With the conclusion of the season behind us we can take a look at the BE league winners for 2016.
BE Top Rider
Great Britain’s Oliver Townend makes it three years on the trot as leading rider in the UK with a huge
total of 2,380 British Eventing points, some 1,085 points ahead of the closest rider, Andrew Nicolson (NZL) on 1,295. Oliver has had over 250 national and international starts this season with over 30 wins including being crowned the British Open Champion at The Festival of British Eventing.
Nicholson’s point total was given a boost with two top ten finishes at the Luhmühlen CCI4* in Germany and second place at the Blenheim Palace International CCI3*. Third place in the 2016 table goes to another Brit and also the leading lady, Izzy Taylor, on a total of 1,239 points, helped by her third place at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in the six year old class and top ten finish in the Boekelo CCI3* in the Netherlands.
BE Top Horse
The German bred Leonidas II takes the title of BE Top Horse for 2016 with a total of 318 points. Owned by Mrs Diane Brunsden and Mr Peter Cattell and ridden by Sir Mark
Todd, Leonidas II took 120 of those points from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer where they finished in seventh place, along with a fourth place finish at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in the Spring.
In second place, and best of the British bred horses, Mrs Trisha Rickards’ 13 year old Classic Moet ends the season on 306 points. The Classic sired mare, bred by Elaine Hepworth, has not been outside of the top ten in any one her seven competitions this season with New Zealand rider Jonelle Price, including tenth at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and most recently third at Land Rover Burghley.
Tim Price makes it a New Zealand 1-2-3 for the riders as his own and Mrs Varenna Allen’s Ringwood Sky Boy finishes in third place on 302 points. The 13 year old Irish gelding claimed fourth place at both of his CCI4* completions this year, firstly at Luhmühlen in Germany followed by Land Rover Burghley this September.
Nineteen year old British Young Rider team member Sam Ecroyd has enjoyed a successful year culminating in him heading the Goldman Cup League – awarded to the leading rider under 21 years old. The young Brit ran away with the league title 384 which was double the number of points of the second placed rider, 20 year old Susie Berry of Ireland who finished the year on 192 points. Hot on her heels was third placed Will Furlong, 21, with a total of 190 points.
Fairfax Britannia League
Sam’s success didn’t stop at the U21 rankings in the Goldman Cup as he also topped the prestigious Fairfax Britannia League with his own Wodan III on 145 points which gained him a Fairfax saddle of his choice as well as rider bursary of £5000 plus a bronze for being the owner of the leading horse in the league which he received from Fairfax at the EHOA Annual Dinner.
Calver Wealth Management 2* League
Open to horses nine years old or younger ridden by British competitors, Pippa Funnell’s storming season on Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw’s Billy Walk On won them the title for the 2016 2* league on a total of 98 points. Pippa and the bay gelding’s owners received a bursary of £5000 from Calver Wealth who presented the prize at the recent EHOA Annual Dinner.
Gatehouse 1* League
Eighteen year old British rider Storm Straker becomes the first winner of the new Gatehouse 1* League with her own 14 year old gelding Well Designed. Storm wins a Gatehouse bronze and share of a £5,000 prize package of products plus the top five will be invited to a training day with Oliver Townend, Storm received her prize at the EHOA Annual Dinner by BE Chief Executive David Holmes.
Foundation Points Series*
With 500 points to her name, Alex Postolowsky finishes the season victorious in the 2016 BE Foundation Points* Rider League. The Lincolnshire based rider has enjoyed a busy year to ensure her points tally couldn’t be beaten with Vicky Tuffs from Monmouthshire their closest rivals on 461 points and UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Podium Potential rider Tom Jackson in third place on 339 points.
Foundation Points ‘Top Horse’ League
It was one place better for Vicky Tuffs in the Top Horse League as her own Dutch bred five year old gelding Goldwin leads the table on 190 points. The British bred 11 year old gelding Stanhopes Travelling Man, owned by Mrs Sarah Reeve and ridden by Laura Greenhalgh, takes the second spot on 162 points with Zoe Warren’s Irish nine year old gelding Foxs Castle in third with 160 points under Kathy Staples.
Mitsubishi Motors Foundation Points Horse and Rider League
Laura Greenhalgh’s success didn’t end in the Foundation Points League; she also took the Mitsubishi Motors Rider League again with her partner Stanhopes Travelling Man, who took the title in the Horse table at this level with 162 points. Laura, an experienced Mitsubishi Motors Cup competitor, having finished with a double clear in 2016 and qualified two horses for the 2017 event, won the Rider league on a total of 282 points over second placed Stephen Rankin on 241. Third place went to Laura Ridout who was close on the tail of the top two with a total of 232 points.
Behind Stanhopes Travelling Man in the Horse league, Foxs Castle, owned by Zoe Warren and ridden by Kathy Staples, took second with 160 points and Alyson Parker’s 13 year old German bred gelding JJ Malone completed the top three on 132 points.