Ruth Gregory reports..
As the season recommenced it was a different scene to where we’d left off 4 months previous.
Aske hosted the first Northern event back at the gorgeous North Yorkshire estate.
The organisers of BEDE events were applauded for their efforts in sticking it government restrictions to provide a brilliant weekend of competition in the July sunshine. Sections ran from BE90 to Open Intermediate, with the entries decorated with familiar sporting stars and ammeters alike, all sharing the joy of being allowed to finally run after an antagonising wait.
Wills Oakden made the journey down from Perthshire worthwhile with 5 top 7 placings across the intermediate sections, including 2 wins and 4 double clears.
He won Section H riding Ella MacGregor’s, MacGregors Cooley.
His other ride in the section, Hilton Cooley finished second, the nine-year-old is a new ride for Wills this season after he was previously campaigned by Katherine Lindsay. Their new partnership already seems to be blossoming as they also won an ON section at Ilseham on their debut back in February.
Wills’ second win came in the OI Section J with AKD Cooley Lockdown who is also owned by Ella. Their result here takes their tally to 4 wins at this level.
Ireland’s Susie Berry got her season restart off to a flier by also clocking up multiple wins over the weekend. She won the OI Section I with Ringwood LB. The pairing campaigned successfully at 4* last season, including a 13th placing at Blenheim.
Susie’s other wins came in the Novice sections. She won the ON section E riding Carolines Air KM and then section U with Kilcandra Capitol.
Winners of Section F were Sara Bowe and MHS Seventeen, they pipped Keeva Johnson and Cornacaus to top spot by 0.1 of a penalty. Local rider Sara has produced the gelding from BE90 to Novice, where he hasn’t been outside of the top 10 at only of his Novice starts. So, looking set to make a promising step up to Intermediate in the future.
There was also a fine margin separating the top 2 in BE90 Section K. Tilly Milbank and Manninard Domhnall jumped double clear to add nothing to their dressage score of 32.3 to secure the win. Whilst, Nick Ireland piloted Billy Bank to second place with a score of 32.8.
Grace Barr and Balnasna were another combination to win on their dressage mark in BE90 Section M. The 14hh pony was only 1 out of 3 double clears in the section.
Emily King also had a successful weekend bagging herself two wins across the BE100 sections. She won Section Q with David King’s MBF Artic Emperor. Whilst it was a perfect debut for her and new ride Impostant as they added nothing to their impressive dressage mark of 22.0 to top Section S.
Amy Osborne and her homebred Walter Tate jumped double clear in Section C to bag a win. Amy’s campaigned the gelding for five seasons where together they’ve shared some great moments, including completing Badminton’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup 2019 and winning the competitive Yorkshire Challenge Class as Frickley in 2018.
Other results: BE100 Section A; James Adams, Irco; BE100 Section B; Robyn Bowness, Country Fair Lady; BE100 Section D; Molly Turcan, Tubberscanavan Clover; Novice Section G; Brier Leahy, Will Celtic Wingman; BE90 Section L; Lucille Jones, Mabel III; BE90 Section N; Jane Thompson, Lord Bless Van T Molhem; BE90 Section O; Katie Woddall, Brave and Blazing Boy; BE100 Section P; Katie Magee, Jellyon; BE100 Section T; Lois Teal, Astronautes Voyage; BE100 Section R; Andrew Heffernan, Rafiki.