Aldon (1) Horse Trials 2011 Preview
With thanks to Binny Bennett who has assured me that the weather will, as always, be sunny !!
On Sunday the 20th of March Paul Tapner will travel to Aldon Park and attempt to win the coveted Advanced Intermediate Section of the Aldon 1 Horse trials for the fifth successive year. His tasks will be a little harder this year, not just because a lorry drove into his horsebox recently (no one injured), but also because he is not bringing either of the horses that have brought him his previous four victories. After their third Aldon win together last year Paul was quoted as asking “for Inonothing to be recognised as a legend of the sport” and in May it was mission accomplished following a euphoric Badminton victory. Sadly, Inonothing picked up an injury later in the season and while he recovers and without Stormhill Michael (Tapners winner from two years ago) Paul must rely upon Kilronan and Kilfinnie II. This year a new winner looks ever likely with the challengers comprising both the established names of Kristina Cook, the Fredericks and Mary King (who has three entries in this Section) with a host of ‘up and coming’ riders. Two of these fresh looking faces but with previous Aldon wins and their sights firmly set towards Badminton are Emily Llewellyn, who hopes to have two horses in the section, and young Irish rider Sam Watson and they, no doubt, will be wishing to lay down a marker of intent for the season ahead.
However, the Aldon 1 Horse Trials are about more than just the Advanced Intermediate Section and over three days, from the 18th to the 20th of March, twenty sections will be decided thanks to the mix of necessary officials and volunteers with the collective aim of keeping all the horses and riders running smoothly over the sandy slopes of Aldon. Entry is via the A37 to the south of Yeovil, still only £5 for cars and free for pedestrians with the choice between the cross country on one side, in the naturally spectator friendly ‘bowl’ of Aldon Park, and show jumping and trade stands on the flatter showground with the dressage to be found down beyond the Rugby Club. All proceeds go towards The Home Farm Trust, St Margarets Hospice and the RNLI.