Report by Sarah Carless
Competition goes ahead at weather affected Eland Lodge
Ascott-Under-Wychwood, Bovington and Burgie all fell victim to adverse weather conditions which resulted in the events sadly being abandoned. Sapey in the mid-week was also another victim of the weather.
Weather also affected the first day of competition at Eland Lodge’s first event of the year. However, following further inspection and improving conditions, competition went ahead on Sunday as planned.
Izzy Taylor dominated Novice Section K with four horses placing in the top ten. She won aboard Serafina who had a 0.1 penalty margin over her second placed horse Direct Casino. Izzy also came fifth with Monkeying Around and seventh with Artful Trinity.
A finalist in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE100 championship headed up BE100 Section I. Rebecca Woolley and Appache Breeze were having their first run of the year as they prepare for the event which takes place in two weeks. They finished on their dressage score of 22 to take the win. It will be their second visit to the championships – they competed in the BE100 class in 2014.
Rebecca has owned Po, as she is known at home since she was four to go hunting. She explains: “As time went on, Po turned into a devil pony so I went for some lessons with Kate Walls. She watched her jump and said take her eventing. We won our first BE90 together and carried on from there gaining some very successful results at BE100 too. We went to Badminton Grassroots in 2014 and had a really annoying stop cross country. We have qualified again for this year which is very exciting and we are looking forward to it. Eland was my first run this season and my pre-Badminton run. Winning my section was fantastic and has given us lots of confidence to go to Badminton in a few weeks. We love Eland and always try and go and support the event. I owe everything to this pony, she has a heart of a lion and always tries her best. You name it, we have done it… She really is a pony of a lifetime. Thanks to her I now have the eventing bug and have another horse at novice level, aiming for the 1* at Rockingham.”
Annabel Carthy continued her successful season in BE100 Under 18 Section J. Following on from a second place at Breckenborough, she took the win at Eland Lodge on board Diamond R.
Section Results: BE100 Section G Rosie Rickett, Chevalian Duchess; BE100 Section H Sarah Jones, Primitive Caveman; Open Novice Section L Naomi Lawrence, So Quiet.
Photographs courtesy of Harriet Collins