Cat Jamieson reports..

Borde Hill (1) located in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, held over the Bank Holiday weekend of 25th to 27th May 2019 Sponsored by JH BUILDERS & BILL KEAR ARENAS & GALLOPS Supporting Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. With thanks to organisers Lucy Cunliffe, John Hill and Bill Kear, and Event Secretary – Ann Allen.

All full sections with classes ranging from BE80(t) to Novice levels, all tracks make good use of the parkland and woodland settings. Fences are well presented and dressed, with a mix of permanent fences and sturdy portables.

A super 3 days of Eventing – with great feedback from competitors and some happy ending stories below:

BE 100 Section L was won by Philippa Hendry on Chevalian Armagnac with a 17.30 dressage and Double Clear jumping – Philippa finished on the lowest score of the 3 days, this is her 2nd win of the season so far, having won one of the BE100 sections at AuW in April, giving them 2 Regional Final tickets for the Mitsubishi Cup so far.

BE 100 Section M – Eleanor Simes – Herberts Way – 28.50 won the section with 2nd place was Alanna Sparrow who told me a bit about the day: “Great day at Borde Hill on Sunday. Angels Spirit (Goose) and Ardagh Aladdin (Robin) , nicknamed ‘the birds’ , both finishing on their dressage scores with fantastic double clears. Angels Spirit finished 2nd, off the back of her win at the BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup championship held at Badminton earlier this month. Ardagh Aladdin finished 7th – a very pleasing result for this young horse who is so exciting for the future with such scope and a brilliant attitude at only his 3rd ever event. He was bought from Brook and Kathy Staples at the end of last year, to whom we are very grateful. Both horses are owned by Rasshied Din, who is CEO of Chelwood Equestrian Training Centre.”

BE 100 Section N taken by Matthew Selby – Fleetwater Capriccio – 23.80

Sam Sweeney had 2 horses in the Novice – “Alan Watson’s James was up first, It wasn’t the best place for James who is much better over the open galloping courses than the twisty, clever ones but he jumped a great round and added just 2.8 time faults to finish 8th. Next up was Julia Soyke Poppy, aka the Mighty Midget. The two jumping phases were right up her street. Skipping around both clear and inside the time to finish 2nd. I’m very proud to say that she was the only ‘proper’ Novice horse (there were 2 ON’s) to make the xc optimum time, she really is the most fantastic horse to ride xc.”

BE 90 Section E – Eloise Van Praagh – Coolooney Gurteen – 29.80. 2nd in the section Jen Mulachy was over the moon with their result “It was our second BE of the season (and only our third overall). Our first this year at Firle didn’t go to plan with Leo slipping in the SJ before the first fence resulting in us both falling and elimination. As a result, this weekend I was looking forward to just being able to finish and bring us home safely.
Dressage done, SJ survived and clear xc with some time faults. However, I didn’t realise how well he’d scored in his test until we heard at the end of xc so was very pleasantly surprised to hear we’d done.
I’ve owned him since weaning and produced him myself, so this was a very special moment for me.”

BE 90 Section F – Jasmine Wilks – Colwills Silver Hill – 24.80, 2nd was – Jill Price who was 3rd in this section on Hildare Clonshire Noble said “I am so pleased with our round, we are trying to get one more Regional Final qualification, then move up to BE 100. Really aiming for Grassroots Badminton, which has always been the dream.”

BE 90 Section G – Stephanie Key – Osea Diamond – 24.80 “I arrived at Borde Hill in good spirits and very excited to take on the BE90 after completing the unaffiliated 80 there last year and bagging 5th place. I was slightly dreading the drop at fence 8 (you can tell from the hilarious photo that the photographer caught) but he warmed up like a star and by the time we got to 8 we were flying – literally! Still not knowing my dressage score I kept a check on my watch to make sure we were on time and we flew through the finish with 6 seconds to spare! As I dismounted and started to walk him off my mum came running up to me and told me with tears in her eyes that I got a 24.8 dressage!!! I was gobsmacked! This is by far the best score I’ve ever had, and I burst into tears!! I spent the next few hours tensely waiting for all of the scores to go up and finally at 6.15pm it was confirmed… we had WON our first BE event!!! I am still absolutely beaming and so grateful to all of my family, friends and fabulous sponsor Osea Leisure, without whom we wouldn’t be able to compete as much as we do!”

Nikki Devulder was 3rd in one of the 90 sections “I am absolutely delighted with our result as 7 years ago at the age of 10 Alfie had a kissing spine operation with only a 50% chance of ever working again now 17 and feeling as fit and strong as ever for me and Alfie this really is a dream come true and feel this is our year Alfie is a 17’3 ROR (pay or pay) with the biggest heart a great attitude to work.”

BE 90 Section I – Rachel Fisher – Sidney Rebel – 28.30, Abi Scott (15) was delighted with her 3rd place in BE90 Section I, finishing on her dressage score of 29.5, on her stunning chestnut 14hh Welsh Sports Pony, Camarnaint Rambler (Barney).
“I have produced Barney from a 5 year old and we have learnt together. We started eventing at BE80 last Spring with success. By last autumn we were eventing at BE90 and I’m thrilled to have a top 3 placing and Regional Final qualifier so early on in our career.

The courses at Borde Hill are always taxing with the showjumping arena on a slope and up-to-height cross country on undulating ground. Barney flew the SJ giving each jump plenty of air, and then brought me back within the time XC despite me forgetting to start my stopwatch!
I’d love to qualify for Badminton Grassroots and also be given the chance to represent the BE South East 90 team next season.”

BE 90 Open Section K – Harry Dzenis – Déjà Vu – 26.80 Harry had 3 horses at the event and also came 3rd on My Eastwood Brightside, his other horse was also in the top 20. Harry said on his Facebook page that it was his first ride on Vicki Wilkins Déjà vu, and that she stormed round for the win, excited to see what the rest of the season holds for her.

ON Section T – Elisabeth Halliday Sharp – Gorsehill Cooley – 33.30, Elisabeth had a very successful event with 4 horses, 1st, 2nd and 2x4th places, all Cooley horses, gaining 18 foundation points between them.

Other winners:

BE 100 Section O – Abigail Woodward – Willbrook Cougars Diamond – 31.3

BE 100 Open Section P – Maisie Morgan – Shannondale Mel – 32.70

BE 100 Openu18 Section Q – Ella Ricci – Access Bill – 26.30

BE 80 (t) Section A – Jasmine Wilks – Lough Derg Joe – 26.50

BE 80 (t) Section B – Hannah Rogers – HCB Honey – 28.30

BE 80 (t) Section C – Joint Winners – Dinah Smith and Allison Ingram both scoring 27.50

BE 90 Section H – Jane Lee – Castleview Master Quality – 28.30

BE 90 Section J – Jenny Naylor-Davis – Jump Que – 29.30

N Section R – Josh Moore – Funny Boy Fortuna – 27.00

N Section S – Brook Staples – Ardagh Breeze – 30.90

Section D – Bridget Priest – Culmore Frank – 25.00

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