Sarah Carless reports …..
The second of Bovington’s British Eventing fixture of the season attracted a high number of entries and included regional finals for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at both BE90 and BE100 levels as well as classes from BE80(T) through to Novice.
In 2016 Jessie Vanassche & Da Vinci II competed in the BE90 Final of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup. And now they have qualified for the BE100 Championships as they won the regional final (section A) having placed 22nd at the regional final at Little Downham.
Jessie told Eventing Worldwide; “I can’t quite believe he has done it again. He is definitely my once in a lifetime horse and has been since I got him. He originally did a lot of dressage but I’ve converted him back to an eventer. I didn’t think we were going to get our qualification this year as everything seemed to stand in our way with events being rained off. Bovington was my last chance and he must of known. He was foot perfect the whole way through. He’s now enjoying a well deserved few weeks off before we
spend the winter show jumping as this seems to be our slightly weaker phase. I’m so excited that we’re off to Badminton again as it was such fun last time – it really feels like you are on top when you are there.”
Katie Hale and Claydon Robina were the winners of the first of two BE90 Regional Finals held at Bovington. Katie, who has owned Libby for two years, narrowly missed out on qualifying for the championships at their previous regional final at Munstead, but made sure to book their place with a win on this occasion in Section G.
Fifteen year old Katie, who will take her GCSEs next summer, told Eventing Worldwide: “I started eventing Libby last year and we did our first BE80 before moving up to 90 where we picked up my regional final qualification at Upton House. She has been on incredible form this season with wins at Tweseldown and Bovington as well as a second at Ascott Under Wychwood. We also did our first BE100 this summer coming second. Dressage is our strongest phase but she also loves cross country. I am really looking forward to Badminton as it’s always been a dream to ride there.”
Harriet Dance and SOS Upperclass Otto were the second regional final winners in BE90 Section H1.
Natalie Flewitt and Chester IV were the winners of BE90 Section I – their only outing this year following lameness.
Natalie commented: “I brought Chester back this May after selling him last year. He unfortunately got a splint in July and was lame from it. He needed five weeks box rest and after bringing him back into work Bovington was the first weekend I was happy to event him again. I never expected to win. After going clear in the showing jumping when leaving the ring I heard my dressage score 24.5. I kept saying to myself did I hear right? Or did he say 34.5? I went xc hoping to go clear and fortunately we did although we did go a little quick. To win was amazing really didn’t expect to.”
Helen Pavey and Knockenpower Rory were the victors in BE90 Section K. Helen bought Pinks as he is known as a four-year-old from Ireland. The pair have had three wins this years and many top ten placings.
She told Eventing Worldwide: I evented him as a five and six-year-old with some success. He had a slight loss of confidence jumping so I decided to take a step back and just show and dressage him. In that time he qualified and went to HOYs and was second and the Royal International and was fourth as a heavyweight hunter, along with numerous other big county showing successes. He’s also had great results BD too and is working at medium now. He loves his hunting and is often loaned to the field master for the odd day. Last season I decided to have another go eventing but only at 90. This year we have had an amazing year, notching up three wins and numerous placings. We picked up our Badminton Mitsubishi Cup qualification at Pontispool. So we’re off to Badminton next spring. I wasn’t going to run him after Pontispool but we were leading the South West rankings and wanted to do as best as we could so I thought we would put a late entry into Bovington. We were last to go in the section, and last horse of the day to go cross and lucky enough to maintain our lead after the dressage. He will enjoy his hunting this winter which is his holiday and will help me keep him fit for the spring – at 18.1hh he’s a big boy to get fit.”
Other section results; BE100 Section B Joe Roome, Emerald Spirit II; BE100 Section C Lauren Saunders, A Bit Special; BE100 Section D1 Juliette Hoskin, Greenvale Dior; BE100 Section D2 Tim Cheffings, Wishful Thinking VIII; Novice Section E Kristina Cook, Falsetto; Novice Section F1 Alison Lidstone, Crossfield Smartie; Novice Section F2 Julia Norman, Wizard Of Aus; BE90 Section H2 Liberty Fogden, Coolrock Boomerang; BE90 Open J1 Gubby Leech, Royal Harvest; BE90 Section J2 Tracey Scammell, Attyrory Checkmate; BE80(T) Vicky Stilton, Wishcombe Saffron.
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee