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Ponies Power to Success at Spring Osberton
May 5, 2024

Saving some of the best action until the end of the day, the Project Pony sponsored CCIP2*-S, rounded out the international action at the Spring Osberton International.

Ellen Butler took the win with her own Rock Tempo, adding just 0.4 cross-country time faults to her dressage score of 30.9.

Speaking of the win Ellen said, “it was amazing, I was so happy with him because it sort of all came together today through the three phases so I was really happy. My favourite fence to be honest was the Irish bank because it was a really fun fence to ride and it rode much better than I thought it would and I loved the brush afterwards as well because it just was really fun.”

As the dressage leader, and the only combination to finish inside the time across the country,  Annabel Ridgway and the Project Pony owned Akim De L’Arquerie had to settle for second place this weekend with a rolled pole in the showjumping.

“It was really good, Otto was amazing, he flew round all of the combinations so yeah I was really chuffed. He belongs to Project Pony, they support young riders and they invite you to training sessions and if they think you’ve got what it takes they invite you to go and try some ponies and I ended up with Otto. He’s on loan to me and he’s amazing. My favourite fence was probably the Irish bank, I’ve never done one of those before so it was really fun to have a go at tackling it.”

Completing the podium placings was Arabella Henderson and her own Our Billy Eile, who produced a quick double clear to complete on 36.3.

“It went really well, Mable was amazing. She gave me such a confident, nice feeling all the way round. She was amazing in the showjumping, and in the cross country. Everyone was so lovely, and we had a great time”.

The new Spring Osberton International took the place of the cancelled Rockingham Horse Trials and gave organisers BEDE Events the opportunity to adopt a different layout and try new routes ahead of the feature Autumn fixture, that will this year play host to an additional CCI2*-S to replace the class lost from South of England.