Ruth Orrell reports…
Lincolnshire Horse Trials has been another victim to the unpredictable weather. Lincolnshire Horse Trials was set to run three days of eventing from BE100 to Advanced Intermediate. The team at Bishop Burton College worked hard to keep the event running relocating the show jumping arena from Fridays competition in preparation for Saturday. Before the abandonment on the Saturday they managed to complete five Novice sections.
The first win of the event on Friday was by Sarah Charnley on Enjoy II in the BE100 section A. Enjoy II otherwise known as Etie at home, who is a 9 year old mare finished with a dressage score of 30 and double clear. Sarah describe each phase as the following ‘dressage was good but always room for improvement, the show jumping was great out of sticky deep going and the xc was awesome, flowing and rhythmical’. The combination is blogging their journey for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in the lead up to competing at the championships in the BE100 at Badminton.
Laura Greenhalgh with Stanhopes Travelling Man, another combination heading to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for the second time this May took their second consecutive win following Oasby in the BE100 section B. Their preparations are going well, Laura had planned four competitions in the lead up to the championships but lost the first due to weather. She said they had been ‘very lucky to get these two, and have one more planned at Norton Disney’. Also that ‘it’s absolutely wonderful to have the 2 wins at the start of the season, especially for our confidence and spirits’.
Another that led to success in the BE100 sections C & D was Isabel White. Achieving two consistent completion scores of 28 (Akolien) & 28.5 (Hello Dolly III) with both her rides, taking home 2nd and 5th. Today was her first event with Akolien who is owned by Judy Bradwell. Akolien is the full sister to Tim Prices WEG and 4 star ride Wesko. Isabel said ‘she cruised round and is ready to move up a level next time out. Dolly (Hello Dolly III) was great too, it’s hard to believe her foal was only weaned at the end of December’. She described the ground at Lincoln as fantastic and mentioned the event team had done a great job considering the recent weather.
Three established names took the top spots of the three Novice sections on Friday; Bubby Upton, Imogen Murray and Oliver Townsend. Oliver had five rides on the Friday. His ride Fernhill Freestyle a 7 year old gelding, starting his third season with Oliver took the win in section G by finishing on a dressage score of 28.5.
Saturdays competition saw Emilie Chandler compete in the Novice section H with Winning Belle. She set off from the cross country start box as the snow was falling at a horizontal angle however it was nothing to challenge this combination, returning with a clear to win the section with a score of 27.8. Nicola Wilson had two wins at Lincolnshire, winning BE100 Section C on the Friday with Mattie Clover on an impressive completion score of 20.5. Also in the Novice section I on the Saturday riding a 7 year old gelding by Almoretto named All We Need. Nicola Wilson Eventing commented on the Lincolnshire Horse Trials Facebook page ‘Thank you SO much to ALL at Lincoln HT for trying your best to give us all a run, the ground was fantastic helped by so many people working hard behind the scenes to keep it right. Such a shame about the snow and hale! A massive Thank You to the volunteers for standing out to help in the awful weather of today – You are all stars!! Thank You’
There were two Open Novice sections with Willa Newton and Cavatina Tinkerbelle winning section J with 32.0, and Matt Hecking and STX First Class Mail winning Section K on 32.9. Hedi Coy took 1st and 3rd in the U18 Novice section L, with her winning ride Russal Z taking one of the only two show jumping clears in the section. Hedi based in Melton Mowbary, said ‘I was lucky enough to take the ride mid way through last season’. Russal Z know as Rosie at home is owned by David Ottewell. The combinations’ aim for the season is Osberton 6 year old Championships and CIC/CCI 1*. Hedi mentioned that Russal Z ‘also won the Oasby ON U18s as a 5yo last year’. So it has been two back to back triumphs for this combination in the U18’s. Hedi described the mare on her Facebook page as being ‘everything an eventer could want, careful, brave, athletic with an outstanding temperament’.
Photographs courtesy of Stacey Smalley