Cat Jamieson reports…

Keysoe British Eventing, Bedfordshire, held over the bank holiday weekend 24th-26th August, with classes ranging from BE80T to Intermediate, incorporating 4&5 year old classes.

BE80 Section Y won by Katherine Stewart on Goldenheart Finlay, 29.8, Emily Morris won Section Z on a 27.5 with Easily Vivendia.  

Ella Fleet, came 9th in BE80 Section Z at Keysoe (not sure if that is too far down the rankings but it is her first BE rosette so a big deal in our house!!).  Tiser is a little 12 year old 14hh2 black Irish sports pony. We have had him a year. Ella’s first event last year was at Chilham doing the 50cm – he bucked her off xc over the 5th fence and she broke a finger when she caught it in the reins. He had done a couple of events with his previous owner but mostly hunted. Keysoe was brilliant

Christina Higgs won section Z1 on Toblerone III with 29.5.

4 year old Section W won by Amy Hawley on Broadstone Primrose with a very competitive 22.5, followed by Amelia Walker on Harbouring and Caroline Day on Bellagio 99.

BE90 section R was won by Ruth Hole on Easy VZ with a fantastic score of 20.30.  Section S was taken by Daisy Adamson on Sugar Rush with 32.3  Daisy told Eventing Worldwide  “Marley is a 7yr old tb gelding. I bought Marley as a 3yr old. He attempted racing life but didn’t make the cut! I started Marley off playing polo and polocrosse which he did successfully, however after a trip xc schooling last spring, we realised how much that Marley loved to jump! So after a 5year break I returned to eventing. We started eventing last summer at BE80 level. This year we started off at BE90 however after a nasty accident in a showjumping collecting ring on another horse, I thought that our eventing season was over. As soon as the consultant said that I could ride again we entered straight into Keysoe. Marley was impeccably behaved all day. He normally struggles with tension in the dressage arena but he felt much more relaxed. He showjumped a lovely round. We then headed out for our favourite part! He is so much fun to ride cross country and fills me with so much confidence. We are aiming to do a BE100 by the end of the season. Marley is a very special horse who has finally found the right career for him.”

Sally Thornley won Section T on Tommy Russell.  

Sally told EWW “Its only our fifth ever attempt at this level!  he’s my first ever horse- totally chased my dreams after riding briefly when younger.. moved to Chelmsford and met my now very good friend who is an experienced eventer.. always talked about getting a horse of my own and just fell in love with Russell (Tommy Russell) when I saw him back in Dec 16.. ish, about to turn 7, had only ever showjumped with some semi professionals so had never learnt for himself! Fell off a lot (he can be quite sharp) and learnt lots, taught him all I know as I learnt it all myself -felt like the blind leading the blind at times!

Section U was won by Susan Buxton on Action Man with 31.80, in 2nd place was Barry Meningen on Inesta and Jo Theze was 3rd in the 90 in only her second 90 “ I did the Wobbleberry challenge last year did a few 80 and have the bug! I’m 52 and share my daughters horse, she went to Royal Agricultural Uni and left me ticking him over!!!” Im sure that Jos daughter will be super pleased with her mums results so far.

Lee Wright was second in a 90 section …”my horse is a KWPN bred dark brown gelding 10yrs and it was our first BE together.. 31 dressage double clear, unfortunately I got a time fault for going too fast which cost us first place.. Horse is called Dwien but pronounced Di vine”

Section V winner was Debbie Donovan on Lockwoods Little Friend on 30.40, the BE90 Open was won by Brook Staples on Hickory HBC with a score of 24.5.

Lucy Blowers was placed in the BE90 and came 2nd, 26 double clear- “it was my horses first BE90, he has previously been showjumped, I brought him last year and he’s just started Eventing this year. He’s a big lad at 17.3 so taking him slow but hope he will progress through the levels. He won his first event, came 4th in this second event and has now moved up to BE90 and came 2nd at Keysoe. He has qualified for the BE80 champs this year and we are hoping to also qualify for badminton grassroots at our regional final at Little Downham next month.”

The 5 year old class was won by Caroline Powell on Greenacres Special Cavalier, Amy Hawley on Treamble was 2nd and Andrew James on Isalottie.  Amy Hawley also had 5th in this class with Broadstone Numero Uno.  A superb result after her win in the 4 year old class.  Amy then went on to win an intermediate section on HHS Williamstown.

