Ruth Gregory reports ..
Frickley estates’ hugely popular event, based in beautiful South Yorkshire park land, hosted its second and final event of the season. The event ran solely national classes ranging from BE80T to BE105, with a meaty entry of over 600 competitors across a jam packed two days of sport.
The event ran its annual Yorkshire Champion classes, which allow Yorkshire based combinations the opportunity to battle it out for the BE100 and BE90 championship titles with generous prize funds. Claiming The White Rose Walling YCBE100 title and receiving the grand prize of £1000, as well as BE membership and horse registration for 2019, was Amy Osborne, with her gelding, Walter Tate. The pairs victory comes off the back of their badminton grassroots qualification last weekend, “I personally didn’t think things could get any better than last weekend, where he finished fifth at Richmond and qualified for Badminton grassroots, which has been my dream for the last three years!” said Amy. Amy finished on the same joint score of 31.8, tied with Harriette Howard on Maverona Man and Samantha Jimminson on board Upwalls Lorna. However, Amy piloted the eleven-year-old gelding around the challenging cross country and show jumped in the fastest time to grasp her crown. “Walter just loves cross country, he was bold and clever, getting us out of trouble when I overrode,” Amy explains. Her victory was made extra special as Walter is a homebred horse and Amy’s only ride, “We have a very close family unit at home and we all support each other. I can honestly not believe he’d won, I keep crying when I think about it. Luck was on my side at Frickley!” Following on from the success in the last few weeks, Amy’s now plans to give Walter a well-deserved holiday and then to hunt him throughout the winter months, “After the new year, the Badminton prep will begin, fingers crossed for May!”
In the Bloomfields horseboxes YCBE90 Beth Clegg, and Temple Ellie, blew away the rest of the field to gain their BE90 Yorkshire Champion title, £500 prize money and BE membership and horse registration for 2019. “I am absolutely thrilled with Ellie as this is her first season of eventing and she is just six-years-old,” said Beth. The combination lay in joint thirteenth after dressage. However, put in an impressive double clear inside the time to pull them up to top spot on a final score of .31.5 “We have worked hard on her dressage as she isn’t always the most concentrated,” says Beth, “but she pulled it out of the bag on Sunday followed by two super jumping rounds, despite not knowing how she’d react with the cross country being ran before the show jumping!” Beth is going to university at the end of the month, but has no plans to give up eventing anytime soon, “I am going to event Ellie alongside studying and am hoping to move her up to novice level next year, all going well!” Alongside she was full of praise for the event, “It was wonderful to be involved in such a well-run and exciting competition, thank you to all the amazing volunteers and organisers!”
First class honours in the BE105 section D was Sally Chamberlain and Gido G. The combination were one of only two horses to jump double clear inside the time, cementing top spot on their dressage score of 32.8. This was the first event of the season for Sally and Gido G as they haven’t been seen since their fifth placing at Norton Disney Novice, last October. Thus, their fantastic result at Frickley has hopefully set a solid foundation for them for the tail end of the season.
It was a very successful weekend for James Sommerville, who was victorious in the BE100 open section G on board Brackenspa Bramble. It was the pairings second competition together, keeping their 100% consistency following on from their double clear in the BE100 open at Richmond last weekend to top the section with 28.5.
It was a double cause for celebration for James, as he also picked up a win in the BE100 section E with Rocktop Rebel. They led the section from start to finish, adding nothing to their dressage score of 23.0. Whilst Polly Stockton, bounced back from her fall at The Landrover Burghley horse trials last weekend, to finish fifth in the section with Ballingowan Lei on a score of 31.8.
James also picked up a runner up placing in the BE100 section F with the seven-year-old gelding G Star. They led after dressage on 29.3, but occurred 4 faults show jumping and 1-time penalty to narrowly miss out on win. Scott Wallace and CVs Barrie Bug, stole first place after finishing on their dressage of 33.0 following a foot perfect double clear.
BE90 Section A Samantha Jimminson, B Silktown Magnolia, BE90 Section B Lucinda Lovatt, Okeefe, BE90 Section C Thomas Tulloch, Zipped Up, BE 0 Section M Anne Bondi, Avalon Sunset B, BE90 Section N Jessica Baugh, Ashcroft Chatterbox, BE80T Section H Annabel Stanley, Solittiare, BE80T Section I Tabitha Morris, Da Vinci W, BE80T Section J Hannah Markey, Arden Silver Shadow.