What is not to like about Goring? Fabulous new cross country course, this weekend was gloriously sunny weather, a warm and friendly welcome and a social media stream flooded with pictures of cuddly toys and animal onesie wearing volunteers. Well it was certainly one way to grab out attention on Facebook.
For some the lack of a water fence would have been a disappointment, however that news would have had others leaping with delight. The new cross country course was packed full of beautifully dressed fences, laid out around a twisty and undulating track.
We asked The Bit UK's eventing ambassador Alice Goring what she thought of her namesake event:
"It had a very friendly feel to it. The cross country had lots of new fences with the fences up to height but still good for a first timer at that level. As always the Air Cadets were fantastic at parking control and picking up poles - very cheerful. There was even a field of cows watching us do dressage."
But who told Gold at Goring?
Sub 20 dressage scores we like buses in the BE90 - you wait ages for one and then 2 identical ones come along at once! Both Fern Wilson and Jenny Naylor-Davis produced an astonishing 18 dressage, and both went on to finish on that score. Fern was the eventual winner with Killea Colours as the pair finished 7.5 penalties ahead of Richard Evans in third place on 25.5.
Tied finishing scores seemed to be a theme across the weekend with section A in the BE100 seeing the top 3 places all finishing on dressage score of 27.3. It was Rebecca Jessett that took the top honours in the end its Percivals Rebel, pushing Tom Jackson and Cassandra M into 2nd and Katharine Mason and Hardy Warrior into 3rd.
Tom clearly put that near win behind him in section A with a clear victor in section B riding Georgio D Over as the pair completed on their 24.5 dressage. He also finished in 9th place in the same section riding Clonlaras Chacoa Princess.
Gemma Tattersall had a busy weekend with two rides in the BE100 and one in the BE100Plus - that was in addition to her CIC3*** run at Belton with Arctic Soul. Following the abandonment of the Burgham CIC3* class, the Team GBR Olympian managed to re-route Badminton bound Arctic Soul to Belton, but still kept the Goring entry, meaning a long drive up and down the country with a Belton dressage on Friday, Goring Saturday and back to Belton on Sunday. Goring proved a fruitful trip for the lady in purple with a win for MHS Kilcannon in BE100 section C on their 24.8 dressage and a 4th for Glensensaw Sweet Girl in section B, adding just 2 cross country time penalties to their 27 dressage.
All in all yet another successful weekend for Jan Cottam's Goring team - good courses, great weather, friendly teams and well organised! Win, win, win!