EVENT REPORTS – Hendersyde Park

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Millie Wain reports..

Hendersyde Park Horse Trials is one of the nine Scottish fixtures on the British Eventing Calendar. The event has taken place every year since 2004 and this year, there were classes ranging from BE80(T) to Intermediate Novice. Additionally, there was the Scottish BE90, BE100 and Novice championships. Eligible competitors in the BE90 and BE100 championships also had the chance to pick up a direct qualification for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton next year.

The Agnew family are the organisers of Hendersyde Park Horse Trials and the cross country course builders, David Evans and Paul Ellis, continue to keep the courses fresh and exciting: “We continue to invest in all the cross country courses. We have been very fortunate in persuading David Evans to take over from Ian Stark as our cross country course designer and we have several new fences this year alongside an exciting new combination.”

The winner of the Airowear BE80(T) section G, Susan Chappelhow-Lacey, led the section from the first phase. Susan and the 14hh gelding Glenmore Of Roisbheinn scored 30.3 in the dressage and added nothing to that, finishing 3.8 penalties ahead of Sophie Mason in second place riding Pebbly Limited Edition. Third place went to Gillian Sleight and Cobblers Dream on a score of 34.8 penalties. 

Section L was the Scottish Novice Championship section and it ran as an Intermediate Novice class. The winner was Natasha Galpin riding the 9-year-old Miss Contender. The combination completed on their dressage score of 31.4 penalties. This was their first win together and they have been a partnership since 2013. Caitlin Padfield and Quincy IV came second on their dressage score of 33.0 and Elana Chilton completed the top three riding A Touch Cavalier. 

Unsurprisingly, the BE90 Scottish Championship section was very competitive; none of the top 12 added any jumping penalties to their dressage scores and only two of them picked up time penalties in the cross country phase. Just 6.7 penalties separated the top 10, and the winner finished 4.5 penalties ahead of second place. First place went to Jessica Zajda riding Nanteglwys Taliesin, completing on their dressage score of 24.8. This was their first run of the 2017 season and the pair compete at Hendersyde every year (they came second in 2016).  Philippa Shell came second with Royal Gunner and Henny Cooper finished in third place riding Allerly Lass; Henny was riding eight horses over the two days and had a win in BE100 section I with Crown Imperial III. 

The BE100 championship was won by Wills Oakden riding Macgregors Cooley, finishing on their dressage score of 26.5. On his Facebook page (Wills Oakden Eventing) he said “Delighted to win the Scottish BE100 Championship with Macgregors Cooley on behalf of owner Ella Macgregor! He was the only 5yo in the class, and one of only 4 horses under the age of 7.” Wills also finished in third place riding Zuccheros Deff Leppard.

Rebecca Stephen and the 8-year-old gelding Rockhill Rock and Roll came first in the BE100open section K. The combination completed on their excellent dressage score of 20.8 (the best score of the whole weekend). This left them more than 11 penalties ahead of the rest of the section. Second place went to Eilidh Whiteford riding Flash Steel on 32.0 penalties and Emily Galbraith came third with Darkwood Peri. 

The National U18 championships took place last weekend at Frickley Park in Yorkshire and young riders in the Scottish region are now competing in the BE100U18 regional qualifiers, hoping to be selected to represent their region at the championships next year. There was a BE100U18 class held at Hendersyde and it attracted 28 competitors. The winner was Catriona Boxall riding the 14hh Glengowla Neco. Ailsa Roberts came second riding Little Miss Buttons Blue and in third place were Brook Walker and Shannondale Flight.

Other section winners:

BE80(T) section H – Katie Brickman riding Etasja, 39.1 penalties

BE90 section G – Emma Hawksby riding Horrid Henry, 32.0 penalties 

BE90 section C – Jackie Tait riding Manor House Merry Mate Boy, 28.0 penalties 

BE90 section D – Jessica Rawsthorn riding Jazz Time II, 26.6 penalties

BE100 section F – Wills Oakden riding Cooley Cadbury, 27.0 penalties

Intermediate Novice section O – Lyndsay Stewart riding Tartan Chill, 42.0 penalties

Open Novice section N – Alice Lumley riding Foxwood Brown Sugar, 50.2 penalties 

Photographs courtesy of Dave Cameron

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