Bryony Skinner reports …
The weekend of 26-27th September saw the Lands Eventing Limited Moreton Morrell Horse Trials take place at Warwickshire College. Over 456 combinations competed over the weekend in classes ranging from BE90-Novice. After the recent unseasonably warm weather it was a rather blustery weekend but after the rain during the previous week, the wind dried out the ground and led to brilliant conditions, helped by the huge amount of work put in by Lands Eventing.
Hector Payne took the win in the BE100 section E – with one of 3 rides he had over the weekend. Hector won the section convincingly, nearly 5 points ahead of the 2nd placed combination when he added only 0.4 time penalties to his dressage score of 20 with the 5 year old gelding DHI King Nelson. This horse has had a successful debut season coming 5th in the 5yo class at Wellington last month.
The BE100 section F was won by Bill Levett on the 5 year old gelding Brideview Master George; finishing on their dressage score of 25.8 in a hotly contested section. Bill commented on his facebook page:
“ [The] Next day I was just up the road to Moreton Morrell, I had a couple of young ones Flash and Tiger and Josh had DiDi. All the horses performed well, the highlight of the day was Flash winning his first competition, I let him gallop on a bit for the first time, and he does seem to be quite balanced when he gets going. Tiger was also there, but unfortunately I jumped the wrong fence on the cross country and got eliminated. Poor Tiger, he did not deserve that, as he had done a nice dressage and one down show jumping. The recent rain produced ground that had some give in it that was much appreciated. It was lovely for nice to have some of Flash’s owners to be there to see his first win. Tiger galloped around the cross country course with ease and had a lovely time, with no idea he had been eliminated. These young horses are getting the hang of eventing, and my hope is next year they will really be in the groove and have exciting futures ahead of them.”
Vicky Tuffs took first place in the BE100 section N with her own 5 year old gelding Kadans; completing on their dressage score of 21.5 which was 9 points ahead of the competition. Vicky had a very successful weekend being placed on all 3 horses that she was riding across the BE100 sections.
Another busy rider over the weekend was Lucy Robinson. Lucy had 5 rides and was placed on 4 of them! She won the BE100 section O with her own 17.1hh mare Ruby. Lucy said of Ruby, “She is a 5yr old bred by John Minshall from Tean. I am aiming for the 5yr old Champs at Oasby and then hopefully she will move up to Novice next season. The course rode really well and I thought it was very inviting for the younger horses to gain confidence. Ruby has had a consistent season being placed 4th, 3rd, 2nd and now with a well deserved win. I am very pleased with how this young mare is growing in confidence every time out.”
Paul Corfield won the BE90 section H completing on his dressage score of 28.5 aboard the 8 year old gelding Sams Easter Cracker. Paul commented:
“The course rode fine, there were a few questions as we had a couple of stops last year, while we were in a leading position. He is home bred by his owner Marilyn (Maddy) Powell by Welton Double Cracker and Well Mor. I am very pleased and we plan to step up next year in preparation for regionals and would love to get to the Badminton Grassroots final. It’s all just meant to be fun, I ride him once a week and Maddy has one flatwork lesson and hacks him out on the other days.”
Zara Brewer won the BE90 section J aboard her mother’s 10 year old gelding Honduras, keeping a clean sheet to finish on their dressage score of 21. Zara said, “Honduras is my mums lovely horse who I have the pleasure of eventing between university commitments. Over the winter we are planning on mum competing him in British Dressage, while I will show jump him ready for next season! The course is always great at Moreton Morrell, a really fair course with questions and lovely going, it’s on my lists of ‘must go tos’ near the end of every season!”
The BE90Ou18 was won by Florrie Dyer with her own 10 year old gelding Farinko Nieuwmoed at their first event of the season. The pair completed on their dressage score of 25.3 and a delighted Florrie said of her horse:
“His Stable name is Frank. Moreton Morrell was his first competition since West Wilts in June 2019 and since then we have just focussed on learning to move forward and finding a comfortable stride for the xc. He most certainly out performed himself and to say the least he definitely surprised myself and my dad (Gareth), in all three phases. Producing a new PB for our finishing score. This was our first time at Moreton Morrell, it was a beautifully run event. I loved the challenging terrain, it really tested his and my own fitness. I’m looking forward to going back next year!
Our plan for next season is to keep him at 90 possible 100 until he is fully confident and develops the ‘bug’ for eventing.”
Laura Collett had 3 rides across the weekend and won the BE Novice section B with the 6 year old mare Rossmount Trendy. Laura also came 7th in the Novice section A with Outback II. Similarly successful with 3 rides across the novice sections was Zara Tindell who came 1st in the Novice section C completing on a dressage score of 30 with the 7 year old gelding Twinkle and also came 3rd in the Novice section A with Classicals Euro Star.
Other winners: BE100Open section G – John-Paul Sheffield, Special K; BE100Ou18 Section M – Rosie Olver, Ramatuelle; BE90 section I – Tiffany Eggleston, Shannondale Alibi; BE90Open Section K – Therese Vicklund, Shining Martha; Novice Section A – Claire Deuten, Lord Flashheart; OpenNovice Section D – Georgie Spence, Feloupe.