Ruth Gregory reports ..
Bradwall Horse Trials held its annual event over the weekend.
The Saturday was met with wild conditions as storm Hannah, made herself known to say the least. The whole team of volunteers and fence judges rode out the storm, in the freezing rain and fast winds to make sure that the Saturday was a success.
Bradwall’s amazing team, led by Anne Barlow, didn’t go down without a fight, working hard to make sure the ground was prepped ready for the Sunday. But unfortunately, despite their best efforts, no let-up in rain overnight caused it to be cancelled.
The only Novice section from the weekend saw some familiar names.
Heading the section was Elizabeth Power, on her own Caltra Western Dream, who followed on from their 5th place at Kelsall, to jump double clear finishing on 27.2.
Behind her in second was Willa Newton, and Cock A Doodle Doo with 34.3. Badminton bound, Willa, had 3 horses finish within the top 10, as Fadeline, owned by Louise Eadie was 4th, and Ron Pearson’s, Jesmond Rainbow 10th.
Making up the top 3 was local rider Polly Stockton, with Ballingowan Leia, owned by S Goodall and D Halstead. They added a handful of time penalties to finish on a score of 38.1.
Polly also took 6th place with her own Chicko. This carries on the horse’s good form this season having stepped up to Novice and been placed within the top 10 on each occasion.
Andrew Downes, made his eventing return a winning one taking the BE100 Section F with Brian Smith’s, Ballins Kellings. Andrew, sustained a broken back after a fall from a young horse at home earlier in December, which left him with a burst fracture to his L1 vertebra. It’s great to see he’s bounced back so fast and we wish him all the best for the rest of the season.
Josh Haynes, and Voights Anky Panky, owned by Sandra Lee, won the BE100 Section E. Josh also rode Judith Graham’s, Stornoway IV, to finish 5th in section F, adding nothing to their dressage of 33.3.
Hayden Hankey had another very successful weekend finishing first and second in the BE90open section D. He won on his own Lucky in Love, with a final score of 28.8, having also finished 3rd in the BE90Open at Kelsall last weekend.
His other ride Bond Girl II, owned by Ally Cope, matched her result at Kelsall to come a close second finishing on 29.5.
Winners of the BE90 section A were Georgie Rockingham and Olaris Beech, finishing on their dressage of 23.8.
“I was absolutely delighted with the win at Bradwall, despite the horrendous conditions! I am lucky that my mare has a good brain and therefore wasn’t to be unsettled by the appalling conditions! I am delighted with the way she jumped. Huge thanks to the organisers and volunteers are Bradwall who were so cheerful and upbeat in very testing conditions.”
The combination is showing a great run of form finishing 1st at Oasby BE90 and 2nd at Blue Chip Feed Solihull last weekend in the BE90 section.
“The British eventing new rule helped me to make the decision to move down for a couple of events as we were eliminated 4 times last year! We have now had 3 excellent runs and will be moving her back up to 100s in May.”
Second place were Emma Lawton and Dinarthall Sea King. “Considering this was only his second event and the ground was so wet and slippy, I just couldn’t fault his performance all day!” The pair jumped a faultless double clear to finish on a score of 24.5.
“He took each phase in his stride and I can’t wait to step him up and see where he can get to in the future!”
Winners of Section B were Sue Jackson, and Farrelly’s Bar Carrigallen. They finished on 27.0, whilst Harry Moran was second with Jackie Mathieson’s, James B Verde. It was a second top ten placing on the bounce for the gelding, who was 8th in the BE90 at Kelsall last weekend.
Hattie McCance won the BE90 Section C with her own, Lord Larry. They followed on from their 3rd placing at Eland Lodge earlier in the month, to jump another double clear finishing on their dressage of 24.5.
“It’s only his second BE event so really chuffed as he’s a young horse who has been very sharp.” Hattie next plans are move him up to BE100 next time out with the aim of a novice run before the end of the season.