Millie Wain reports ..
There was one day of competition at Bold Heath Equestrian Centre; the organisers, volunteers and grounds team worked very well to ensure that BE90 and BE100 sections went ahead, before the rain unfortunately stopped play on Sunday. There were 7 sections and over 200 combinations running on the Saturday, including a national 5 year old qualifier for Osberton Horse Trials. Ken Davies designed the cross country courses, which were inviting for their competitors and designed to build confidence for riders and their horses.
Caroline Basnett won BE90 section E aboard Waipuna Rose, a 12 year old mare by Zagreb. This was their second win of the season and they were in third place after the first phase with a score of 22.3, but they added nothing to this, which sent them to the top of the leaderboard. They were the only combination in the top 5 to complete on their dressage score. In second place was Rio Hall riding Blakeney Palamino; this partnership have had a successful season and have not finished out of the top 6 in any of their runs. Third place in section E went to Sue Chadwick and Wylderswood McLaren, who were competing in their second BE event together and their first BE90.
BE100 section B was won by Ellie Clarke with Stanhopes Travelling Man. The combination had an excellent dressage score of 22.5 penalties and jumped a double clear, adding just 1.2 cross country time penalties to that. This left them 3.6 penalties ahead of second place, which went to Nathalie Ecclestone and Royale Maiden. Stanhopes Travelling Man is a 14 year old gelding who has accumulated 864 foundation points over the years, including a win at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup this year. After her win at Bold Heath, we spoke to Ellie:
“We are a new partnership and this was only our second event together so we are still learning about each other. Stan has previously been ridden by Laura Greenhalgh who had brilliant results with him. It was my first time visiting Bold Heath who had done a great job in testing conditions but the courses were educational so it was worth the trip for us and always nice to come home with a win. We plan to carry on getting to know each other for the rest of the season and head to Richmond next and then probably spend the winter show jumping.”
There was one BE100open section at Bold Heath and the winner was Jessica Burnham riding Not Done. In their first season together, they have had successful runs at BE100 level, including getting a double clear at the National Under 18 Championships. In section C, the top 3 combinations completed on their dressage scores of 27.3 penalties; it was the cross country time which determined the final placings. Second place went to Amy Hawley and Broadstone Numero Uno and in this place was Georgia Dukes and Caoife Z. Amy Hawley finished second in the 5yo section too, with Broadstone Promise, who also completed with a score of 27.3 penalties. The winner of the 5yo class was Sam Ecroyd and Knocksharrys Dream with a score of 26.8.
Just 0.1 penalties separated the top two combinations in BE90 section F. Darren Hegan and Laura Hanson led the first phase, with both riders scoring 24.8 penalties. Laura Hanson added 0.8 cross country time penalties to her score aboard Langaller Starring Wish; this was enough to maintain their initial lead. Second place went to Hannah Barnett riding Welton Chillipepper, who added 0.4 time penalties to their dressage score of 25.3 penalties. In third place was Darren Hegan and Jensen on 28.8 penalties. Only three combinations in section F completed on their dressage scores (6th, 9th and 17th place).