Over the 15th and 16th August Bold Heath Equestrian Centre hosted competition from BE80(T) to Novice including a Mitsubishi Motors sponsored BE90 Regional Final. In fact entries were such that two Regional Final sections were required to accommodate all of the competitiors.
In the first of these two sections, section A, the top spot went to Beth O’Driscoll and Freelance III booking their place at the Championships for the first time by finishing 0.3 penalties ahead of Laura Hayward and Stanhopes Travelling Man who has only finished outside the top 10 once in the past two seasons at BE90/BE100 level. Marie Graham and Cyono Ter Dollen finished in third in their first event since winning at Shelford Manor (1) back in May.
In section B it was Vicki Lowe and William XIV who least the field from start to finish completing on their dressage score of 25.0. Richard Nichol and the five year old gelding Mastermind XI finished second, having only competed in 3 events this year this combination are yet to finish out of the top three. Tigi Hankey finished in third with My Romany Knight a five year old 14h gelding competing in his first BE season who has yet to finish outside the top 5 at both BE90 and BE100u18.
In BE90 section C only 1.2 penalties separated the top three competitors with Sophie Wilson and Mulvin Quick Step making it back to back wins completing on their dressage score of 25.8. The five year old 14.2h gelding has only been competing at BE events this season but has yet to post a dressage score in excess of 30 penalties. Becky Hartley added a pole showjumping to an impressive dressage of 22.3 to finish in second place with Handsome II, the five year old gelding’s first BE event. Jade Harper finished in third with Loughnatousa Lilly, their highest finish of the season so far.
Niki De Macedo and Greateaves Issac finished in the lead of BE90 section D, their first event in a year. Laura Mallon and Statham Shamrock finished in second place, their highest BE completion in two seasons of competition. Samantha Greenwood finished in third place with her eight year old gelding Killossery Klasstouch.
In the five year old section Alex Hua Tian took the top spot with Skyline, despite picking up one too fast time penalty across country. Yasmin Ingham and Monbeg Myth finished second with Penny Clews and Arleys Toyboy in third.
In BE100 section F Georgie Rockingham and September Song completed on their dressage score of 28.3, their first win this season. Emily Bradshaw picked up four show jumping penalties with The Dutchy to finish on the same penalty score as Alex Postolowsky and Ashburton, but took second place by virtue of being closer to the optimum time cross country.
Catrin Evans lead from start to finish to win BE100 section G on her dressage score of 23.3 with the fifteen year old Uptons Deli Diamond in his first event of the season. Tessa Dollar and Top Line finished in second with Timoney Orritt in third with Backley Rolo, a 14h gelding taking part in his first BE100 since 2013.
In the BE100 Open Connie Warde-Aldam picked up a second win from two events with Chilli Chap, completing on their dressage score of 26.5, while Penny Clews picked up another placing this time in second place with the eleven year old mare Turn Around. Oliver Lofthouse finished just 0.5 penalties behind in third with Royale Sam, a nine year old gelding previously competed to Novice level by Oliver Townend.
Gareth Thomas added 3.2 time penalties to an impressive dressage score of 18.3 to win BE80(T) section I with Crabbies Cloudy, ahead of Jessica Sutton and Pippa III by just 0.3 penalties. Lucy Grindal and Trethern finished in third.
Hayley Hughes and Noble Dictator, finished on their dressage score to top the leaderboard of BE80(T) section J with a score of 22.3 ahead of Sarah Roberts and Raya who picked up their highest placing to date in second. Daniel Tittertonk, the leader after dressage, added two poles in the showjumping to finish third with Larriston Red Bailey, in the 17.1h seven year old geldings second BE event.
The final BE80(T) section K was won by Robert Gilsenan, completing on a dressage score of 24.0 with Landis Rocket Man, the geldings first BE event. One down in the show jumping left Felicity White one penalty behind with ARdfield Zena, their highest finish of the season, while Kathy Baker and Cholmondeley Checker completed on their dressage score of 27.5 to finish third.
Robert Gilsenan picked up a second win of the day, this time in BE90 section L with Vino Blondy, finishing 0.5 penalties ahead of Beckly Hartley, who also picked up a second place the previous day, with Shanboley Harry. Rio Hall finished third with Billy Breeze, their highest placing of the season so far.
In the final BE90 section of the weekend, section M, Beatrice Eleanor Jones finished on her dressage score of 29.3 with Colm, in their first event since 2013. Sophie Brown finished in second with Roscommon Dancer, in their second event of 2015 while Robyn Gray and The Double Dip finished third, with Robyn’s second ride in fourth.
In the first of two Novice sections, section N, it was a one-two for Paul Sims who added just 0.8 time penalties to his dressage score with Diamond R who completed just ahead of Paul’s second ride Luxalike. Phil Brown finished in third with Harry Robinson, the seven year old geldings best finish at this level.
It was a close finish in novice section O with less than one penalty separating the top three places. Christine Hooker Myles finished top of the pack with Netherfields Concur ahead of Ella Woodhead and Balou de Beauvais, the combinations first completion at this level. Jodie Watts finished 0.1 penalties behind in third place with Lickenn Lakeview Milo in their second Novice level event.
Photogrpahs Courtesy of Vincent Whitehead Photography