As far as beautiful venues go Dalkeith is well up there………..
The Airowear BE80 kicked things off on Saturday morning with a win in Section A from Jasmine Turnbull and her gelding Port for Paddy “I’m over the moon with my first win BE on my young horse Paddy, at only his fourth time eventing. He did a lovely dressage test, the relaxed atmosphere in the dressage warm up really helped him get in the zone. The show jumping course was very inviting and Paddy jumped a great rhythmical round. He flew round the cross country very confidently and we crossed the finish feeling completely elated that we were in the lead! It was an added bonus to find out our score of 27.5% was the best out of all the BE80(T) sections that day. I’m looking forward to future events with Paddy, hard work really does pay off!”
Section B was won by Jessica Friell and her own 14.2h gelding Harbour Lad. Ella Robson and her gelding Bobby Dazzler won Section C.
BE90 Section D sponsored by Equikro won on a fabulous score of 23.3 by the 17h grey Zelano ridden by Carly Scott . Section E sponsored by Divine Energy won by Eilidh MacAulay and her own Silver X finishing on the best dressage score of her section of 25.5. KBIS Section F was won by Laura Brennan riding the 15.2h gelding Bogis.
Saturday also held the 4 and 5 year old classes both won by Alex Hua Tian who had a hatrick of a weekend and also posting the three best dressage scores over the two days and all seven of his rides finishing inside the top 10, not a bad weekend at the office!
BE100 Section H was won by Jennifer Pearson riding the 17h gelding As You Like It V
Section I won by David Gatherer who was Thrilled with his mare Fugley II .. “she might be a chestnut mare but one of the most straightforward horses I have had in a long time…”
Section J won by Valco II ridden by Dawn Edward. “It was fantastic to win @ CSHT since Dad is now organiser of the event and I was riding his horse, I did however feel under pressure due to the fact Valco II was dad’s pony! It was only Valco II & I second event of the season so I had planned just to have a successful day, I didn’t expect the result I got! Overall the event was fantastic and bring on next year. A massive thanks must go to the whole committee and volunteers as we couldn’t do what we do without them”.
The BE100 sections got Sundays competition under way under glorious sunshine!
Section K was won by Miranda Robertson riding her own 11year old gelding Elstar Van De Smishoeve. Section L was won by Alex Hua Tian aboard William XVII on an incredible 11.5 dressage!
U18 section M was won my Laura Runciman on her gelding Soviet Star.
Sunday also hosted the novice classes and Section N won by Georgia Burns on her on Avontuur. Section O by Katherine Hague riding Cooley Timepiece who thought it “was absolutely beautiful setting with fantastic courses both my horses ran extremely on the ground”. The under 18 Novice section P was won by Lucinda Crawford riding Turbo Toy. Open section Q was won by Jay Ryder riding the gelding Black Boy Clover.
BE90 section R sponsored by Equikro was won by Aberdeenshire rider Caitlin Padfield on her 6year old Quincy IV who had “his best show jumping and cross country round to date! Everything is just finally starting to click with him. He is really developing and maturing and I am excited about his future. We will hopefully progress forward to our first BE100 very soon” Megan Laurie riding her own Milo VII won the Divine Energy Section S “ It was a fantastic day. Our first win eventing with our best dressage score to date. I couldn’t be prouder of my horse he was amazing” Section T won by Jade Thompson on her own 8 year old gelding Balladeer Maestro.
Organiser Bruce Edward “Is delighted with the weekend, our entries were great and everyone seemed to have a good time.The weather was nearly kind to us , only raining heavily for the last 20 horses or so on Sunday.I would like to thank Buccleuch Estates for hosting us in such a beautiful setting and allowing us to develop the event. We aim to make further improvements to the cross country for next year and incorporate some more permanent fences. I look forward to seeing everyone in April 2016.”
And as always a massive thank you to all volunteers and sponsors who help make it all happen!
Report By Kimberly Barclay
Photographs Courtesy of Dave Cameron