Millie Wain reports …
Brand Hall hosted the Charles Owen Pony Championships and the Racesafe Junior Championships from 1st-3rd June. There was also a CIC* as well as BE90 and Novice sections.
The CIC* section C was won by Chelsea Pearce and Djakota EB. The combination led from the start, scoring 25.1 in the dressage phase and adding nothing to that. After her win, Eventing Worldwide spoke to Chelsea: “We bought ‘Hugo’ 3 years ago after he won the British Eventing Osberton 5yo Championships and he was my first horse after finishing my years in ‘Ponies.’ He has taken a while to mature but last year he produced some fantastic results, winning at Aldon International CIC* & finishing 2nd in the Gatehouse 1* league. I have such a good partnership with him & really feel that he is the whole package and doesn’t have a weak phase.
I was delighted to win at Brand Hall, I thought he did a great test to be leading overnight. Despite the deep ground across country he gave me a brilliant ride, the course was lovely; it flowed well and the corner combination was a decent test. We established a good rhythm and kept that the whole way round.
My main aim with Hugo is to step up to Intermediate and contest some 2*’s at the end of the season.”
Oliver Jackson and Daydream Fourteen took the British Pony Championship title and the pair went to the Pony Europeans last year. They were in third position after the dressage phase with a score of 29.4 penalties but moved up the leader board with a double clear inside the time. They finished 3.4 penalties ahead of second place, which went to Connie Gill and Movie Star II. In third were Daisy Proctor and Holiday Chase, completing with 34.2 penalites.
The Racesafe Junior 1* was won by Alice Davies-Cooke and the 10-year-old gelding Discovery V. They scored 28.4 in the dressage and had two good clear jumping rounds, picking up two time penalties in the show jumping. This was still enough to secure their victory, although it was a close victory, being just 0.2 penalties ahead of Emily Cariad Nichol in second place. Third place went to Elicia Miller riding A Sunny Bay, who also completed with a score of 30.6, but were further away from the cross country optimum time of 6 minutes. The longlist for the Junior team was announced on Tuesday.
Becky Hartley and EMC Its Showtime, owned by Karen Condliffe, took the top spot in Novice section F. This was a good win for the combination, being almost 8 penalties ahead of the rest of the section. They finished on their dressage score of 31 penalties; Becky was the only rider to finish on her dressage score and was one of only three clear show jumping rounds in section F. We spoke to Becky and she highlighted how pleased she is for the horse and his owner because all of the hard work that they have put in has been worth it.
On Sunday, there were six BE90 sections. Robyn Gray won two of the sections with Coco Reef and Don’t Back Down. Eventing Worldwide caught up with Robyn after her wins and she told us a little bit about her winning horses: “Coco Reef is 5 and is homebred by her owners Peter and Bev Mason. She is kept at Somerford Park Farm and is moving up to 100 at her next event at Catton. She will then try the 5 year old classes. She’s a sweet and genuine mare and is usually consistent in all three phases. Her sire is full Arab so she should have plenty of stamina for the longer cross country courses in the future. My other ride, Don’t Back Down, is an ex-racehorse who started eventing last year and recently moved up to BE100 – he will also be at Catton in a couple of weeks. He had a good run at Brand Hall and seems to be improving each time out.
Other section winners:
BE90 section I – Susan Pym riding Clonsword Stardust
BE90 section L – Kerry Arnold-Herrick riding Brownscombe Francesca
BE90 section M – Ellis Morton riding DHI Sambuca
BE90 section N – Lois Roberts riding Make a Wish II
Novice section D – Louise Harwood riding The Dumb Blonde
Novice section E – Paula Jane Holden riding Falco III
Novice Regional Final section H – Katie Barber riding Daytona Dreamer
Open Novice section G – Sophie Wilson riding Newlands Sando Hit
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