Tay­lor adds per­fect fin­ish to stel­lar year

Per­fect Stranger scores his fourth vic­tory this sea­son, and there’s a poignant win for a former young rider cham­pion

Horse & Hound - - Eventing - By GEMMA REDRUP

IZZY TAY­LOR recorded her

32nd win of the sea­son in the sole ad­vanced sec­tion, rid­ing Alex Phillips’ su­per-con­sis­tent 15-yearold, Per­fect Stranger (Orange). She posted the fastest crosscoun­try round of the day to add four time-faults to a 31.1 dres­sage.

“Orange was a bit stiff in the dres­sage as he had spent about six hours on the lorry af­ter trav­el­ling from his own­ers’ in More­ton-in-Marsh, where he lives, to mine be­fore ar­riv­ing here,” ex­plained Izzy.

“He’s very ex­pe­ri­enced and although I didn’t run the legs off him, I ride bet­ter fast across coun­try,” said Izzy, who de­spite the win was dis­ap­pointed on dis­cov­er­ing she wasn’t qual­i­fied to take this horse to the four-star at Pau in a cou­ple of weeks.

“Pau was the plan and I hoped he would be com­pet­i­tive there, but as I’m classed as a cat­e­gory B rider by the FEI, we needed one more CIC3* qual­i­fy­ing run to go to Pau,” ex­plained Izzy, who in Au­gust won the CCI3* at Mill­street on Orange, and has also recorded a win in the CIC3* at Kil­guilkey and a third in the CIC3* at Cam­phire this sea­son.

“He was fit and ready for Pau, so we de­cided to run here. He’s an older horse so he will dic­tate to us what he wants to do next year.”

Orange’s former rider, An­drew Ni­chol­son, was sec­ond rid­ing Deb­o­rah Sel­lars’ 10-year-old Jet Set IV. They added 8.4 time-faults to a 29.7 dres­sage to fin­ish three penal­ties be­hind Izzy.

Eigh­teen-year-old Bubby Up­ton continued a great run of form to fin­ish third in her sec­ond ad­vanced on the ex­pe­ri­enced Fern­hill Rock Star (Ricky).

“Ricky has the big­gest heart and is amaz­ing cross-coun­try; it’s like he al­ready knows where he’s go­ing,” said Bubby, the reign­ing Euro­pean ju­nior cham­pion, who won her first ad­vanced on this horse at Aller­ton a cou­ple of weeks ago. “We run him care­fully as he’s an older horse [14] and we don’t know how many events he’s got left in him, so I just make sure I en­joy each one.”

ONE LAST HUR­RAH

WILL FUR­LONG won what might be his last event with his former Euro­pean young rider gold medal-win­ning horse, Liv­ing­stone II, when tak­ing the open in­ter­me­di­ate, as the 14-year-old is likely to be put up for sale. The pair fin­ished on their dres­sage of 30.

“It’s sad but his re­cent three­star form with me has been patchy. As he’s had a cou­ple of lighter years run-wise, he’s still got plenty more in him to go and win an­other ju­nior or young rider a medal,” ex­plained 22-year-old Will. “He could have gone round with his eyes closed to­day as he’s so es­tab­lished at in­ter­me­di­ate level. We’ve had brak­ing is­sues in the past but swap­ping from a Swales Pel­ham to a Hanove­rian Pel­ham has stopped him from lock­ing his jaw and now he isn’t strong at all.”

New Zealan­der Caro­line

Pow­ell was sec­ond with Cameron Craw­ford’s Up Up And Away, fin­ish­ing on their dres­sage of 31.1.

Sam Ecroyd led from start to fin­ish in the open in­ter­me­di­ate un­der-21 sec­tion, rid­ing Jane Del Missier’s Coo­ley Cur­rency. They added 0.8 too-fast time-faults to a dres­sage of 28.2.

“We re-routed from Ballindenisk CIC3* as it was just too wet there, so this was only my third proper event with him,” said Sam of the nine-year-old that he has taken over from Emily King with a view to sell.

“He’s a bit be­yond in­ter­me­di­ate level now, but he thinks too much, which hasn’t been ideal in the past, although he’s get­ting bet­ter — he’s a big tal­ent, it’s just a ques­tion of knit­ting it all to­gether,” ex­plained Sam.

Sec­ond place went to Con­stance Copes­take, who has just re­turned from a six-month training stint with fel­low French rider Tom Carlile. Con­stance added noth­ing to a dres­sage of 30.7 rid­ing her eight-year-old El Kolibri.

Brazil’s Car­los Parro and an ex­cit­ing six-year-old, Go­liath

III, won in­ter­me­di­ate sec­tion P, fin­ish­ing on their 30.5 dres­sage.

“I didn’t come to win here as he’s off to the World Cham­pi­onships [for young event horses] at Le Lion D’Angers in a cou­ple of weeks,” ex­plained

Car­los, who bought this horse for own­ers Emtec Lab­o­ra­to­ries as a four-year-old. “He seems to have grown out of be­ing too care­ful across coun­try and he’s got ev­ery­thing to be a top horse.”

Melissa Joan­nides was sec­ond, just 0.6 of a penalty be­hind Car­los, rid­ing Skip To The Beat.

Izzy Tay­lor and Per­fect Stranger speed to the fastest time and vic­tory in the ad­vanced

‘He has ev­ery­thing to be a top horse’: six-year-old Go­liath III claims an in­ter­me­di­ate for Car­los Parro

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