EQUESTRIAN: Busy week for Tapner
6:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Latest News
LAST week was a busy one for Highworth’s Paul Tapner, who saddled four at West Wilts and a further nine at Somerford Park over the weekend. Wickstead Kangaroo, by William Fox-Pitt’s European Championships partner Chilli Morning, debuted at West Wilts in the four-year-old class, writes NICKI STRONG.
Despite having a showjump down, a classy dressage test and a clear cross country round saw them finished second, qualifying the pair for the Osberton Championships.
It’s Complicated II was competitive in the Novice to finish sixth overall and Dulverton Mandoline came fourth in the BE100 whilst time penalties across country cost Counterparty a place, having jumped a lovely double clear.
It was all hands on deck, and Tapner’s wife Georgina also got amongst the placings with Wickstead Hermione.
Tapner’s Kilronan is entered up for Burghley four-star next month and had a nice tune-up round the Open Intermediate at Somerford for sixth place, just ahead of Indian Mill in seventh.
Tapner was also prominent in another section at this level; both Yogi Bear VIII and Wickstead Didgeridoo completed on their dressage scores to earn second and sixth respectively.
Andrew Nicholson was in hot form at Somerford, travelling up for five rides at Intermediate level – all of whom jumped double clears.
Jet Set IV provided a win, adding no penalties to a dressage mark of 26.4. He was also seventh with Zaron in the same section.
Urma BK provided the second win, with only minimal time faults to add on, completing with a sub-30 score.
Jonelle Richards also had five entries, and each of them jumped without fault. Aloha finished best of all to place third in the Intermediate. Husband Tim Price started seven in total, but some costly jumping penalties resulted in a best result of 12th.
The earlier results at the event were overshadowed however, when 26-year-old New Zealander Tom Gadsby sadly lost his life in a rotational fall on Sunday.
All remaining competition was abandoned following the incident.
Just weeks after Membury’s Laura Collett suffered her own critical injuries through a rotational fall, she responded to the news, sayin: “Devastating news from Somerford Park.... Thoughts are with friends and family. Really puts life into perspective.
“I've felt very lucky since my accident but after yesterday's news I feel even luckier.”
Collett is scheduled to make a welcome return to eventing this weekend at Wellington Horse Trials.
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