Georgia Dixon reports..
The South-East have proved themselves as the best under 18 region in Britain after winning the National Saddle Centre BE100u18 and HECK! Foods CCIJ* Championships at Frickley Park over the weekend. This was Frickley Park’s third time hosting the British Eventing Regional Team Championships and the atmosphere was as bright as ever.
Each region in Britain take up to ten individuals to the championships, these then form their team. The top four scores in each team are then totalled to give the overall winners. The BE100u18 South-East team finished on a score of 124.8 to put them at the top of the podium. The South-West team finished in second place on a score of 130.4 and Scotland finished in third on a score of 131.9.
The South-East CCIJ* team then stole the show to win the team championship title on a score of 122.1, over 10 penalties ahead of South-West who finished on a score of 134.9. Wales and West Midlands managed to bag themselves the bronze podium position in the HECK! Foods CCIJ* finishing on an overall team score of 142.6.
Scottish rider, Lucinda Crawford and Ballintoher Harry led the HECK! Foods CCIJ* competition from the start after riding a beautiful dressage test to leave them at the top of the leader board on a score of 25.0 after the first day.
Lucinda then stormed clear around the cross country course on day two with the second fastest time of the day. The combination came out full of energy for the final day to jump clear in the show jumping, becoming the CCIJ* 2018 Champions.
Emily C Nicol tried her best to catch up to Lucinda on her ride Annaghmore Boomlander, however, with Lucinda and Ballintoher Harry not making any mistakes throughout the whole three days it just wasn’t possible. Nevertheless, Emily still finished hot on their heels as the combination finished on their dressage score of 28.2, representing the South East team.
We spoke to Lucinda about her win, saying: “Harry is nine and we have been together since January 2016 after my coach, Caroline Powell made me go and try him. It wasn’t love at first sight as I found him quite difficult for the first six months as he was still quite babyish, but we have worked really hard together. We have spent the last month at Caroline’s and I owe a huge amount of this weekends success to our time there.”
She then went on to say: “I knew that when I went in the ring, as long as I got him to each fence well, he would clear it. When he jumped the last I was just so happy, I went straight into a lap of honour. Then when I came out of the arena, I saw my mum and my best friend crying and that is when the waterworks started!”
Lucinda and Harry now aim for Waregem two star at the end of September after a well deserved rest.
Emma Jowett was the BE100u18 Champion as she piloted Holly Needham’s Strike A Pose to victory. The South-West team combination added nothing to their dressage score of 27.4. It was very tight at the top of the leader board with less than one penalty between Emma and Daisy Job, who finished in second place with Player. But Emma kept her cool throughout the three days and remained in the top spot from day one to the very end.
The CCIY* (Young Rider) class was won by another Scottish rider, Douglas Crawford with Shadow Lad. Georgina Herrling and SF Detroit were the leaders after the dressage with a score of 25, however, elimination out on the cross country course meant that Douglas had moved up to the top position. Douglas piloted Shadow Lad to a double clear and added nothing to his dressage score of 26.2, meaning that the pair won by almost six penalties.
In addition to the youth classes, Frickley Park also hosted sections from BE80(T) through to Intermediate Novice (IN) over the course of the weekend.
Hattie Barnes and Brooklyn Four Point had a deserved win in the Intermediate Novice, with this being their first win as a combination since Hattie started eventing the 8 year old back in 2015 as a 5YO. They were the only combination to finish on their dressage score, meaning they won by a total of 7.2 penalties.
Isabelle Scott and Its a Dun Deal II were the only combination to finish on their dressage score in BE100 Section D. The combination finished on a score of 31.8, just ahead of Rachael Upton and Shannondale Shagosha who added 0.4 time penalties to their dressage score of 31.5.
BE90 Section G was won by Lucy Robinson and Silvio Berlusconi after jumping two faultless rounds, leaving them at the top of the leaderboard on a dressage score of 28.5. The winner of BE90 Section N, Samantha Jimmison and Upsalls Lorna also added nothing to their dressage score, meaning they took the win on a score of 29.5
The Novice proved difficult with not one combination out of the two sections finishing on their dressage score. However, Laura Birley did enough to win Novice Section S with Bob Cotton Bandit. The combination added 4 faults from the show jumping and 5.2 time faults cross country to a dressage score of 30.5 to win by five penalties.
Laura Greenhalgh was one of only two combinations to go clear inside the time in the cross country phase out and this helped her take the win in Novice Section T with Vivogue. They finished on a score of 33 after bringing forward four penalties from the show jumping onto their dressage score of 29.
Katie Brickman and Black Jack V won their second event in a row after topping BE80(T) Section K. The pair completed on their dressage score of 26.5, the second best dressage score of the section. The best dressage test was performed by Zoe Jane Sharp and Rosscon Jennifer, they scored 25.3, however, 3.2 time penalties from the cross country meant that they finished just behind Katie in second place.