Cat Jamieson reports ..
British Eventing Goring Horse Trials (2) held over the weekend of 31st August to 1st September 2019. With thanks to organiser Jan Cottam and entries secretary Josie Brettell.
In 2017 Goring Heath’s cross country course moved to a new site & is now on the same side of the road as the show jumping & dressage. It is set in Oxfordshire farmland and is renowned for having the cows “on the march”.
Classes ranged from BE90 to BE100 with regional final sections for The Science Supplements Cup at Badminton Horse Trials.
Samantha Firth who was 6th in BE100 RF Section A said “We got up at 3:45 to be first on in our section, we have been working so hard on his dressage lately as that is what normally lets us down but he has come on leaps and bounds lately to score 29.5 and be 5th after dressage. For some reason Ollie (Fly Boy II) was in a very spooky mood in the show jumping and thought all the jumps where very scary (he has never looked at fillers in the 6 years I have owned him) but I knew from fence 1 that I was going to have to ride it as I wasn’t taking any chances and we managed to go clear. Then onto the XC, we gained 2.4 time faults. I was gutted about this as it is so unlike us and pushed us from 2nd to 6th but we still managed to qualify for badminton for the first time ever after almost 3 years of nearly qualify, so I am over the moon with this result.”
Emily Maineri had 2 horses at the event and was placed on them both… “I had a great day yesterday riding my own horse Martha VI and Kate Tarrants Pointillist Impression (stable name, cash) Martha is a 5 year old grey mare, 15.3hh. We did an amazing dressage test scoring 30.5 which was one of the best scores of her section, we then rolled an unlucky pole showjumping but it was a great round and she was really listening to me. Cross country has always been this little mare favourite part and she flew and made it look super easy! We finished 5th in section L BE90. I’m looking forward to stepping her up to BE100 at Munstead next time out.
Cash was super too! He did a very obedient test scoring 32.3 and then jumped an easy double clear! We finished 4th in section J BE90.”
Laura Durkan won BE90 Section L and told me about her horse Freddie Fly – “Freddie is new to Eventing this year and has been thoroughly enjoying himself, a Pb In way of going in the dressage and then skipping double clear round Goring inside the time really shows how much he has embraced his new Eventing career. . He was bought at the end of last year with the intention of me producing him for my niece to take over but he’s so much fun I’m not sure I want to hand over the reins.” 2nd place was Kathryn Harris and in 3rd place Lucy Butcher who said “Minerva van de Kooldries (Darcy), 7 year old 15.3 bay mare. I have owned her for a year. Goring was our first double clear and BE placing. It finally all came together at Goring after a season of stops, retiring and eliminations. I am hoping to have two more good runs at west wilts and Tweseldown BE90 to finish the season.”
Emily Morris had 2 horses at the event and was placed on both of them in the U18 sections with a 3rd in section N and a 10th. “Sunday was my first visit to Goring Heath and my first competition in the U18s section. I’m lucky enough to be competing 2 horses this season, both ran in the U18s 90. Millpark Houdini and I have been together 4 years and he absolutely loves cross country. He gave me an accurate & obedient dressage, but maybe wasn’t the judge’s cup of tea. He then produced a cracking double clear to place us 10th.
Pippa Marsh came 4th in the BE100 Section O “I’m so pleased with how Wizz [Owl House Reminisce] went on Sunday. His dressage is really improving and we jumped our first double clear inside the time at this level. We’ve been together for 4 years and this is our second season BE, I loan him from my local riding school and we are trained by his owner and breeder Rachel Wright- who has trained me at The Owl House since I was very little. Together we’re trying to break the riding school stereotypes!”
Winner of the BE90OU18 Section N – Heidi Ford with Contessa III, 2nd place was Issy Insley, 3rd place was Emily Morris who said “I have been working hard with my mare Easily Vivendia to build our trust in each other. She was joint top dressage score, had a pole show jumping and went clear cross country. I was delighted with how she jumped as it feels like she’s starting to trust me. She was placed 3rd.”
Taryn Cole was placed 6th in the section “it was our first u18 and my first time at goring, the event was lovely and very well organised, he warmed up lovely but unfortunately wasn’t our best test due to a spooky arena to get a 35 then he showed what a schoolmaster he is by jumping a super double clear making easy work of both tracks to finish in 6th in a competitive section. I was thrilled with this result after only being a partnership for just over 4 months and can’t wait to continue with the u18 program.”
Ben Way had a great day with both his horses So Smart and Direct Cruz winning both their BE100 Sections. Sarah Way also has a 3rd and 5th place in the 100 sections.
Kate Honey Eventing and her team had 5 at the event with 4 placings, Milchem Sea Breeze claiming 2nd place in the BE100 finishing on the same winning score but further away from the optimum time, .Hazard Z 9th, Meridianway Grafs Pride was 7th and Meridianway Ramzes Boy was 10th with Alex Whelwall Eventing.
Jack Stancombe had 2 horses at the event and came 2nd on Fun and Glory, it was said that the judge wished that the horse would fit in the boot of his car! George, as he is known at home has now finished in the top 5 at his last 5 events, he came 6th on Glasshouse Man in the same section. The winner of this section was Jeremy Samuels on Rock DJ II.
Other winners include:
BE100RF Section A – Rebecca Jessett – Pecivals Rebel
BE100RF Section B – Jane Rogers – Corrieview Merlin Magic
BE100 Open Section E – Lewis Drew – Menai Cosmic Duke
BE105 Section F – Charles Foot – Tybalt JX
BE105 Section G – Elizabeth Halliday Sharp – Cooley Seeking Fortune
BE105 Section H – Dr Bruno B Beyne – Idith De Saar
BE90 Section I – Cara Clasper – Goya Lancer
BE90 Section K – Julie Middleton Reid – Lady Jessicka
BE90 Open Section M – Chiara Grimaldi – Starflower
BE100 Section O – Sarah Holmes – DoonaVerragh Deluxe
BE100 Section P – George Hilton Jones – Rapid Global VB
Images courtesy of Verona Thomas