Millie Wain reports ..
Eventing in Scotland was able to resume earlier this month and many riders headed to Forgandenny in Perthshire following the positive news; the event attracted over 400 entries with classes ranging from BE80(T) to Novice level. The courses were presented beautifully, which was much appreciated by riders whose runs had previously been cancelled due to the pandemic.
BE90 section B was won by Hannah Broadhurst riding the 7-year-old mare Cashing Shadows. The pair have had much success since they started eventing fairly recently; they have only been out of the top 10 once and this was their first win. Hannah said “With my Event horse being side-lined with an injury this year, I was lucky enough that my mum, Jennifer, let me event Cashing Shadows. She started this year at BE80 and moved up to BE90 where she has excelled having placed 6th in her first two 90’s at Warwick Hall and then topped it off by winning the 3rd event at Forgandenny.” Having led from the dressage phase with a score of 25 penalties, they jumped a double clear inside the optimum time of 5 minutes to take the win by over 5 penalties. Second place went to Elana Chilton riding Khaldaario who also finished on their dressage score. Eventing Worldwide spoke to Hannah following her win:
“It felt absolutely fabulous to be back out eventing in Scotland where the weather couldn’t have been better and the ground at Forgandenny was perfect for eventing. We have been lucky enough to attend a few events in England after restrictions were eased but to win at the first Scottish event after this strange year was amazing.
Our last event planned for this year is at Kirriemuir Horse trails which will hopefully run, weather depending. Next year, Cashing Shadows will hopefully continue to event at BE90. I would like to qualify for the Blair Scottish Championships with her and ultimately qualify her for Badminton Grassroots at BE90.”
There were 9 starters in the Open Novice section and it was won by 5* event rider Olivia Wilmot. Olivia was riding the experienced Zebedee De Foja. Olivia said “it was great to get back out eventing in Scotland and we were lucky to have a sunny weekend for it. The ground was good and the courses were well presented. It ran really smoothly especially given the current circumstances. ” The pair led the dressage with a score of 27.3 penalties and added 1.2 time penalties to that. In second place was Katie Alison Stephen riding Tartan Chill and Sophie Mason took third with Harbour Lights. There was only one combination who finished on their dressage score, and that was Andrew Drummond and Haslemere Quin; they came fourth with a score of 34 penalties. We caught up with Olivia after her win, who also picked up a top 10 placing in a BE100 section with Fiona Miller’s Edgar II:
“I’ve had Zebedee since he was 3-year-old and he’s now 16. I bought him from his breeder, Michael Stilwell, in Portugal. He came to Forgandenny to have a nice, fun event. I had baby number 3 in January so I hadn’t planned to start early this season then Covid happened so it’s pretty much been a write off this year; it was good for us both to have a good spin round. I don’t think I’ll go to any other events this year. With 3 children plus several vulnerable family members I’m only doing competitions that I can travel to without staying away so that’s making it tricky especially for intermediate level and above. I’m already looking forward to next year now!”
James Houlden and Golden Pat had their second run at BE100 level and having picked up a second place at Warwick Hall the week before, they went one better at Forgandenny to take the win in BE100 section O. They were in fourth place after the dressage phase but climbed up the leader board with a fast double clear. Olivia Charles had led the section on Ippon with a score of 24.3 but accumulated 4.4 time penalties on the cross country. Nevertheless, this still gave them a podium finish taking second place. In third was Rose Macpherson riding Ballingowan Carrie.
Olivia Strang Steel had a successful run at Forgandenny with Cillbhrid Oscar, posting a double clear. Olivia told Eventing Worldwide that she was thrilled with her performance, having previously had a nasty fall at Richmond two weekends before. The pair dropped down a level for a relaxed run round Forgandenny to rebuild their confidence and experiment with gears on the cross country. This is their fourth season eventing together. They have had experience at Novice level and competed in the CCI2*S at Burgham at the end of July. We spoke to Olivia about her time at Forgandenny:
“We’ve had a rollercoaster of a season trekking back and forth across the border from Aberdeenshire. I stepped him up for a great run round his first CCI2*S at Burgham in August after a string of confident novice runs. But Oscar has kept me firmly grounded (literally) on a number of occasions this season – it has not been plain sailing so a positive run last weekend was very much appreciated. Oscar has been cursed with various injuries over the past two years which have hindered us from progressing as I had hoped. But I am exceptionally lucky to have such a phenomenal, fun horse. He is the most divine character with a lot of charm and charisma, but he is also very mischievous and boisterous so there is never a dull moment.
I had initially planned to take Oscar down to Osberton at Thoresby for his first CCI2*L in October, but have decided instead to have a few more relaxed runs up north before he has his winter break. Then I plan to spend the winter doing some local BD and BS while we count down to the 2021 season.”
The placings were tight in BE90 section A, with just 8 penalties between 1st and 13th. Emma Grant was the winner riding Mini Echo with a score of 26 penalties. Rebecca Robb came second with Brodnants Diamond Bracelet. Louise Tanner picked up 1 time penalty in the show jumping which dropped them down a place in 3rd with a finishing score of 27.3 penalties.