The organisers and competitors at Belsay showed true Dunkirk spirit as they competed in high winds and worked hard all day to keep the event running despite the weather conditions despite gusts of up to 50mph on the Saturday, there was a break in the weather and the sun shone on the Sunday.
The event was well represented as Badminton riders Ben Hobday, Louisa Milne Home, Paul Sims and Nicola Wilson were all competing over the weekend.
County Durham based Tom Carr and Chelka Z won the U21 class on a score of 32 with Charlotte Parry-Ashcroft and Onwards and Upwards II in second place on 44.
Local rider James Adams won the Intermediate section on his home bred Lawly with a score of 29.7 over Scottish rider Daniel Scott and Zen Roundthorn in second place and Jessica Mckie and Madams Law in third place.
The high winds and hills tested the fitness of the horses on the Ronald Alexander designed course but it was Katie Magee who won the OI section going double clear with a combined score of 37.8.Second place was taken by Jamie Atkinson and Celtic Fortune on a score of 40 and third place was filled by Julie Lawson on Primitive Faerie Tale.
The novice regional final was won by Andrew Hefferman on Pewit Setimo, the Dutch Olympic team member also competed in the Intermediate section finishing in eighth place.
The Queen Margaret’s School BE100 U18 was won by Eliza Yeardley on Prince VIII over Robyn Bowness and in third place was Alice Cooke-Davies. Delilah De Wesselow , eldest daughter of the organisers Peter and Laura De Wesselow finished in 10th place on Khairthega with her younger sister finishing in twelfth place on Lakeview Rocky.
The organisers have invested a lot of time and money and effort in the event always listening to what the riders have to say in order to make Belsay one of the top events in the area. This can especially be seen in the show jumping arena which has had a major drainage system installed after the holding ground conditions last year which are now a thing of the past.
Report and photographs Courtesy of Dave Cameron