Charley Adams reports…
The Surrey based Munstead Horse Trials was a great success last weekend.
Six classes were run over the two days ranging from BE80 to BE100 Open at Heath Farm in Godalming.
The BE100 section H was won by Tom Jackson who claimed the title with the 16.3hh gelding, Dassett Endeavour. The pair finished on their dressage score of 23.8.
Tom had a busy weekend at Munstead, competing two other horses in the BE100 finishing 5th and 11th-obtaining a double clear on all three of his rides. He started competing Dassett Endeavour at affiliated eventing last season at BE100 and in five-year-old classes.
Tom who also competed at Great Witchingham International last weekend said:
“The day went very well…I had three nice young horses who all finished on their dressage marks.
“The day was made even better by the fact that we are now based only 15 minutes down the road from Munstead and after two long days trucking backward and forwards from Great Witchingham it was very welcomed short journey.
“The course rode very nicely, it was a nice quite educational track for the young horses. We have been lucky with the weather recently and the ground was near as dam it perfect.”
In the BE90 Open, section D was won by Helen Millichamp. On the 16hh mare, Jalados Star, Helen achieved a 22.3 in the dressage, a clear round show jumping and only 0.4 time faults in the cross country to win the class on 22.7.
This is Helen’s second season competing Jalados Star at British Eventing. The mare who was foaled in 2012 made her BE debut at BE90 last season and this was her second affiliated win with Helen.
Last year at Munstead’s September horse trials, the pair finished 10th in the BE90.
Helen said: “I was really pleased with Jalados Star, she did a really good test and felt fabulous cross country and it was really nice to see a few changes in the course at Munstead.
“I was a little worried as on the Wednesday before the event she wasn’t quite right but my amazing farrier Sean Roche found a tiny little foot abscess and was able to remove and then put the shoe back on moving it a tiny bit so I could poultice it.
“I bought her as an unbroken two-year-old from Carolyn Bates of the Graffham Stud and I’ve done everything myself, she did a few events last year as well as being on the British Dressage southern teams at both the inter regionals and home international and qualified for the BD Nationals.
“She will go 100 next time out and I hope to do the Southern teams again this year.”
Fellow winners in the BE90 section were: Sean Duffy riding Guess Wot, Heidi Reed on board Ilar Vincent, Bethany Cole on Fronerthig Bendigeidfran, Kitty Asby riding Boleybown Rose and Anna Pestell on board Just Looking.
Anna Martin won the other BE90 Open section riding The Court Jester who she has started competing for the first time this season at BE.
The other BE100 classes were won by Charlotte Bull, Sophie Damment and Isabelle Cook with scores of 23.5, 28 and 32.5 respectively.
Poppy Wallis won the BE100 plus section riding Torboy Abbey, finishing on a score of 27.3 with a clear round show jumping and only 2.4 time faults cross country.
In the BE80 section Nina Shuttlewood, Caroline Exley and Jennifer Jacques all came home with a win.
Munstead was Nina’s first BE event riding Sunsprite Floribunda and the 14.2hh mare’s first appearance at BE.