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Dodson & Horrell Pony Club Eventer Challenge winners
It was the turn of the Pony Club branches to star in Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials popular amateur arena eventing classes on Friday, 9th September.
Oakley Hunt West won the Dodson & Horrell BE100 Eventer Challenge, beating Old Berkshire Hunt North into second place.
The Oakley Hunt West team, who were trained by event rider Rhian Smith, consisted of two pairs of sisters: Corinna Leadbeater, riding Kim Franklin’s 18-year-old former advanced eventer Rising Sun, and her sister Rebecca, with 20-year-old Chianti IV, and Emily Falle (eight-year-old Arctic Dame) and her sister Jess (10-year-old Strandhill Clover).
Corinna said: “I’ve been here every year since 2011. Rising Sun is now retiring, so this is the perfect ending to his career. I thought the track was as technical as before with a very tight time, but it was a good and fair test.”
Rosie Warner and Ars Big Time (Ludlow) won the style award.
The Dodson & Horrell BE90 class went to the Wylye Valley Willberries, named in honour of the charity set up by young eventer Hannah Francis, who sadly died of cancer earlier this year.
The winning team comprised Milo Kennedy and Goodluck Jonathan, Poppy Wilkinson and Amazing Mika, Kate Prendergast (Kilpatrick Cassius) and Tom Griffiths, riding Pentwyn JR.
Milo, 14, said: “It’s the first time I have ridden at Blenheim and I love how central and close to the main three-star competitions our arena is.”
Second were the Bicester and Warden Hill Hunt, while Alice Crooker (Broomford Brazil) took the style award for South Devon West.