Catch up with all the latest news from the world of horse trials in our weekly column from Eventing magazine editor Kate Green
Only Tweseldown and the re-scheduled Wessex horse trials survived the weekend after Castletown, beside the sea in Cumbria, was rained off, and a number of other events were cancelled earlier in the year.
Bumble (Marie-Louise) Thomas had a great weekend at Twesledown, Hants, claimingyet another win with Carolyn Gardner’s home-bred High Robins in one of the two open intermediate sections. Bumble also claimed second place in the other OI section on her brand new ride, Catherine Joice’s Western Reef, whom sheonly acquired 10 days previously.
Western Reef has been a highly successful CIC specialist for William Fox-Pitt, winning three international and numerous domestic competitions last year. Following William’s groin injury and a large number of other rides, Bumble has now taken over.
The consistent partnership of Clare Lewis and Derrylavins Joy beat Bumble and Western Reef into second place. Clare rode at four-star level in the early 1990s before suffering a badly broken leg – she still walks with a limp.
Clare believes that the eight-year-old Derrylavins Joy, who leads the South East Eventers League, may be her ticket back to the big time.
Autumn advanced events
The pre-autumn advanced events start next weekend, at Eglinton and Brightling Park, where the Daily Mail has put up generous prize-money.
For details, schedules and results visit the British Eventing website at www.britisheventing.com
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