Jenny Hawkes reports ..
The final fixture to be held at Horseheath was a busy one to say the least; with 750 riders in 15 different sections, competing in classes ranging from BE80(T) to BE105.
October’s event featured the BE105; this is the first time Horseheath have run a class at such a level, and with two different sections it proved to be a popular class!
All competitors were quick to praise the organising team at Horseheath for their friendliness, fabulous organisation, and for a fantastic cross country course, built by Tina Ure. This event saw the introduction of the woodland glade ; a new area of the course, which provided a lovely uphill gallop, with stunning scenery.
Stella Burbidge took the win in section E of the 105, finishing on a score of 38.2. Stella rode D Jingo S, who she has owned for just over a year. She told Eventing Worldwide:
“It is one of my biggest achievements yet, and I am still in shock! We had a sticky start to the season, to say the least, and to pull through with a first place is something I would never have expected a few months ago!”
The BE100 kicked off the action packed weekend, with a double victory for Alex Postolowsky who took the wins of both section A and C of the BE100.
Alex won section A on 5 year old Indigo Blue III , who is jointly owned by herself and Valerie Mason. She describes him as being “Incredibly brave, with an explosive jump.” She says he is an exciting horse for the future & she has high hopes for him.
Riding Freddie VIII, Alex also took the win of section B. Alex has been riding Freddie for a number of years, on behalf of his owner & breeder, Elizabeth Raybone. It was Alex’s last event riding Freddie before he goes to his new Pony Club home with Elizabeths’s granddaughter.
The open section of the 100 was won by Katie Hale, riding the 18 year old gelding, Killacoran Blue. Katie says ‘Toddy’ is an absolute schoolmaster, which makes the cross country so much fun, as he is “such a machine”!
Katie was thrilled to finish on her dressage score of 31.5, as she says:
“The track was causing plenty of trouble, and Toddy was foot perfect all day, and really looked after me! It was a great way to end the season.”
The BE90 ran on both days of the competition, and saw brilliant riding across the board, from riders both experienced at this level, and riders stepping up to 90 for the first time.
Mollie Harris , riding Winterdown Shutterfly won section H of the 90, being one of only two riders in her section to finish on their dressage score. Her win follows a 4th place at Norton Disney , making it two top ten placings from three starts this season for the combination. It was only her third event onboard Winterdown Shutterfly, and Mollie says it was brilliant to finish the season well, and with confidence.
BE90 section K was won by Summer Nicholls, riding Turfhorst Purple Rain , whom she has owned and produced since he was 4.
“He really rose to the occasion at Horseheath,” Summer says of ‘Roo’ who produced a lovely dressage of 26.5. “His ears were pricked forwards the whole way around the cross country, to go clear within the time. He galloped through the course taking every element in his stride.”
Other winners: BE100 section B – Joanne Watts, Darc Legend; BE105 section F Lily Beckley, Ballyknock Boy ; BE90 section G, Bellatrix III; BE90 section I , Julie Horton, Topwood Merlin; BE90 section J , Charlotte Cramphorn, Fifty Shades Of Blue; BE90o section L, Melissa Joannides, I Dunno; BE80(T) section M, Caroline Day, Charlie’s Girl; BE80(T) section N , Bellagio 99; BE80(T) section O, Scarlett Lloyd , Tender VE.
Images courtesy of Sue Westmoor