Sarah Carless reports …
Aintree Equestrian – JAS
Katie Corteen and Curra Oko started their preparation for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, where they have qualified for the BE90 final, in style with a win in the BE100. The pair also finished seventh in the Novice.
Katie is a trainee solicitor and has owned Millie for six months. She told Eventing Worldwide: “She is absolutely brilliant and I cannot credit her enough, she is a chestnut mare but you would never think it. I have never had a horse as lovely. It felt very good to win as it really felt like my winter training ready for the season has paid off. I was able to keep the speed in the cross phase whilst doing the tight turns, something I have been working on. JAS I believe is very good for that, it teaches you to ride in a rhythm and if you do, then you are rewarded with good style marks and usually a good time as the encourages this further. JAS is also brilliant as it gets you eye back in ready to jump corners and technical fences without having to worry about the ground. The fences come up quick and fast like they would in a technical cross country and show jumping course. This has been my main aim whilst training, keeping Millie in a rhythm and jumping from any stride whilst looking and preparing for the next fence. I know the courses at Badminton will be very technical and tricky, so JAS is good for ensuring you are always thinking and on the ball after every fence. My first main aim of the year is to try and get a good placing at Badminton. We have been working very hard on all three phases ready for the day and it is a dream to get there. I am hoping to move up to Novice and potentially do a 1*, but we will have to see how it all goes. Right now I am just very much enjoying my lovely pocket rocket Millie and can’t wait to gallop in front of Badminton house.”
Maddie Maher had a successful day with Willoway Chigago – winning the BE90 and coming fourth in the BE100. Abigail Boulton started an impressive run of form with the first of two JAS victories with Carnsdale Quick Decision; the pair followed up their success at Aintree with a win at Hartpury in the same class. Jodie Simmonds came away from Aintree with a double of wins with Sannanvalley Bounce, taking the BE100 Open and Novice. Hattie McCance and Silk Town were the victors in the Open Novice.
Wickstead Horseplay – Arena Eventing
Katherine Davis took a one-two in the 80cm class with Princess Tinara taking victory and Keamore Darco taking second. Victory in the 90cm class went to Catherin Carleton Smith with Galway Realta whilst Anna Saunders and Curious Lady topped the 100cm class.
Bury Farm – JAS
A show rider led the field in the BE90 JAS class at Bury Farm. Aimee White and Silver Scribble were the victors and Aimee, who has competed at the Royal international and Horse of the Year Show and was on the winning team in the performance Connemara International team at Royal Dublin Horse Show in 2016, was surprised to win with the six-year-old mare.
Aimee told Eventing Worldwide: “Eventing isn’t normally my thing as I’ve pretty much grown up doing working hunter ponies. It was Scribble’s first JAS competition and I really did want to qualify for the final at Hartpury but had no idea she would do it on her first attempt – it’s safe to say I was pretty shocked when my mum told me I’d won the class – I was over the moon. My aim this year is to compete Scribble in the Intermediate worker hunter classes doing a few of the Royal International and HOYS qualifiers to see how she gets on. I also would like to do some BE with her as she’s proven quite talented and I know she would make a great little event horse. I love doing the JAS because its combines so much together; pace, ability, style and overall performance. They’re such fun to compete it and makes a change from an ordinary jumping.”
Southerly Roberts added to her list of JAS victories, winning the BE90 Open with Eldorado and the BE100 with LVS Jackpot. Another JAS specialist, Kylie Roddy, took victory in the Novice – riding Shearwater Bonepart, whilst Claire Deuten took the win in the Open Novice on Ustinov Van Elsenham. Katie Jackson and Hidcotes First Dancer won the BE100 Open.
Richmond EC – Arena Eventing
Poppy Carr and Carnsdale Dun Good were the winners in the first class of the day – the 80cm. Poppy has owned Dudley as he is known at home for a year.
Poppy told Eventing Worldwide: ‘He was a total novice and not done any competing when we got him so I took him to a few training shows and introduced him to BE80s then towards the end of the season I moved up to 90s and he was successful with two fourths. I am a member of South Durham Hunt Pony Club and did the Area team eventing and I some Working Hunters and Equifest. Richmond’s arena eventing appealed to me as it was a nice training event for youngsters and good way to introduce the upcoming season. It was a lovely course with the new steps and it was even better to win. I’m ooking forward to going to the championships next week and my aim for this year is to successfully step up to BE100.”
Penny Thompson and Just a Fluke II won the 100cm class and Libby Jane Soley won the 90cm class with Clorogue B A Star.