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Sarah Carless reports…
The British Eventing Arena Eventing series continued apace at the end of November with two fictures at Mendip Plains and Dallas Burston.
Lauren Collard was a double winner at Mendip Plains Arena Eventing. She won the 80cm class with DVS Rocky, and went on to top the 90cm class with Orions Brite Spark, a 17-year-old who she will be taking to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in May. Her winning mounts are related so it was a family affair.
Lauren told Eventing Worldwide: “Ryan is pretty awesome and absolutely loved it. He’s not too keen on show jumping but as there were cross country jumps in there he jumped brilliantly and enjoyed it. We’ve qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for the fifth time this year so after Christmas we’ll be preparing for that. Rocky is Ryan’s grandson and he’s the opposite and prefers show jumping over XC, although he’s definitely braver in the arena environment. I aim to move him up to 90 next year so our winter will consist of show jumping and cross-country schooling. I was extremely surprised to win on Rocky as he’s quite tricky but he went quite quickly and was the only double clear. I was also surprised Ryan won but am thrilled to be taking them both to the championships which will be perfect preparation for the start of next season.”
The 100cm class was won by Anna Saunders with Curious Lady.
Nicki Grayson and Raintown Michael were the winners in the 90cm class at their first arena eventing competition. Nicki, who works in residential lettings has owned Henry, a six-year-old ISH cross Connemara cross thoroughbred for just over a year.
Nicki told Eventing Worldwide: “I wasn’t too sure what to expect although Henry is a very honest sort and gave me a fantastic ride. It was good fun and nice not have to do the dressage bit. In the 90 class I was closest to the optimum time for the win and in the 100 class I was bang on the optimum time but unfortunately, we had a show jump down but still came 10th so I was thrilled. My aim is to move up to 100 next year and also do a few 90’s to hopefully gain a qualifier for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup.
In the 80cm class, Tegan Wood and Knockmanus Dusty came out on top meaning the pair has once again qualified for the Arena Eventing Championships.
Tegan told Eventing Worldwide: “I was thrilled to win at Dallas Burston. Dinky has been off for a lot of the summer so this was our first event back and she was amazing. I love arena eventing because it’s a great combination of show jumping and cross country plus the challenge of hitting the optimum time. Part of the excitement is never quite knowing how you have done until the results come out. Dinky and I were lucky enough to qualify for the 2017 BE Arena Eventing Championships in the 80 and 90 classes and we are hoping to do the same for 2018.
The 100cm class was won by Isabella Miners and Okehurst Double Trouble.