Millie Wain reports ..
There was one day of competition held at Bishop Burton Equestrian Centre in Yorkshire. With heavy rainfall on Saturday evening, the organisers had to make the difficult decision to cancel Sunday’s competition.
Lizzie Baugh had a successful day with all 4 of her rides going double clear and picking up top 10 placings. Lizzie took the top spot in BE100 section C riding the 7-year-old KEC Jack Daniels and was delighted with all of her horses, particularly due to the fact that they are all relatively new to the level. Lizzie and KEC Jack Daniels were in 6th place after the first phase and added nothing to that, finishing on their starting score of 26.5 penalties. In second place was Hazel Towers riding Crispy Sea on a score of 28.8 and Emma Littlewood completed the top 3 in section C aboard Maysong.
KEC Jack Daniels is a fairly new ride to Lizzie, after she bought him in the summer: “So far he has won 3 out of the 5 events I have done with him. He’s a lovely kind, athletic horse and a cross country machine. He was brought as one to produce and sell on so unfortunately will be for sale at the end of the season, I will be sad to see him go!”
Here’s what Lizzie had to say about her time at Bishop Burton: “All the horses ran really well and it was one of those rewarding weekends where everything seemed to fall into place! Between myself and my sister, we had 7 horses running in the BE100 so it was certainly a busy morning, but great to see the scores and results when we had finished.” Lizzie is heading to Norton Disney and Oasby over the next few weeks with her string of talented horses; she is hopeful that they will continue their good form and gain some more experience.
The winner of Novice section E was Eva Carrier riding Omars Lass. This was their fourth run at Novice level; the pair have had three top 6 placings since they moved up to Novice at Shelford Manor at the end of August. They were the only combination in all of the Novice sections to add nothing to neither their dressage score nor cross country time penalties and Eva was delighted with the win: “I completely didn’t expect to win so soon after stepping Molly (Omar’s Lass) up to Novice. She’s a fast horse and although that can impact our dressage, she has never had trouble with the time cross country”. Adam Morgan finished in second place with Manfriday on the same score of 33 penalties, but were further away from the optimum time of 4 minutes and 40 seconds around the cross country course. In third place was Sam Ecroyd and Harthill Bahri. We spoke to Eva following her win:
“I hadn’t been to Bishop Burton before and my initial thoughts walking the course were that it was definitely a kick on type of course. I was then watching the results on the way home, realising everyone in my section was getting time faults, so we kept moving up the leader board and I couldn’t believe it when we reached the top.”
Eva used to compete in the U18 programme until she went to Harper Adams University for 4 years. She told us how lucky she was that her mum was happy to keep the horses: “I could only ride at weekends. Now I’ve finished, I’m working for my dad full time 8-5 at the family business Carrier Landscapes, so I’m able to put a lot more time into horses again outside of that.”
“I’ve had Molly 2 years and she has really benefitted from the consistent work I’m able to put into her now. I ride her every day before work and I’ve really noticed the difference that’s making. Molly is not an easy ride as she’s sharp and opinionated, but recently I’ve really started to get to grips with what makes her tick and her confidence and trust in me has grown, so we’re a good team and she’s really enjoying her job! She loves jumping and going fast, but she’s also careful.”
The pair have planned to compete at 2 more events for the rest of the season at the same level and gain some MERs to move up a level. Eva said, “Molly will have a bit of time off at the end of the season, but them I’m planning to do lots of dressage over the winter as it’s the phase I struggle with the most.”
BE100 section B was won by Anna Dawson riding Souris De Ness. Anna got Souris De Ness as a 2-year-old and broke her in and produced her. Anna works part time so is able to enjoy producing a few young horses alongside her job: “It’s what I love doing.” The combination jumped a double clear inside the time to finish on their dressage score of 31.8 penalties, leaving them 1.2 penalties ahead of second place, which went to Samantha Jimmison and Dysart Dun. Only three combinations added nothing to their first phase scores, the third being Caitlin Pitcher and GFE Cordexus in 8th place. Eventing Worldwide spoke to Anna after her win:
“It felt great to get the win at Bishop Burton and end the season with a result that the pony thoroughly deserved. Quite a relief actually. Hopefully this pony will sell to go down the pony event route and I will take great pleasure in watching her go on. I’ve got a couple of young hunters in so I will have a bit of fun with them over the winter.”