Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Leading Names Triumph at Oasby

Oasby Horse Trials saw a packed three days of British Eventing competition over the Easter weekend, with a full unaffiliated programme running on the fourth and final day, writes Tim Smith.

With the likes of Oliver Townend, Izzy Taylor, Nicola Wilson, Piggy March and Laura Collett, to name just a few of the sport’s leading players, all vying for podium positions, competition was fierce throughout.

The first day started well for Oliver when heading the first of two Open Intermediate sections on Miss Cooley ahead of Yasmin Ingham and Rehy DJ.

Oliver Townend and Miss Cooley Photo: Athalens

The inform Piggy March and striking chestnut, Dargun ran out the winners of the second Open Intermediate with Izzy Taylor and Happy Days taking the runner-up spot.

Izzy was another rider starting the season in winning mode when heading the two Intermediate sections with Ballingowan Leia and Caroline’s Air KM.

Izzy Taylor and Carolines Air KM Photo: Athalens

Heidi Coy set the standard in the NAF sponsored Open Intermediate Under 21 section when winning on Russal Z and also claimed third on Royal Fury; leaving Daisy Proctor and Quarryman to fill the runner-up slot.

Heidi Coy and Russal Z Photo: Athalens

The Open Novice saw Piggy March again taking the section with the attractive I Diablo Joe, and to round off a hugely successful day, saw the grey, Cooley Goodwood finish in third, with Emily Finston and Morelands Casanova taking second.

Laura Collett and Canyon Du Fort Vert ran out the winners in the Novice over Ben Way and Eliza Stoddart with Codebreaker.

Laura Collett and Canyon Du Fort Vert Photo: Athalens

“It was fantastic to have so many of the country’s top riders travelling to Oasby for an early season run.  Whilst the dry weather had the ground on the firm side of good, we couldn’t have been more pleased with how the event ran.”

Stuart Buntine of organiser’s BEDE Events

Saturday’s competition included 11 sections ranging from BE90 to BE100 Open classes with Under 18 and Pony Trial categories.

Willa Newton’s team of young contenders were in great form winning the BE100 Open on Light The Fuse on the Saturday, taking a Novice section on the Sunday with Escape Route and a BE100 Open on Quality Time.

Holly Woodhead was also in competitive spirit on the Sunday when capturing the Open Novice on Beneicia B and the final BE100 of the day with Jackpot DHI to round off a busy but brilliant Oasby 1.

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