Sarah Carless reports …
Despite bad weather being experienced across the UK, competition went ahead at Solihull as planned.
Fourteen-year-old Ibble Watson and Nutkin were the victors in the BE100 Open Class. Even at 18 years old, Nutkin still showed he loved his job to take the win.
Ibble told Eventing Worldwide: “My win at Solihull felt amazing. I am so happy we’ve had a win before I head into next season to hopefully have more wins! He’s an amazing pony especially considering he’s 18. He loves his job and he does an awesome job at it. I’m aiming for Pony Europeans next year and the year after, either with Nutkin or my seven-year-old. But after I’ve finished ponies he will be retired – it pains me that I’m getting older and that I’m running out of time with him! I love him endlessly and couldn’t imagine life without him.”
Jade Mills and Wodan IV were the winners in the BE90 class whilst Kylie Roddy had a double of wins, winning both BE90 Open and BE100 with Class Jackpot. Southerly Roberts took another win in the series in the Novice with Fizz IV. Emma Stretton and Willy Ever were the winners in the Open Novice.
Epworth EC – Arena Eventing
Katie Brickman and Etasja were the winners in the 80cm class. Katie has recently taken over running the Ripon branch of Minster Vets which specialises in equine lameness. The pair, who also came third in the 90cm class, have both recovered from injuries in the past year to take victory.
Katie told Eventing Worldwide: “I bought Mary at the end of May last year after diagnosing and treating her for bilaterl hindlimb suspensory desmitis. After having a year off with her previous owner, Mary went up for sale and her old owner asked if I would be interested in buying her. I had always liked her personality and my other horse had just been diagnosed with a serious stifle injury. Before I bought her, Mary had just done dressage with her previous owner but we have gone from strength to strength getting to grips with the jumping especially the cross country. Last March I had a serious accident at work and I severed all the hand tendons in my left hand, all the nerves and my main wrist artery. I was told by one of my surgeons I was extremely lucky to be alive. I have since undergone two surgeries and now have pretty much normal function in my hand. As you can imagine after the pretty rubbish last year both Mary and I had, winning at Epworth and then coming 3rd in the 90 was such an achievement and it has made all my hard work and determination worthwhile. I am so excited for this season; Mary and I are making the jump up to BE90 from the 80’s we did last year and my ultimate goal is to try and qualify for Badminton grassroots.”
The 90cm class was won by Cerys Richards and A Touch Of Blue whilst Ian Pycock and Trendy Diamond Cruiser won the 100cm class.
West Wilts – JAS
Twelve-year-old Heidi Ford and Squire of Cranstoun had a double win at West Wilts, taking both the BE90 and BE90 Open class.
Heidi has owned Squire of Cranstoun for just over a year competes the 11-year-old liver chestnut welsh part bred at BE90. The weekend before her double of wins at West Wilts, Heidi came fourth at the JAS competition at Wellington.
Heidi told Eventing Worldwide: “We did the JAS series last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt it helped with balance, rhythm, control and accuracy making you focus on your round more than you normally would and concentrate on your weaker points of riding. West Wilts was a vile wet cold day and mum said not to expect miracles from Squire as he came off the trailer very grumpy! We entered the ring to do our round in the 90 very drenched! It was a lovely flowing round and I came out and said he felt amazing. He jumped double clear inside the time for a style mark of 3 to take the win. I was very happy. Our 90 Open round was again, a good round with a score of 11…. to win again! I was so proud of my soggy little Squire pony! We have qualified for the JAS champs and it would be amazing to do well there as I will be too big for him next year. I would like to thank everyone involved with the JAS, JT and AE for all their efforts at making them such great events and getting the new season underway. Moving forward, all being well, we plan to event him this year at BE90 alongside my new bigger pony who jumps bigger tracks. I am very much looking forward to the coming season.”
Jenna Good continued her impressive form with a win in the BE100 Open with Western King. Islay Riddick and Tullibards Broccandonething were the winners in the BE100 class whilst Alisha Coombes and Delhurens Upsey Daisy won the Novice Class. Sophie Spratling ad Lissygan Cooley took victory in the Open Novice.
The Jumping Training scheduled to take place at Richmond was cancelled due to the bad weather.