Sarah Carless reports …

It may have been scorching at Chepstow but it didn’t stop more than 360 combinations from participating in a weekend of eventing action. 

Chepstow was one of the many events to encourage competitors to #WearGreenForJonty, a campaign to raise money for The David Foster Injured Riders Fund,with many riders and volunteers opting to wear something green for the day.  

Thank you so much to everyone that supported the campaign and bought Polo Shits and Wristbands we raised a fabulous £732.00 for the David Foster Injured Riders Charity.

It was a worthwhile trip for riders from Devon and Cornwall, who came away from the event with some excellent results. Padraig McCarthy was amongst them with a win in BE100 Open Section A with Wizalong. 

Eventing Worldwide supported rider Charlotte Rowe also made it worth her while with excellent results on both days of the event with all four of her entries finishing in the top ten. On Saturday she had two fifths (MHS Leacourt Royale Touch, BE100 Section B and Langaller Star Maker, BE100 Section C) and an eighth (Leacourt Touch of Luck, BE100 Section C) and topped off her weekend with a win in the Four-Year-Old qualifier (Section J) with Rossdarragh Nero. 

Charlotte said: “Ross finished our brilliant weekend with a very convincing win in his first four year old class which has also qualified him for Osberton. All horses felt incredibly classy all weekend. And are really starting to show what a talented bunch they are.” 

Former Mitsubishi Motors Cup Champion Katie Hancock claimed Intermediate Novice Section H and thus taking home the trophy for the Welsh National Championship with Coddstown Pet. Katie also finished second in the Novice Regional Final with Chytodden Crystal Rose. 

Cindy Rawson and Expert III collected their third top ten placing of the season with a win in BE100 Section B finishing on their dressage score of 24.3. Cindy has owned Peanut for about 2 years and prior to trying his hand at eventing he was a show jumper. Cindy has previously competed at 3 and 4 star level, representing USA at the World Equestrian Gams in Rome in 1998. 

Cindy told Eventing Worldwide: I was really pleased with Peanut at Chepstow – by far his most mature performance to date. He didn’t do much last season due to a splintered incisor so now I’m planning to move up to novice at Wilton and hopefully end the year with a CCI* at Aldon if all goes well. In last 5 years I have completed studies and have become a full-time human and equine Myofascial Release practitioner, it’s a specialised form of physical therapy which helps patients regain tissue mobility after stress and/or injury and relieves pain. I now run my own two horses for my own fun and stress release.” 

Sophie Spratling and Lissyegan Cooley were second in the Open Novice Under 18 (Section G). It was Sophie’s second event back in the saddle after completing her exams during which time the horse was competed with Lissa Green. 

Sophie told Eventing Worldwide: “Coming second was a great result in what is really the start of my season. We only bought Martell in November 2017, and the well documented bad weather coupled with an enforced six week lay-off for my GCSE exams, has meant that we’ve had very little time together. Thankfully I have a great team at home, led by the amazing Victoria Jessop. Equally I’ve been very fortunate to have additional help from Lissa Green who has taken him round both Chatsworth and Nunney which has kept him ticking over and ready for me to jump back onboard. Needless to say – I am absolutely delighted with the result at Chepstow as it will give us great confidence and a decent springboard for the second half of the season. It’s a very new partnership and one that still requires a huge amount of work, particularly in the flat. That said I’m very excited about our future together. Our aim is to step up to Intermediate before the end of the season with a view to competing at GB Junior Trials next season.”

 Stephanie Carter and The Full Monty IX were the winners in BE90 Section K in what was their first event of the season. The 23-year-old New Forest x Arab was given to Stephanie as her sixth birthday present but they have only been competing in affiliated competitions for the past two seasons. In 2017 they were placed at every event they entered. 

Stephanie told Eventing Worldwide: He may be 23 years old but he still loves to come out and play. He adores his job! He leaps about in the start box and drags me around because he thinks he knows best and to be honest probably does. To win was a fantastic feeling especially as we were lying second until the last score went up. And with a mistake in the dressage to win was a hugely momentous moment. The course was fabulous and the ground was brilliant considering the circumstances. The aim is to complete the three regional finals this year we have qualified for from last year and compete at the BE90 championship at Badminton as one last huge hurrah before he gets too old to do it.” 

 BE90 Section M was topped by Laura Europa and Dushi Dynamic. Betty is owned by Ken Howse, for whom Laura has ridden for over the past 7 years. 

She said: “It was brilliant to get a win on her as it’s only her second run of the season, as we had so many cancelled at the start due to the weather. We got Betty through our trainer Johnathan Bowman about two years ago. She is the best little horse with the biggest heart and will always try her hardest for you and loves to please. She is quite mischievous though as you can never leave anything near to her stable as it will either end up on the floor or in her bedding but wouldn’t have her any other way. Before we had Betty all she did was low level British Dressage, so is quite low mileage in the jumping side but absolutely loves it. The aim is to hopefully qualify for Badminton grassroots next year we have a chance at both the BE100 and the BE90 so will see how it goes as would be great to get to Badminton on her.”

Harry Meade booked a ticket to the Festival of Eventing with a win in the Novice Regional Final (Section I) with Monbeg Medlar. 

Saffron Cresswell, who was recently named on the long list of riders for the Great British Junior Eventing team, had a busy weekend with five rides over the two days. She collected four top ten placings including a win in BE80(T) Section P with Fairlight Harpers Bazaar. The second of the BE80(T) classes (Section Q) was won by Louise Craig and Holy Bizarre. 

Other section results;BE100 Section C Emma Hathrell, Shanbeg Pandora; BE100 Section D Becky Woolven, Maggie’s Law; Novice Section E Louise Harwood, Dream Dragon; Novice Section F Andrew Nicholson, Belona; BE90 Section L Naomi Wood, April Gilrhyd Penny; BE90 Section O Dr Katie Mathias, Lodor Carl; BE90 Section N Lucie Stokoe, Dolores II. 

Photographs Courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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