Kc Hains reports ..
Broadway Horse Trials opened their gates for their first fixture of the 2019 season over the early May bank holiday weekend, bringing with it a great variety of grassroots competition from BE80T to INT-Novice there was a huge number of entries over the course of the two days.
Saturday was kicked off with four hugely competitive BE90 sections, Victoria Gregg with Rock Supreme took the honours in Section A with an impressive 23.8 dressage and double clear.
“Broadway was a fantastic day. A beautiful venue, well run with a great layout and brilliant crew of friendly volunteers. It was Rocky’s [Rock Supremes] third BE event so we are thrilled to bits with a win and another regional final qualification.” Said Broadway local Victoria.
“To start my XC in the sunshine yet hit snow as I crossed the top of the hill made for an interesting round! Being our local event it was great to get to share the day’s success with my sponsors The Cotswold Larder and Goldland Prospects, both local companies”
Sara Ridgway and her own Ska Buachaill Mor led section C from the start just adding 0.8 time to their 26.8 dressage, success was not to be presumed in this competitive section where just 3.9 penalties separated the top 5.
“Scottie [Ska Buachaill Mor] is a purebred Connemara who I have had for 3 and a half years. He did a lovely dressage test, this was his best score this season. He jumped a double clear but did find the XC pretty hard work up the big hill, but he dug deep and tried his heart out.” Says an ecstatic Sara.
“He’s having a great season so far, having had a win at Ascott Under Wychwood and a 2nd at Goring Heath. Aiming to get to the grassroots championships! Broadway is a fairly local event for us. It is absolutely beautiful and super friendly so worth going.”
The BE80T sections did not disappoint and both sections proved to be extremely tight at the top. Jennifer Jaques took the win in section E with the 8 year old mare Harthill Bridget, hot on their heels was Lynette Taylor and Garvie Bay finishing up just 0.5 penalties behind, both finishing on their dressage scores. Section F provided Jessica Rudkin and Proper Dazzler with their first win of the season in just their second event of the year.
Sunday was the turn of the BE100 to Novice classes, and proved to be an extremely successful day for Alex Whewall with his three rides of the day. Both 6 year old geldings Nitor and Meridianway Ramzes Boy both finished on their dressage scores to take the win in both BE100 section G and I. The BE100 Open U18 class was convincingly won by Laura Bingham and Peasedown Lord Lyon finishing on their dressage of 26.
“It was a fantastic day and I was so happy that we finally managed to crack all three phases! Broadway is our favourite and most local event which made it extra special.” Said Laura.
“I have owned my awesome pony Lyon since he was four, so we have learnt and progressed together which makes it even more rewarding when it all goes well!”
The top spot in Novice section N was secured by local Vittoria Panizzon with the homebred six year old mare Chatter On owned by Dani Charleston Gallagher.
“She is such a trier and always gives 100% although she is still strengthening up. She is remarkably good cross-country for her age not only because she is quick and completely genuine and loves it, but also because she turns incredibly well and is very tight on all the strings, more so than most experienced horses!” said Vittoria.
“We actually did not intend to jump her at Broadway as she ran so well at Withington the week before, however we could not waste such a good dressage score because it is her owner’s local event so it was really special for them to have a win in front of all their friends and family.”
The Int-Novice class rounded off the weekend and Jamie-lee Day claimed the top two spots in this section with her two rides Larim R and Hanleen Didjeridoo.
“We had a wonderful day at Broadway Horse Trials. I’m thrilled with both of their performances, particularly Hanleen Didjeridoo as he is a new horse to me and we are still getting to know each other.” Said an ecstatic Jamie-lee
“They are both exciting prospects for the future. It was a fun and confident run for both horses and we are looking forward to heading to Rockingham CCI2*S and then on up to Intermediate”.
All Section Winners
Section A BE 90 – Victoria Gregg / Rock Supreme
Section B BE 90 – Elly Forbes / Holthall Harlequin
Section C BE 90 – Sara Ridgway / Ska Buachaill Mor
Section D BE 90 – Elizabeth Evans / Diamond Rhapsody
Section E BE80T – Jennifer Jaques / Harthill Bridget
Section F BE80T – Jessica Rudkin / Proper Dazzler
Section G BE100 – Alexander Whewall / Meridianway Ramzes Boy
Section H BE100 – Sam Gillespie / GFS Moonlight Echo
Section I BE100 – Alexander Whewall / Nitor
Section J BE100 Open – Rachel White / V Max
Section K BE100 Open U18 – Laura Bingham / Peasedown Lord Lyon
Section L BE100 Open U18 – Hannah Richardson / Looks Like Slim
Section M Novice – Lottie Adams / Lex V
Section N Novice – Vittoria Panizzon / Chatter On
Section O Open Novice – Charlotte East / King Bill
Section P Int-Novice – Jamie-lee Day / Larim R