Eventing in numbers: a 13 dressage score, 51 seconds speedy and a two-starter class

  • H&H’s eventing editor picks through this week’s vital statistics in the biggest week of the season so far

    Dates: 6-12 April, sixth week of the 2015 season

    The basics


    Number of British Eventing (BE) fixtures: six (Portman, South of England (1), Weston Park (1), Larkhill (1), Breckenbrough (1), Norton Disney (1))
    Number of BE sections run this week: 92 — the biggest week of the season so far
    Event with most sections: South of England — 17 sections
    Number of BE sections run so far this year: 398
    Number of combined BE and FEI sections run so far this year: 405
    Number of BE fixtures run so far this year: 25

    Best dressage scores


    Norton Disney (1): 13, for Penny Lawn and Regal Rendezvous, who topped BE100 section M — and take over the honour of having the best score so far this season
    Portman: 18, for Jock Paget and Zazu, who were second in BE100 section G
    South of England (1): 22.5, for Jonelle Price and Cloud Dancer II, who won intermediate section O
    Weston Park: 18.9, for Kitty King with Creevagh Cooley, second in intermediate section J
    Larkhill (1): 19, for Lauren Collard and Orions Brite Spark, who went on to finish second in BE90 section J


    Speedy gonzales


    2: number of rides who beat the 4min 54sec optimum time in the pony trial at Weston Park — Phoebe Nicholson, LLanstephan Brenin, winners of section F, and Eloise Bartlett on the experienced Killacoran Blue, fourth in sectdion E
    0: number of pairs who beat the 6min 36sec optimum time at Weston Park. The fastest were Oliver Townend and Dunbeau, fifth in section K with six time-penalties
    3: horses inside the time over the intermediate track at South of England. They were Cooley Business Time (Georgie Strang, advanced intermediate winner, pictured), Monarchs Exclusive (Christopher Burton, first intermediate section N) and Wizard Of Aus (Julia Norman, fourth in intermediate section N)

    And also…


    1-2-3: William Fox-Pitt took the top three spots in open novice section D at Portman on Ramdam De Mons, Reinstated and The Soapdodger
    322: number of BE points on the record of Ballyengland Rebel, who has competed up to three-star and contested the open novice at Breckenbrough with Irish young rider Lucca Stubington, who is training at the Yorkshire Riding Centre with the horse’s owner, Christopher Bartle
    51: number of seconds inside the time for one BE100open competitor at Larkhill, who racked up 24 too-fast time-faults. In all, 21 pairs had too-fast faults over the BE100 course


    Further afield

    5: number of consecutive FEI starts won by RF Scandalous, ridden by America’s Marilyn Little. The bay mare took the CCI2* at Ocala on the weekend
    2: starters in the CIC3* at Twin Rivers, USA — and one finisher, Andrea Baxter on Indy 500
    4: number of pairs accepted from the waiting list into Badminton so far

    Full reports from Weston Park and South of England in H&H this week, out Thursday, 16 April 2015

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