Timmy Orritt reports ..
It was a busy weekend at Frickley last week for the National u18 championships, the last of which will be held at Frickley Park due to them moving to Bishop Burton next year. The event also had classes starting at BE80(T) up to IN, as well as a CCI-L YR2*. Things started with the U18 trot ups on Thursday and finished on Sunday after some action filled days.
In the 2*u18 the South West team had a very successful weekend as they led the team competition from start to finish, eventually using the scores from Jemima Stratton (31.8), Ellie Fredericks (33.3), Alice Proctor (48.5), and Polly Muirhead (35) to take the win on a total score of 148.6.
At the end of the dressage day, the SW team led on a score of 106.3, and had an 11.2 lead on the East Midlands team who lay in 2nd post dressage. Some speedy clears and minimal time penalties around a tough course with a very tight optimum time – which only four riders finished inside – from riders in the cross country phase meant that the SW maintained their lead over the other regions, sitting in pole position on a score of 130.4 with just one fence in hand going into the showjumping. However, some incredibly well ridden showjump rounds were produced in less than ideal conditions, meaning that the SW team held their lead to take first !
The Central region took 2nd place in the team competition when combining scores from Tom Bird, Barnie Brotherton, Molly Fletcher, and Georgina Herrling to make a total of 151.1. The team were sitting in 3rd place after the dressage on Friday, before moving up to 2nd following some very quick, consistent cross country rounds which enabled them to head into the showjumping just behind the SW team on a score of 134.7. The team managed to produce some solid rounds in the showjumping to hold onto their 2nd place, and finished ahead of the East Midlands team who took 3rd.
The EM team took scores from Oliver Jackson, William Clayton, Stephanie Sacks, and Hattie Grace to total a score of 175.3. It wasn’t an easy ride for the EM midlands after initially finishing 2nd after the dressage, to drop to 5th after the cross country. However, the team produced some very neat showjumping rounds to pull them back up the placings to eventually finish 3rd.
4th – South East, 178.3
5th – Scotland, 211
6th – Eastern, 218
7th – Northern, 242.9
8th – Wales and West Midlands, E
Individually, the win went to Jemima Stratton riding Global H. Their original dressage score of 25.8 put them into 4th place after the first phase, which was then followed by an outstanding double clear to add just 6 time penalties from the cross country to complete on a total of 31.8. The pair were just 1/7 double clears with no jumping faults out of the whole class. Jemima didn’t have the easiest run up to qualifying for Frickley after breaking her collar bone back in March however said:
“Luckily I was back on in about 3 weeks and able to compete at Bicton Nu18 where we finished 2nd, meaning we qualified just in time!”
Speaking about her prep in the run up to Frickley Jemima told us:
“We has been using the South West Equine Water treadmill to help keep Harry in good shape when the ground was hard, and he actually came back with one of the lowest heart rates the vets had seen all day after the cross country.
The week before I took Harry to stay with Holly Woodhead for four days and we did an intensive training boot camp where she kicked my ass into gear and got me riding him properly!! We also stopped off for another dressage lesson with Holly on the way to Frickley which helped no ends.”
Jemima also told us that she was thrilled to finally break her 2nd place curse as she hasn’t yet won an event and claimed
“Miracles do happen ! The showjumping course was causing carnage, and I genuinely thought I had no chance of winning because there was such a strong field ahead of me.”
The individual top 5 in the 2*u18 are as follows:
1st – Jemima Stratton and Global H, 31.8
2nd – Georgina Herrling and Kilpatrik Knight, 32.1
3rd – Tom Bird and Rebel Rhyme, 32.4
4th – Ellie Fredericks and Mandorior, 33.3
5th – Zoe Embury and Orlando, 34.7
In the BE100u18, the SW team took another win using scores from Izzi Kirk, Lottie Adams, Isla Read, and Lily Ryder, to complete the competition on a total of 124.5. The team finished ahead of the SE team in 2nd, who completed on a score of 128.2 after combining the marks from Katie Hale, Tilly Nutman, Poppy Wallis, and Emilia Andrade-Brown.
The team from the Northern region took 3rd place using the scores from Isla Gordon, Olivia Graham, Georgina Vicente, and Harriet J Branch to finish very closely behind the SE team on a total of 129.5.
4th – Eastern, 134
5th – Central, 136.6
6th – Wales and West Midlands, 141.2
7th – East Midlands, 147.4
8th – Scotland, 148.7
Katie Hale and Killacoran Blue took the individual win after a very tight competition with no room for error. The pair completed on their dressage score of 29.3, with the 2nd placed competitor breathing down their necks on a total of 29.6.
“Toddy just lit up as we went into the dressage arena, being first to go I really wanted to push for marks and make a good impression. Even in the boiling heat he completed a lovely test.“Into the cross country I was lying equal 4th, and although a testing track, it was beautifully built. I had walked in several times with our SE coach Justin Clubley so I was feeling very prepared – and being first to go I knew I had the best ground. Once I went out of the start box all my nerves went away and we had great round, flying clear inside the time moving us up to 2nd!
“Toddy tried his heart out in the showjumping and I was thrilled for him to jump clear – it was the most amazing feeling, and then when we ended up winning I could hardly believe it !”
Katie went onto add,
“I really can’t thank everyone that’s supported me enough, the team spirit at Frickley is amazing and I was so excited when I was given the chance to ride there again. It was fantastic that the team finished 2nd as well!”
The individual top 5 in the 100u18 are as follows:
1st – Katie Hale and Killacoran Blue, 29.3
2nd – Poppy Wallis and Torboy Abbey, 29.6
3rd – Izzi Kirk and Delhurens Upsey Daisy, 29.8
4th – Lottie Adams and Lex V, 29.8
5th – Lucy Baguley and Glencarrig Dolphin, 30.1
There is no argument the over the last years Frickley Park has been the most beautiful venue to host the U18 championships, with the best atmosphere of team spirit and morale. Congratulations to all competitors competing at Frickley over the weekend, and good luck at your next events !
Images courtesy of RJC Photography