Paul Tapner takes the top prize at Aldon Horse Trials

  • Paul Tapner retained the Alpin Horse Trophy at the Church House Aldon Horse Trials (14-16 March) by winning the advanced intermediate (AI) section on Inonothing.

    Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon completed on her dressage mark of 33.7 to finish second with Rock Model, while Andrew Nicholson finished a busy day by taking third with Armada.

    The under-21 open intermediate ran in heavy rain and showcased an outstanding performance from Emily Llewellyn, who won the class on Pardon Me II and finished second with Society Spice. Isabel Djivanovic, 16, was third on Elegant Grey.

    Austin O’Connor notched up a good win in open intermediate (OI) section Q riding Pocket Rocket III, snatching victory from long-time leaders Zara Phillips and Red Baron by just 0.1pen.

    The second OI section was also closely fought, with Antoinette McKeowen and Two O Two finishing only a fraction of a penalty ahead of Louisa Lockwood and The Diva. Third-placed Jade Lazenby looked very impressive on her new ride, Jane Marsh’s Flush Banker.

    The intermediate sections saw wins for Andrew Nicholson riding Tristar II and 19-year-old Ali Galliers-Pratt riding Primative Princess.

    View the results >>

    Read this report in full, plus reports from Barroca d’Alva in Portugal and Lincolnshire Horse Trials, in tomorrow’s Horse & Hound (20 March, ’08)

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