Joanna takes advantage of more time to enjoy success with both horses
Bicton College, Exeter September 23
Alan Daems and Adansa were in top form at Bicton, winning both medium classes with consistent scores a fraction off 70%.
"This was her first attempt at medium in this country, after winning all her elementary classes bar one," said Tina Daems of the seven-year-old KWPN by Tango who was the top graded three-year-old in Holland.
Louise Hutchins, riding Whitfield Flaoh, won the open novice (N)23 with 67%. This six-year-old mare is owned by Sara Biggin, who will be taking over the ride soon. "She was imported from Ireland and came to me to be sold," said a delighted Louise.
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The restricted section of N 23 was won by Annie Brooker and Likotos Luke who went on to win N38 on a high score of 71.29%.
Marian Pascoe, riding the Devon-bred Langaller Sunlight, won the N38 open section on a score of 67.41%.
Elementary winners were Claire Cochrane (Stormhill Amber), L.Fenny (Wende Amazon) and Joanna Johns (Watson).
Tall Trees Arena, Camelford, October 3
Sarah-Jane Prew won three classes riding her chestnut gelding Weltas. They took the honours in two preliminary classes with plus 70% scores and then went up a level to win the N38 on over 73%. "I wanted to secure qualification for the winter regionals so I can concentrate on training up a level over the winter," said Sarah-Jane.
Rosemary Holdsworth was delighted to win both novice open sections with Day Dream under the watchful eye of Mary McGinley, they averaged 70%.
"My recent lesson with Peter Storr was a great help," said Rosemary, whose next outing is the Pencoed Petplan in Wales.
The elementary restricted classes were won by Catherine Boyd and Duchess while the open elementary sections were both won by Amy Cox and her pony Just Suzie. "This is her first elementary class in two years and we recently missed qualification for the Petplan final by 0.1%," said Amy who noted that Just Suzie is now 23 years old but "still very consistent".
"She was on the South West team too at the senior inter regionals in May," said Amy, who is a chartered veterinary physiotherapist from North Devon. Suzie has also proved to be a good brood mare as her three-year-old Tiger Lily, by Bernwode Brokat, won a first premium at the Tall Trees BEF Futurity Evaluation.
Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, October 6
Joanna Dixon and Romanno Donnerstar won the N27 open section with 69.6%. "We bought her as a weanling from the Romanno Stud, and she just kept growing and is now around 17.1hh," said Joanna. "She is very talented and has abundant natural paces, and we are finally beginning to gel as a partnership."
Marian Pascoe and Langaller Sunlight were a close second in N27 and won the N35 open section. Annie Brooker took the restricted section riding Likotos Luke with 68.5%.
Joanna Johns has more time to compete now her boys are back at school after a hectic summer holiday. Riding Watson she won E 57.
"He is a lovely horse and tries so hard. I couldn't compete and do as much as I do without the support of my husband," said Joanna, who followed this with a win in the advanced medium 92 restricted section riding Aderro Monaco.
John Chubb won the open advanced medium 92 riding Ruby Rubin.
Liz Rivett (Spring Ridge Apollo) won both restricted sections of the elementary classes while the highest percentage of the day went to Katherine Murray and Chablis, gaining 71.7% in Prelim 13.
Colraine, Truro, October 10
Joanna Johns, from Ivybridge, continued her winning run with both horses. Riding Aderro Monaco in the advanced medium 85, she was delighted with her winning score of 66.8%. "I've had Monaco for five years now, he was an ex Grand Prix horse and was gifted to me by Rhegan White and Adam Kemp," explained Joanna, who went on to win the elementary 53 open class on Watson 44.
Angie Jacobs and her six-year-old bay gelding, Tantoni Bulgari (Breitling), won both their novice open classes. "I bought him from the Tanoni Stud in Dorset as a three-year-old and he has been late to mature – I'm really enjoying competing him and look forward to moving him up the levels," said Angie.
The restricted novice sections were won by Jocelyn Gilmore and Orinocco Blue. Sarah Jep (Tom Patey) also enjoyed two wins in restricted elementary 53 and medium 73.
Fiona Jones, from Hayle, won P19 with 68.2%, with her five-year-old Dutch bred horse Chicago. This combination train with Tina Daems. "Having qualified at preliminary level we are now starting novice classes," said Fiona.
St Leonards Equestrian Centre, Launceston, October 14
The sun shone for the last outdoor affiliated dressage competition at this venue for 2012. "The standard of riding was noticeably high today," said Kathryn Reeve of St Leonards.
Her daughter, Alexandra Reeve got off to a good start riding Carol Hurst's home bred mare Dyamond Sunny Bay.
This was their first affiliated show and they won the Preliminary 7 and 13 classes, with 70.5% and 71.6%. Alexandra has done well this year in national riding club events in dressage, combined training and eventing. "She was lucky to have the FEI pony Broomford Dancer four years ago, who put her in good stead," said Kathryn.
Elizabeth Fraser-Hitch won the N 35 on SOS United Colour (73%), a six-year-old gelding bred by Georgia Stokes. "I was really pleased with his win. He is such a fun horse to own and he also jumps well," said a delighted Liz.
The two elementary open classes were won by Clare Deithrick and Wow Wow Pinkii. Clare is delighted this home bred mare has come back into work and moved up a level so easily, after having two years off.
Annie Brooker and Likotos Luke have enjoyed much success over the last two months, scoring into the 70% regularly at novice level. Here they won the Novice 38.
"I bought Luke as a six-year-old old last February, with the help of Alex and Emily Farleigh," said Annie. "We have had our ups and downs, but last summer competed at the nationals after winning the South West Regionals. After missing out on qualification this year, we made it to the Pony Club Championships, finishing fourth. He has done nothing but excel himself the last few months," added a delighted Annie.