EQUESTRIAN: Wiltshire's Harris is highest Brit
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
MAIZEY Manor’s Flora Harris was the highest placed Brit in the seven-year-old class at the World Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion last weekend.
The Wiltshire rider partnered Bayano in the event and the pair managed to finish seventh as they did well to gain several places after finishing 12th in the dressage phase.
Clear showjumping rounds were few and far between, and Harris was no exception, although she was thrilled with the performance and blamed the four faults the pair did pick up on rider error.
Just behind them was Lizzie Brown, fresh from her Boekelo victory. She rode Bulana to eighth place, also with just the one pole down, as well as taking 20th with her other horse Green Mount Flight who hadn’t performed to his best in the dressage.
Reflecting on Boekelo and the last few weeks, Brown said: “It’s a dream. I have been working towards this all my life and it does not feel real to have finally pulled off this win and in such great company.
“Jung, Klimke and Todd are three of my most admired riders so I am so happy.
“For everyone who has stuck by myself and my team this is very special. I hope I can build on this win and use it to help my business and career, I am always looking for new owners to help me secure horses as in the past I have always sold my horses to fund my career. I hope I don't have to keep doing that.
“Over the next few weeks I will sit down with my coaches and re-group and make plans for 2014. This year I have just taken one event at a time and it seems to pay off as you can't make too many forward plans with horses.”
Andrew Nicholson came second in the six-year-old class with Jet Set to finish on their dressage score of 46, and Kitty King continued her fantastic form with Ceylor LAN to come fourth after he ‘skipped round the cross country like a walk in the park’ with a clear showjumping round to boot. Two time penalties they picked up kept them from second place.
Jonelle Richards also got amongst the placings in fifth with Cloud Dancer they were second after the dressage but two rails cost them in the showjumping.
Back on home soil, Highworth’s Paul Tapner rode Bonza Rusty May to a double clear and eighth place in the Open Intermediate at Oasby, while Bonza King of Rogues finished second in his Intermediate section, even with two rails showjumping. An impressive dressage of 27.3 put them right up there from the outset.
He also ventured to Broadway with Boston JRP to bag a double clear and win in the Novice – a really nice result after the horse spooked himself showjumping last time out at South of England.
Even closer to home, Hullavington’s Alicia Hawker took two to Larkhill. She bagged seventh place with Magical Spirit in the Novice, where one costly pole came between them and the win.
Hawker’s other ride Lawa made no mistake in the BE90 however, and the five-year-old eased his way to victory in his section with a double clear, leading from the outset with a 22.5 dressage test. Hawker said: “Lawa is by Mill Law out of an Advanced mare. I bought him six months ago from his breeder having hardly jumped to produce during the summer.
“He did his first event at West Wilts in mid September and has gone from strength to strength exceeding all my expectations. He’s a lovely willing horse, with a fantastic trainable brain.
“At Calmsden he also led the dressage on a 21 and followed it with a double clear but just a few time penalties meant he finished third.
“He is a very exciting prospect and I desperately want to keep him but cannot afford to run him alongside my two 2* horses. I would love to find an owner/syndicate as he really is one for the future.”
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