Burgie Horse Trials(1) kicked off eventing in the North of Scotland for 2015 with a promising start to the day with sunshine in the morning followed by some wintery spells of weather for the rest of the day however the ground and high spirits held up remarkably well.

The show jumping and cross country tracks were fair but challenging enough for the start of the season. The cross country courses were beautifully dressed with the addition of new routes and new fences to create a new look for Burgie. The weather perhaps played part in the time being not so easy to achieve across all the sections.

The Open Intermediate started the day off with a one two for Wills Oakden winning with a 22 dressage which was also the highest scoring dressage mark and best completing score of the day, on Frances Hay-Smith’s Alfi Brown and second place on Chiara D, he continued on his winning streak with another win for Novice debutant Ballbreaker (pictured) owned by Stephanie O’Neill.

Rachael MacInnes from Inverness and 15.3h 8 year old mare Sioux Dreamcatcher won BE100 Section C on a dressage score of 30. Cameron Crawford from Melrose on 9 year old 17.1h gelding Cryptonite (pictured) won BE100 Section D finishing on a dressage score of 31. “Cryptonite is new to me this year and was found by Caroline Powell and had done nothing until we got him. Very green. This is his second win this season. He is such a cool person. So genuine, with an amazing jump. Has taken a lot of effort to get him here. Did question Caroline the week after I got him home, on why she thought he was right for me after he had smacked me in the face after a disagreement schooling. She still has the message and threaten to release it now I have won!! She rides my 4 star horse at badminton next week, Onwards and upwards so exciting times”

15year old Laila Bedawi from Aberdeen piloted 14.2h Sherbet to a BE90 Section E win with an impressive dressage score of 26! “Burgie was Sherbet and my first BE event of the season and I was absolutely delighted to win my section with a double clear within the time. I was so happy she went clear in the SJ as that kept us in with a chance as we went off to the XC phase, both our favourite part. It was not until after I came back from my second round of the XC in the 80 section on Lara, my friend David Lawson’s pony that he has kindly lent me to ride for the past month, that I was told by my mum that I had won my section on Sherbet “We compete in all PC & RC activities and hope to qualify for Badminton Grassroots together with help from my trainers Sally Macarthy and Phoebe Buckley“

BE90 Section F was won by Emily Kerr from Nairn on 15hh 7 year old Gortimore Giggidee Goo (pictured) “Spike can sometimes be a bit nervous but loves the cross county and is an absolute machine! It was our first win and he gave it his absolute best and I couldn’t ask for more from him! I’ve only had him since September so hopefully we’ll have some more fun round the eventing season this year!”

BE80 Section G was won by Ashleigh Stewart from Banff on 15.2 mare Berryley Northern Star. BE80 section H was won by Eloise Plant from Alford on her young horse 16.2 mare A Kind of Magic “The conditions at Burgie were interesting! We had a hail storm for our dressage, but Magic wasn’t phased by it, resulting in a dressage score of 27. It then started to snow quite heavy when we were warming up for the show jumping, I did consider withdrawing Magic before the show jumping but when I started going over practise jumps she felt great! Picking up nicely over the fences, people came out saying that the arena wasn’t too slippy so I went in and was thrilled when we jumped a clear round. Magic flew round the cross country course, answering every question that was asked, even though I think she was a bit confused why she was doing cross country in the snow!”

Burgie want to express a HUGE thank you to all volunteers and were delighted to see so many competitors coming north and look forward to welcoming every one back in June.
Endless praise and positive feedback has been received for Burgies spring event and we look forward to the next two events on the 14th of June and 19th September. Check out www.burgie.org to see what else Burgie has on at their June event and make a weekend of it!

Report by Kimberley Barclay

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