EVENT REPORTS – Horseheath (2)

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Sarah Carless reports …

Horseheath’s second British Eventing fixture attracted more than 450 entries – this is the first time the Cambridgeshire event has had two events on the calendar, and both have been equally well supported. 

Mollie Harris came away from the event with two victories to her name. In BE80(T) Section K she won with Macs Mirah on her dressage score of 23.5, and in BE90 Section H with Bannview Black Bess. Her BE80(T) winner Mac also competes in working hunter pony classes, British show jumping and will enjoy next hunting season.

Mollie told Eventing Worldwide: “It’s great and very surprising to come away with a double win especially as Mac the winner of the 80 is only five and doing his second BE event. It’s definitely made me very excited for the future with this pony. He has competed in a couple of pony club 90 ODEs and is doing his first BE 90 at Shelford next week. Many thanks to his owner Mrs Jane Lom for letting me have the ride on such a special pony. Bess won her second 90 this year after stepping down from 100 to prepare for our first regional final at Shelford next week, hoping to qualify alongside my other pony Stambrook Miss D’Mena who is already set to compete at Badminton 100 grassroots in 2018. Bess will then move up to 100 again at the end of the season and possibly head towards pony trials next spring alongside Mena.”

Rosie Oxlade returned to competition with Gala Boy with a win in BE80(T) Section N. The pair last competed in 2015. And it was a successful weekend for Joanne Watts who not only won BE90 Section E with Churchside Marble, but also came third with Darc Legend (Section G) and fourth with Chilham Temple Bar (Section F). Horseheath was a second win in a row for Churchside Marble, as the pair were also victorious at Little Downham (2). 

Laura Rideout and Coolodge Sox have not finished outside of the top ten this season, and that form continued with a win in BE90 Section F – their fourth of the year. On this occasion they finished on their dressage score of 21.8. Laura was also third in BE100 Section B with The Bank Manager. 

BE90 Section I was won by Ottilie Mitchell and Dancing Tinarana – their second event together in Ottilie’s first season of affiliated eventing, although the mare will be for sale when Ottilie starts university this autumn. The pair have also qualified for the Pony Club Championships for the individual, intermediate showjumping.

She told Eventing Worldwide; “I really enjoyed our time at Horseheath having never been there before – it was very well run!! At the moment I’m on my gap year. I took this year to concentrate on my horses. We bought Tocca over from Ireland two years ago for me to bring on to event. Unfortunately in the summer of 2015 we found out that she was in fact pregnant! She gave birth to a lovely little filly, therefore we have been bringing her on very slowly. This has been her first competitive year and this was her first ever event at 90 so it really couldn’t have gone any better.” 

Other section results; BE100 Section A Summer Nicholls, Alfie XXVI; BE100 Section B Nicola Hughes, Rathmores Little Artist; BE100 Section C Mary Edmundson, Tashkaldou; BE100 Open Section D Serena Kullich, In The Darco; BE90 Section G Indie Vaughan Jones, Cool Blue;; BE90 Open Section J Caroline Smith, Brother Barnaby; BE80(T) Section L Rosie Hull, Master Comic; BE80(T) Section M Sarah L’Homme, Charlie XXXVII.

Photographs curtesy of Sue Westmoor

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