Laura Phipps reports …

The promise of spring is always eagerly awaited by horse owners however the forecast did not read the script and heavy rainfall was anticipated for Broadway Horse Trials on the 8th-9th May and they were duly proved correct for the weather unfortunately scuppered the second day of competition. Nevertheless the first day provided competitive action.
Royal Agricultural University student Josephine Gleeson won BE90 Section A on her partner of five years OFS Ruffian. Josey commented ‘I have enjoyed producing Ruffian to this level. Today was wonderful; it was amazing to lead from the start on a 28.3 dressage!’ On a 28.3 dressage they remained. ‘I was really pleased with how Ruffian handled the going as we did receive a large amount of rain but he jumped excellent for me.’ The pair aim to compete in their first BE100 towards the end of the season with Josey concluding ‘I am so proud of this horse and cannot wait to see how far we can get’.

In BE90 Section B Jack Stancombe made a winning BE debut with Watermill who is owned by Kathryn Harris. Thanks to an excellent dressage score of 19 the pair could afford to add their one pole down and still complete 2 penalties ahead of the second place finishers. Jack, who is based in Cirencester and competes 7 horses in BE, BD and BS commented ‘Watermill is a new ride for me this season. She is going to the Area Festivals next week and regional dressage finals at the end of the month. My aims with her is to go Novice at the end of the season and to qualify for the dressage championships at Novice level also.’

15 year old Heidi Ford won on her mums happy hacker Contessa in BE90 Section C adding 0.8 XC time to a dressage of 26.3. ‘Tess’ is the proverbial ‘unicorn’ as it turns out she is very talented in multiple disciplines as Heidi takes up the story: ‘I stole the ride on Tess when I was 12. She has lovely breeding coming from Cornish lines and was bred by Sandy Phillips. She has won several BE’s, was JT National 2020 champion and we should have attended Badminton Grassroots last year. She is entered at Firle Place Area Festival to try and qualify again.’ Not only is the mare uber talented, Heidi says she is a lovely kind mare who enjoys going to parties. This is certainly borne out by her record. Heidi concludes with a gratuitous thanks by saying ‘I just want to thank my amazing mum who just kept going yesterday despite the conditions and without whom none of this would be possible’. I think that echoes a lot of people’s sentiments.

Other winners included a winning BE debut on a new ride for Frankie Cooper in D Day Briovere who won BE80 Section G and completed on their dressage score of 28.8 to boot. Harry Meade won BE90 Open Section D riding 5 year old Amiro Island who was making his BE debut. They completed on their dressage of 30.3.

Images Courtesy of Sophie Jade Robins

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