Charley Adams reports…
At Scotland’s longest running horse trials, competitors from BE90 to Novice level competed at Eglinton Horse Trials in Aryshire.
The weekend provided some fierce competition especially for our Scottish Under 18 riders who are showing great promise in this sport.
A stand out score of 18 came from Sharon Thom in the BE90 Section C class on board the 15.2hh, coloured gelding, Its Ozzy, finishing on her dressage score to secure the top spot. Its Ozzy started his career in the show ring qualifying for HOYS, then moving onto working hunter before starting show jumping and eventing more recently. Sharon also finished second in Section B of the BE90 on the apple bay Chippendale Vivaldi on a score of 30.4.
Sharon said it was great for the Hon Heather Gailbraith who organised the event because for the past three years the event has been cancelled due to wet weather conditions.
“This was the 60th year of it running and we could not have got a better day. It made the win in one section and second in another even better as the event is on home ground and I used to stay in the estate 30 years ago and this is the first time I have managed to compete here.
“I have always helped but never competed, but my mum has competed here for many years.”
In the U18 section of the BE100, Daisy Job put in a solid performance on the 16hh gelding, Player to finish on a score of 23, her lowest of the season. Daisy has had a very successful season this year and hasn’t finished below fourth this year. She also competed in the BE100 Open at Eglinton, riding Beyond Gold where she finished in second place on a score of 33.
Daisy said: “We had a fantastic day at the lovely Eglington horse trials. As always, it was a great team effort from all.
“The event was brilliant and very well run by the organisers and volunteers. I am very lucky to have a great support team and our day ran smoothly with my parents, sister and friend, Alex, all helping! I am also extremely lucky to have the support of Stevie Purves Photography and Aberdeenshire XC Jumps.
“For Player to perform so well is always very special; he is homebred and part of the family, he is a real credit to my Mum who has trained us both from the start! We have had a great time competing in the u18 classes this season, these classes are so supportive and are always made good fun! I was really pleased with his performance yesterday and delighted to have won.
“I have to admit he did feel quite fresh cross country but he was just making sure I was concentrating. He is a wonderful horse to have a partnership with.
“I had a lovely ride in the 100open with a new ride. He is a pure thoroughbred and I have never had a feeling like that cross country before, he was a joy to compete and I was thrilled to jump double clear and have a dressage score finish to come 2nd.
Other notable scores in the BE Novice included the U18 winner Lucinda Crawford who was riding Ballintoher Harry. She won the class with a score of 30.8 after adding 2.8 cross country time faults onto her dressage score of 28.
Lucinda said: “Ballintoher Harry, or Harry at home, was a super star all day, it was a good opportunity to drop down a level to novice again for a ‘fun run’.
“He was foot-perfect in the dressage, except one squeal and buck in his second medium canter when a horsefly bit him, prompting the judge to ask us what happened during that movement at the end of the test, much to her amusement, resulting in a 2.0 for that movement – leaving us on a 28.0 score going forward to show jumping, where he jumped an immaculate clear, where there really weren’t many being produced.
“Onto the cross country, and Haz popped round flawlessly, we weren’t intending to run for the time, hence gaining a couple time faults but that didn’t prevent us for achieving the Nu18 win.
“It was a beautiful day as the sun shone and showed the wonderfully run Eglinton HT in its full glory in its 60th year of running.”
In section D of the BE Novice section, Mary Pearson riding Je Taime Fondango won her section with a score of 34.30 and in section E, Emily Galbraith took home first place with a score of 37.2 riding Darkwood Peri.
Mary Pearson said Eglinton is one of her “favourite” events and so it meant “a huge amount to win there”.
“The organiser Miss Heather is a cousin of my grandpa and a remarkable lady. I’m hugely grateful to everyone involved in running the event to make it such a success, it’s a real team effort. I’m very pleased I made the trip up from South Wales to be a part of the 60th anniversary of the event.
“Louie as he is known at home didn’t produce his best dressage test but a double clear and relatively quick cross country made up for it. He took everything in his stride and really enjoyed it.
“I am excited to see what the future brings as the more questions asked of him the more he delivers. I also made a last minute decision to enter on the family pony 14.2 Largy Lady. I rode her twice the week before the event so not ideal preparation but she managed 3rd in the 100open section to top off an amazing day.”
Emily Galbraith said it was “amazing” to be presented first prize in the novice class, especially for the 60th year of Heather running the event.
“Perry owned by Marita Gibson tried his heart out. I was thrilled he jumped into the water as he has taken time to get his confidence. It was a beautifully sunny day with lots of family there. I couldn’t have had a nicer time.”
In the Open Novice section, Fiona Malcolm was triumphant with a score of 36.4 after adding 4.4 time faults onto her dressage score of 32 on board Thebestof Three.
Other results include Caroline Pennycook riding Blue Thor who won Section A of the BE90 with a score of 28.6 and Claire Paisley riding Donna Keisiadi who won Section B on 34.7.
In the BE100, Miss Taylor Stewart won the section with a score of 28 riding Widlake Barbie Blue and in the BE100 Open, Nikole Ironside rode Ciarans Bay to first place with a score of 32.9.
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