Ruth Gregory reports ..
Burgie Horse Trials, was another event to unfortunately get the unpredicted June, rain fall. The organisers did a superb job in making sure everything ran smoothly, with each of the courses having a new look to previous set in their renown hills, everything was in place for another great event.
Winners of the ON section D2, were Claire Smith, and Furioso De Foja. The section caused some mishaps, however the pair skipped around the cross-country clear to finish on a score of 48.2.
Wills Oakden, had a wonderful event taking the top spot in two of the BE100 sections. He won section E with the Cooley Who syndicate’s, Cooley Who, and then went on to do a 1st and 2nd finish in section E2 with Mr Murphy and new ride, Cooley Pot of Gold.
“We were delighted to take home two sections with our younger horses, but especially pleased for the Cooley Who Syndicate, who had their first win since joining us.
We always try to bring horses to Burgie ,as I find it an essential part of training and development for a young horse to learn how to handle the hills and terrain.
The courses were fantastic this time round, a great balance between old and new with modern twists added in some of Burgie’s traditional questions.”
Racheal Aiton, and Splash for fun won the BE90 section B.
“I have owned Nelson, for just short of a year- I’ve taken my time with slowly producing him as previously he had only done low level rider club and hacking. The benefit of him coming to eventing slightly older at 9yrs old means he is physically mature, but still finds it tiring going to these bigger events.
The pairing’s plan for the season had been disrupted as Rachael, broke her leg in March, however they aren’t so much of practice as they’ve not been placed out of the top ten yet this year, including a 4th place at Scotsburn last time out.
“I was delighted with my dressage score of 26.8 as my trainer Erik Mackechnie-Gurie, and I have been working hard to get him to relax and work to his full potential. The cross-country rode brilliantly and Nelson, really grew with confidence as he went around- in usual Burgie fashion there was some testing combinations throughout the classes. I was really pleased to see the ground looking so good considering the amount of rain there has been in recent weeks.
Burgie is a very special venue to me, having competed there since I first started eventing and throughout Pony Club. There’s nothing like hearing Hamish Lochore’s witty commentary to put a smile on your face. The course is always so well presented, and everyone is so helpful and friendly.
Rachael’s aims for the gelding are to continue moving up the levels and is planning on running at BE100 next time out.
The BE80(T) section F was won by Victoria Gladwyn, riding Sonnersted. It is their second win of the season, having won at Forgandenny, first time out in April.
“Absolutely over the moon with Sonny, he’s had a cracking three events and is absolutely loving cross- country, he only jumped his first cross-country fence at the end of March!
We got him as a foal from the Romanno stud and he’s now competing FEI Inter I.
But the big atmospheres were worrying him, so thought what better way for him to get over it than go eventing. It seems to be working, talk about a dream horse!
BE90 Section A; Laura Munro, Tulira Earl; BE90 Section C; Rachael Keane, Hey Listen; N Section D; Lisa Kernaghan, Cals Lad
Images courtesy of Andrew Grant