Pippa Funnell won open intermediate section K on Ensign at the first Aston-le-Walls Horse Trials of the year, sponsored by simply hip. Oliver Townend and Woodhouse Ben put a fall at Ballindenisk behind them by finishing second.

William Fox-Pitt took Thursday’s open intermediate, with 16-year-old Moon Man.

Daniel Sibley, 20, won the under-21 open intermediate on Tarmac Adam. Georgie Spence, 18, was runner-up on Song For Gull and took third place on Tom.

In intermediate section I newly-crowned Badminton champion Lucinda Fredericks pocketed another first-place rosette, this time with Mr Alligator. Oliver Townend and Andrew Cawthray’s ODT Mouse finished second.

Louise Skelton claimed intermediate section J on Evamore. Karen Hurrion was thrilled when her stallion Jazz Time III took top honours in section G under Jeanette Brakewell. Mary King won section H with Kings Temptress.

Thursday’s intermediate sections fell to Andrew Nicholson, who put in the two fastest rounds of section E to take first and third on Avebury and Stormhill Kossack, and Dag Albert, quickest in section D on Tubber Rebel.

Read this report in full, plus reports from other top affiliated horse trials around the country, in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (17 May, ’07)