Mennell Watson and Outcast win the area trial at Thame

Mennell Watson and Helen van Heyningen’s Outcast landed another good win on the county show circuit – the Shrewsbury Flower Show grand prix victors taking the Patricia Brown area trial at Thame Horse and Country Show.

A good entry of 41 tackled Phil Ashworth’s 13-fence track, and although the time allowed was tight – even when extended by two sec at the judge’s discretion – 12 provided clears for the jump-off. And mid-drawn Mennell produced the quickest with the 13-year-=old Russel/Flemming H stallion.

“This is a beautiful place and deserves to be well supported, the going is super,” said Mennell.

John Crippen claimed second on the Cardento/Guidam 10-year-old Bling Bling, 1.09 sec behind, with Tim Page’s early round on Justin Skinner’s Duc D’Arsouilles in third. Alfie Bradstock posted a steadier clear aboard Hello Disckoboy DN for fourth with Jessica Dimmock in fifth on Cybel and Holly Smith claimed sixth with the fastest four on Lammy Beach.

Holly was in the limelight in the Glasgow speed and the Champagne Challenge, winning both.

The Champagne Challenge – where riders had to clear an increasingly bigger fence holding a glass of champagne, with the rider with the most champagne left in the glass declared the winner – was fun class to watch. And Holly used her experience in the hunting field to clear 1.50m without spilling a drop!

She also partnered Elore to head the Glasgow speed, claiming victory by just over a sec.

“She’s quick without even trying and definitely one for the future,” said Holly, who also picked up fourth on Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K.

Alfie Bradstock and the Canturano/Burggraaf seven-year-old Evert took second and sixth on new ride Dumolga, a Conterno Grande/Orame eight-year-old, with Phillip Miller in third 1.45 sec adrift on the eight-year-old stallion Da Vinci. Ben Walker and Cacherel Z claimed fifth.

Ben dominated the Foxhunter, taking the top three places on Brendon Stud’s home-bred trio Native Warrior, Lady Warrior and Warratino – all by Warrior. Helen Tredwell was left trailing in his wake to pick up fourth and fifth on Calcourt Fergus and Calcourt Quicktime.

Alfie and Evert also picked up second in the Ross Irving B and C, beaten on this occasion by Abbe Ellott (nee Burchmore Eames) with Casti Aneira. Abbe was a commanding 2.36 sec in front on the nine-year-old mare.

Robert Bevis took third on Etude with Alex Gill on Billy Fraulein fourth, John Crippen riding Content fifth and Alex Hempleman aboard Billy Belle sixth.

The Ashworth sisters Vicky and Emma lifted the top two places in the Equine Matrix 1.05m final, Vicky landing the title on the 12-year-old Mackay I from the final draw in the six-horse decider.

“I don’t have to gallop him, he’s naturally quick,” said Vicky, who won by more than two sec.

Emma’s opening round on the VDL Arkansas seven-year-old Cookstown Ginger Spice took second with Keith Doyle on the Mr Visto seven-year-old Vistos Travichello in third. Tila Winstone took fourth on Zahiro Uit T Veld with Emily Seal fifth aboard Willows Wisp and Lucy Badham sixth on Wanora G.

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