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Sarah Carless Reports …
Ebery secures Mitsubishi Motors Cup spot with regional final win
Kate and Whichway Over took victory in the competitive and large BE90 regional final – with 47 riders vying for their place, adding nothing to their dressage score of 29.5. Kate has owned the nine-year-old warmblood mare for the last four years who recovered from an operation earlier this year.
Kate, who recently graduated from Hartpury College with an BSc(Hons) in Equestrian Sports Science, commented: “I have brought her on from having not done anything to have competed and been placed at 100 level. This season started later than normal for us for a few reasons, I have just graduated from Hartpury so I was focusing on my dissertation and finals. My mare also had an operation on her stifle in April so I wasn’t expecting to compete her this year, however she recovered so well we thought we’d have a try and take each event as it came. I have been based with Louise Harwood this season and I can honestly say the training I have received from her and the continued support has truly helped us do so well. I was really hoping to qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup so I was truly lucky to have Louise warming me up and helping me for each phase of the event which I believe helped me keep my cool on the day and we are now off to Badminton next year which has been a lifetime goal. It’s surreal I still can’t believe it.”
As well as hosting the regional final, the event received more than 400 entries in its other classes ranging from BE80(T) TO Open Novice as riders sought to complete their season.
In BE90 Section C, Laura Ridout collected yet another win with Coolodge Sox. The pairing has had a fantastic season with a total of six wins and three second places at this level, with an impressive record of not being out of the top six in any of their 14 competitions. On this occasions they scored 26.5 in the dressage and had a double clear, making it their 13th clean sheet of the season.
Hannah Leeson has won two of her three events in 2016, collecting her second at Broadway with Fernhill Beach Boy. Even a pole down in the show jumping to add to their dressage of 25.0 was not enough to deny them the win.
British international rider ended the season on a high taking victory in Novice Section H on Brackenspa Bramble. The pair were the last to go cross country of the Novice competitors and they made the course look easy with a class clear to win on their dressage score of 28.8. Harry had further success with Gideon taking fifth in Novice Section J and Red Kite placing sixth in Novice Section I. His working rider Tim Rogers also had a successful weekend with second places in Open Novice Section K on Shannondale Mel and BE100 Section N on Bloomfield Bantry.
Finishing the season on top was Honor McFarlane, who took her first win of 2016 in BE100 Section M with Ziggy IX. The pair scored an impressive 19.0 in their dressage test to which they didn’t add any jumping faults to take a clear victory. The pair have moved up a level in 2016 having competed in the BE90 Championships at this year’s Mitsubishi Cup and winning gives them a great platform from which to start 2017.
Other results; BE90 Section A Jessica Rudkin, Proper Dazzler; BE90 Section B Tammy-Jo Bethell, Reckless; BE90 Section D Saffron Cresswell, Lostock Jazzman; BE80 Section G Sarah Blackmore, The Flower Moon; Novice Section I Alice Pearson, TJ Charlene; Novice Section J Sara Squires, Ramexicos Man; Open Novice Section K, Richard Waygood, Prospector Joe; BE100 Section L Nicola Collins, Jumbos Rose II; BE100 Section N Becky Woolven, Blue Zucchini; BE100 Open Section O Hannah Gadras, Champion Owens.
Photographs courtesy of TB Photographic