Sarah Carless reports ….
Bovington success for Boyd
Donna Boyd, riding her own Runis Star, was the winner in BE90 Section J. The freelance groom has owned the 11-year-old retired racehorse for four years.
She told Eventing Worldwide: “I have taken his retraining really slowly and tried to make sure he’s always been very confident in what he’s doing before I’ve pushed him on to the next level and it seems to be really paying off this season. We have done quite well at riding club area competitions over the last three years and have competed at BRC Horse Trials championships three times and been placed twice. Last year he was also part of the winning team at the Festival of the Horse championships in the senior 90 challenge so I decided to go for it and register him with BE this year with an aim to try and qualify for the grassroots championships next year. This was my first win in any BE competition so I was thrilled. It’s a fantastic start to the season for us and a real boost to both of our confidence. I will be aiming now to try and get a couple more qualifying places so I can get him to a few of the regional Championships and give him a few chances to get to Badminton. That would be a dream for me! I’m also aiming to finish the season by moving up to 100.”
Following a fourth place at Portman earlier in the month, Cheryl Chamberlain and Cardonagh Lass took the win in BE90 Section I finishing on their dressage score of 24.5. And Michelle Harris and Elina St had a healthy winning margin in BE90 Section L finishing on their dressage score of 23.3 – four penalties ahead of the rest of the field.
Kirsty Johnston walked away with a double of wins. First in Novice Section E with Lux Zen, and then in Intermediate Novice Section G with Classic IV.
Jane Rogers and Corrieview Merlin Magic finalised their preparation for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup with a win in BE100 Section A. This combination will surely be one to watch at the Championship in a few weeks’ time having won three out of their last five events. On this occasion the pair scored an impressive 21.3 in the dressage and finished on this score with a double clear round. It also provided them with a sizeable winning margin of 8.1 penalties.
Other section results: BE100 Section B Louisa Lockwood, Quob Cleopatra; BE100 Section C Anna Podger, Cavalier Co Star; BE100 Open Section D Jason Hobbs, Rusticoats; Novice Section F Freddie Scala, Burnock Bright Limit; BE90 Section H Rebecca Churchill, Mind Over Matter; BE90 Open Section K Ali Wilkes, Tagal; BE80(T) Section M Carrie Meerman, Opposition Diva; BE80(T) Section N Pippa Tucker, Zara V; BE80(T) Section O Lydia Trice, Pinegrove Classic.
Photographs courtesy of TB Photographic