Sarah Carless reports ..
Hartpury – Jump Training
Hartpury kicked off the weekend’s activity with Jump Training. Tegan Wood was the winner in the JT80 class with Knockmanus Dusty, with Kate Prendergast and Snorkmaiden topping the JT90 and Saskia davies and Singing Usk topping the JT100.
Arena UK – JAS
Lucy Baguley and Charlie Go Goo got their new partnership off to a winning start with victory in the BE90. Lucy’s mother Nicola double the success by winning the BE100 Open class with Glencarrig Dolphin. Lucy was also eighth in the BE90 class with Darwin and also finished third in the BE100.
Nicola told Eventing Worldwide: “My daughter and I had a fantastic day. Lucy is in her first year BE eventing as although only 11 her 12th birthday is in December. Luckily having ridden Darwin first, Lucy had learnt from him that the time was tight so was able to ride more forwards on Charlie, getting the time. They are a neat partnership so we were hoping they creep into the qualifying places but never dreamt they would win. We thought it would be a good class to do to put all the arena cross country practise we have done at home into action. We bought Charlie last spring and since getting him he has just been awesome, they rarely come home without a rosette as he is such a trier. Simon Grieve, the judge, loved him putting in his judges’ comments that he’s a Charlie fan! The pressure was then on for me as Lucy expected me to do as well. Thankfully the pony I was riding, Glencarrig Dolphin, is a 100% trier as well. I’m bringing on this lovely Connemara stallion for Lucy, who will take over the ride later this year. I take my hat off to Lucy though as even though I knew the time was tight and I thought I had gone fast, I still picked up some time faults! We are both really looking forwards to the final. This year, Lucy is going to get cracking at BE, having entered Epworth and Oasby 90’s, with the hope she gets her qualifying scores to move up to 100’s. She would love to try and qualify for the Badminton grassroots but her ultimate plan is Pony Trials in the future. As for me and Glencarrig Dolphin, we have been having a lot of fun over the winter doing senior BS, this year he will continue with his BE Novice Eventing with the aim of doing a CIC*, depending on how busy he is at stud.”
Freya Kendrew and Easter VII took the win in the BE100, having already been sixth earlier in the day in the BE90 class. Having taken second in the BE90, Emily Finston and Lookout Lollypop took victory in the BE90 Open. Molly Bowes Hall had a successful day with Emma’s Choice. They took the win in the Novice class, as well as picking up second in the BE100. Chloe Pearson and Garryduff Chacoa were the winners in the Open Novice.
Wellington – JAS
Having already won her previous competition at Jump Training at Berkshire College, Jenna Good continued her good form at Wellington. She was once again victorious on Trewithian Hawkeweed, taking the Novice class, but also came second with Western King in this class.
Oscar Gritz came away with a double of victories – winning both BE90 Open and BE100 with Solo Silvie. Julie Middleton-Reid and Lady Jessicka took the win in the BE90 and went on to take third in the BE90 Open. Seasoned JAS campaigners Southerly Roberts and Tinx once again qualified for the championships, winning the Open Novice whilst Kylie Roddy and Shearwater Boneparte were the winners in the BE100 Open.
Vale View – Arena Eventing
Sophia Marston and Meiklekims Secret continued their good form and took the win in the 90cm class, having already qualified for the Jump Training finals.
She told Eventing Worldwide: My plans this season is to enjoy every event and hopefully ride against some professionals. I also have the ride on a lovely JA pony so I am hoping he will turn his skill of jumping big show jumps and we could tackle the pony trials. Whatever happens I love the buzz from the cross country and I am looking forward to those butterflies in my tummy and the count down from the cross country starter.”
There were joint winners in the 80cm class as Claire Lewis (Master Wickham) and Jo Rowan (Grey Romeo) tied for victory. Claire went on to finish third in the 90cm class to add to her win with the winter series helping to prepare them for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in May.
Molly brown and Boleybawn Queen were the winners on their first outing of the year in the 100cm class. Sixteen-year-old student Molly, who is studying sport science at Loughborough college and is also on the ASE programme for eventing at Hartpury College, was longlisted for the Pony Europeans last season with her pony Ifan. Boleybawn Queen, also known as Kate, is a 6-year-old chestnut mare, who Molly has owned for a year.
She told Eventing Worldwide: “The series appealed to me as I felt they are a fantastic opportunity to get your horse out in the winter months and be able to practice cross country jumps and lines. It felt great to win as I wanted to get the mare out to see things she hasn’t seen in a while and she felt amazing and really brave, so to win was a real bonus. My plans for this season is to move Kate up to novice level and compete at the Junior 1* at Frickley. Over the winter months I have signed up to the Junior programme so I have been to some of the training days. I also train regularly with my coaches Caroline Moore, Lauren Shannon and Andrew Fletcher to keep me focused and make sure we are ready to start the season flying.”