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Charlotte Cooke wins Pony International at Cirencester Park

Charlotte Cooke and Liscannor Tulira finish at the top of a strong field in the CCI-S 2* for Ponies during two days of fabulous competition over the Alec Lochore designed courses at Cirencester Park this weekend (30 April – 1 May).

CCI-S 2* Reserved for Ponies

Charlotte Cooke has had a fantastic start to this season so far, taking two of the top three places at all three of the Pony Trials that she has contested – including wins at Lincolnshire with Midnight Dancer and Weston Park with Liscannor Tulira.

Both ponies were in the top spots after dressage again today, with Charlotte holding the lead with Midnight Dancer II (28.2) and Liscannor Tulira just 0.2 penalties behind in second (28.4). Clear jumping performances from those hot on their heels meant a knocked pole show jumping moved Charlotte and Midnight Dancer II down to finish fourth, but a double clear inside the time secured the win with Liscannor Tulira.

Charlotte Cooke and Liscannor Tulira (image, Hannah Cole)

Top 3 placings:

  1. Charlotte Cooke and Liscannor Tulira (28.4)
  2. Lucy Baguley and Glencarrig Dolphin (29.3)
  3. Annabel Finston and Cuffesgrange Little Ric (31.7)

This competition was the first international class reserved for ponies of the year and the only opportunity to get a 2* run ahead of the British Eventing Pony Championships, which takes place at Belsay International from 2-4 June. It is also an observation fixture for those hoping to represent Great Britain at the Pony Europeans in Strzegom, Poland in August.

CCI-S 2*

In the event’s other international class, the CCI-S 2* (Section P), there was a win for Louise Bradley and Ardeo Mandela. Alison Garlick’s 7-year-old gelding produced a lovely test for Louise to match scores with Kelly Mccarthy-maine and Trebor after the dressage – both combinations on 24.2. Just 0.8 of a time fault in the show jumping for Kelly and Trebor changed their score to 25 and left Louise and Ardeo Mandela needing a clear run cross country to take the win, which they comfortably achieved.

Louise Bradley and Ardeo Mandela (image, Hannah Cole)

Top 3 placings:

  1. Louise Bradley and Ardeo Mandela (24.2)
  2. Kelly Mccarthy-maine and Trebor (25)
  3. Dani Evans and MBF Touch Your Toes (27.7)

The international classes held this weekend had been due to run at Withington Manor but, following the organisers of Withington’s difficult decision to not run in 2022, the team at Cirencester Park stepped in to run these and the other classes – Novice, Intermediate and Advanced – that had been scheduled at Withington.

Full results, including the National classes, are available here.

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