Sarah Wells-Gaston reports ..
For the first time, Moreton hosted a second British Eventing fixture in August, an event which hosted 13 sections and more than 300 combinations.
Rhiannon Tewswon rode Idefix III to the top spot in BE100 Section B, with the pair finishing on their dressage score of 27.3. The pair have already competed at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at BE90 and are hoping to qualify for the grassroots championship at BE100.
Rhiannon told Eventing Worldwide:
“I have had Idefix for 5 years now. When I bought him at the age of five he was a show jumper and had never been round a cross country course before in his life. In the beginning he wouldn’t even go into the start box without a lead. But now he can’t wait to go cross country and he loves his job. I get such a buzz out of competing him. He’s my once in a lifetime dream come true. He has qualified for the regional finals this year and if we get through then we will be at Badminton again but in the BE100 this time. Winning at Moreton was such a thrill my season has been amazing so far. Fingers crossed for our next event at Treborough and then we go onto our Regional Final at Bricky in September.”
Amy Barlow and Alanas Fifty Shades were the winners in Novice Section E, adding just 0.8 penalties to their dressage score of 25.8 to finish four penalties clear of the field. Fifty is owned by Sue Shenkman who is a long standing and super supportive owner of Amy.
Amy told Eventing Worldwide:
“Sue bought him nearly two years ago as a very sharp but sweet pony who had just come over from Ireland and hadn’t done anything. He was very scared of the rider and if you moved on him would look back and shoot off at quite some speed and in lots of different directions. She bought him with the view for me to bring him on and when ready he will be her next hunter. This is only his second season eventing so he has an exciting career ahead. I am very lucky to have a string of six young eventers owned by lovely local people, that I produce and compete for them. My dream and aim is to one day compete at the top events in the world and get my GB flag. Fifty’s plans for the season is aim for Gatcombe 2*-S and Bicton 2*-L at the end of the year.”
Rosie Marlow and Truly Scrumptious V were the victors in BE90 Section K. The win made the 4.30am start worthwhile.
Rosie told Eventing Worldwide:
“Moreton was amazing. I have never been before – what an amazing venue; the dressage arenas are lovely and flat and the show jumping arena is amazing and I thought the cross country was a good challenge at BE90 level. I have been working hard to improve my dressage this year as it isn’t Truly’s favourite phase. She jumped a lovely clear in the show jumping and we went onto our final phase hoping to get around clear and in the correct time. The team at Moreton had done a fabulous job on the take off and landings due to our lack of rain. Truly breezed around – she loves cross country and I was pleased to hit the halfway point on the cross-country bang on time. The second half of the course I had to take a bit of a hold as she was bowling on. I got off to walk her back to the lorry I was praising her at the top of my voice telling her what a good girl she was and couldn’t believe it when we heard over the tannoy that we had provisionally gone into the lead. We headed back to the secretary tent and I really couldn’t believe we had won. I am so thrilled with her as she is my horse of a lifetime, I could only ever have dreamed of winning a BE – I never expected it to happen. My plans for the rest of the season are the regional final, which I am going to use at Dauntsey, and then hope to try and get another one for the year after if we don’t make it through this year.”
Aaron Millar had a great weekend at the event, picking up two wins. Not only did he win Novice Section F with Captain IV – the horses first outing since Treborough last August -but he also won BE90 Open Section I with Master Tuck.
Eventing Worldwide sponsored rider Charlotte Rowe and NPS Gemini have had a consistent season and this culminated in a win in BE100 Section C. The winners of the two BE80(T) sections have both had tremendous seasons. Katie Timberlake was the winner of Section L with Cousin Jack IV – their third top ten placing of the season. In Section K, Dr Rebecca Hamilton Fletcher and Smokin Gun have finished in the top 10 at each of their nine outings, which include victory at the BE80(T) Regional Final at Milfield. Rebecca also won the BE80(T) Section at the first Moreton event back in March.
Other section results: BE100 Open Section A Lucy Shearing, Par Avion II; BE100 Open Section D Harry Rowcliffe, My Kiltealy Sandstorm; BE90 Section G Taggy Forester-Bennett, Holiday; BE90 Section H Siobhan Micklethwaite, One Carat; BE90 Section J Charlie Perrott, Iwonder When.
Images courtesy of Sophie Robins