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Cat Jamieson reports …

The Equifeast Calmdsen Horse Trials held at Ampney Down Farm, near Cirencester weekend of July 29th and 30th.

A true Grassroots competition and possibly one of my favourites, with classes running over the 2 days from BE80T to BE100.

Over 600 competitors took part, with some big names included on youngsters for mid season outings.

Saturday BE 90 Section A winner Melabie Wilder on Coquin Du Bidou, 2nd Jason Hobbs and 3rd place Jodie Day on XFactor Hero all finishing on their sub 30 dressage scores. 

Laura Ridout who had a busy weekend with 5 horses competing, came 6th in this section on The Bank Manager “it’s his first event back after some time off when he put up a splint, he’s going BE100 next time out.”

BE 90 Section B winner Katie Baldwin on Moelfryn Golden Wonder – pulled out their 4th win of the season finishing on their dressage score of 24.0. 2nd was Emma Sutton on Coltstown Glider and Hannah Allen in 3rd place.

BE 90 section C was won by Susan Jones on Donald III

Local event rider Laura Ridout who came 2nd in the section said, “My BE90 boys went really well, with Tina Faulkners ‘Hathaway Strider’ gave me my best placing of the weekend, coming 2nd, he’s qualified for some grassroots rf’s for next year now & he is also for sale.”  

Annabelle Jay was 3rd place on Autumn Moss

BE 90 section D 1st place was Caroline Wilkinson on Classic Destiny II on 27.8

Keana Marsh who came 2nd on her own Carrick Diamonds Gem said “He’s a 10 year old Irish sport horse by Carrick diamond lad, who I’ve owned since the end of May this year. 

 We went out yesterday after only one small eventers challenge at a riding club to gauge his reaction as he has been known to be very nappy, causing a few big Es on his record with his previous owner. 

 After warming him up for dressage with a lunge and a few good transitions he felt better than ever & went on to do a lovely 29.3! after the SJ and XC we did a Quick trip to the secretaries tent to find we finished on our dr score & in second place! What a way to finish an amazing days eventing, with a very excited phone call to my instructor & a massive thankyou to the sponsors Equifeast as we collected our prizes & the first of (hopefully) many ribbons”

Tom Sloper was 3rd on Honduras.

7th placed Francesca Dark told me “I was very pleased with our placing at Calmsden, it’s been a tricky year continuing to ride/event and complete my final year at University(training to be a primary school teacher). I have had Stan 1 year and 4 months after buying him as a green 7 year old, he is extremely talented but it’s taking a while to perfect the SJ. We are stepping back up to 90 now with the aim of getting a good result in our upcoming RF and running at a 100 before the season ends, job commitments allowing!!”

BE 100 Section H was won by 14 year old Poppy Pugh “we won on a 26.8 dressage (pb) and a double clear just one second too fast! I was riding Serra Z (Ella) this is Ella’s first event season after just showjumping and she had never done a dressage test before April, at 8 years old she has taken to eventing and we have gone from BE80 to BE100 in just 3 months! Hopefully she will be my junior horse!!! We hope to come back to Calmsden and do the novice in October”  

Ginny Howe came 2nd on Wilco on a 28.5

Trudy Johnson who came 3rd said “He’s a 5 year old we bought at Brightwells December 2015. Aiming for some of the 5 year old classes, hoping to qualify for Osberton and doing BYEH at Gatcombe next week. Will continue to run at 100 this season to build on his confidence and education for his future to hopefully look at moving up to novice next year.”

Tim Rogers won BE100 Section I on Livell finishing on his dressage score of 24.0, Tim had 3 horses at the event and had a 1st and 4th in other sections, 2nd Millie Dumas and 3rd Lucinda Eaton. 

Ginnie Howe who was placed 10th in the section on A Real Blast “A REAL BLAST is certainly loving her eventing. She warmed up beautifully before her test but then got a little tense in the ring scoring a 36. Then pining her way round the show jumping for a great clear and equally flying XC and finding it all rather easy. Her next stop Smiths Lawn Novice, Ginnie was also 2nd in Section H  on Wilco said “A great trip out to CALMSDEN over the weekend with New ride WILCO, a lovely 8yo grey.

He did a great dressage and scored 28.5, putting him 2nd after this phase. He then went on to jump brilliantly show jumping and stormed round the XC inside the time to finish 2nd in his section. Next stop for him Smiths Lawn.”

BE 100 Section J was won by Lucinda Mills on Dona Di Casa 28.4, 2nd was Alice Bibby and 3rd Rosie Bathurst. 

Millie Dumas who had a 7th place on Rehy MBF in this section and a 2nd on Hai Five DHI in Section I said  “we bought the geldings as 4 yr olds last November and they have been super to produce . Calmsden is one of my favourite young horse events and is really perfect for bringing them on in their early careers.  Lots of space for the dressage & sj. The cross country is beautifully built with lots of undulations and the ground was super after the rain.   Millie went on to win Section L on her 3rd ride of the day.

BE 100 Section L  Was won by Millie Dumas who had 3 horses at the event – and all placed told me 1st placed Universal Cooley “is a 16.3hh grey mare by VDL Arkansas and I have only had her a short time but really rate her and hope that she has a big future as she is very good in all 3 phases. The plan is for all 3 to step up to Novice shortly.”

Louise Scammell in 2nd and Alexander Bragg in 3rd place.

Other winners include

BE 80 Section E – Maddie Moxey on Kilcolgan Champ 27.5

BE 90 Open Section O – Alex Bragg on Quindiva 27.4

BE 90 Section N – Poppy Richardson on Avas Star 26.8

BE 90 Section M – Lucie Stokoe on Dolores II 29.5

BE100 Open Section K – Tim Rogers on Maybach 9 26.7

BE 80 Section G – Grace Popham on Jalina Von Rube 29.0

Photographs courtesy of Phil J Photos

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