Eventing in numbers: over 100 sections of action, dressage diva Duffort and 1,000 doggy treats

  • H&H’s eventing editor continues our series looking at the eventing season through the stats as we complete our eighth week of horse trials fun

    Dates: 20-26 April 2015, eighth week of the 2015 season

    The basics

    Number of British Eventing (BE) fixtures: six (Hambleden, Kelsall Hill (1), Bicton Arena (1), Solihull (1), Northallerton, Burgie (1))
    Number of BE sections run this week: 103 (biggest week of the season so far beating the previous chart-topper of 92)
    Number of FEI sections run in Britain this week: two
    Event with most sections: Kelsall Hill — 23 sections
    Number of BE sections run so far this year: 587
    Number of combined BE and FEI sections run so far this year: 598
    Number of BE fixtures run so far this year: 37

    Best dressage scores

    Belton Horse Trials 13-14th April 2013

    Hambleden: 19.8, for Brook Staples and Glasker Sweet Clover, who took 13th in intermediate section R after 20 jumping penalties and 27.2 time-penalties across country
    Kelsall Hill (1): 17.3, for Robyn Gray, winner of BE90 section H on Narita
    Bicton Arena (1): 18.5, for Bonnie Bartlett and Diamond Cut II, who added just 1.6 time-faults to take open novice under-18 section V
    Solihull (1): 18, for Abi Jacobs riding The Jays Ghost In Cavalier, who took BE100 section L with one showjump down
    Northallerton: 21.5, for Caitlin Pitcher, who piloted Trooper Watson to top spot in BE100open section H on a clean sheet
    Burgie (1): 20.8, for Tanya Taylor who landed 10th in BE80(T) section H

    Speedy gonzales

    1: number of pairs who beat the 5min 27 optimum time in the intermediate at Burgie — the winner, Wills Oakden on Alfi Brown
    2: number of pairs who beat the 5min 47sec optimum time in the CIC2* at Bicton Arena — runner-up Sarah Holmes (Lowhill Clover) and eighth-placed Ryuzo Kitajima (Just Chocolate)
    0: number of pairs inside the 6min intermediate optimum time at Hambleden. The fastest rider was Jo Chipperfield, who had 3.2 time-faults on On Your Marks

    And also…

    2: number of sub-20 dressage scores recorded by French rider Arthur Duffort at Kelsall Hill — both horses went on to finish second
    11: number of starters in the intermediate at Burgie, and eight finishers
    20: percentage of top-30 finishers in the CIC2* at Bicton Arena who were male
    29: number of riders in the BE100/BE100open sections at Kelsall Hill who had “too-fast” time-penalties
    7: nationalities represented in the top 10 of the two CIC* sections at Hambleden: Britain, Brazil, Hong Kong, Belgium, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand

    Barbury International Horse Trials 07 07 2013
    21: age of Barry’s Best, Rosie Thomas’s prolific four-star campaigner, who is now competing at novice with Susannah Watts and who jumped a double clear at Solihull

    Further afield

    Badminton Horse Trials 2013 cross country

    1: number of horses left on the wait-list at BadmintonKings Temptress with Mary King
    40: number of finishers at Rolex Kentucky four-star last week

    General scenes at Stevenage Showing Show 21.05.2011
    1000: number of doggy treats given out to canines at Land Rover “Rover Lounges” in the Kentucky Horse Park over the weekend

    Full reports from Kentucky, Bicton Arena, Kelsall Hill, Burgie and Hambelden in H&H this week, out Thursday, 30 April 2015

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