The BE100 sections had a mixture of amateurs and professionals alike, section H won by Helen Witchell on Billy Castle, 24.00, Section I Verity Becker on The Meelick Hakuna Matata, 29.5

Laura Erith told EWW about Stonehaven’s Orestus aka Jet! “He was 5th on Sunday and was brill despite the pouring rain and his last outing was the last Keysoe- he is 6 bought a year ago from Donal Barnwell to bring on to sell…. he has now done 6 100’s this season and competing 105 at Goring Heath – he has a regional final to do and hope to move him up to Novice by the end of the season – he is a beautiful black gelding!!!”

Garry Russell and his horse Daydreamer II (Adie) were placed 6th in the 100 section I at, beating some Burghley Bound riders in his section. Its only Adies 3rd 100 and he finished on his dressage Garry and Adie have been trained by Phoebe Buckley after she gave him in a scholarship in the Spring and she hopes they might qualify got the RoR champs at Gatcombe.

Other 100 section winners, Section M was won by Imogen Murray on Mdsandyhill Penhills Zorro, Section N Jo Hales on Worthy Illusion, Z2 winner Samantha Hobbs on Just Soda No Ice.  Oliver Jackson had a 1,2 in the 100 open with Viktor Krum and KEC Quality Fantasy.

Francesca Ryde had two horses placed at Keysoe in the BE100 sections “Wilman is a 11yo ISH who we’ve stepped down to BE100 to build his confidence after a slight scare. He did a fab double clear and a speeding penalty to finish 3rd. If all goes to plan, he is aiming for 1* and beyond because he is certainly capable! We’ve produced this horse from a 6yo Irish hunter.  Special Addiction (Joey) is a homebred 6yo TB, with pretty impeccable breeding (grand sire Nickel King – who holds the record for the highest ever British Eventing (BE) points total, and sire of King William, Mary King’s 1992 Badminton winner, and his dams sire is Cloudings, sire of Many Clouds, the 2015 Grand National Winner! He has some big shoes to fill! Joey finished 9th with a double clear and again a couple of speeding penalty’s but I’m immensely proud because he’s very green for his age. I’m hoping to take him round his first Novice before the end of the season.   I’m competing at my first intermediate at Allerton in a few weeks and my first CCI* at Osberton at the end of September on another home produced horse, Der Kaiser, who had a well deserved rest on the weekend of Keysoe after a top 25 finish at Firle International CIC*.”

Section Z3 100 open was won by Lucy Lloyd on Glensensaw Sweet Girl and the under 18 open taken by Eve Duberly on Malin Spike.

Novice Section A&B was won by Giovanni Ugolotti on Swirly Temptress 30.5, Section B Penhill Celtic on 26.00, Section C was won by Owen Cooper on Dora the Explorer II with 27.7  Owen also won Section O on Shirsheen Clover.  Emma Hall explained her old horse Chippette now ridden by William Bambra “Chippette, 7 yr old ISH placed 2nd in her second ever Novice at Keysoe last weekend finishing on her dressage score. Big things to come for her as she intends to step up to 1* soon. I am her old owner. My daughter had to sell her due to her needing brain surgery a year ago. Her new owners love her to bits as she goes from strength to strength and we love watching her success.”

The Open Novice was won by Leila Paske on Fernhill First Friend on a 28.7, Anna Hollis was 2nd on  Carnaval Pop who  is a 15 year old KWPN X Selle Francais “I’ve had from a 6 year old that had only showjumped previously. We first started eventing in 2013 to practice more technical cross country course for Pony Club Tetrathlon. Since then he has been to the U18 Championships twice, Mitsubishi motors cup once and the restricted Novice Championships twice (both times in the top ten). Our result at Keysoe has qualified us for the Restricted Novice Championships at the Festival of British Eventing again.”

Open Novice Section Q was won by Caroline Powell on Flipper K with a 29.5

Gwen Phillips who came 6th in one of the Open Novice sections said “I’ve just taken over the ride, he’s my bosses homebred who is now 8. It was our first novice together though he’s pretty experienced and has run at intermediate and a costly rail dropped us to 6th. His name is wishing time and we’ve just entered our first 1* together at Gatcombe in a couple of weeks. I may be biased but he is beautiful haha!”

Intermediate section winners included Sarah Bullimore on Starbucks I,  with the Open Intermediate winner Sir Mark Todd on NZB Campino with a 26.10.

Images courtesy of Stacey Smalley 

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