Cat Jamieson reports ..
British Eventing Moreton Morrell Horse Trials held at Warwickshire College over the weekend of 27th and 28th September 2019. With thanks to Event Organiser Wayne Rodwell and Secretary Wendy Evans.
Course designer Lloyd Hunt, who is taking the eventing world by storm with his fantastic courses at a variety of local events, has built a super course which is straightforward and flowing incorporating a wide variety of modified solid fences with alternatives, including a water complex. A new Dressage area has been created which is quiet and offers a much greater warm up area. Classes ranged from BE90 to Open Novice.
The event saw some of the top riders competing on multiple horses throughout the 3 days – all the youngsters gaining some educational runs, before the Winter.
Section O winner Becci Leigh Harold “This was my first trip out after 2 months off eventing.
Unfortunately the evening before, my mum was Hacking out with a friend and a freak accident happened causing my mum to get her leg trapped between the two horses and it twisted her ankle she went for a x ray as was sore to find out it was in fact broken ! It was the first time I had been Eventing on my own without my mum since I started over 12 years ago! I was terrified and nearly didn’t go. My two friends Gemma and Lottie came to the rescue and said they would come with me to help. I had only ridden Annie twice in two months leading up to this event but I have owned her 6 years so we do have a very good bond. I was so glad I went as somehow we managed to finish on our dressage score and win our section ! Even though the odds were against us ! It’s taken me two years to get another win on Annie but it came at a good time to cheer us all up, especially my mum!”
Jessica Corser Eventing had a successful day with 3 horses all being placed, Miss Indigo started the day off with a 26 dressage followed by an easy double clear to finish 2nd in the 100 open. Mister Biggs who’s 5 finished 8th in a 100 sections and GRC Billy was also fab at his second event doing an easy double clear inside the time to finish 3rd in his section, which meant 2 top ten completions in his first 2 events. They are now off to Osberton.
Novice section A winner Laura Collett on Lyjador with 24.50, Laura also had another winner in the BE100 Section J on Fireball III with the lowest dressage and finishing score of 21.80, she had 5 horses in total at the event.
Section C was won by Aoife Clark on Tell Em Nothin with 26.30 and had a second on Dondarrion in the Novice finishing on 29 dressage score and her 3rd horse posted another double clear for a placing in the Open Novice, she said on Facebook “you know it’s the end of the season when you have to get towed out! But delighted with how these horses have developed this season. Thanks to all my wonderful sponsors.”
Open Novice Section D winner Matthew Heath on Ballycoog Guiness with 28.70
Matthew had 8 horses at the event, with 6 being placed in the top 20, sure to be a super string of younger horses.
BE100 Section F was won by Bill Levett on Shannondale Mario with 26.80, Bill also had a 3rd place on RNH Hendricks NJ finishing on 31.30. It was a family affair for the Levetts with Bills son Josh also competing with 2 top 20 placings at the event on Shannondale Jedi and Rathmoyle King.
Shannondale bred horses were a key feature at the event with 8 taking part across the days.
Section B Sammi Birch Faeri Magnifico 26.80
Section E Chloe Pearson Jonathon Blue 36.50
Section G Alicia Hawker Scoobo 28.30
Section H Lucy Robinson Silvio Berlusconi 25.00
Section I Ibble Watson Aristoteles S Z 27.00
Section L Katie Richards Gringolet 25.00
Section K Daisy Amin Union Fortunus 22.80
Section N Sian Chapple Hyam Pepperello 32.10
Section P Inez De Koning Finod Park 28.80
Section Q Pippa Dixon Britannias Star 27.50
Section M Grace Partridge Bookhamlodge Pennylane 26.50
Images Courtesy of TB Photographic