Lorna Collins and Blackrock Ricardo scored a pillar to post victory in the TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup, a National Restricted Novice Championship at The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA).
Lorna last competed at The Festival of British Eventing 11 years ago, when she finished 43rd in the British Novice Championship on Benson, but the amateur from Melton Mowbray scored a career-best result when she returned this time with a precocious six-year-old son of Ricardo Z.
“I’ve not managed to ride him much this week as I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing to Pony Club camp with my eight-year-old son, Joseph,” admitted the stud groom, who is married to Quorn huntsman Peter Collins. “My only aim was to give him a nice experience; I was just hoping for a double clear.”
A lack of practise mattered not a jot as the pair turned in a dressage score of 24.6 and delivered one of the most polished showjumping clears of the section.
“He jumped beautifully considering how boggy the ground had become by the time I went,” enthused Lorna. “He went to Burghley for the Five-Year-Old Young Event Horse Final last year, so he is used to a bit of atmosphere, but even so he really surprised me with how he took it all in.”
Cornwall-based Katie Hancock and her own Coddstown Pet so nearly added the Corinthian Cup to the BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup they won at Badminton earlier in the year, but a rub of the second showjump meant they had to settle for second.
Article Source: British Eventing News
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