Great Witchingham International finally goes ahead

Having been postponed two weeks earlier due to the bad weather, Great Witchingham International's organiser, David Sayer, was determined to complete the last day of the event, which went ahead on Sunday.

Competitors who missed out had another opportunity to enter and were rewarded with some of the best weather we have seen this year.

David had just 12 days to rearrange the event, which usually takes months to organise, but admits it was easier than expected: 'Everything went very well and to my surprise getting everything organised wasn't too difficult.

'We had the BE80 (T) class for the first time which was a real success. Caroline Casburn did the course walk, which coached the more novice riders around the course. I was originally apprehensive about the introduction of this new class, but now I believe it is a brilliant way for people to get started in eventing.'

Winner of the new class was Janet Bradshaw, on Boyne Valley Royale, from Cambridge.

In the novice section, Alicia Wilkinson, on Moorhey Songbird, came in first, while not far behind in second was Sophie Marsh, who also claimed fourth in the same section. Local girl Amy Martin from Gunton was third on Sparkys Reflection, who came 16th at Burnham Market the weekend before.

Another Norfolk girl, Jojo Green, competed in the BE90 Open section and came away with a well-deserved seventh. The pair, competing in their first season BE together, rolled two poles to end on a score of 47.5.