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Hartpury double for Charlotte and Codar

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

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CHARLOTTE Bennett emerged with the highest score of the day and a double of tickets to the Hartpury dressage championships riding Karen Jones' exciting five year-old Codar at the Threewaters Riding Club show held at Chiverton Riding Centre, Truro.

This up and coming combination opened their account with a victory in the intermediate preliminary 18 test recording the best score of the show of 73.7%.

Confirming their consistency Charlotte and Codar added another Hartpury ticket to their tally sharing equal second in the open novice 24 with Heather Childs (Benjamin Briton) behind Nicky Lampshire and Penshanda.

"Codar and Charlotte have only just started their dressage career but in six outings they've won five times," said Karen, who acquired the son of Darco, via Adam Ellery of Westcountry Sport's Horses, St Columb.

"Our aim is to affiliate him and move up to elementary over the next 12 months. Charlotte is a good friend and a really talented rider. My husband Dave and I are keen to support her competitive aspirations and she has also qualified Codar for the Cricklands championships at the David Broome Centre in Wales."

Charlotte, 26, is based in Porthcurno, where she juggles a busy business life running Cornish Cleaners with her partner Rob with helping Karen with her horses at Trevescan Farm, Sennen.

"We train with Dom Mills and Tessa Thorne, both of whom have been invaluable with their help and expertise," said Karen, who also has a keen interest in showjumping utilising the expertise of Andrew Williams of Camborne.

"Andrew has already had a lot of success with Codar," she said. "They've qualified for the Blue Chip Power championships meaning another trip to Hartpury and we're hoping to see them competing at Royal Cornwall this summer."

Grace Boulton and her eight year-old chestnut gelding Tweedle Dum secured the second highest score of the day to clinch the equal second placed qualification with Alison Steele and her seasoned campaigner Jago Trewerne in the intermediate preliminary 18 test.

The 16 year-old, from Sancreed, is enjoying an exceptional start to the season qualifying Tweedle Dum for championships at Royal Windsor, Hartpury and Cricklands.

Grace has produced the 16.1hh gelding from a three year-old with help from her trainer Sue Anderson and is dedicated to the sport rising early each morning to care to her horses before leaving for college.

June Cragg clinched the top ticket in the elementary from Maggie Docking competing in her second ever class at this level on Paybacktime.

Mandy Lean made a memorable return to preliminary level landing a victory on Hughlish Castillo and sharing the win on a score of 64.50% with Laima Davies and Hollyday.

Andrea Caseley opened proceedings with a win in the intro A on Crabbie's Ginger while Jane Dyer, of Truro, headed the preliminary 13 on a score of 69.10% with Quest for Gold.

A son of Mel Hennah's stallion My Eclipse, Quest of Gold is owned by Carole Nicholas of Polgoda Feedstore.

Jackie Thomson received wide acclaim for her organisational skills. "Jackie ran the show and did a fantastic job," said Jane. "She managed to get all the riders in the arena on time in a lovely friendly club atmosphere."

The next dressage show in the Threewaters calendar, at Chiverton on March 17, includes open qualifying classes for the Baileys Horse Feeds Championships at preliminary, novice and elementary level in addition to an open Freestyle to Music class.

Results: Newcomers (intro A): 1. Andrea Caseley (Crabbie's Ginger); 2. Caroline Wilkinson (Addy); 3. Sophie Bertoli (Topaz). Novice rider (Prelim 7): eq 1. Mandy Lean (Hughlish Castillo) & Laima Davies (Hollyday); 3. Dee Hall (Firefly Imp). Novice rider (prelim 13): 1. Jane Dyer (Quest for Gold); 2. Jane Angilley (Madison); 3. Jess Robson (Zeusso). Intermediate (prelim 18): 1. Charlotte Bennett (Codar); eq 2. Grace Boulton (Tweedle Dum) & Alison Steele (Jago Trewerne). Open (novice 24): 1. Nicky Lampshire (Penshanda); eq 2. Heather Childs (Benjamin Briton) & Charlotte Bennett (Codar). Open (elementary 44): 1. June Cragg (Wednesday); 2. Maggie Docking (Paybacktime); 3. Gwen Knight (Talisman).

KATEY Londesborough of the Barncroft Stud, Goonhavern, finished the 2012 season with a flourish when her three year-old colt Stanley Grange Sophisticat stood champion at the Cherif championships, Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire.

Shown for Katey by Simon Charlesworth, this outstanding son of Turberry Tom Kitten, has clocked up an awesome record from limited outings and looks set to emulate his success in 2013.

Katey, who runs her own successful Prestige Browbands business alongside her duties with the Barncroft Stud said: "I can't thank Simon Charlesworth, Steve Pitt and Vicky Smith from the Mill House Stud enough for all their work and I'm looking forward to this season when Sophisticat will be shown again from their yard before standing at stud."

Katey is also producing a string of successful ponies to fly the flag for the Barncroft Stud.

"Our new filly Centan Diamond Jubilee took a trip to Wales for the prestigious Royal Welsh Winter Fair and won her part-bred foal class and stood reserve champion on her first outing," said Katey.

"And we finished off the winter season at the Cholwell Youngstock Show where our home-bred Barncroft Queen of Diamonds won her foal section before taking the championship to retain her unbeaten record in foal classes."

Katey also has high hopes for Stanley Grange Regal Joy who showed his credentials in winning the Pony breeding and part-bred sections at the show en route to the youngstock championship and the ultimate supreme title.

"Barncroft Queen of Diamonds stood reserve to Regal Joy making it a fabulous show and we're now very much looking to the 2013 season," said Katey.

THE Native Pony Society (NPS) Area 26 (Cornwall) has organised a showing clinic with the Olympia and Horse of the Year Show winner Matthew Lawrence on Saturday March 9 at Bosnieves Mill, Withiel, near Bodmin. Sessions include lead rein, first ridden, novice and open levels. Ponies and horses welcome. For detail and to book your place, contact Gemma Trevenna by email: gemma.tre@btinternet.com or call 07807118795.

The NPS Spring Show, on Sunday March 24 at Duchy College, Callington, includes NPS Winter Championships qualifying rounds and unaffiliated in-hand and ridden classes for horses and ponies. For schedules and entry forms please call Holly Noott 07973 491426.

Diary dates, see page 106.

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