Cat Jamieson reports …
Mount Ballan Horse Trials held at the David Broome Event Centre near Chepstow, Monmouthshire, held this year on the 15th and 16th May.
Classes ranging from BE90 to Novice, with a complete mix of amateur and professional riders all making the trip to the event.
BE 90 Section J winner Iesha Wilding had 2 horses at the event – she took the win on Catherston Specific, posting the lowest finish score of the 2 days event, with her second horse Wellshead Munnings in the BE100 Open she finished in 7th place.
Jack Stancombe – 2nd BE90 Section J
“Key West B is owned by Kathryn Harris and Colonel Redmond, Kathryn normally rides competes her and I think she’ll be trying to steal her back after a good result. Key West is the sweetest kindest horse with so much ability but can be spooky jumping so just taking it easy and see how we go and hopefully to finish the season with some nice BE100 results.”
Tanya Nevile – 5th BE90 Section J
“I’ve produced him from a 5 year old he should have been going novice by now but every event has been cancelled that we have entered this year!! So we ran in a 90 for a schooling round and he is off to Twesledown this Sunday for the 100 hopefully plan to go novice at Wilton weather permitting he’s by granger bouncer came from Ireland and gave me the Eventing bug again after not Eventing for a few years he is great try’s hard
Kat Riley , 6th Place in the BE100 Open told EWW..
“he’s 19, I’ve owned him for 7 years, he’s always been a double clear machine and has competed up to 1* level . He unfortunately did a suspensory at the beginning of last season and I thought he’d never event again! But he proved to us all that he wasn’t ready to retire and still had it in him. He certainly proved that to us yesterday after getting a 23 dressage, double clear!! I had to do the right thing by him and let him run steady and not push for the time, but he finishes full of beans and it was very nice to know that I definitely could have made the time if I wanted to.”
Fred Scala – 5th Novice Section C and 9th in the Novice Regional Final
“Angela Hudson’s stallion, Hallmark DS has continued his good form from winning the BE 100 at Morton, to then placing 6th at Bicton in his 1st Novice, at Mount Ballen Hallmark DS finished on his dressage score to finish 5th in his 2nd Novice. My other ride Corriebeg Vivendi put in another solid double clear in the Novice rengenal final to finish 9th despite picking up sometime penalties for going a little quick. Finishing in 7th was his full brother, “Its Lush” whom I had produced in Ireland some years ago before he was sold to Vere Phillips and then on to his current rider. The horses are on great form with 8 top 10 placings so far this season out of 9 starts.”
Steph Carter – 6th BE100 Section P
“Junkie is a 7yo 16.3 TB who was given to me having done very little. This year is his first year eventing and today only his second ever event so a 34 double clear was incredible! He’s got a huge amount of scope and will be trying a novice next at Nunney. The plan is to just go as far as we can. I will never part with him, he’s the kindest most wonderful character although he does challenge me on the xc and would ideally like to shave a few minutes off of the optimum! It’s taken blood sweat and tears but it’s happening at last!!! The course rode beautifully and he gave me the ride of a lifetime. The ground was fabulous for the amount of heat we’ve had in such a short amount of time and it was as always a fabulous event.”
Tracey Ball – Caitlin Fahey – 8th BE100 Section H
“My 17 yr old daughter Caitlin Fahey who is a working pupil with Padraig and( Lucy) Mc Carthy, in Devon ,stepped up to her first BE100 and was 8th in sec H with a few well known riders! Riding her own home produced mare Cutton Hot Stuff by Primores Pioneer.”
Alexander Whewall said he had a “great few days at MB. Wisbeach Cevin’z Pride was in the Novice to finish 5th, Hisco in the BE100 finished 2nd in his first ever event, it’s so great to have some lovely young horses to produce and it’s very exciting in the way they are progressing.”
Katie Hancock came 2nd on Coddstown Pet, “This was our first attempt at a NRF and I was a little apprehensive when I saw who i was competing against as i’m just an amateur rider from Cornwall. I was delighted with our dressage test as Gabby can be a little excitable but today she concentrated and worked really well which paid off with a 26.8 score! She jumped a beautiful clear in the SJ and stormed around the XC to finish on her dressage score. I have always wanted to qualify for the Novice Championship at Gatcombe so I’m delighted we managed this at our first attempt. I’m aiming for Intermediate this year which is a huge step up for both of us but its exciting times ahead
Louise Harwood had a great day on the Tuesday with her Novice horses, she took 3 who all went double clear. Brechfa Baruch came 4th, Dassett Golden Touch 6th and The Dumb Blonde 9th, Louise also went back on Wednesday with 2 young horses in the 90.
Eventing Worldwide’s Supported rider Charlotte Rowe had another great day with 5 horses at the event ranging from 90 – Novice, with a win in Novice Section C, a 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th. Making it a great day for the whole team. Charlotte spoke of her win on Eventing Worldwide’s Redbarn Lux Ury Biscuit “I was very pleased with how the horse went as it was only our third event together. When we first got Biscuit we worked on his flat work which has shown in our results. He is a super jumper and a very exciting horse for the future. I am very delighted for his owner Jessica Crocker and all the team”
Vittoria Panizzon had double winners with her 5 years olds, with 3 horses all performing double clears with lovely dressage tests, Caraghs Royal Quality (Lucy Allison) & Chatter on (Dani Charleson-Galacher) winners and Whats the Craic had a cracking run too, just time faults kept him out of the money.
BE100 Section F – Vittoria Panizzon – Chatter On – 24.5
BE100 Section G – Vittoria Panizzon – Caraghs Royal Quality – 31.5
BE100 Section H – Clare Valender – Porthall Molbert – 28
BE100Open Section I – Lucinda Mesquita – Cloonbarry Flare – 23.5
Novice Section A – Holly Woodhead – Hakuna Matata – 25.8
Novice Section B – Charlotte Rowe – REDBARN LUX URY BISCUIT – 27.3
Novice Section C – Millie Dumas – Universal Cooley – 27
Novice RF Section E – Tom McEwen – The Magician – 25.5
Open Novice Section D – Harry Meade – Freestyler – 22.0
BE90 Section J – Iesha Wilding – Catherston Specific – 21.3
BE90 Section K – Ellie Watkins – BOYNE VALLEY PRINCE – 29.3
BE90 Section L – Mrs Katie Burton – CORNISH CABOCHON – 22.90
BE90 Open Section M – Miss Alicia Hawker – Miserden Vixen – 27.7
BE100 Section N – Phillipa Lewis – LAURBERGS HEARTMAN – 29.4
BE100 Section O – Vicky Tuffs – MAX MCINERNEY – 25.6
BE100 Section P – Padraig Mccarthy – Ajax H Z – 26.5
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee
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