EVENT REPORTS – Chepstow

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Sarah Carless reports..

The sun shone on Chepstow as riders converged for an action-packed weekend of eventing action. 

The qualifying classes for the Burghley Young Event Horse kicked off proceedings on Friday, with Padraig McCarthy taking victory in the Four-Year-Old class with MGH Boysie with a score of 89.0. The Five-Year-Old qualifier was won by Vicky Brake, riding Coolparks Sarco, with a score of 85.0. 

The cross-country course proved influential across all classes, particularly in terms of the optimum time, as the undulating cross country favoured those who kept energy in reserve for the later section of the course which ran back up hill. There were also a number of fences on the Lucy McCarthy designed cross country course which also caught large numbers of riders out, notably the log into the Dew Pond and Step during the BE90 classes, but also the first fence in the BE80 sections. 

It was a weekend for first time winners, none more so than for Kerry Robinson, who was competing at her first BE competition and was victorious in BE80(T) Section N with Larissa. 

Sarah Kula-Przezwanski and Firestone C have returned to competitive action this year with great form. Having had a fourth place at Treborough Hill on their first outing, they followed this up with a win in BE90 Section L at Chepstow, with a winning score of 28.5.

Sarah told Eventing Worldwide: “It was a little bit of a shock to win! Fizz has had nearly a year away from competing after a small injury. He was drafted in at the last minute to replace another horse. He competed at treborough last weekend and that was the first time he had seen cross country fences since last August. He has been foot perfect and very happy to be out! He will have a nice easy season this year, do his regional final and maybe make it to the grassroots championships.”

Another horse returning to competition following injury was 11-year-old Gods Walk VD Cumul, ridden by Amie Jabczynski with the pair taking victory in BE90 Section J. 

Amie told Eventing Worldwide: “He did a suspensory injury in 2015 and this year is his first season back. He came eighth at Solihull and now first at Chepstow. I’m moving him back up to 100 at my next event and hope to continue to novice either next year or the year after. He qualified for the Badminton Grassroots 100 championships just before his injury so we had to withdraw and of course I felt gutted. Winning feels great and I’m glad he’s got what he deserves as he is a great horse. He’s not the easiest to ride being a Belgium warmblood, but he has a lot of talent, it’s just needs channeling. I am a primary school teacher and juggle work and riding, however the summer holidays are approaching which means I can spend more ti

me riding and building his fitness up even more.”

It was a successful weekend for Harry Meade who had a double of wins. As well as winning Intermediate Novice Section G2, which incorporated the Welsh National Championships, with Catherston Definitive, he also won the competitive Novice Regional Final (Section H) with Red Kite, to qualify for The Festival of British Eventing next month. 

Harriett George made it two wins from two events with Challenge Accepted. As winners of BE100 Section P, the pair followed up their victory at Farley Hall in fine style. The combination have also had three other top ten placings this season, and on this occasion won on a score of 21.1, adding just 0.8 time penalties from the cross country to their dressage score. 

Aaron Miller has been experiencing great form this season, and this continued at Chepstow with another win with Golden Flush in Novice Section E. This was the pair’s second win in a row, having won at Treborough Hill the previous week. Miller also took the runner up spot in Novice Section F with Galopin B, behind Andrew Nicholson and Argentino BK. 

Just a week after getting married, David Doel returned to competitive action to make it a second win in a row with Royal Conquest, taking victory in BE100 Section B with a winning score of 22.3. 

Other section results; BE100 Section A Nesta Thomas, Chevalian Titan; BE100 Section D Millie Dumas, Rehy MBF; BE100 Open Section D Tarka Abraham, Maxwell; Intermediate Novice Section G1 Louise Harwood, Whitson; BE90 Section I Lucy Morgan, Tuesdays Child; BE90 Section K Flora Macfarlane, Dark Valley Ghost; Four Year Old Section M Stella Bunn, Renkum Capitano; BE80(T) Section O Grace Popham, Jalina Von Rube;

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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