Ruth Orrell-Stokes reports ….
Frenchfield is a new fixture to the eventing calendar with classes from BE80T to BE105. The event is organised by Douglas & Lucinda Weymouth of Cumbria Horse Trails and the competitors had lots of positive things to say….
‘I liked Frenchfields alot, and is a good foundation for the Cumbria Horse Trials multiple events to build on, and I can only imagine it will thrive and get better every time.’ – Jack Walker
‘The set up of the day was amazing! Great Showjumping course and cross country course built!’ – Kyla Cranston
‘The Cumbria Horse Trial events are superbly run, and all the hard work put in by the volunteers (my mum (Jen Graves) being one of them) is much appreciated by all the competitors. It is a testing XC track which incorporates some tricky fences and lots of hills making it a real challenge.’ – Leanne Greaves
‘Frenchfield was a super event with great ground conditions. A compact layout, good viewing of the XC, along with stunning views of the surrounding countryside make it a very good event to attend.’ – Jenifer Browman
The winner of the BE90 section A was Jack Walker riding High Valley, finishing on their dressage score of 29.3. Jack works full time for Amey Construction aswell as being a special in the Merseyside Police around eventing. He is aspiring to become full time with the police force when the next recruitment opens. His ride High Valley, know as Archie at home, is a 7 year old, dutch warmblood, gelding undertaking his first season with Jack. The combination has had several top ten placing this seasons with Frenchifield being their first win. Jack said ‘my aims this season were to get Archie out for his first season eventing and see how well he faired, and with any luck qualify for regional finals in the hope of making badminton grassroots before progressing through to 100 and hopefully FEI in the coming years. Archie is really laidback and he is such a baby, he loves to eat everything and always loves attention from anyone who will give it to him. We asked Jack what contributed to his win at this event, he said ‘the hard work that my parents, girlfriend, dressage and SJ coaches put in tirelessly to help me get better. It has supported me and brought me good results all through the year leading to this win.’
BE90 section C was won on a score of 28.8 by Lorna Riley and Zimara a 7year old mare owned by BS Course Builder Paul Chester. Lorna had an unfortunate unplanned break in her eventing season after a fall from her advanced event horse at Chatsworth International Horse Trails, where she sustained broken ribs and nerve damage to her arm. Frenchfield was Zimaras’ first BE and Lorna said ‘Zimara was so good her first dressage and first XC with only one XC school prior! I think she’s super talented, she’s out jumping newcomer BS and I hope to take her up the grades. Zimara is so easy and just a lovely horse to have.’
Kyla Cranston took the win in BE90 section I with her horse Lisboy Clover Valley. The combination laid in second place until the cross country where they moved into first place on a score of 32.2. This made it back to back wins for them at this level as they also won at Warwick Hill in May. We spoke to Kyla and she told us ‘The thing that lead to my success on the day had to be all the training I did, learning the test and training as many nights as possible down the beach trying to perfect my Dressage test in all weathers and get my horse fit for the distance of the cross country. My aims for the season was to try and get good dressage scores with double clears at both 80 and 90 to hopefully move up to BE 100 later on in the 2019 season. I try to event as much as I can in the year but I’m also an active pony club rider who competes at championships and area competitions. I am competing at the British Eventing Championships on the 23rd September at Kelsall Hill for the BE80 due to another win back In May!’ Kyla is based in Scotland with Lisboy Clover Valley, a 15 year old gelding. They train on Powfoot beach and are also members of the Dumfriesshire Hunt pony club.
In the BE100 we saw Jennifer Bowman and Allanagh Quellissima win section H with 23.2, adding 0.4 penalties to their dressage score of 22.8 from the cross country. Allanagh Quellissima is a 14.2hh, 14 year old, mare know as Lana at home. Lana is owned and normally ridden by Mary Richardson but unfortunately she sustained an injury 2 days prior to the event, so Jenifer was asked to take the ride. Jenifer told us ‘my mother-in-law Susan Bowman trains both Mary and Lana, and I also know them both well, so it was an easy decision to make to ride her! Mary has A-Levels this academic year and is aiming to study Medicine at University after that. We were all delighted with the 22.8 dressage mark! Lana was brilliant to ride in all phases and she made my life very easy. It was lovely to win for Mary and her mum Ros, as it is our local event with lots of friends there too. Plus it is right in my doorstep, about 2 miles away, so very handy for me!’. Jennifer rides full-time, with a small yard of 6 horses, not all eventers, and does some teaching alongside.
Leanne Greaves and Showcase remained in the lead through all three phases finishing on the impressive dressage score of 22.8. Leanne grew up on her dads dairy farm and was part of Cumberland Farmers Hunt North Pony club, before going of to Harper Adams University in 2009-2013. It was in 2016 when spectating at a BE her sister was completing at that she got the eventing bug again. She said she looked at 6 horses and Chico, the stable name for Showcase, was lucky number 7 who came from Wales where he had been hunted and lightly schooled. Leanne said she is ‘very grateful to her father Andrew Graves who has enabled us (herself and sister Hayley) to have horses throughout our lives, providing us with haylage, horse paddocks and stables on his Dairy Farm in High Hesket.’ We asked Leanne what has assisted with her success, she said ‘I have a great support network, including my cousin Stuart Graves and John Thornton from High Hesket, Cumbria who have really aided ‘Chico’ and mines success this year with their great tuition and encouragement. My aim this season was to win a BE100 and I’m thrilled to have achieved that, now the aim is to work up towards Novice. We have finished in the top ten in all 8 of our events so far this season which is all thanks to my support and wonderful horse. I bought Chico (Showcase) at the end of 2016 and he had a habit of ‘Bronking’ but thankfully that has subsided and we are now in harmony. He is such a sweet natured laid back giant who loves his work, but can be rather grumpy at times including grooming and feeding time.’ Leanne has eventing as a hobby and alongside work for Dalcour Maclaren Chartered Surveyors as a Graduate Surveyor, working towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor. She is kindly sponsored by close family friends Dougie and Lynne Parker who own Quattro Contracting of Penrith and Resdev Resin Development.
Other section winners (class, section, horse & rider): BE80 N BLACKTHORN CARRABAWN & Mr William Pittendrigh, BE80 O ROYAL ENGAGEMENT TWO & Mr Andrew Reed, BE90 B LYNDHURST BREEZE & Miss Jodie Caig, BE90 J ITS THE PRESIDENT & Miss Jessica Collister, BE90 K THE BLUE EYED BOY II & Miss Sallyanne Nicol, BE90 I1 Open CRAGG HUGO & Miss Storm Straker, BE90 D RF WAIMANU SPARKLE & Ms Fiona Boddy, BE90 E RF SHES GOLD & Miss Jade Thompson, BE100 G1 IN GOOD TIME & Mrs Sally Gillespie, BE100 L WOODFIELD GLOVES & Miss Chloe Dods, BE100 G Open PRINCE III & Miss Harriet Jayne Branch and BE105 F HIGH TIME V & Mr Steven Renton.