Kc Hains reports …
The final fixture to be held at Lybrook Farm, Broadway for the 2018 season really did experience the highs and lows of the Great British Weather. Saturday brought with it a mild autumnal day, allowing for a great full day of competition in excellent conditions on expertly prepared ground. Multiple sections ran faultlessly throughout the day, with many riders enjoying the beautiful XC course built by Nigel Tabor, fully utilising the rolling Cotswolds hills. Saturday saw sections of BE90, BE80 (T) and BE100 completed. This included the pinnacle of grassroots eventing with two regional final classes in the BE100 sections.
Lucas Peries aboard the 12 year old gelding Cluain Caoin Mirah took the win in the first BE100 section of the day making it two in a row for this combination after a win at Goring Heath in September. They added just 3.6 time to their dressage score, keeping them just 0.2 penalties ahead of Rosie Thomas with the 7 year old mare Heartsease Promise.
BE100 section B was won convincingly by Lucy Morgan with her own Carrigshawn Vendi, the just 6 year old mare who is in her first season, and has been incredibly impressive. Broadway marking their second win of the season from just 5 starts, they look to be a promising combination.
Temple Bridge proved that the ‘golden oldies’ can continue to enjoy the sport into their twilight years. This 20 year old ex three star horse piloted by Claudia Weller finished on their dressage score of 20.3 to win the BE100 open section.
“Temple Bridge has been on the circuit for a number of years but this is his first BE win, along with mine!” says Claudia.
“He’s a very special horse and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to ride him. Broadway is an event we always go to as the course always rides well and the ground is always great. Temple Bridge will have a holiday now before next season”
The first of two Regional Final sections was, as expected, incredibly hotly contested with just 5 penalties separating the top 5. Biddy Brasted-Watts and the 8 year old gelding Bansha Vendi took the win by just 0.4, having added 0.4 to their dressage to secure their spot at Badminton in 2019. Hot on their heels was Nikki Page with her own 8 year old mare Alvescot Made You Look, also claiming their golden ticket on their second attempt.
The second regional Final section was won by Tom Sloper aboard 8 year old Honduras. The pair remained on their dressage score to lead start to finish, ending up 0.3 penalties ahead of Emma Melhuish and Woodfalls Brook, and both securing their places in the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Cup.
One BE80(T) section ran on Saturday, and was won by a combination in just their first British Event. Martha Thomas aboard 7 year old mare Beira added nothing to their dressage score of 29.0 to take the win just ahead of Anaya Stewart and Rolo XI in this competitive section.
And finally came the BE90 combinations, spanning three sections. Georgie Silvey took the win in the first of the BE90 sections with her own Rudgeway Spanish Guinea, the 14.1 gelding proving that height is just a number, having finished in the top ten 6 times from just 8 starts this season, and twice topping the podium.
Lucy Morgan followed her impressive win earlier in the day to take the win in the second BE90 section with Bryan Habana M2S owned by Saran Allot-Davey and her daughter Wizz Allot.
“Wizz was accepted into Exeter University and therefore having now moved to Exeter was unable to ride at Broadway, Saran and Wizz were kind enough to offer me the ride.” Says Lucy, who runs a small yard with her mum in Wales.
“After a few weeks of good work leading up to Broadway I was confident that he would perform well, but he was foot perfect in all three phases and it was great to secure a win. It is a reflection of Wizz’s hard work over the duration of the season, I am very thankful I was given the opportunity to ride him at an event we always love coming to”
However in full contrast Sunday brought with it the full effects of Storm Callum, and unfortunately the consistent heavy rainfall that fell Saturday evening and early hours of Sunday morning made it impossible for emergency vehicles to move around the site. Therefore all competition on Sunday 14th October at Broadway was unfortunately abandoned. We look forward to a return to Broadway for the start of the 2019 season.
Other Section Winners –
BE100 Sec A – Lucas Peries / Cluian Caoin Mirah
BE100 Sec B – Lucy Morgan / Carrigshawn vendi
BE100 RF Sec C – Biddy Brasted-Watts / Bansha Vendi
BE100 Open Sec D – Claudia Weller / Temple Bridge
BE100 RF Sec E – Tom Sloper / Honduras
BE80(T) Sec F – Martha Thomas / Beira
BE90 Sec G – Georgie Silvey / Rudgeway Spanish Guinea
BE90 Sec H – Lucy Morgan / Bryan Habana M2S
BE90 Sec I – Louise Le Geyt / Quarter Of