Cat Jamieson reports…
Moreton British Eventing – held over the weekend of 14th/15th April By Kind permission of Liz and Richard Frampton-Hobbs at Moreton in Dorset.
With so many events cancelled in March, and Moreton being only 1 of 2 events to run this weekend it was jam packed with classes from BE80T up to Novice. Proving a great event for Grassroots and Professional riders alike.
BE 80t Section M was won by Maddie Kemppainen on her FALLOWFEN SOCRATES, known as Terry she told me a bit about him, “he is a part bred Welsh x Arab, he came to us spring last year just a few weeks broken, we started eventing him at the end of last years season as 4yr old, he was placed 8 th in his first two events and then just out of placing 11th at Bovington. Moreton was his first run this season, he was a little bit fresh in the dressage, which caused a few errors but nothing to disappoint however was followed by a beautiful double clear meaning nothing to add. Super pleasing as we didn’t manage to get out as much as we hoped over the winter, so he went and won on minimal training.”
BE 80t Section N was won by Jasmine Knapman on Kilcavan Clover, “I fell in love with Apple the first time I rode her – she has the sweetest temperament and always puts a smile on my face. We’ve worked really hard over the winter to build a partnership and this was our first event together, so winning was amazing. We’re out again next weekend but after that I’ll be taking a break from eventing to sit my A-Levels. I don’t have any set plans for the rest of the season, I just want to continue having fun, but to have more results like Sunday’s would of course be fantastic!”
BE90 Section I was won by Amy Barlow on Alanas fifty shades, “the horse is owned by Sue Shenkman. We bought him at the end of last summer from friends who had just bought him over from Ireland where he had just hunted. I did 2 90s on him at the end of last season where he did well, we hunted him through the winter with the Portman as he was a bit over sensitive and sharp, the hunting has really settled him! He is a super scopey little horse and is great fun to ride! He also is going to Bicton to step up to 100.”
Amy also took BE90 Section J on One Cool King, “it was One Cool Kings first run this season. He’s owned by Arabella Stagg, Sarah Daniels, Tim and Carolyn fisher and Rodney and jo garner. He is an ex racehorse that we bought off the track in Ireland last year. I did a few 90 with him at the end of last season and he was never out of the top ten! He is going to Bicton next week to do his first 100. He’s such a lovely boy with a bright future we hope!”
BE90 Open Section L was won by Miss Rosie Read, who started the fantastic weekend that the 3 Read girls had on their horses here at Moreton, Rosie on Rinneen Silver Rocket finished on 28.5, her mum Lara told me “Rosie is 14 and this was her first competition (90 open) with Rinneen Silver Rocket so she did not know what to expect. They produced a beautiful dressage test and went on with a double clear inside the time for first place. Rosies sister Isla came 4th in the same section, “Isla is 12 and this was her first event (90 open) with Centyfield Czaia. She was in the same section as Rosie and followed her in to the dressage arena! She also produced a lovely test to be 0.3 marks behind Rosie! She also went on to produce a lovely double clear inside the time so they were lying first and second for a while! It was very close at the top and she ended up fourth with only 0.3 marks between the top 4!
The 3rd sister Camilla Read was 2nd in BE100 section B on Mabel III, Camilla is 15 and Moreton was her second outing with Mabel III, competing in the 100. She did a smart dressage test and lovely double clear bang on the optimum time for second place. The horse has been out hunting this winter which has made a big difference to her enthusiasm It was a very exciting weekend and a great achievement for all of them. Very grateful to Moreton and Miranda Collett for running the event in such a short amount of time.
Kieran Higson who was 6th in the 90 Open told me “Rose is an ex 2* horse that I have been riding for Maggie Doel and she has been helping me get through my first proper events of this season. Unfortunately that was last event with her as she’s going off to be put in foal!
So I am on the lookout now for a project to bring up through the season and hoping to finish this year with some novices.”
BE100 Section A was won by Mr Fred Scala on Hallmark DS, Fred told me “we took 3 horses to Moreton and all were placed. 1st in 100, 3rd in Novice and 9th in the Intermediate Novice.” Freds Fiancee, Naomi Perry rode round her first novice with a double clear finishing 3rd on her dressage score of 28, she is heading to Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup in the 100 Championship with Joyride II.
BE100 Open was won by Mr Tim Cheffings on Mr Stephen Waldrons Wishful Thinking II! Tim said on Facebook that “Harvey” performed beautifully in all three phases to win his BE100 section on his dressage score, he was really super, although he was so excited about his first run of the season that he bucked Tim off in the XC warmup!
Tim had 3 other runs in the Novice and 100 sections with a couple more top 10 placings.
Sponsored rider Charlotte Rowe had a solid performance on both horses in the IN sections, HHS Leacourt Cavalier coming 5th in section G and The Emerald Lily coming 7th in Section H, 2 sold runs to start the season.
Gemma Wellings who came 3rd in the IN Section H on Drumacland Diamond D said “We have had her for 2 years now and it was fab to have her out again at Moreton. We are planning to move her up to Intermediate at her next event. We hope to consolidate her at this level over this year and hopefully get some good results at Intermediate and CIC/CCI**. Having worked really hard with her over this winter I have all my fingers crossed for a good season with my special little mare!”
BE Novice Section F was won by Mr Rupert Batting on Beech Hill Kiko Clover, Rupert told me “Fergus proved just how exciting he is by leading his Novice section from start to finish at Moreton, a super test to score 25 and an easy double clear just adding a few time penalties to take the win. He runs at Bicton this weekend in the 1* and then we’ll take him over to Tatts for the 6/7yo 1*. Would be great to get him to Osberton for the 7yo champs but we think a lot of him so won’t rush him if he isn’t ready for Osberton.”
Other Section Winners
BE 90 Section K Miss Lily Ryder Glendelough III 25.40
BE100 Section C Miss Katie Hale Claydon Robinia 28.80
BE100 Section O Miss Jessica Baker Belville Clover 27.30
BE IN Section G Mr Tim Rogers Gideon 24.80
BE IN Section H Miss Livvy Nile Zefron 30.20
BE Novice Section E Mrs Selina Milnes Vivendi Time 27.00
Photographs courtesy of Lansdown Photography