EQUESTRIAN: Wiltshire riders survive Hartpury drama
6:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Latest News
HARTPURY Horse Trials saw plenty of drama this weekend with one horse and rider combination being struck by an official’s car and miraculously escaping serious injury, but thankfully for the Wiltshire riders it was more thrills than spills.
Tim Price and Jonelle Richards can do no wrong at the moment. The husband and wife combination from Marlborough again both bagged placings. Price had three rides, performing best of all in the big class to come second with Wesko - the horse’s best result at three-star this season.
He finished with just 1.6 time penalties to add to his dressage score following a double clear.
In the two-star, Wembley III also produced a double clear which was good enough for fourth place, and despite having two fences down Zibor still managed eighth in the same section.
Richards finished just behind her partner in the three-star. Wesko and Price just pipped them for second, leaving her in a very respectable third place with The Deputy.
Back at Homme House earlier in the week, it was Richards who was victorious. She carried forward her strong form at Wilton to win the Novice on a dressage score of 25 with Cloud Dancer II.
In her Open Novice section she went on to occupy the first and second spots for the most perfect possible outcome from her three rides.
Back at Hartpury, Lucinda Fredericks had entries in the two and three star-classes. Prada and Flying Finish both completed well in the latter but finished out of the placings. Fredericks posted a particularly pleasing result aboard The Navigator to come second in the two star, only beaten by four-star Olympic horse Borough Pennyz who had downgraded following two recent falls.
Despite having competed The Navigator in previous years, this was only their second event as a partnership this season, both of which achieved the same result.
Fredericks said: “It is always great to be reunited with an old friend. I’ve known the Navigator since he was five and it is so much fun and so rewarding to get back onto such a talented and well produced horse. The Navigator is currently for sale.
“I was delighted also with Prada and Flying Finish’s performances, my plans for them both are to take them to Blair Castle Horse Trials, CIC three-star (August 22-25) and to Pau into the CCI four-star (October 23-27).”
Andrew Nicholson was competitive with both his entries. Mr Cruise Control jumped without error for fourth overall in the three-star, while Calico Joe posted a slightly better dressage, but had a fence down in the showjumping to finish eighth.
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