Ruth Gregory reports ..
Glamis Castle is an exciting new Scottish fixture for the British eventing calendar. The organisers gave an insight into how the event ran over the first weekend in August.
The organisers told eventing worldwide how it went…
“The brand new event held in the beautiful setting of Glamis Castle 3rd-4th August – right in front of the castle itself – made a great start with huge positive feedback from riders and public alike for this new addition to the Scottish calendar.
To promote the event to riders near and far, free stabling was offered and was taken up by riders from as far afield as both Orkney in the north and Leicestershire in the south. This give-back by the organisers was a real hook for riders, not knowing what to expect from the event, but making it affordable to try.
The cross country course was designed by Adrian Ditcham, who also managed to fit in a great course walk to help the Pony Club celebrate their 90th anniversary on the Saturday. The course was beautifully presented by the build team, in particular the carved fences by Tom Harris Ward depicting local famous sons J M Barrie of Peter Pan fame and also Bon Scott from AC/DC, both attracting new supporters to our sport by the unusual themed jumps! The Redcastle Gin water complex also proved popular – but that was possibly to do with the gin bar itself and the amazing decking area built out into the water.
Rider Gregor Knox (Novice Section F with Castleforbes Angus), said that he thoroughly enjoyed the event –
“it was a nice venue with lot of potential for the future… the cross country course was presented well and allowed horses to get into a good rhythm before asking any questions. There was a good friendly atmosphere and like a mini international in the show jumping – great for young horses going up to Blair to get some experience.”
We were exceptionally lucky to have the support of many local companies in our first year and a particular highlight were the trophies from Subaru (UK) Ltd and Isuzu (UK) Ltd, which went to the highest mover in each of the BE90 and BE100 classes over the two days. Winner of the BE90 Subaru Cup was Jemma Dath on Ultima and the BE100 Isuzu Cup was won by Rachel Williamson on McCavalier.
BE90 Section L winner Victoria Gladwyn riding Sonnersted, was delighted to turn in a dressage score of 12.3 and was even more pleased when they went clear show jumping and cross country, adding just a couple of time faults to their dressage score to win the section by a huge margin of 16.3 (more than double their final total of 14.7) – not bad for a horse that only jumped for the first time in March this year.
The Country Fair was well attended over the three days and hopefully our sport has gained some new fans – traders reported selling to visitors from Norway, Germany and America. The feedback from everyone has been really positive and we will be back again next year having tweaked the layout and added in some new ideas to build on what has been a great start. Event Director, James Helyer, was delighted with everything and has already started the planning for 2020!”
Jess Corser had 6 horses centred across classes from BE90 to Novice. It was worth the 800mile round trip for the Leicestershire based rider as she had a win and 4 top ten finishes.
She won the ONu18 section D with Anastasia II
“She is a really exciting horse for the future and catches everyone’s eye.” Said Jess.
Glamis Castle was a beautiful setting. All phases were very well laid out, plenty of room to warm up. The XC course, designed by Adrian Ditcham, had fences built to a high standard benefitting any international and perfect going on both days. There were nice inviting fences as well as a couple of up to height questions.
“I was impressed with the organisers, James and Thomas Heyler, we will most likely be making another trip back next year with another lorry full!”
Katherine Lindsay and Cooley Make a Love won the Novice section F.
Whilst Perthshire based Wills Oakden was runner up with Mr Murphy, He also rode Rohdiamant Von Cassini to second place in the Novice section E.
Another Scotsman who had a great weekend of results was Daniel Scott, picking up 6 top 5 finishes across all sections, including a win in the BE100 section H with Sahara Blue. The mare is a new ride for Daniel this season and they’ve already got an impressive record at BE100 with no placings outside the top 5 out of their 6 runs.
“It was a beautiful event that holds a lot of promise for the future to grow and get even better. Sahara Blue or Tar is a little star, she gave me a great feel and will hopefully move up to novice this weekend at Dalkeith!”
Novice section E winners were Dawn Morley and Amier, giving Dawn her first ever British eventing win
“ It was a big shock when I discovered I’d won and even more special that it was at the first Glamis Castle Horse Trials, which is an amazing event. I admit I cried when I saw the result! I’m still pinching myself now”
They were the only pair in the section to gain no jumping penalties, finishing on their dressage mark of 35.8. Dawn has owned the 13YO chestnut mare for 4.5years and together they’ve progressed up the eventing levels after she caught the eventing bug from helping a friend.
“Since the weekend my plans have now changed and I’m hopefully going to do the CCI2*-L at Blair. I’ve always attended Blair as either a spectator or volunteer for many years so to go now as a competitor will be a dream come true, but also a very scary one!”
BE100 Section G; Jane Reid, Rossmount Reward; BE100 Section O; Sinead Russel, Earthquake Echo; BE100Open Section P2; Claire Smith, Furioso De Foja; BE100Ou18 Section P; Rowan Laird; Sceilig Concordio; BE80(T) Section I; Neve Smith, BMJ Franki; BE80(T) Section J; Amy Ogilvie, Bittaluck Zachary; BE80(T) Section K; Lucy Broad, Balhagarty Hagrid; BE90 Section B; Amy Marshall, Bogton Juniper; BE90 Section C; Leigh-ann Allan; The Dee Jay II; BE90 Section L; Victoria Gladwyn, Sonnersted; BE90 Section M; Sally Murray, Coolamber Diamond; BE90Ou18 Section N; Kyle Grieve, Mulgrave Freddie; BE90RF Section A; Eilidh Herd, Zuccheros Deff Leppard; Open Novice Section D2; Caitlin Padfield, Quincy IV