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Westcountry's Trenavey Storm Force blasts home for a first novice victory

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 20, 2012

Lucy Loughton pilots Trenavey Storm Force to win on his first Novice run Picture: Fiona Scott-Maxwell

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A son of No Submission, who was bred in the Westcountry, won his first novice run of the season at Larkhill Horse Trials (2).

Trenavey Storm Force and Lucy Loughton were lying in third place in novice section C after the dressage phase and despite rolling a pole in the showjumping, the pair was one of only two combinations in the 37-strong class that came home inside the time on the cross-country course. They scored a total of 33 – finishing more than four penalties ahead of nearest rivals Kirsty Johnston and Opposition Sky Law (37.2).

Storm Force, a five-year-old chestnut gelding who was bred by Stephen Davey in South Devon, was moved up to novice level at his West Wilts run in September where he finished seventh.

"He's very good cross-country as he's very straight," said Lucy, of Chudleigh, near Newton Abbot. "We were inside the time here and I just let him go round at his own pace – it's easy when they're bred to race!"

Talking about the course at Larkhill, Lucy said: "It wasn't overly massive so I wasn't worried about over-facing him, but they were given some quite difficult questions. There was a hedge and then two moving strides to a skinny, but he stayed dead straight and I was really pleased with him," she added.

Cindy Rawson returned to the eventing scene following a neck injury, which has put her out of competition for three months. The Exmoor-based rider won novice section D riding Volien. The ten-year-old bay mare had previously been partnered by her owner Rebecca Crawford until the beginning of 2012. "Rebecca has two other horses and as this mare needs her personal time, she decided it would be best if she let a professional ride her," said Cindy, of Dulverton.

"This was only her fourth run of the season due to the wet weather and because I sustained a neck injury from a fall on the roads out hacking," said Cindy. "From that point on I now wear my Point Two Air jacket out hacking."

Cindy is moving the KWPN-bred daughter of Farrington up to intermediate level this weekend at Aldon International. "She's one of the best horses I've sat on as she's a good jumper, very brave cross-country and a lovely mover. Although she can get a little excited at times she's very strong in all three phases."

Kathy Emery, a 2011 Badminton Grassroots finalist, won BE100 section E partnering Jane Andrews' Wizard IX.

The 15.2hh chestnut gelding had been knocking on the door on his last two outings with a second place at Calmsdon the previous week, and a third at Nunney International in June. "It's his first and final win of the season as I want to leave it on a good note," said Kathy, of Frome. Kathy has ridden Wizard for the past three years and started his competitive career at unaffiliated events before beginning BE90 classes. "He's good in all three phases and the cross-country rode beautifully here," added Kathy, who has qualified Wizard for next year's Badminton Grassroots championships.

"We qualified for this year but due to the cancellation it means the qualification is carried over to 2013." Kathy said the Warmblood cross Welsh pony is always "bang on the time".

A home-bred son of Krisinsky won BE90 section I with a massive five-penalty lead. Finishing on their dressage score of 21.5, The Keeper of the Order and Nikki Pannell headed the section above Garcia and Kathleen Laurence (26.5) after producing a double clear in the showjumping and cross-country phases.

Nikki's grandfather Mike Pannell and Westcountry show rider Sally Carpenter bred the seven-year-old 17hh bay gelding. "Sally backed him and then he came to me as a five-year-old," said Nikki, 19, of Launceston.

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