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Addington HP starts 2017 with a bang

last updated on January 19, 2017 09:19

Addington HP starts 2017 with a bang

Right on cue, the snow arrived in Buckinghamshire for 2018’s first High Profile fixture at Addington Manor (January 13 – 15) but it didn’t put the competitors off who braved the cold for three busy days.

The first two days proved a battle between Leslie Peyton-Gilbert and Nathalie Kayal – and a battle it was! Friday’s 43-strong PSG was won by Lesley with Charlotte Wyche’s World Exclusive by just 0.4% over Nathalie Kayal and DHI Bravo, out competing for the first time since August. It was then Natalie’s turn for a red rosette later in the day when she and Bravo headed the Inter I with a great score of 71.01%.

Saturday, Lesley resumed her winning ways but this time with Caroline Bridge’s Rob Roy II in the PSG – another strong class of 31 with a score to match of 72.06%. Lesley then came back up against Nathalie in the afternoon’s Inter I when partnering World Exclusive. Drawn relatively early, Lesley and the elegant British Bred by World of Dreams threw down the gauntlet with a 70.44%. Just over an hour later, Natalie, this time riding DHI Homerun had her chance to make it two wins a piece. She came close with one judge having her to win, but 68.46% left her just short. It was then an agonising wait for Lesley to see if she and ‘Wex’ could hold on. But when the last competitor finished around 7:40pm and the score came out, the win went to Lesley. On her Facebook page, Lesley was quick to praise her two boys, who are both on the market, and said they were “triers”.

Watch her winning PSG test with Robbie.

The Saturday evening showcase Grand Prix class was won by Steph Croxford and her expressive partner, Mr Hyde with 68.43% with Dan Watson in runners up spot with Nicola Naylor’s Amadeus VI on 67.80.

There were two riders who notably ‘did the double’ in winning both their straight class and then the freestyle version. Charlie Sawyer (25) made his journey from Dorset a worthwhile one with Sarah Sawyer’s Chico Too in taking Saturday’s Medium by nearly 3% on 72.94% before scoring a huge 76.67% in Sunday’s Medium Freestyle. 17 year old Abbie Mae Newbury matched Charlie’s achievements in the next level up, Advanced Medium. Riding Tessa Thorne’s Diamond Hit chestnut mare Disneyland, another British bred, she won the Advanced Medium on 70.92% and a matter of hours later, also took the Advanced Medium Freestyle with 73.83%.

Visit the Addington Manor website for full results.

Photo c Kevin Sparrow - visit his website for full pictures from the show.



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