The new eventing season got off to a flying start at Isleham Horse Trials this weekend, with two full days of action and, as always, a well-built, inviting cross-country course across all levels of the competition.
Some riders rerouted to Isleham when Aston-Le-Walls was cancelled due to the recent wet weather, including 4* rider Oliver Townend, who brought 5 horses. But Oliver was no match for Suffolk-based Mary Edmundson, who won the Rossdales BE100 Open Section G on her mother Debbie’s 9-year-old homebred mare Dinky III, having led the section after their excellent dressage score of 22. In the same section, Bubby Upton, who is also a client of the practice, finished 8th on Cola III while Daisy Bathe, daughter of partner Andy Bathe, put in a lovely double clear on Renkum Bombadier.
The Edmundsons are longstanding clients of Rossdales and Debbie explained afterwards that Dinky has competed successfully at Intermediate level and was 4th at Osberton CCI* in 2015. "She is a lovely mare by the top event horse sire Mill Law, out of my mare Rapidash Fire, who is now 21 years old and was very successful in eventing, working hunter and showjumping classes. The plan is for Dinky to run next in the Open Novice class at Poplar Park, followed by a CIC* at Great Witchingham and then hopefully on to Houghton Hall for the CCI* (3 day event)”, said Debbie.
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