EVENT REPORTS – Launceston

Sarah Wells-Gaston reports …

Launceston’s new second British Eventing Fixture was well supported with 226 entries across the classes.

The two BE90 Sections were won by Bethany Cork (Section A) and Sarah Stokes (Section B). Bethany rode Springtime Fun to victory, whilst Sarah was partnered by The Kings Warrior. The pair were seventh at Launceston’s first British Eventing Fixture earlier this year.

Sarah told Eventing Worldwide: “I brought ‘Ted’ as a five-year-old two years ago who’d only been hunting a handful of times with the aim to event him. I have produced him myself and train weekly with Sophie Port, so to win a BE in his first season is an amazing achievement. Launceston is our most local event and is always friendly and well run. Our long-term aim would be the Badminton Grassroots but short term will be to get a couple more runs this season with a potential set up to BE100.”

Marcia Kennard is in her first season of British Eventing, and she won BE90 Open Under 18 Section C with Silver Kizzy. Meanwhile the BE100 Open 18 Section D was won by Ellie Clist amd Cutton Bentley. The duo has had a fair consistent season with seven top ten finishes. But this was their first BE win.

Karen Rickards and Rosshaven Last Flight have also had a good season with their win in BE100 at Launceston adding to their previous five top ten placings. Karen is a vet at the Donkey Sanctuary and juggles her eventing around a busy job that sees her travel around the world.

She told Eventing Worldwide: “I bought Hugh 18 months ago and it took a while to develop the partnership but we now trust each other and he is really enjoying his job, particularly cross country. He is incredibly nosey and sound sensitive so whilst he is very talented and athletic the challenge has been to maintain his concentration particularly with the dressage. We are going to try and reach Badminton grassroots by entering the regional final at Bricky so fingers crossed that he has his dressage head on for that. After that he is ready to upgrade to Novice.”

The second BE100 Section (Section F) was won by Jane Rogers and Corrieview Merlin Magic – their third win in a row.

Charlotte Rowe was the victor in Novice Section G with NPS Gemini. This was the pair’s first competition at this level, having had a consistent record at BE100. It was also their second in in a row.

Charlotte told Eventing Worldwide: “Gem has had her problems and it’s been a careful road to produce her. But she is incredibly talented and real horse for future. I am delighted for her owner. It was a great day at Launceston with all horses being placed.”

Also winning their second event in a row was Ella-Louise Venning and Rathattan Robbie. The pair have been placed on every British Eventing outing this season.

Ellie told Eventing Worldwide: “I’ve only had Robie for nine months and this is my first season of BE, so to win not one but two events, consecutively, is quite surreal. I have been working on Robie’s dressage and this showed on Sunday when he did his best test to date which was reflected in our fantastic score of 23.3. We then jumped double clear to take the win – he certainly is a star!.”

After another successful event, the organisers commented: “Weren’t we lucky with the weather! There was such a lovely atmosphere. Lucy McCarthy designed another brilliant course and James and Alan Willis spent the week turning it into a mini Badminton.”

Images courtesy of Sophie Robbins