Sarah Wells-Gaston reports ….
It’s been 12 months since British Eventing last visited Moreton following the cancellation of its first fixture in February due to adverse weather. In contrast, the August event was bathed in glorious sunshine and attracted a large number of entries across all of its classes.
It was an outstanding weekend for Vicky Tuffs who came away from Moreton with three wins. This kicked off with victory in Novice Section G on Mister Bond II, who also posted the lowest winning score of the weekend – 18.0, having scored 14.0 in the dressage. This was followed up with victories in two BE90 classes – Section I with Kogola, a section in which Tuffs also came second with KMR Cascanessi, and Section K with King.
Another rider to take a one-two was Hannah Rogers, who topped BE80(T) Regional Final Section M. The win came on board HCB Honey with Woodendfarm Viva coming a close second.
Beckie Smith has worked at professional event yards as a groom and head girl for five years, and has attended prestigious events including Badminton. However she left at the end of last year to have more time with her horse and have more of a balance in life. This paid off as she topped BE100 Section C with Coolminga Star – a seven-year-old mare by Obos Quality – on a score of 26.
“I think the world of this horse – she really is a star and she try’s her heart out for me. This was only her forth BE100 and two weeks ago we came eighth at Bicton, as well as jumping both of are first newcomers last week and coming 4th – I’m over the moon with her. I was gobsmacked to win – I still can’t believe it. It’s all down to the support of my friends, family, of course my amazing horse and a lot of hard work. I have entered Aston le walls – it will be both of are first novice so I’ve just got to try and control the nerves and try my best because I know she will try hers.”
One of the many low-scoring winners of the weekend was Alexa Palmer who rode Belclare Warrior to victory in BE90 Section J – finishing on their dressage score of 21.5. Oreo, as he is known at home, is owned by the is owned by the MacEwan family and Alexa has been involved with producing him since they bought him two years ago.
Alexa told Eventing Worldwide:
“He is a lovely horse to ride; genuine and trainable and he will aim for Under 18 classes with his owner Flora. It was fantastic to be back eventing, see the south west start box team and support one of the few local events at Moreton. I have just graduated from studying Business Economics at Exeter University and look forward to being able to start riding horses full time from home rather than having long days balancing horses with my studies. Because of coronavirus it is hard to plan the rest of the season, but I will be competing Super Nova, producing young horses from our family stud and hoping to ride and produce more horses for other people.”
Natalie Anscombe and George XVI were victorious in BE80(T) Section O. Natalie balances working full time and competing 10-year-old George, who she has owned since his was four.
She told Eventing Worldwide:
“I am still on a bit of a high. George was originally meant to be sold on as I was working in London, but I totally fell in love with him so moved back to the countryside and have had him ever since. He’s got the best character, is a favourite on the yard and always gets attention when we are out and about. I have kept him going throughout lockdown and particularly focused on our dressage, which definitely was rewarded with our 21 score, a personal best for us! It was amazing to be out eventing again and topped off by our win – I have to admit I did have slight happy tear going over the finish line. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say how grateful I am for British Eventing for all their hard work putting on the events again. We are looking forward to getting out eventing as much as we can for the rest of the season. The ultimate goal is to compete at the Badminton Grassroots Championship.”
Other section results: BE100 Section A Andrew Nicholson, Erin; BE100 Section B Emily Weeks, Corker Buachaill; BE100 Open Section D Ellouise Bragg, Bloomfield Tiger Two; Open Novice Section E Becca Midwinter, Marstonpark Lupina; Novice Section F Melissa Joannides, Prometheus II; Novice Section H Padraig McCarthy, Iconic; BE90 Section L Michelle Phillips. Pippin Titania; BE80(T) Section N Shannon Cox, LK Saffira.
Images Courtesy of Sophie Robins