormously.

Mike McCutcheon’s team on the scoring kept everyone abreast of live results throughout the weekend.

The weather was perfect for the marathon, the going was good although the 18km of tarmac roads, sand and forest woodland tracks and hills was tough going but a good test of stamina with seven themed and sponsored obstacles along the way.

The regional classes were tightly contested with Chris Patrick taking the Novice Horse Qualifier and Lisa Herriman just pipping Sarah McLaughlin who posted the best marathon score of the day in the Pony Qualifier.

Jack Ralph, still a Junior and current Indoor Supreme Champion and Novice National Champion, won the Intermediate Pony class with the best overall dressage score of 47.40 and the lowest overall competition score of the weekend.

Charlotte Chard led the Intermediate Horse class after dressage with a good marathon and only 1 ball down in the cones took the ribbon.

Adam Wylie rose to the challenge in the Open Horse class whilst Linda Hill threw down the challenge in the Open pony class.

Lucy McGill led from start to finish in the Advanced Horse and Alice Pritchard won the Advanced Pony.

Sadly there was only one Horse pair, Advanced Horse pair, Open Pony pair and Pony Tandem in each of the classes won by Stephen Williams, Lindsey Falloon, Lisa Wenman and Fiona Powell respectively.

The Open Pony Pairs class was won by Averina Snow who after lying third after dressage stormed the marathon and cones to win the class.

Two Horse Fours contested the title with Dick Lane taking the honours over Pippa Bassett and in the Pony Fours Julia Liles led from start to finish to take the title.

FULL RESULTS

 


Sally Kerr. Photo by Sara Jane Hayes


Katie Cooper. Photo: Sara Jane Hayes


Nick Hammond. Photo: Sara Jane Hayes


Chris Patrick. Photo: Sara Jane Hayes.


Pippa Bassett. Photo: Sara Jane Hayes.


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