EVENT REPORTS – ERIDGE

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Sarah Carless reports…

Eridge Horse Trials, sponsored by SsangYong Motor UK Ltd, is an event which always offers top competition and this year’s event was no different, with nearly 450 entries. 

Sixteen-year-old Amelia Winter was the winner of Novice Under 18 Section K with Emotion. Amelia, whose parents Mike and Emma Winter run Gloucestershire-based Wayfarer Eventing, has ridden Mo, an eight-year-old KWPN who is owned by Shona Rogers since November. Amelia has just completed her GCSE’s and will spend the summer holiday working on her parent’s yard. In the run-up to Eridge Ameila had spent the week working at The Billy Stud. This event gave the combination their second win of the season, having previously win a BE100 Under 18 section at Aston-Le-Walls. 

Amelia told Eventing Worldwide: “Mo is an extremely fun horse to ride and I thoroughly enjoy every moment of every time I ride him, he is always up for the job and excited to learn new things, just as I am. Along with being supported by very knowledgeable parents I have been extremely lucky for the second year running to spend a week working at The Billy Stud. This experience has enabled me to learn new things not only about the way things work on the yard such as a breeding program and a high-level event yard, but how to get the best out of a horse through non-other than horsemanship. Pippa Funnell is truly an amazing person not only for the obvious reason of her incredible horsemanship but the conscientious mindset she takes to every horse when riding it to the point where just watching her is a lesson in its own. Along beside her is an exceptional team that work their hardest to make everything go smoothly and efficiently as well as including me in the time I was there and I have defiantly come away with some good friends

“The win that Emotion produced at Eridge felt extremely worth it and all the hard work that Pip helped me with throughout the week I was there, as she ensured I was fully prepared. My plans with Mo towards the end of the year are never set in stone as anything can happen but I would love to move up to 1* with the special horse as I’m enjoying the growth of our partnership. I am also extremely lucky to be sponsored by fabulous company, Vet Physio UK who’s professionalism and hard work ensure Mo is in tiptop shape for all of his events.” 

Melissa Joannides is another young rider enjoying a successful season. At Eridge she topped three sections with her string of impressive horses. In BE100 Section F she won with Hay Josephine – a second win for the pair this season, and she also topped BE100 Section O with Uncle Desmond, again a second win for this combination. Her third win came in Intermediate Section M with Skip To The Beat with an impressive winning margin of 5.1 penalties. The pair have been extremely consistent this season being placed in the top 10 in every outing.

Having started 2017 with a win at Houghton Hall in the Jump Training series, Julie Horton has had a series of top ten placings, but they topped the standings at Eridge for the first time in BE90 Section A. Meanwhile Anna Martin won her second event in a row with Sannanvalley Classic when they topped BE100 Section P. 

Harriet Colderick made it a hattrick of wins in 2017 with Watergate Boy when the combination topped Novice Section J. Their previous wins came at Chilham Castle and South of England, and at Eridge they won with a score of 34.6, having added just 1.6 time faults from the cross country to their dressage score – a winning margin of 4.6. 

Other section results: BE90 Section B Victoria Whiteman, Pennys Pebbles; BE90 Section C Nadia Stones, Heitas Spike; BE90 Open Section D Harry Dzenis, Kagami; BE100 Under 18 Section E Annabel Murphy, Black Jack Van Nova; BE100 Section G Tom Jackson, Grafennacht; BE100 Open Section H Giselle Mackinlay, Dark Spirit; Novice Section I Francesca Brough, Emorka P; Open Novice Section L Anna Hollis, Carnaval Pop; Open Intermediate Section N Sarah Pickard, Polo Striker. 

Photographs courtesy of Gary Horner

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