WALES & WEST Hunters Eques­trian, Glos | Bur­rows Court Farm, Glos | Sev­ern­vale EC, Mon­mouthshire

A newly af­fil­i­ated part­ner­ship im­pressed at Hunters Eques­trian with a con­vinc­ing dou­ble novice win.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By AN­DREA OAKES

Sarah Owens and her 11-year-old geld­ing Bright One VH Di­jkeinde are in their first sea­son with

BD. Al­ready es­tab­lished on the Bri­tish Event­ing (BE) cir­cuit, the part­ner­ship scored 74.16% to head the novice 28 be­fore nail­ing the novice 37 qual­i­fier.

“His best phase is prob­a­bly the dres­sage,” said Sarah’s mother, Nicola. “He’s a lovely mover and a lovely per­son, too — re­ally easy.”

Sarah, 18, was prompted to con­cen­trate on dres­sage for the win­ter sea­son af­ter a win in the team dres­sage at the Pony Club open cham­pi­onships at Chol­monde­ley Cas­tle in Au­gust.

“She’s an ac­tive mem­ber of the Cotswold Hunt branch and trains with Robert Lumb,” added Nicola. “We bought ‘Monty’ two years ago, and the part­ner­ship has be­come stronger than ever this sum­mer.”

Hot com­pe­ti­tion at Bur­rows Court Farm pro­duced some im­pres­sive per­cent­ages across the score­boards, but it was

Calum Whit­worth who achieved the high­est mark of the day. Rid­ing Sue and Rob Fearis’ sev­enyear-old geld­ing Fer­nando II (United x Spe­cial D), he headed the medium qual­i­fier with 78.67%.

Calum also took both el­e­men­taries, on plus-75% scores, with San­dra Bid­dle­combe’s Wyn­ton-sired Floris.

Kathryn Car­mody dom­i­nated the el­e­men­taries at Sev­ern­vale with Wes­ley V. Kathryn, who works and trains with Lizzel Win­ter, has rid­den the 14-year-old Lupi­cor geld­ing in BYRDS and at the Sheep­gate un­der-25s.

“Wes­ley is nor­mally quite laid­back, but he has a cheeky side,” she said.

Calum Whit­worth and Fer­nando II, top-scor­ers at Bur­rows Court

Farm with a 78.67% medium win

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