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Townend on top in Aske Horse Trials
3:34pm Friday 5th July 2013 in Sport
OLIVER TOWNEND confirmed his position at the head of the world rankings when he took both of the major competitions at Aske Horse Trials, near Richmond, last weekend.
Townend, 30, rated fifth in the world and now seeking selection for the British Eventing team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, won the Open Intermediate and Intermediate sections at the popular two-day event, which attracted a record 500 entries across 13 British Eventing disciplines.
He took an early lead in the Open Intermediate Section A with the eight-year-old dun gelding Sandiman II - going into the cross country on a good dressage score of 26.4 and carrying no showjumping penalties. A fast, well-negotiated round on the revamped course across Aske Hall’s undulating parkland, in which he clocked up a mere 0.4 time penalties, one second off the optimum time, gave him a final score of 26.8 which proved unassailable.
Townend again demonstrated his determined, forwardgoing cross country style with his second win, in the Intermediate Section B, with the seven-year-old grey gelding Shearwater Touchingwood.
With a dressage score of 31.8 and no showjumping faults, he was clear and bang on time in the cross country to post a final tally of 31.8.
And he was in the ribbons for the third time on the Saturday, taking second place in the Novice Section F with the sixyear- old Cooley Q.
After earlier rain, the going was foot perfect on Aske’s tightly-timed cross country courses, which included an exciting new water complex and some technical obstacles which challenged even the most experienced international eventers.
Popular local rider Julie Lawson, of Stokesley, one of the organisers of the Aske trials, was fourth in the Open Intermediate section on her own well-known stallion Primitive Faerie Tale. Dee Hankey, on Chequers Toyboy, was second and Caroline Powell, on Thornfield Jones, third.
Ben Hobday rode Burlea Seamerchant, owned by Staindrop- based Tanya Buckingham, who is sidelined through injury, to victory in the Intermediate Section C.
In a closely-fought contest, Hobday went into the cross country on a dressage score of 32.3 plus four showjumping faults and clocked up 5.2 time penalties despite a fast ride that saw the partnership hugging the ropes around the track. But he held a 2.3 point lead over second-placed Emily Parker, on Mr Presley, to secure first place.
Hobday also took second place in the Intermediate Section B with The Winter King, third in the Intermediate Section D with Ramilo and third in the Novice Section F with the six-year-old Shadowstone.
James Sommerville, who is based at Grafton, near York, posted two firsts – in the Novice Section E on the sevenyear- old Gina Van de Neerheide and in the BE100 Section K on Ballycoog Miller – a third place in the BE100 Section H on Wee Max and a fourth in the Intermediate Section D on Arco BB.
Bristol Street Motors Open Intermediate Section A: 1 Oliver Townend (Sandiman II), 2 Dee Hankey (Chequers Toyboy), 3 Caroline Powell (Thornfield Jones), 4 Julie Lawson (Primitive Faerie Tale).
Cleveland Cable Co Intermediate Section B: 1 Oliver Townend (Shearwater Touchingwood), 2 Ben Hobday (The Winter King), 3 Hayden Hankey (Baltic Star), 4 Aimee Watson (Zinedine).
St James Place Wealth Management Intermediate Section C: 1 Ben Hobday (Burlea Seamerchant), 2 Emily Parker (Mr Presley), 3 Martyn Johnson (Kilmac Imp), 4 Vicky Brown (Croft Farm Lucy).
Todd’s Highway Maintenance Intermediate Section D: 1 Franca Luedeke, Ger (Quaid), 2 Charlotte Brear (Manor Missile), 3 Ben Hobday (Ramilo), 4 James Sommerville (Arco BB).
Weldrack Novice Section E: 1 James Sommerville (Gina Van de Neerheide), 2 Heidi Woodhead (DHI Paparazzi), 3 Sally Hutchinson (Rocksport), 4 Hannah Bate (Jessie Hill).
Dunhouse Natural Stone Novice Section F: 1 Niklas Bschorer, Ger, (Win And Love), 2 Oliver Townend (Cooley Q), 3 Ben Hobday (Shadowstone), 4 Hannah Bate (Ardfield Boy).
Nick Gill Photography BE100 Section G: 1Jodie McGregor (Kilmihil Bay Lad), 2 Deirdre Johnston (Country Hot Shot), 3 = Ann-Marleen Kruse, Ger (Tacina), Suzi Taylor (Welrite), 5 Chloe Bell (Fox Hill Jet).
C&A Equine Laundry BE100 Section H: 1 Jodie Mc- Gregor (Fellside Fancy Free), 2 Libby Soley (Kiltealy Bowe), 3 James Sommerville (Wee Max), 4 Robyn Carter (Shadow Royal Patriot).
Sue Carson Saddles BE100 Section I: 1 Jamie Atkinson (Cupido IV), 2 Martyn Johnson (Winona), 3 Lucinda Broad (Dancing Revolution), 4 Lucy Thompson (Midnight Scallywag).
KBIS BE100 Section J: 1 Kerry Dicken (Faerie Myth), 2 Ellie Whittle (Knocktopher Bob), 3 Sarah Little (Blue Admiral II), 4 James Robinson (Zitro).
Thinford Saddlery BE100 Section K: 1James Sommerville (Ballycoog Miller), 2 Sue Hirst (Carlton Bay), 3 Emma Hyslop (Waikiki VH Bloemenhof), 4 Katy Hurst (Ted Dexter).
The Roast Inn Novice Section L: 1 Will Murray (Just Jackson), 2 Hannah Scott (Vicarage Reuben), 3 Lucinda Broad (My Anyika), 4 Alexandra Farrar-Fry (Diamond Trefoil).
KBIS ON U18(Q) Section M: 1 Kristina Hall-Jackson (Lemington Lett Dance), 2 Sophie Dodds (Be Touchable), 3 Annabel Strawson (Chequila), 4 James Broadley (Azerley Busker).
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