15 February saw Central Scotland Horse Trials host the second Scottish leg of the arena eventing series at Highfield at Howe equestrian centre.
The Central Scotland committee said ‘’ it was great to be able to bring the event to Howe equestrian centre and be part of this new arena eventing series.’’
The BE80 class saw more than 40 competitors come forward to take on Les Smith’s 16 fence course. Taking the honours was local competitor Amy Crozier and Roxy with Sophie O’Neil and Silver second and Anna Dalglish and Dunny the Dun third.
The BE90 and BE100 classes were hotly-contested with competitors chasing qualification for the BE Arena Eventing Championship tobe held at the European Championships at Blair Castle 10-13 September.
BE90 winner Lorna Balfour said Harry (Harvest Maus) “was a star and really loved jumping the bigger tracks again. “He made it feel easy, despite being only 14hh! He’s a brilliant jumper and very clean so suits these types of tracks.” Claire is now planning on qualifying Harry for Blair having competed at the three day but being there during the euros will be very different. And Harry? “I think Harry would love the big atmosphere!”
Second was Lorna Stirling and Easy Bay with Stephanie O’Neil and Crystal coming in third.
The BE100 section was headed by Claire Johnstone and Nya, with Emily Ryder and the Seasoned campaigner Dublin coming second and Lorna Balfour and Harry collecting their second rosette of the day in third.
Emily Ryder and Stephanie O’Neil between them took the top three slots in both the Novice and OI sections. Emily and Zippo won the Novice with Stephanie and Mrs Frost in second then the placings were reversed in the OI.
Stephanie commented that “the course rode really well which was surprising as it is not the biggest arena and the course looked quite twisty. It really kept the horses listening to their riders and it was a great way to make sure your horse is adjustable for the different types of fences and ready for the eventing season ahead.” Looking ahead to the season, Stephanie is hoping to make the CIC 2 star European team with the 17yr old Mrs Frost, and then progress onto CCI 3 star with her, but is also hoping to qualify one of her younger horses for the arena eventing final at Blair as it would be great experience for them. And with points on the board in both the 90 and 100 classes that may well happen.
Full results can be found at www.centralscotlandhorsetrials.co.uk
The next leg of the arena eventing series in Scotland will be held at The Cabin on 22 February.
BE80 1st Amy Crozier & Roxy; 2nd Sophie O’Neil & Silver; 3rd Anna Dalglish & Dunny the Dun
BE90: 1st Lorna Balfour & Harry; 2nd Lorna Stirling & Easy Bay; 3rd Stephanie O’Neil & Crystal
BE100: Claire Johnstone & Nya; 2nd Emily Ryder & Dublin; 3rd Lorna Balfour & Harry
Novice: 1st Emily Ryder & Zippo; 2nd Stephanie O’Neil & Mrs Frost; 3rd Emily Ryder & Dublin
OI: 1st Stephanie O’Neil & Mrs Frost; 2nd Emily Ryder & Zippo; 3rd Stephanie O’Neil & Beek Fee
Report and Photos Courtesy of Dave Cameron Photography