Spillers Response Combined Training qualifiers attracted a strong field to The College, Bedfordshire, with Claire Foley and Renkum Raphael coming out on top in the prelim qualifier, reports Ruth Pearce. Louise Bradley and her new horse, Meadows Whisper, took the novice qualifier on their second outing together. Valerie Plant’s Boxter Bravo led the elementary qualifier with Nick Turner.
Sam Fish was the one to beat at Kingswood, reports Jo Prestwich. Her first two wins came with Gunstone If Only at medium level, sharing the qualifier with Bev White and her home-bred Five To Five. Sam then won the advanced medium and advanced 100 on the coloured stallion Gunstone Iwondo D. Sonia Webster rode the Justesens’ Cranswick Monte Carlo to win the prix st georges.
Sarah Turner and her striking dun Fiddlesticks ended 2006 in fine style with a good win in the advanced medium at Myerscough Arena, reports Jo Prestwich. Jessica Dunn and Dunn To A T won a strong medium qualifier. Darcas Lever took the elementary qualifier with Northlands Real Performance.
Michelle Williams rode Laurentia to a 70%-plus victory in the open novice qualifier at Oldencraig, reports Celia Cadwallader. Dane Rawlins’ 13-year-old daughter, Anne-Marie, carried off both restricted elementaries on Sheer Gold, while her father won the advanced medium with Sydney and was second in both the advanced medium and the medium qualifier with Falkana. Lorna Blair and Hello Dolly won the medium qualifier. Edward Creamer took both medium restricted classes on eight-year-old Korenbloem Santiago, while Waky Nao, and Coral Ingham won the prix st georges and intermediaire I.
Nick Gauntlett took both novice classes with the stallion Chilli Morning on a last-minute outing to Summerhouse in Gloucestershire, reports Andrea Oakes. Nick also secured second and a third places with Bubbling Brook. Donni Doo and Olivia Ayrton dominated the restricted novice 33 qualifier, while Rossgold Rubina and Lucy Farrer sustained a run of good results with a double win in the advanced mediums.
Erin Orford, Anna Gill and Kate MacGregor each won two classes apiece at Berkshire College, reports Helen Triggs. Erin won team test 25 with 71.43% riding the Paralympic Dressage Trust’s Painted Affair and was joint first with Lauren Rathbone and Haeren Sweet Charity in test 21. London-based lawyer Kate MacGregor rode Di Redfearn’s pony, Tribal Indian, to win tests 41 and 52, while Grade III rider Anna Gill, won tests 35 and 31 with Seasong. Sophie Christiensen and Martini Maybe were top scorers of the day with 74.71% in test 1A.
Read all these reports in full, plus a report from the Northern Winter Reionals with photos, in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (18 January, ’07)