With over 800 horses, fabulous weather and great surfaces, the four-day show at Pyecombe was definitely the Sussex Sunshine tour.
Phillip Miller and Di and Pennie Cornish and Nigel Eccles’ great campaigner Caritiar Z was star of the show, doubling up with victory in the 1.40m and area trial.
The Chellano Z/Concorde gelding and 2013 Hickstead Derby winner - affectionately known as 'Carter' - is now 16 but belied his years by skipping round with Phillip to beat Robert Whitaker into second on both occasions.
In the 1.40m, Robert took second and third with Balantines K, a big, Dutch-bred 10-year-old, and Brendon Stud’s Fabrice Van Overis (pictured), who finished fifth n the HOYS Foxhunter final with John Whitaker. And Robert brought the For Pleasure/Diamant De Semilly eight-year-old stallion Fabrice into second in the area trial. He took the step up to this level in his stride, thrilling Robert and owner Shirley Light.
Tim Page brought Steady The Helm into third with Georgia Tame and Bolien fourth.
Tim also headed a fast 1.30m on Duc D’Arsouilles. The Quasimodo VD Molendreef/Nabab De Reve chestnut was back on home soil – Tim acquired the 13-year-old gelding from Brendon Stud in late 2012.
And Georgia also claimed a win, taking a 1.40m class on Zooey. The For Pleasure nine-year-old Zooey also finished second in the 1.35m, won by the speedy Jay Halim and the Unistar/Zeus 11-year-old Abrisco. Alicia Smallman and Nadzaro Bliniere headed the other 1.30m.
Nicola Wilson doubled up with a 1.30m and 1.20m wins on Naomi 55, a Verdi/Heartbreaker nine-year-old bred by Charlotte Platt. And Nicola scored a third win in a Foxhunter class on the Graf Top/Raphael six-year-old Viktor Krum.
Tracy Priest, second in the 1.30m on Caristo VDL, also took a one-two in a Foxhunter on the promising duo Fuzeta Beech, a seven-year-old British-bredmare, and the eight-year-old German-bred mare Caliva.
Leesa Long and Tammys Girl finished second to Naomi 55 in the 1.20m, and notched up multiple wins over the four days. Tammys Girl headed a 1.20m with Saber third, and Saber claimed victory in four classes. He topped a 1.20m and a 1.10m with Tammy Girl second on both occasions, and headed two more 1.10m classes, with LVS No Doubt second in one.
The 12-year-old Pompadour VJ scored a hat-trick for Leesa with a 1m and two 90cm wins, and finished second in another 90cm to another of Leesa’s rides, Espresso II, a Romanov nine-year-old.
Catherine Fowdrey was also a multi-winner. Bicton Incredibly Dun, a 148cm six-year-old, headed a discovery and Dodson & Horrell 1.05m, the six-year-old Derryveeney doubled up with two British novice wins and the Branco Van Overis five-year-old Fortunato J UK won a discovery.
Alice Palmer scored a hattrick in the Connollys Red Mills newcomers, winning on the Irish-bred Luidam/Ard VDL Douglas six-year-old Essenar Crixus.
Ben Dalton headed a Connollys Red Mills newcomers and a 1m class on the consistent Romanov’s Roulette, a Romanov/Carnaval drum six-year-old, and took second in the newcomers on EFS Petite Belle, another six-year-old.
Bryony Padwick took two Dodson & Horrell 85cm classes with Tiffany II, a 16-year-old Veneur Du Montois mare previously jumped by Geoff Luckett and Leesa Long and out of Little Lefanie – also a great International winner for Geoff.
And Dolly Mateer won the Tacklockers.com novice and Buckaroo Equine 1.05m with the Irish-bred eight-year-old Kilderrys Cougar Girl.
Pyecombe’s next four-day show is the young horse show on 9 – 12 July, which includes a National six-year-old qualifier. Let’s hope the weather is as kind – they’ve got the sand, the sun is ordered!
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