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Chilham Park Combined Training

Left: Holly Dangerfield riding Wellshead Fox King, first Intro class Below: Rachael Dennison riding Tiffany, second Intro class

Words by Margaret Butcher and photography by Jonathan Gardiner www.jgphotographer.co.uk

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he first Combined Training event of the season took place at Chilham Park on Sunday 6th June. With the advantage of good weather and the usual professional approach at Chilham, everyone enjoyed a really fun but competitive day. As well as four Combined Training sections, for the first time Chilham ran two Eventers Challenge classes. “We created a ‘Derby’ style competition with a section of 6-8 show jumps leading to a number of portable cross country fences. We will definitely run these classes again, they were very popular,“ said the Organiser, Ali Ferry. The event kicked off with an excellent win for Holly Dangerfield who rode Wellshead Fox King in Class One. Rachael Dennison riding Tiffany and Caroline Snow on Pebbles came in second and third respectfully. A very competitive Novice section was won on 145 points by Michelle Yeo riding Johnny Ringo. Denise Glenister on Woody was second and Abigail Miles riding Orion was third. Vanessa Martin on Mr. Parker won the large Intermediate Class with an excellent 145 points. With only one point separating the next two places, second was Loraine Mitchell on Ocean Ranger and third was Su Watt on All Said N Dun. Even with four Show Jumping penalty points, Jenny Hutchinson’s dressage round was good enough to maintain first place in the Open Class. Julie Offen on Rebelara Pride was second and Georgina Kester was third riding Hayselden Artemis. In the second ring the two Eventers Challenge classes were a real test of a rider’s ability to navigate round a set of cross-country and show jumps against an optimum time. The formula worked well and we hope to run similar classes in the future. Alexandria Higgins won the first Eventers Challenge section and was only 0.4points off the optimum time riding Summer Sun. Abigail Miles had a good day and was second on Orion. Emily Fairhurst was third on Standen Dusty Miller. The second Eventers Challenge was won by Lorraine Mitchell on Ocean Ranger , separated by only 0.4 points, Katie Lawrence on Hansome Harvey was second. Henry Dingle riding Edna was third. The next event will be the Chilham Castle British Eventing Horse Trials on 14th and 15th August. On the Sunday, Chilham will run a BE80 Training class, which is of particular interest to non BE-members. BE80 (Training) is a class that is designed both in height and technicality to encourage less experienced riders and horses. The class gives extra support by offering a special course walk and help in the collecting ring from a BE Accredited Trainer. Margaret Butcher, Entry Secretary said: “I’m hoping that we can attract many of our local riders who compete at our unaffiliated events. The BE80 will be well within the capability of anyone who has tackled one of our Intermediate or Open classes. I’ve spent some time putting loads of information on our website about the BE80 which I hope will prove helpful.” British Eventing is offering a special day ticket price that makes BE80 affordable. For further details go to: www.chilhampark.co.uk

Left: Michelle Yeo and Johnny Ringo, first Novice Below: Denise Glenister and Woody, second Novice

Left: Vanessa Martin riding Mr. Parker, first Intermediate Below: Lorraine Mitchell riding Ocean Ranger,second Intermediate

Jenny Hutchinson jumping Diamond Chance, first Open

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