Sarah Wells-Gaston reports ..
There was a full range of eventing classes at last weekend’s Chepstow Horse Trials from young superstars of the future through to the Welsh Championships.
It was a family affair for the Rogers family as Jane and Corrieview Merlin Magic came out victorious in BE100 Section B whilst Tim rode to victory in BE90 Section K on board Maesmawr Huntsman.
Irish rider Padraig McCarthy dominated Novice Section E, taking first and second places. His winning mount was Be Gemma whilst Chacoa Routlette finished in the runner up spot.
The hotly contested Novice Regional Final was won by William Fox-Pitt and Grafennacht who booked their ticket to the British Festival of British Eventing in the process. Meanwhile Louise Harwood put her name on the Welsh Championship trophy for the fourt time, winning Intermediate Novice Section W with Brechfa Baruch with the pair finishing on their dressage score of 28. Harwood’s previous Championship wins came with Bit of a Barney, Loubar William and SamIAm.
Georgie Selley and TMF Fly High booked their place at the British Young Horse Championships at Osberton winning the Four-Year-Old Qualifier (section N1) on a score of 33 at the horses first affiliated competition with a winning margin of five penalties.
Justine Parker said she was very pleased with her eight-year-old mare Gracia Noordenhoek on a scorching day. The pair produced a 24 dressage and jumped double clear with a few time xc to take the win in the Novice Sections G.
Justine commented: “Grace is a very special horse to me having got her from my dear late friend Tom Searle. Tom introduced Grace to eventing as a six-year-old as she had previously had a foal – he thought a lot of her, so it’s means a lot that she is getting these results. She’s having a great season having being placed at Belton, double clear at Rockingham 2* and will be aimed at Osberton 2*L. Everyone know eventing is hard work and as an amateur working full time eventing two horses up to 3* level with no facilities it is an inordinate amount of time, effort and dedication but is so worth it especially with days like this, it’s very important to enjoy the good days in this game.”
Oceane Amnans rode Flax Lodge to victory in BE90 Section M with a winning score of 21.5, in what was their first affiliated competition. Their winning margin in this cass was 4.8 penalties. The mare is owned by Lucinda Fredericks, for whom Oceane works for.
She commented: “I’ve been based with Lucinda Fredericks for over a year in which time I’ve improved my riding and my adaptability to ride different kind of horses. I’ve had the opportunity to bring on young horses and develop their skills in order to go eventing.I enjoy taking the time to train my horses and as you can see it is paying off. Flax Lodge Indi began her training in March 2019 and since then she has developed three good paces, and learned how to improve on the cross-country phrase. It took a lot of perseverance and patience for us to achieve this winning goal.”
Eleven-year-old Maisie Randle and Southhill Farm Felix were the winners in and BE80(T) Section P. The pair finished on their dressage score of 26.3. Maisie’s mother Kate said her daughter has produced Felix herself and the pair were really enjoying their first season of British Eventing together. She commented: “She has done 4 BE80’s so far, being placed eighth at Port Eliot, 11th at Pontispool and 13th at Millfield. Felix is only small so making the time is hard for him but she has worked hard on his fitness and riding away from the fences and it’s starting to pay off as she was inside the time at Chepstow. She is now hoping to have a go at a 90.”
Thirteen-year-old Lily Jessup made the step up a level at Chepstow and came fourth in BE100 Section B with Woottonheath Private Ryan.
Her mother Sarah told Eventing Worldwide: “They had a fantastic time at Chepstow and are looking forward to Wilton BE100 coming up this month.
Chepstow also hosted qualifiers for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals for four- and five-year olds. Three horses qualified; the winner of the four-year-old class Klass Jan-B ridden by Emily Young-Jamieson and the first and second placed horses in the five-year-old class – winner Spye Morning Star ridden by Hannah Freeman and runner up Doddington ridden by Rodney Powell.
Other section results: BE100 Section A Becca May, Future Cadence; BE100 Section C Samantha Brown, Westwood Appeal; BE100 Open Section D Christine Hardinge, Domino Derval; Novice Section F Max Warburton, Riverside Lesotho; Intermediate Novice Section I Georgie Campbell, Killossery Karisma; BE90 Section J Graham Law, Eternal Evolution; BE90 Section L Rachael Trenaman, Daywize; BE90 Section N Jessica Storrar, Imperial Galaxy; BE80(T) Section O Henrietta Verschoyle, Brendonhill Bon Chance; BE100 Section Q Danielle Frost, Keamore Darco.
Images courtesy of Tanzy Lee