Ruth Gregory reports ..
Warwick Hall welcomed competitors to the Cumbria horse trials last weekend. Entries were full across 24 sections from Open Novice to BE80(T) as riders and horses continued to thrive off the sport being given the green light.
The event organisers Douglas and Lucinda Weymouth told Eventing Worldwide;
“It was pleasing to see all competitors aiding by the new social distancing protocols and to hear from them how grateful they were to be back out competing. There were many competitors who loved having practice fence assistants provided for them in the show jumping collecting ring and the strict limiting of numbers working in.
The courses were set out to give an educational run and many people enjoyed clear rounds. The rain on Saturday morning didn’t dampen spirits and the rest of the weekend ran like clockwork not least because competitors appreciated the need to come forward on time at all the disciplines. Warwick Hall lends itself particularly well to running ‘behind closed door.’.”
Winners of the Open Novice Section K were Katie Corteen and Forgeland Tiger Tot who added nothing to their dressage mark of 26.8 to seal the win. The partnership is now into their fifth season eventing together where Katie’s produced the mare successfully through the levels from BE90 to CCI-3*, including a win in the Intermediate at Bishop Burton last summer.
Their win here is made more special as there was a bump in the road where ‘Totty’ suffered from colic at the end of last year.
Katie told eventing worldwide;
“I’m absolutely thrilled from Totty to come out after the break feeling as good as she does. She came out at the beginning of the season underweight and weak. However, the Covid break has actually benefitted her hugely, she’s had lots of time in the field and has put on so much weight. It gave us time to go back to basics and she has never looked or felt better!
We are now heading to Cholmondeley Castle and then to Burgham 3*with the hope of stepping up to 4* before the end of the year.
Totty is a professional self-harmer and causes us unless sleepless nights, but she’s worth every bit of worry!”
Sara Bowe and MHS Seventeen made it back to back wins after the restart by taking Novice Section I. They produced another smart double clear to add nothing to their dressage mark of 29.3.
Whilst Wills Oakden was another rider who carried on his winning form from Aske by picking up a Novice win. He piloted wife Stephanie’s six-year-old gelding Cooley Cando to top spot in Section L. Wills and Stephanie share the gelding, she previously finished 5th in a BE100 section with him at Oasby back in March.
Amy Roberts and Fruitloop were victorious in Section J finishing on a score of 24.8. It is their first eventing win together after 4 years, from which Amy has produced the eight-year-old from BE90 though to 2*.
Amy’s other horse Lionheart finished 5th in Section L.
She told Eventing Worldwide;
“It was their first event back after lockdown and they both went super. Fruitloop finished on his dressage score which I was thrilled about. And then my other horse Lionheart had an unfortunate pole but a great clear cross country. They are going to have two more runs at Novice before Burgham 2*, then after that they will both move up to Intermediate.
The event was run a little different and strange to what we are all used to but the team at Warwick Hall did a super job and the course was very inviting for everyone’s first run.”
Grace Lumley had a very successful weekend picking up two wins in the BE100 sections. She led from start to finish in Section A with Sharon Parnaby’s, Kilnamana Henry to finish on a score or 25.4. Her second win was in Section D with her own and Colin Slight’s, Rise N Shine. They posted a near perfect dressage score of 20.5, only added a handful of penalties show jumping to remain in poll position and finish on 25.7.
“The ground was brilliant and a lovely course at Warwick it rode great. Rise N Shine, known at home as Jethro, had his first win. He’s not been the easiest to produce but I couldn’t fault him all day he’s really started to clock onto his job!
It was Henry’s (Kilnamana Henry), second win at this level. He’s a brave horse and tries his hardest all the time, he loves his cross country and is 17.2hh, a gentle giant! The 3am start was worth it! Thanks to my lovely owners who are so supportive as it wouldn’t be possible without them.”
Another rider picking up multiple wins was Robyn Gray. She took the BE90 Section M win with DHS Quinton by jumping double clear to add nothing to the lowest dressage score of the weekend of 20.0. Then she won the BE80(T) Section W with Killaloe Flash the Cash. It was a great eventing debut for the gelding who also jumped double clear to finish on his dressage mark of 28.3.
Robyn told Eventing Worldwide;
“They were both five-year-olds having their first runs, the aim was to get around and give them an educational day, and they exceeded themselves to end up winning both sections. They were both bought by Vicki Irlam from the Monart and Go for Gold sales in Ireland as unbroken three-year-olds along with another one I had on the day who finished 4th (Sunny Side Up). A huge thank you to everyone at Warwick it was very well organised, and everything put in place correctly as needed.”
Other results: BE100 Section B; Leanne Graves, Showcase; BE100 Section C; Finlay Marsden, Ardagh Epic; BE100 Section F; Sam Ecroyd, Harthill Bahri; BE100 Section G; Alexis Gregory, Lady Hill; BE100Open Section E; Lucy Harley, Fernhill Inspector; BE100Open Section H; Sarah Bartlett, Pauldraray’s Dunn and Only; BE90 Section N; Rachel Kane, Hey Listen; BE90 Section O; Victorua Gladwyn, Sonnersted; BE90 Section P; Bethany Lee, Creevagh Hannah; BE90 Section Q; Beckie Cornder, Ginny Vi: BE90 Section R; Emma Corner, Katonah Els; BE90 Section S; Anna Layfield, Derrygimbla Boy; BE90Open Section T; Anna Hindmarsh, Mile High; BE80 (T) Section U; William Pittendridgh, Drybarrows Jock Deeds; BE80(T) Section V; Tracy Houston, Pallasgreeen Promise; Be80(T) Section X; Rachel Thomas, Smithins Law.