Eventing in numbers: a 13.3 dressage, a record is toppled and 300 horses are Norfolk-bound

  • Our fun statistical series continues with the 11th week of the season — and it’s the biggest one so far

    Dates: 11-17 May, 11th week of the 2015 season

    The basics

    Aston-Le-Walls 13.05.2015 Archive No : TR 902

    Number of British Eventing (BE) fixtures: eight (Keysoe (1), Broadway (1), Kirriemuir, Aston-le-Walls (2), Floors Castle, Chatsworth, Mount Ballan and Llanymynech (X))
    Number of BE sections run this week: 130 — biggest week of the season so far by number of sections
    Number of FEI sections run in Britain this week: six
    Event with most sections: Aston-le-Walls — 30 sections
    Number of BE sections run so far this year: 814
    Number of combined BE and FEI sections run so far this year: 832
    Number of BE fixtures run so far this year: 54

    Best dressage scores

    16.8, set by Deirdre Johnston riding Kingsleypark Patch

    Keysoe: 19.5, for Toby Bancroft and Verdener Jung in BE80(T) section L, but two stops across country dropped them down the leaderboard
    Broadway: 18.8, for Vicky Tuffs on Its Cooley, who finished third in BE100 section A after six time-faults. Vicky also won the section on Equi
    Kirriemuir: 14.3, recorded by Laila Bedawi, who piloted Sherbert to top spot in BE90 section A
    Aston-le-Walls: 15.5, for Kathy Staples with Foxs Castle, who kept a clean sheet to win BE100 section Y
    Floors Castle: 16.8, set by Deirdre Johnston riding Kingsleypark Patch (pictured), who stayed on that mark to take BE90 section R
    Chatsworth: 22.8, for Polly Stockton and Stanhopes Mr Macoy, who topped novice section D without adding any more penalties
    Mount Ballan: 17, recorded by Lucie McNichol and Cyres, who were sadly eliminated across country in open novice section G
    Llanymynech: 13.3, notched up by Paul Sims on Ego, winners of BE100 section D. This is just 0.3 of a penalty off the season record so far, set at Norton Disney (1) by Penny Lawn and Regal Rendezvous

    Speedy gonzales

    Chatsworth International Horse Trials

    1: number of pairs who beat the 5min 5sec optimum time over the intermediate course at Keysoe. The successful horse and rider were Shannondale Shinawil and Matthew Wright, who won the open intermediate
    3: number of combinations who beat the 4min 55sec novice optimum time at Kirriemuir. They were: Olivia Strang Steel (Cooley Q), Sonya Cunningham (Opposition Eclipse II) and Rachel Fagan (Zielame)
    1: number of horses making the 5min 31sec optimum time in the open intermediate at Floors — fourth-placed Mischievous, ridden by Jessica McKie
    0: number of pairs who made the CIC3* optimum time (6min 17sec) at Chatsworth. The fastest competitor was Holly Woodhead on DHI Lupison, who had 8.8 time-faults for sixth place
    2: number of horses who beat the 6min 4sec advanced optimum time at Chatsworth — Perfect Stranger (Andrew Nicholson, pictured) and Step In Time II (Mark Kyle)

    And also…

    Floors Castle Horse Trials 2015

    27: percentage of pairs in the CIC3* at Chatsworth who showjumped clear
    4: number of riders receiving “too fast” time-faults among the 12 cross-country starters in Keysoe’s novice regional final
    5: number of sections at Aston-le-Walls starting their names with “Z” — Z, Z1, Z2, Z3 and Z4
    31.9: new record FEI score in Britain this season, set by Alex Postolowsky and Akolien (pictured) in the CIC* at Floors. The previous record (33.3), set by Piggy French and OBOS Cooley at Burnham Market, stood for six weeks
    2: number of sections at Mount Ballan with a 100% completion rate
    £6750: total prize fund in the CIC2* and CIC* at Floors
    7: riders made the optimum time in the open novice at Broadway — and they took the top seven places. Only one person, Nicola Hill (Ghareeb Drift Star) made the time in the novice sections
    1: section at Kirriemuir won by a male rider — Robert Wilson took BE100 section E
    2: out of the top three in BE80(T) section H at Llanymynch had an error of course in their dressage test

    Further afield

    Houghton Horse Trials 2014

    300: entries received for Houghton next week (28-31 May) — all classes are full and there is a wait-list
    39: entries received so far for Bramham (11-14 June) — the ballot is this Friday (22 May) so expect to see this rise sharply this week

    Full reports from Chatsworth, Aston-le-Walls, Floors Castle and Keysoe in H&H this week, out 21 May 2015

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