Ruth Gregory reports ..
Kelsall Hill held their second and final event of the season over the weekend. Organisers Phil Latham and Jane Whitaker and their team always provide a great event and this time was no exception with mass entries across all sections from BE80(T) to Open Intermediate.
The team were faced with challenging wet weather conditions but they were not going to give in easily and worked hard to make sure things ran smoothly for competitors by moving the show jumping to their all-weather surfaces, moving the dressage arenas, extending warm up arenas, shifting car park entrances and providing tractors to tow lorries on and off the field.
However, the autumn weather was not to be beaten, leading to the sad decision to abandon the Sunday’s competition, the first time Kelsall has ever had to had to cancel a day in 13 years of hosting their horse trials!
Winner of the Open Novice section was Rose Nesbitt upon her own Cooley Tanglewood. They jumped a smart double clear with the fastest cross-country round in the section to rise up from 12th after dressage to take top honours.
“My mare has been competing at intermediate and 3* level all season so it was an easy run for her that I used as a prep run before, she heads to Osberton 3* long next week for her last event of the season.
She’s such a fantastic jumper and didn’t seem to mind the mud at all! The weather wasn’t ideal but Kelsall did a fantastic job to allow us to run.”
Second place went to Ludo Fh and Hannah Bate, who also jumped double clear picking up a handful of time faults to finish on a score of 32.9.
In third place was Kitty Taylor riding Queens Toxica. The pair are no strangers to Kelsall having won the Open Novice under 18 section here last year. Kitty also rode her superstar 14.2 pony Noble Reble to finish third place in the BE100Open section K.
“Both of the ponies felt on top form and ran very well! I’m so pleased with how they went, especially how they coped in the ground and tough conditions that we were faced with on both days! Alfie (Noble Rebel) still has a couple more runs, hopefully finishing the season off with the 3 days 100 at Bicton, Phoebe (Queens Toxica) will run at Weston Park next, before finishing her season with either a CCI-L2* or an intermediate.”
Kelsall Hill based Michael Owen also picked up a win in BE100 section H with Monberg Horizon to finish on their dressage score of 24.8. Whilst fellow Cheshire based rider Andrew Heffernan narrowly missed out by 0.7 of a penalty with Enola.
Winners of the Open Intermediate were Andrew Hoy and Vassily De Lassos, it was a brilliant return for Paula and David Evans’ gelding as it is the first time, he had been run cross country since April.
Close behind finishing in second was Angus Smales riding A Bit Much, the pairing posted the fastest cross-country round in the less than ideal weather conditions to finish on a score of 35.9.
Completing the top 3 was home based Michael Own on the lovely grey Jims Pal, who’s owned by Ashleigh Dean.
Piggy French suffered the worst of the weather during her dressage tests but as always was on top form to finish with two horses within the top 6 with Highdown March and Graf Cavalier.
Another local rider Hayden Hackney won the intermediate section N riding Philippa Heler’s Fools in Love. The gelding has had a brilliant first season eventing, including a win in a novice section at Kelsall’s spring event.
Emma Lawton piloted Little Mill II to first place in the BE90 Section A on first event together as a combination. They jumped double clear to finish on their superb dressage mark of 20.5.
“I’ve only had Millie a couple of months and Kelsall was her first event and last event of the year so to win was amazing! She went realty well and I couldn’t have asked anymore from her considering the ground conditions weren’t great!’
BE100 section I; Bethany Humphries, Brians Best; BE100 section J; Hattie Mccane, Lord Larry; BE100Open section K; Charlotte Clewlow, Wenbach Paddy; BE100u18 Section L; Lucy Corlett, Escaday; Be90 section B; Victoria Jones, Graf Portia; BE90 section C; Hannah Mulliner, Dackies Dream; BE90 section D; Jack Leese, Carrabawn Kid; BE90 Section E; Camillia Hardie, Beau Jangles Vi; I section M; James Adams, Quinara; Novice section F; Aimee Penny, PSH Party Girl;
Images courtesy of FRW Photography