Louise Saywell wins the first area trial of the season

Louise Saywell convincingly claimed the top two places in 2016’s first area trial with Billy Twomey’s Patrol V and Dassler at Bishop Burton College.

Nine of the 25 starters reached the jump-off over Di Boddy’s 13-fence course where square oxers, a tall double of verticals near the end of the track and technical distance questions tested the riders. Both Louise and Nigel Coupe had two rides through, with Nigel one of the early double clears on Golvers Hill.

Pippa Allen took a brief lead on the rangy Hope Springs, one of several jumping here that have returned from the Spansh sunshine tour, but it was short-lived. Louse guided Patrol, a Pikachue De Muze 10-year-old, into the winner’s spot by two sec.

And she underscored her lead by bringing Dassler, a 17.2hh eight-year-old by Douglas, into second just a fraction behind Patrol.

Both horses were at their second show since the Spanish sunshine tour, Vejer, a month ago. Trips to Maubeuge and Bonheiden are planned.

“And then we’ll see how it goes, I’d love to be selected for a second division Nations Cup,” said Louise.

Antonio Marinas Soto took third on Cash And Go, with Pippa Allen on Hope Springs fourth and Nigel Coupe’s Golvers Hill fifth.

Paul Barker and Spring Equestrian Partnership’s Kannan nine-year-old Happy Boy landed the accumulator. Sally Hopkinson was second on the 13-year-old Cartouch II and Hetty Dales third with the seven-year-old Eclips VIII.

Paul Barker’s sister-in-law Sarah Mousley headed the top score on Sandors Legacy and took third on Lux Fabulous – both Paul’s usual rides.

Ellen Whitaker – at her first show since the birth of second child Frankie – took second on Arena UK Galwaybay Luibanta.

Richard Howley lifted the top two places in the initial Foxhunter/1.20m on Carpe Diem Z and Gulliver VII.