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Sarah Carless reports ..The weather may not have been completely on the side of the organisers, but more than 700 combinations headed to South Yorkshire for Frickley Park’s first fixture of the season.
The event incorporated the National Saddle Centre Under 18 Championships, run at BE100 and One Star level. New for 2017, the range of competitors for the CCI* was expanded, allowing any rider under the age of 21 to enter the International Section, with competitors not being required to have been selected for the Under 18 competition. This also allowed team riders to enter further horses.
The Under 18 BE100 Championship was won by Jessica Walton, riding Chance X with William Heaton too second with Seapatrick Hint of Cruise with Florence White and Nono finishing in third.
Georgia Bartlett took the Junior One Star Class with Spano De Nazca. The pair finished on their dressage score of 34.6. Georgina Wood finished in second with Del Piero II whilst Martha Craggs took third with Garrybitt Coole Park.
Sixteen-year-old Georgia has just completed her GCSEs and bought Nono as he is known at home a year ago. She told Eventing Worldwide; “Kirsty Johnston who trains me at home saw Nono competing in the 2* at Nunney and thought he would be perfect for me. It has taken me a little bit of time to make the transition from a pony to a horse but over the last few months we have really started to form a great partnership.
“We set off for Yorkshire feeling confident after a win at Borde Hill ONu18, a third at Stratford Hills ONu18 and then we came 11th in the CIC* at Great Witchingham in our last run before Frickley – but I had no expectations that I would win the Championship. Nono was brilliant from start to finish. Caroline Moore who has been giving me a lot of help recently coached me throughout the competition and she was fantastic.
“Despite the high winds and an electric atmosphere Nono performed a lovely dressage test to finish 3rd after this phase on 34.6. He gave me the best XC round and flew round to finish 10 seconds within the time. The show jumping phase caused a lot of problems because of heavy overnight rain and muddy conditions but Nono was incredible and jumped one of only 7 clear rounds. I still can’t believe we won – it was the very best feeling. To add to my individual win the South East took third place and enormous thanks must go to Mark Corbett, our team coach. Nono and I are now planning on doing a couple of Intermediate events before the CIC2* at Aldon International.”
Heidi Coy came out on top of the other International class with Carrigsean Tigerseye – her first international win. Heidi put herself into contention with a 49.4 dressage and cemented her win with a double clear, one of only two to go clear in the show jumping to finish on her dressage score.
James Rushbrooke took second with Weeton Whin – the only other rider to keep a clean sheet in the jumping phases, with Katherine Mason, who had been leading after the dressage and cross country with Ariban rounding off the podium in third after 12 faults in the show jumping.
Alongside the Under 18 National Championships were a host of domestic classes ranging from BE80(T) to Intermediate Novice. Hannah Marley and Booty Boots chalked up their fourth win of the season in BE90 Section I with a winning score of 27.3. Their previous wins came at Shelford Manor (1), Northallerton and Norton Disney. Lucy Scholl picked up her second win of the year, and her first at BE100 in Section R with Just Dunnit.
Following the event, the organisers said: “The organising team would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and supported Frickley Park – from competitors, trainers, volunteers (of which there were many hundreds), sponsors, owners, spectators and finally our fantastic tractor drivers. Despite the horrific weather conditions for a second year running we hope you all had a fun time. We had some great competition at every level. Well done to everyone who competed in the National Saddle Centre U18 BE100, CCIJ* and CCIY* classes – we hope you have fond memories of your Championships. Our core remains as a grassroots event, and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves amid the deluges of water. Finally, a huge thank you to Jayne and Charlie WA for allowing us to turn parts of their home into a mud mess. Without your total support, which is endless, none of this would be possible.”
Other section results; BE100 Section D Harriette Howard, Doctor Of Diplomacy; BE100 Section E Rosalind Canrer, Grafics; BE100 Section F Samantha Jimmison, Kroon Freddie; BE100 Open Section G Samantha Molyneux, Feeling; BE100 Plus Section H Imogen Murray, SJL Convince Me; BE90 Section J Xanthe De Wesselow, Golden Chance Remark; BE90 Open Section K Guthrie Shields, Killagha Casement; BE80(T) Section L Katie Stephens-Grandy, Castlesize Go Easy; BE80(T) Section M Poppy Shepherd, Doovins Starlite Earl; BE80(T) Section N Bryony Fearnley; BE90 Section O Jasmine Watson, Houdini VIII; be90 Section P Georgina Prest, ObisdIan III; BE90 Section Q Deborah Slater, George XXIX; Intermediate Novice Section S Emilie Chandler, Coopers Law; Novice Section T Lucy Bullas, Egaro; Novice Section U Piggy French, Big Berry.
Photographs courtesy of RJC Photography