Rika Nile reports…

Holding classes from BE90 to Novice, Homme House Horse Trials received nearly 600 entries for their midweek event. These classes included one of the first of this seasons BE90 Regional Finals, with tickets available for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup championships in 2019.

Two Regional Final sections ran with multiple qualifying spots available, the first of which went o section O winner, Sarah Turner, who rode her own mare, Ryehill Princess, to the win.

Qualifying for a Regional Final at Shelford Manor (1), Sarah and ‘Hillie’ have had a whirlwind last 12 months, after only being a combination for that period of time.

“I first tried Hillie exactly one year ago to the day before this years Regional Final at Homme. She was

underweight, under muscled and terribly green with absolutely no eventing experience. However what she did have in spades was generosity! The first 6 months were tough and there were times I thought she wasn’t the one for me. However hard work & perseverance have been rewarded & she has repaid the faith we had in her by achieving fantastic results from the start of this season. Given how green she was my original aims for this year was to train for the majority of the season before perhaps running her around a couple of BE80s – however she has exceeded our expectations!” Sarah explained.

“Winning means everything! It was a goal I set myself in 2015 when I started eventing and the way things were going then I doubted it was one I’d ever achieve. To win the RF on home soil is a dream come true!” Said Sarah, who has strong connections to the event.

“It has been my ambition to ride at the Homme House Horse Trials since my parents started hosting the event. Obviously I am biased but I think it’s an outstanding event in a beautiful setting and expertly run by a team of fabulous volunteers!

“I’d eventually like to move Hillie up to BE100, a level I’ve never competed at before so it will be a sharp learning curve for both of us! But my ultimate aim would be to run her at Novice/1* in the future,” Sarah added.

The second Regional Final winner, Tayla Brooks, headed section N on a score of 26.5, just 0.3 ahead of 2nd place. Tayla and the 9-year-old gelding Springwind Catwalk, have had a very successful season so far, with this being their third consecutive win, giving them the spot at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup final next year.

Danni Nicholson was 2nd in BE90RF section N behind Tayla, also qualifying for the event next spring, with her own Upsalls Georga. She commented:

“Competing at Badminton has always been my goal. 7-years-ago I did my first event on my little pony having won the entry fees in a Your Horse competition, I came 3rd and got the bug. Georga is my first horse and I brought her directly from the stud 5 years ago. I have worked hard to train her myself and this year it has all paid off. We are over the moon and cant wait to go!”

Finishing in 3rd in section N behind Danni was Stephanie Waite, someone who is no stranger to competing at the championships, coming 2nd in the BE100 final twice with her own Stay In Touch. This time however, Steph qualified on the 14.2hh Kildromin Van Persi who will be a first timer at the event.

“Percy came over from Ireland in November 2016 just broken in, he was petrified of everyone & everything! He came over to be sold on behalf of an Irish owner but was too nervous and quirky with people he didn’t know. Luckily for me I was able to purchase him myself,” Steph explained.

“He did his first BE event in July 2017, improving every time out. He qualified at Weston Park last Autumn for this Regional Final. This year he has done 3 BE100’s finishing 12th, 2nd & 6th, so we will contest 100RF’s at Llanymynech & Weston Park. Delighted to have qualified him for the Mitsubishi Motoss Cup 2019 – would love to qualify for the 100 as well!”

Mitsubishi Motors Cup ambassador Emily King had success at Homme House herself, collecting a win with Quinlan Z in ON section D, and two 2nd places in the Novice sections Rodin Kings Rose and Langford Take The Biscuit, as well as a 7th placing on Amore JG Z in BE100 section I.

John-Paul Sheffield collected a double win and several other placings over the two days, as well as picking up a ticket to Osberton for the 5YO championships in the Autumn with CSF Olympic Lucy, who finished 2nd in 5YO section F behind winner Piggy French and Igel.

John-Paul’s first win came with Sanbonani in BE100 section P, who led the section from start to finish, keeping a clean sheet to stay on their 23.3 dressage mark and collect the win. Alison Walton’s Midnight Blues gave John-Paul his second win, who also led from start to finish with their impressive 22.5 dressage mark in BE100 section Q.

Vittoria Panizzon had BE100 success on the second day of competition with four rides, with three placing in the top 3, including a win. Vittoria was top of the leaderboard in BE100 section H with Chatter On, staying on their 23 dressage. She also took 6th in the same section with Caraghs Royal Quality, who just lowered a pole to drop out of the top three. Vittoria then collected 2nd and 3rd in BE100 section I with Metropolitan Clover and Secret Legacy respectively, behind winner Selina Milnes (Cooley Time).

Zoe Wilkinson piloted the 5-year-old Wish Upon A Star gelding, Wish List to a win in BE90Open section M.

“Wish List is a big friendly giant, he always wants to please and is such a sweetheart. I competed him lightly last year as a 4yo and then he had a long winter holiday so this was only his second competition this year. He’s aiming at 5yo classes now for the rest of the season. Both his owner Pixie and I are thrilled with how well he’s come out this season and were over the moon with his win at Homme.

“I thought Homme House did a fantastic job with the ground which didn’t ride nearly as firm as I thought it may do before I got to the event. I always enjoy Homme as an event and it seems to be one where I often do well which always helps!”

Zoe also picked up 2nd place in Novice section A with Valentines Troublemaker, finishing behind Louise Harwood and Dovevale Lawman.

“Valentines Troublemaker I’ve had from a 4yo too. He’s a very talented horse and has always excelled in the jumping phases but we’ve had to work a bit to get the dressage to the same standard. The dressage is really starting to click now with him, thanks to help from Roger Gregory, and it’s fantastic that it’s now showing in his results. He feels like a classy and exciting horse for the future and made the whole event feel easy today,” Zoe said.

Novice section B was won by Jessica Storrar and Lord Clover, a horse who Jessica has taken from BE80(T) to Intermediate herself

“He’s been the easiest and most enjoyable horse to own and compete, he’s taken me to Badminton Grassroots and my first Intermediate. He’s always been very consistent up until last year at Hartpury 1* where I had a spectacular fall off him!” Jess said.

“Since then we’ve had to really work on building his confidence back up, so this win feels like a huge milestone! It’s also our first Eventing win – it’s only taken 5 years!

“I have to thank Joe Macdonald our showjumping coach for getting our confidence back in that phase. I’d love to get him back up to Intermediate and do another 1* this year.”

Sarah Kula-Przezwanski and Firestone C had a perfect prep run ahead of their BE100RF, with a win in BE100Plus section E.

“I’m completely over the moon with our win, it’s our first 100+ and he was amazing throughout. I bought Fizz as an unbroken 3year old, who had been in the country a week, we’ve done everything slowly to give him time to take things in (the world is a terrifying place!) and it’s paying off.

“It was my first time at Homme House and we will definitely be back again. The ground was brilliant and it was fabulous to have water at the end of the xc again – a big thank you to the team at Homme!” Sarah commented.

Other section winners:
Novice section C: Millie Dumas – Universal Cooley
5YO section G: Harry Meade – Brookfield Cavalier Crusie
BE90 section J: Kathryn Harris – Island Mist
BE90 section K: Jodie Day – Xfactor Hero
BE90 section L: Kathy Oliver – Dare To Stare
BE100open section R: Harriet Baird – Persian Coin
BE100u18 section S: Madeleine Taylor – Mighty Max

Images courtesy of Phil J Photos

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