Tinky Morris reports ..
It was glorious, sunny weather for those competing at Voltaire Design Eland Lodge (1) over the weekend. Both days full of competitors competing from BE80 to BE Novice level, over an undulating cross country course and a testing show jumping track on their all-weather arena.
Notable wins came from double winner Andrew Heffernan, who won on both his rides – Enola in BE100 Section E and SSK Cape Cooley in BE90Open Section D. Both horses finished on their dressage scores of 31.3 and 25.8 respectively, a real feat considering the scoreboards were littered with XC time faults due to the undulating ground. Andrew spoke to Eventing Worldwide:
“The Cooley horse who won the 90 open is a lovely young horse Carol Baguley bought off Cooley Sport horses this winter. I think a lot of her. The BE100 horse Enola is owned by BE steward Gill Shea and was also placed at Oasby. She’s nearly ready to go novice.”
Lizzie Baugh and Kilcombe Luxsam took victory in BE100 Section F. Despite a pole rolled in the showjumping and a handful of time faults, they still secured an easy victory with their fantastic dressage score of 21.3, which was over four penalty points lower than the next best dressage score. Lizzie said:
“I’m 23 years old and based near Newark, Nottinghamshire. I’ve just finished my master’s degree in Equine Performance and I’m now running my yard of 8 stables at home and offering schooling, competition and sales livery, along with producing and competing my own horses. I put a late entry in for Eland with Sam to test out some new brakes, thankfully they worked! He’s really improved on the flat over recent months with the help of Tracy Woodhead and I was delighted that what I thought was his best test to date was rewarded with his best mark to date. Typically after doing his best ever test he then had his first ever pole down show jumping! But a nice clear xc was what we came for and to go home with a win just made the day! Sam will hopefully move up to novice after a couple more runs at 100 level, and will be aimed at the 6 year old championships at Osberton at the end of the season.”
In Open Novice Section O, Annabel Carthy and Indigo Mist posted a sub-30 finish, only adding 0.4 time penalties to their dressage score of 28.5. They said:
“I love going to Eland at the start of the season as the courses encourage forward riding and are great for getting your eye in. 8yo ‘Beanie’ is running in the 3*S at Kelsall this week so it was a perfect prep run to set us up for that! He was very excited to be out competing after a long winter, but managed to hold it all together for a great performance in all three phases! Now I just have to try and keep it up all year!”
Other winners included:
HHS Sterling – Miss Amy Hawley
Bazaars Hightown – Mr Lucas Poole (Open)
Nico – Miss Holly Clarke (U18)
Gusthoff – Miss Sophie Hall
Triumph VD Laarseheide Z – Miss Sarah Hindle
Behey Boy II – Miss Chloe Fairley
Mercurious – Miss Sophie Dwerryhouse
KEC Moment In Time – Miss Robyn Gray
Unnamed – Miss Emma L Littlewood
Ferdi – Miss Charlotte Allwood
Barrington Quiet Man – Miss Maddie Hornby
It seems that all competitors over the weekend found the competition a warm welcome back to Eventing, but challenging enough to be used as preparations for future 2021 plans. Thank you to Organiser John Coupland, and the team at Eland Lodge for organising and hosting such a fabulous weekend of sport.
Images courtesy of TMS Photography