Ruth Gregory reports …
As the eventing season reaches July, Buckminster showcased another fabulously run event, set in the beautiful Garantham based park with great facilities, it’s no surprise why it’s a favourite on the eventing calendar.
Dom Murray claimed the BE100 Open U18 title with Miss Indigo. They lead after dressage with an impressive 21.0 mark, rolled an unfortunate poll show jumping, the mare’s first since last October! They then flew around the cross country to secure the victory with a final score of 25.0.
“Indie was amazing from start to finish. I am absolutely over the moon as it has been a difficult season for us and to have now finally got over our problems and be able to perform to our best ability is a fantastic feeling. My ultimate aim for her this season is to do Osberton CCI-2* at the end of the year, but first and foremost I want to enjoy going Novice on her again.”
Dom also had his young horse Vos Surprise in the section doing his first 100. The rising six-year-old showed he’s an exciting future prospect by finishing 8th.
“My plans are to step him up to Novice and see how well he performs at that level. If he makes the step up well and is finding Novice comfortable, we may look at taking him to Osberton for the 6YO championships.”
His final ride, Tiger Balm, who’s owned by Jess Corser, finished 12th in the ONu18 section. The pairing now heads to Frickley Park for the CCI-2*L, “dependent on how well Frickley goes we will plan the rest of the season and potentially look at stepping her up to Intermediate at Oasby in October.”
Winners of the ONu18 section were Oliver Jackson and Viktor Krum. They finished with a ten-point lead over second placed Isla Read and Kato Ridge.
Completing the top 4 was Holly Clarke with her two ponies Jubilee Party and Red Dandy.
“The show jumping didn’t go so well this time with both of them taking uncharacteristic poles, but luck was on my side and they finished 3rd and 4th, which was a great surprise as it’s the first time that Dandy and Party have competed against eachother!”
It is the Mare’s (Jubilee Party), first full season eventing, and the 7YO is niece to Holly’s other ride Red Dandy!
“There were some really established and lovely horses in this section, but my baby Party improves on every outing and has an exciting future, I hope!
As for Dandy, he is a bit of a legend already, without him I wouldn’t have known how it should feel out there at Novice level, and so I’ve tried to show Party how it ought to be- she’s just as smart! Next stop is Frickley u18’s 100 with Party as part of the Wales and West Midlands team, which is exciting and then hopefully the Pony Club Championships too! Party is an extreme diva, and it’s great that her ‘special’ movements are settling down during her dressage now!”
The 5YO section was won by Amelia Walker and Dassett Rockstar. The pairing lead the field from the off to finish on a score of 27.3, booking their place for the 5YO championships at Osberton later on in the year.
“He’s known as Mr Fancy pants at home, which he lived up to with the best dressage in the section of 23.3!”
She also finished 3rd with Dassett Select, “he’s known as Mr perfect pants because he’s amazing in every phase.
I’ve been riding both horses since the start of the season and I’m so excited about both of their futures! Kate sourced them both in Ireland as 4YO’s and they’re being produced to sell at Dassett Eventing. They are super horses with top quality potential.”
Runners up in the section and also earning their qualification for Osberton, were Molly Fletcher and Monberg Ebony.
“I’m absolutely thrilled with the result, we purchased Evie (Monberg Ebony), from Monberg Sports Horses in Ireland last November.”
Despite it being the mare’s second ever 100, they jumped a smart double clear, adding nothing to their dressage mark of 33.3.
“She’s a jumping machine and is. Very brave cross country. Currently I’m working hard on her dressage to lower the scores.
One of my aims this season was to quality for 5YO championships at Osberton, however I never thought it would actually happen, I’m over the moon!
We will now aim for Evie to consolidate at this level as well as working hard for the championships.”
BE100 Section B; Charlotte Thrower, Lady Madison May; BE100 Section C; Harry Houton, Bleannagloos Lad; BE100 Section D; Lisa Freckingham, Derroon Park; BE100 Section L; Lauren Blades, Quainton Charlie Brown; BE100 Section M; Aruther Duffort, Matterhorn Rising; BE100Open Section E; Willa Newton, Just Soda and Ice; Novice Section F; Sarah Bullimore, Coroyale; Novice Section G; Andrew James, In Like Flynn; Novice Section H; Steven smith, Donja; Novice Section I; Arthur Duffort, Ring of Fire II; ON Section K; Flora Young, Molylaw Badger
Images courtesy of Andrew Grant