Hobbs makes it a treble at Bicton Arena

The second of Bicton Arena’s British Eventing competitions provided Somerset-based event rider Jason Hobbs with a treble of wins.

Jason collected a double of wins on Saturday in the BE100 classes (Section A and B) with Etoile La Vie and Sinterklass Z. It was two wins on a trot for both horses as the six year old Etoile La Vie won a BE100 class at Chepstow the previous weekend, whilst Sinterklass Z, owned by Denise Crossman, won the Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier at the same event. Both horses produced double clears finishing on their dressage scores of 25.5.

Jason told Eventing Worldwide: “We bought Sinterklass Z as a three year old and he was eighth at the Burghley Young Event Horse final last year, and third at the British Young Event Horse 4 year old championships at Osberton. He’s only been to three events this year – he was 4th at Nunney which qualified him for the 5 year old championships at Osberton and he also won the 5 year old Burghley Young Event Horse class at Cheptsow which qualified him for the final. And then he won at Bicton which is phenomenal. He’s such a consistent horse and is a top prospect for the future. We bought Etoile La Vie at Cavan sales in Ireland as a three year old. He has taken a lot of time in the show jumping but the penny seems to have dropped and he is going really well. We’ll look to upgrade him to Novice soon with the aim of qualifying him for the Novice Championships at Gatcombe.” 

Returning to Bicton Arena on Sunday, Jason’s third win came in BE90 Section K on board Langarth Dilys. Again a double clear meant they finished on their dressage score of 20.3. Jason adds: “She is a horse I rode a few times last year – we broke and produced her for the Langarth Stud. It was her first run of the year and I was thrilled with her – she’ll upgrade to Pre-Novice and Novice shortly. I should have had four wins at Bicton. Rusticoats had a run out at a skinny (in the BE90, Section I) – he didn’t even run out, he just ran past. It was his first run out this year which is a shame as he is another nice horse.”

Of Bicton, Jason commented: “It is an incredibly well run event. It has a nice atmosphere and the courses are always lovely and educational which makes it a lovely event to go to.” 

The lowest dressage score of the weekend came in BE90 Section G, with Christelle Durrant and In Abundance achieving a 17.8 dressage score. A double clear saw them go on to win the section.

Other winners over the weekend included: BE80(T) Section L Naomi Round and Naseby, BE80(T) Section M Stacey Littlejohns on Church Park Chaos, BE90 Section F Amanda Wreford-Brown on Tristis Rock, BE90 Section H Harriet Franklin on Spirit Song, BE90 Section I Daan Zijlmans on Diesel IV, BE90 Open Section J Amelia Harris Ellis and Island II, 5 Year Old Section D Carol Keen on Total Belief, BE100 Section N Katherine Balfour on Real Ruby, BE100 Section O Cheryl Beer Madame Butterfly VI, BE100 Open Section C Charlotte Andrews on Millhollow Classic and BE100 Plus Section E Clare Bradshaw and Albert VIII.

Bicton Arena Event organiser Helen West said of the weekend: “The event went very smoothly and it had a lovely laid back feel to it. I designed all the cross country tracks so I was very pleased with how they rode – we had a lot of positive feedback from the riders, which is always good to hear. I’d like to thank the events sponsors – Leonard Coombe Saddlers and Wyvern Equestrian – for their support.”

Bicton Arena International will be held at the Devon venue on August 22-23, with classes ranging from BE100 to CIC**. During the event – Saturday 22 August – The Eventing Family (formed by Aaron Millar and supported by Helen West, Beccy Barrett, Alex Jackson, Sophie Richardson and Andrew Fell) will be holding a charity fundraising evening. Money raised will be split between Jemima Green (Jodie Amos’ former head girl who suffered life-changing injuries in a tragic road traffic accident in May this year along with event riders Aaron Millar and Dan Sibley), Cancer Research UK (linking Ben Hobday and Hannah Francis’ battles with cancer) and Motor Neuron Research linking Pat West, Helen West’s mother who is suffering with this illness.

Helen added: “We’re delighted to be hosting The Eventing Family charity fundraiser. It’s great to be able to put something back, come together and offer support. There has been an overwhelming response to the event. Tickets will be available shortly and there will be some fantastic prizes – including the opportunity to spend the day with Andrew Nicholson and British Eventing Life Membership, as well as things for people who don’t ride so there is something for everybody.”

Further updates on The Eventing Family charity fundraiser can be found on its Facebook page –

Report Courtesy of Sarah Carless

Photographs Courtesy of Tanzy Lee



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