Kitty Boggis continued her run of excellent form with victory in the large CIC** class at the Network Group-sponsored Gatcombe Horse Trials. Riding Alexandra Fox’s Kings Cross, Kitty notched up the only cross-country round of the 104-strong field inside the optimum time and added nothing more to her dressage mark of 47.2.
Second place went to a delighted Dan Jocelyn, riding Patricia Maitland’s six-year old Savoir Faer. Sam Griffiths took third with Dinah Posford and Juliet Donald’s Happy Times, while 19-year-old Daniel Sibley, riding Tarmac Adam, stormed up to fourth. World Champion Zara Phillips had looked set to win the class until a misunderstanding with Gleadhill House Stud’s Red Baron on the cross-country course left her in fifth.
Daisy Dick continued her purple patch with a win in the open intermediate on Victoria Richards’s grey mare Cracked Ice. The pair snatched victory from long-time leaders Matt Ryan and Sparrow Hall.
Lucy Wiegersma put the disappointment of having to withdraw Shaabrak after the dressage at Burghley behind her with an intermediate win on Granntevka Prince. In the other intermediate section, Australia’s Sammi McLeod, riding Penny Bunter’s Bold Move, scored her first win at this level since moving to Britain 18 months ago.
1. KINGS CROSS Kitty Boggis 47.2
2. SAVOIR FAER Dan Jocelyn 55.2
3. HAPPY TIMES Sam Griffiths 56.6
1. CRACKED ICE Daisy Dick 36.1
2. SPARROW HALL Matt Ryan 41.9
3. GENERAL OPPOSITION Kitty Boggis 42.6
Intermediate section H
1. BOLD MOVE Sammi McLeod 37.9
2. URRAHILL TOP GEAR Daniel Sibley 39.7
3. TRENWHEAL JOFF Lucy Wiegersma 8 42.9
Intermediate section I
1. GRANNTEVKA PRINCE Lucy Wiegersma 41.6
2. CELTIC ENDEAVOUR Eric Winter 45.6
3. CAVALIERS KNIGHT Emilie Chandler 48.5
Read this report in full, including analysis and pictures, plus reports from Allerton Park and Burnham Market (2) in this Thursday’s issue of Horse & Hound (21 September, ’06)