Ruth Gregory reports..
Askham Bryan College, held it’s second and final event last weekend across Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of October. The event held solely national classes from BE80T to ON, but still attracted some familiar eventing celebrities, such as Willa Newton and Yorkshire based Nicola Wilson.
The winner of the ON section N was Mollie Mills, and Fune D or M. The conbonation put in a foot perfect performance to finish on their dressage mark of 30.5. It was the third consecutive win on the bounce for the pairing as they had also taken top honours in the N at the Coach Builders Skipton horse trials and the N at Buckminster Park.
Pushing them all the way to finish a close second was Jessica Walton, and Drewmain star Attraction, who also jumped double clear on a score of 31.3.
The Novice section L was won by Teri England and Coady Bay Logic. It was the eight-year-old gelding’s N debut, following on from his impressive record including; 2nd Shelford BE100, 3rd Moreton Morrell and 1st BE100 Askham Bryan last season. They claimed top spot by adding only 0.8 cross-country time penalties to their good dressage mark of 28.3. “Logic is owned and produced by me,” said Teri, “I’ve competed him in all disciplines to ensure for an well rounded education.” Teri works full time as an owner and director of a technology company but manages to squeeze in time to produce young horses for British breeders. Thus, under Teri the gelding has also proven his capabilities in across all disciplines, winning this year’s BD combined training championships, as well as, the arena eventing at Osberton in September. Following a very successful starting point from Teri, she is now handing the reins over to hopeful young rider Elecia Miller, who finished a very well deserved seventh on her other horse at Osberton CIC2*, and now aims to continue her success and bid for U18 teams with Logic.
Lucy Sugden and Elbandani took the N section M crown to make it three wins in a row for the experienced combination. “The win was very special as it was Elbandani’s third consecutive win at this level,” says Lucy, “we previously had issues cross country due to her being rather strong so being able to put that problem behind us has been a huge confidence boost.” They led the field from start to finish on their dressage score of 31.3. “Darcy’s dressage was accurate but felt rather explosive as they usually do with the amount of power she has,” explained Lucy. “And it certainly didn’t help being near the showjumping, with her past career being showjumped by Paul Barker, but we managed to keep it together and finish with a foot perfect double clear inside the time round a track that caused plenty of problems.” Her next plans for the mare are to move her up to intermediate level early next spring and to then try and compete Darcy in a couple of NRF class’ to try in the hope of qualifying for Gatcombe’s novice Championship.
Whilst, Northallerton based, Nicola Wilson, jumped double clear to finish fourth on a score of 32.3 with Mattie Clover.
Leading the way in the BE100Open section K was Eliza Stoddart with the seven-year-old mare Genia. The mare has previously competed pure showjumping so this was her first season eventing and Askham Bryan was her first win. The pair jumped double clear inside the time to add nothing to their solid dressage of 26.0. “She’s preformed to her best in all three phases,” says Eliza, “It shows how much she’s come on and gained experience this year and I was thrilled for her owner Sue Ridley, who has been a great support to me this year.” The run was a prep before the mare’s final event of the season and first N run at Aston-Le-Walls. Coincidently, owner Sue Ridley’s, granddaughter Amelia Ludiman, won the BE90open with Tynan Mist, by only adding 3.2 cross country time faults for an eventual score of 26.5. “It was a successful weekend!”, said Eliza.
Willa Newton, crafted another lovely performance to take the BE100 section J win with the six-year-old gelding, Quba. They finished on a score of 27.7, adding the win to their string of top ten placings at BE100 this season, including a second at the fellow Yorkshire based event, Bishop Burton last weekend.
Images Courtesy of RJC Photography