Ruth Gregory reports..
Frickley Park horse trials held their final event of the season last weekend. The South Yorkshire based fixture is always hugely popular with the locals as well as those from further afield, with some riders travelling from Cumbria, Oxfordshire and even the Isle of Man! The joint organisers of William Buck and Vanessa Fleming worked hard to make sure the event lived up to expectations with classes running from BE80(T) upwards to BE105, as well as their iconic Yorkshire Challenge.
William Buck commented;
“The event ran smoothly with fantastic weather, great ground conditions and inviting but also technical cross-country tracks. Our BE105 class has always been a success but this time there were a lot of eliminations, so we will look into the reasons for that to improve for next year. For next year we are also looking to introduce a Novice Yorkshire Challenge class as our current 100 and 90 are so popular.”
The Yorkshire challenge is Frickley’s signature competition with a BE90 and BE100 Section. Riders are eligible to enter the challenge if they have finished within the top five at any Yorkshire based event across the course of the season. As always, the section was a great success with the maximum number of entries reached.
Hannah Atkinson and Icarus were crowned the Yorkshire Challenge 100 champions. They started as they meant to go scoring the highest dressage mark in the section of 28.3 which left them untouched as they skipped around the jumping phases. It is a great result for the pairing as the Dutch bred gelding only started his eventing career in July!
“I am absolutely delighted to have won such a wonderful and well organised event at Frickley Park. I have only owed Icarus for four months and this was only his fourth event. He was a superstar and never put a foot wrong. My aim for next season is to compete in the seven-year-old 3* at Osberton.”
Taking the Yorkshire Challenge 90 title were Jessica Baugh and Kay Fielding’s Ashcroft Chatterbox. They also made light work of the jumping phases to go double clear and seal their win.
Kathryn Woolley and Oberonza had to settle for runners up by 0.3 of a penalty.
“I was really pleased with Ashcroft Chatterbox (Clover) and also extremely pleased for her owner who’s been so supportive. She did a lovely relaxed test, felt fantastic cross-country and did one of her best rounds to date. The show jumping was certainly a test of nerves as this hasn’t typically been her strongest phase, but she tried really hard for me to jump clear. Really pleased and the team at Frickley Park put on a fantastic event yet again.”
Meanwhile in the other sections, Isabel White and Vanilla Ice III won the BE100 section I. It was the five-year-old’s, who’s owned by Judy Bradwell, first time at the level.
Isabel told EWW;
“I have ridden her since she was just a sat on three-year-old. Ice qualified for Osberton last year as a four-year-old but has had a delayed start to the season this year due to me breaking both of my arms at Bramham on my own horse in the 4*, so I was especially pleased with her result at Frickley. She lives for cross-country and is really brave, I think she’s got a really exciting future ahead.”
In section H Germany’s Josephine Schnaufer was victorious riding Ginger Spice. They were initially in fourth position following the dressage; however, they rose up the leader board following a great double clear to finish on their dressage of 25.3.
The BE105 was a tough class with a number of eliminations and riders retiring on the testing cross country track. Despite, Emelia Petchell and Baskin Cappachino led from start to finish to take the win in section M.
Whilst Yorkshire based Christopher Whittle and Curious Mr Chips were the winners of section L. They clocked the fastest cross-country time of their section to only add 1.2-time penalties to their dressage score of 33.5.
In the BE90 section H Jessica Bluhm and Carlingfords O Reilly were the winners in a very tight finishing section where there was less than a fence separating the top six. Jessica and the gelding deserved the win as they were the only combination in the section to score a sub 30 dressage.
BE100 section H; Lucy Baguley, Charlie Go Go; BE100Open; Georgie Rockingham, September Song; BE80(T) section C; Megan Harrison, Gigman Lockie Leonard; BE(80)T section D; Anna Harris, City Of Angels; BE80(T) section E; Heather Eiston, Stormhill Starlight; BE90 section F; Cher Coupland, Horndenis Galaxy; BE90 section G; Dawn Grant, Rosie XLI; BE90 section O; Sarah Howard, Annie VI;
Images courtesy of RJC Photography