Abigail Unwin reports ..
Fifteen sections, from 80T to NRF ran over the two days of competition at Eland Lodge. With their Cross Country course situated in rolling Staffordshire countryside, with all-weather take offs and landings and an Andrews Bowen Olympic arena to Show Jump on; it is a favourite not only amongst riders, but also perfect for spectators with its amphitheatre type viewing point of the Cross Country course.
‘’I felt the course rode well, similar to normal at Eland, nicely flowing and quite straightforward, with all the distances riding positive and forward’’ commented Imi McCance. She piloted the 16.1 Gelding Strattsonstown Vision to 2nd spot in the BE100open, finishing on their impressive Dressage score of 24.8, just behind Willa Newton and Just Soda No Ice; with Sarah Way and Croisiere 3rd.
Eventing Worldwide caught up with Imi ‘‘The ground was much better than I expected. Stratts has just started eventing again after an injury, so I’m thrilled to have him back out. He isn’t the easiest in the Show Jumping, and likes to play up sometimes in the ring. Eland was our last BE100 run, before stepping back up to Novice next weekend at Buckminster. I’m hoping to get a few Novice runs in and enjoy having him back out competing’’
BE 90 Section A was won by Sarah Hayes and Abbeyward Gold, finishing on 26.20, their third top ten finish this year. With Laura Burton 2nd and Jodie Rhea 3rd.
BE 90 Section B was won by Caroline Basnett and the 12 year old TB Mare Waipuna Rose. They finished on an impressive Dressage score of 24, 3 marks ahead of Kathryn Woolley and Alimarr who took 2nd and Karen Williamson Thomas 3rd.
Caroline caught up with Eventing Worldwide.
‘’ We purchased Rosie from Margaux Henrickx earlier this year, when she moved to Ireland. I bought her as a show horse for a client to lease from me for the first half of the season so that she could have her first taste of riding in the show ring before summer holidays started. She’s such a versatile mare, she was 2nd in the Novice Show Hack and 4th in the ladies Side Saddle horse at Cheshire County Show a couple of weeks ago. I’m very lucky to ride her, she can produce a really nice test and even though I made a mistake when I got a fly in my eye we still came away with a strong score. She’s full Thoroughbred and National Hunt bred so she can make the time easily and she cruised round the XC. I’d love to qualify her for HOYS if time allows to get to a few shows between running my other event horses. I’m ideally looking to lease her again from my yard, I think she would suit a junior as she’s so easy, she would make a fantastic little horse for someone. Team Chasing, showing, jumping, eventing, she has done it all.
BE100 section J saw Arthur Duffort and Gredington Graffiti, post one of the best Dressage scores of the day (21.5) to take the win. 4 marks ahead of Alice Tracey and Alvescot Energizer on 25.5 and Anniken Styth on 30.3. Arthur also finished 2nd, 7th and 8th in the NRF, just behind Oliver Townend and Miss Cooley on 27.7.
Eventing Worldwide caught up with Arthur,
‘’The course rode good, better now that they have moved the start. Gredington Graffiti is owned by Kate Churton, she bred him! Kate also bred my 4* horse and Advanced winner Gredington Mailthyme. Graff is mainly her horse that she competes. Every once in a while though, I get to ride him when she is too busy! We will head to Buckminster this weekend together, then I may have to hand the reins back over to Kate.’’
Other section results; BE90 Section C Julie Jones, Lucky Pursuit; BE90Open Section D Daniel Titterton, Vision B; 4YO Jasmine Holmes, Arent I Lucky; 80T Section F Abigail O’Rourke, Reifals Independence Day; 80T Section G William Hulme, Connaught Prince; BE100 Section H Charlotte Davies, Comanche V; BE100 Section I Carlos Parro, Panini;