Charley Adams reports ..
The weather held up for one of the first British Eventing competitions of the season at Moreton in Dorset, which ran on Saturday 2nd March and Sunday 3rd March.
At her first BE event on this horse, Jo Rimmer came away with a win in Section C of the BE100 riding Cascade K.
Winning on a score of 22, Jo said: “It was my first event with Lucinda and Charlotte Radford’s Cascade K, she’s a fun, flashy little mare who didn’t put a foot wrong all day.
Jo who also competed in the Open Novice section at Moreton added: “It was great to be out eventing again and there were lots of well-dressed new fences on the cross-country course.
“It’s a lovely friendly local event for me and lots of my friends and pupils were competing. It was therefore highly embarrassing to follow my daughter out of the start box in the Open Novice and mistakenly jump the BE100 first fence on my second ride. I’ve been paying the price ever since and old people’s homes have been mentioned.”
Fellow winners at this level include Caroline Harris riding Miss Pepperpot who won section B on a score of 28.5 and Maxence Lux who won the BE100 Open section on board Safran D Argonne.
Chelsea Pearce triumphed in the Open Novice section by winning the class and coming seventh. Riding Kilnaboy Buffet who she competed at two star level on last season, Chelsea won the section with a score of 22.8.
She said: “I was delighted with his performance. He is a very good horse, has a great brain and is very obedient in the dressage, a machine cross country and I have been working on his canter to improve the show jumping which was my problem last season.
“There is still work to be done but he has stacks of ability. It was nice to get a win under our belt. I hope to progress to advance later in the season all being well.”
Gwen Phillips won section D at Novice level riding Bellefleur Z, finishing on a score of 23.
In the BE90, Danielle Mccormack won section F riding Noble Nuteller. Finishing on a score of 21.3, she said it was “great” to be back eventing at such a “well organised event. I was very excited to have been given the catch ride on Noble Nuttellere who is owned by Ayesha Vardag and normally ridden by Ayesha’s daughter Helena – it was a wonderful opportunity so thank you so much to Vardags Equestrian.“My trainer Flora Harris worked me in and Nutty felt really good in her dressage. I was also very lucky to have Jeremy Scott my jump trainer there to help with the jumping which was great!
“She felt super confident and jumped a lovely clear show jumping and then went on to give me a great ride cross country.
“I was really pleased with the result as it was exciting to feel that all her winter training has come together thanks to the whole team at Vardags and I look forward to handing the reins back over to Helena.”
Other winners in the BE90 included Henrietta Ewell who won section G on Zaino and Hannah Cox who won section H riding Al Alfa, finishing on 29.3 and 26.8 respectively.
Dr Rebecca Hamilton-Fletcher won her first BE80(T) on Smokin Gun after finishing in the top ten as a combination at every event last season. The other BE80(T) section was won by Elizabeth Collier riding Legends Dunn Beauty.