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Sarah Carless reports ….
End of season success at Calmsden
With the end of the eventing season nigh, Calmsden Horse Trials attracted a bumper entry of more than
500 entries over the two days of competition.
The weather had been kind for the late season fixture, the second of Calmsden’s 2016 events, with near perfect going on the Andrew Hunter built cross country course, which ran a different configuration to the July event.
The event offered up many success stories, none more so than for one rider who has qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in 2017. Stuart Nie picked up his third win of the season with Ponte Vecchio with victory in BE90 Section L. The pair have only been out of the top ten once this season and secured their place at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 Championships having come second at the BE90 Regional Final at Homme House.
Harriet George is another rider to have had a successful 2016. She has also only been out of the placings once this season with Challenge Accepted, and on this occasion, they were the winners in BE90 Section M – a second win of the year.
Harriet has had Gracie for a year, one of the first offspring of the breeder’s stallion Challenge, who recently came third at Horse of the Year Show Talent Seekers.
She told Eventing Worldwide; “I feel very lucky; she’s talented but sensible and great fun and she loves all three disciplines. I spent the winter producing her slowly and carefully, then brining her out to a few competitions. She won the pony club intermediate dressage championships this summer and then we started off her eventing season with a couple of 80s. She was very confident at the, so we thought we would finish off with some 90s. Next season I’m hoping to qualify her for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and move up to 100.”
Amelia Walker and Graphit Tren have had four top ten placings this season, but Calmsden was their first win when they took victory in BE100 Section H. Their previous success came at Keysoe 2, Keysoe 3 and Upton House.
Amelia commented: “Graphit Tren is a five-year-old I’ve had since a five year old and completely produced myself so the win meant a lot to me. He started eventing this year and has come in the top four in four of his six events so he really is a superstar. It was great to finish the year with a win as it makes you feel like all your hard work throughout the year has paid off. Calmsden was a joy to compete at and it made it even better by coming home with a rosette.”
Calmsden also marked the culmination of sponsor Equifeast’s Performance Bursary. This was awarded to Rebecca Neale. Despite suffering with a chest infection, Rebecca and her horse Pentrefelin Layla gave a solid performance in BE90 Section M. As winner of the bursary, Rebecca will be supported by the supplement company over the next 12 months. Cassandra Price, who had supported the finalists was also a winner at Calmsden, winning Novice Section A on Timmy Cruising.
Of her Bursary win Rebecca, who has owned 12 year Layla – a Welsh section D – since she was three commented: “I produced her myself. I bred from her and had a four-year-old son by Sempers Spirit. Over the years Layla has had a tendon injury which the vet thought she wouldn’t compete again, and a check ligament tweak. I have had two operations for ligament reconstruction on my ankle. We unfortunately had a fall on cross country at Mount Ballen in May but we have come back stronger. I am hoping we can provide some inspiration for those on native ponies, following injuries and after setbacks. My plans are to try and qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and to get her son out at BE80 and 90.”
Other section results; Open Novice Section B Clare Valender Ladys Sky High; Novice Section C William Fox-Pitt, Yes I Can; Novice Section D Andrew McConnon, Daddys Quest; Novice Section E Roberto Scalisi, Samarkand; Novice Section G Tom Jackson, Court Casper; BE100 Open Section G Laura Wall, Meacham Reality; BE100 Section I Kylie Roddy, Royale Messenger; BE100 Section J Philippa Kerby, Acorn; BE100 Open Section K Henry Insley, Highburren Lark; BE90 Section N Steffi Dampney, Eponastables Solo Warrior.
Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photos