A glorious day of sunshine saw a busy day of action with CIC3* show jumping, CIC2* show jumping and cross country and some Grand Prix show jumping in the main ring in the afternoon.
The CIC3* completed the show jumping today before the challenge of the cross country begins tomorrow.
The results so far look like:
1st Andrew Nicholson on Avebury 34.4
2nd Laura Collett on Rayef 38.8
3rd Tim Price on Wesko 42.6
1st Piggy French on Tinkas Time 36.4
2nd Mary King on Imperial Cavalier 37.8
3rd Clark Montgomery on Loughlan Glen 38.2
Laura Collett did a great job to produce a clear round on a highly strung Rayef who at one point napped going up the mound in the showjumping ring. Rayef does not have the most conventional technique showjumping but never looked in danger of having a pole. Andrew Nicholson looked classy on both Avebury and Viscount George (sitting in 8th) and the troublesome red pillar box upright and the oxer after the mound look easy. Mary King produced a great round on Imperial Cavalier and at several points during the round he did not look easy. Imperial Cavalier looked very pleased to be out and about judging by the passage being performed in the warm up arena afterwards. Clark Montgomery had an unlucky pole which he just breathed on and Piggy French looked very classy on Tinka’s Time who has big shoes to fill this season with DHI Topper and Jakata on the injury list.
The CIC2* was a hotly contested competition which culminated in wins for Chris King and Nicky Roncoroni.
1st Nicky Roncoroni on Stonedge 43.9
2nd Lucinda Fredericks on The Navigator 46.7
3rd Ludwig Svennerstal on Shamwari 4 46.8
1st Chris King on Billy Bounce 42.8
2nd Colina Pickles on Airtime 43.1
3rd Oliver Townend on Dunbeau 48.6
1st Flora Harris on Amazing VIII
2nd Imogen Murray on Wiseguy IV
3rd Aoife Clark on Fernhill Adventure
It is great to see Chris King back winning at Barbury on a horse for the future. The Cevin Z sired Billy Bounce will hopefully go on to have the same success as the wonderful Borough Penny Z who is by the same sire. The winner of section C was Nicky Roncoroni on Stonedge a horse who missed most of last year due to injury.
The time on the cross country is always tight at Barbury and it certainly had an impact on the scoreboard with Pippa Funnell dropping to 4th and Ludwig Svennerstal dropping down on his rides in both sections finishing 3rd and 6th.
The most influential fence on the cross country was the Keyflow Keyhole at fence 5. The best jumped through in a short powerful canter and then continued onto the skinny triple brush in good balance. The biggest fault was that of approaching the keyhole either too strung out or without enough power. Those who were too strung out would often run out at the skinny, and those without enough power would stop at the keyhole. It was a clever fence which tested control and balance early on. The fence was one that appeared for the first time last year and caused problems but this year had a more generous hole to jump through.
The corners at 9 and 10 caused a few issues but it was soon realised that the longer route was not actually that much slower and time could be saved by having a stronger canter at the first corner than if you were taking the quick route which was an open corner to a brush corner on a straight line of 4 strides.
Several riders jumped the wrong fence on the course including at the innocuous beer wagon at 14. Tim Rogers had jumped a beautiful round up to that point to be eliminated for jumping the novice fence.