Abigail Unwin reports ..
The sun shone down on a wonderful weekend at Northallerton, classes ranging from BE80 (T) to BE 100 Plus ran over the two days at the North Yorkshire event.
Organiser Tina Walker commented ‘’We had a lovely weekend, so nice to see so many local competitors competing & the weather was incredible – sun tans & ice creams everywhere! This of course created the issue of hard dry ground so all was aerated (80hrs sat on a tractor going very slowly), we have a great small team here at Northallerton & it is very rewarding when after all the hard work so many people have taken the time to say thank you. We now have the challenge of working on the ground hopefully with the aid of some rain to ensure the going is as good as it can be for Northallerton2 when we offer 80, 90, 100 & 105’’
Amy Roberts took top spot in the BE 100 Open section, on Lionheart. She added just 0.4 of a time penalty to a fantastic dressage score of 27.8 to take the win. She was one of many to comment on what a fantastic job Northallerton did. Eventing Worldwide caught up with Amy ‘’Northallerton did an amazing job at running the event, they stuck to times both days, with both SJ and XC courses riding superbly, they were inviting and educational. I am very pleased with Lionheart, he’s not had the best start to the season, so I dropped him down a level to get a good confident run. Our aim for the season is to move up to the new 2*.
Maisie Birkbeck was hot on the heels of Amy; finishing just 1.3 penalties behind, to take 2nd on Burlea Seamerchant, their second top ten finish of the season so far. Sophie Trotter took 3rd, with Stephen Rankin 4th.
Sophie Platt stormed to victory in BE 100 Section H, keeping a clean sheet to take the win on Penpont Showgirl. Eventing Worldwide caught up with Sophie
‘’Northallerton put on an excellent event, with a bonus of the sunny weather. They had done a great job on the XC. Penpont Showgirl (LoLa) jumped a lovely double clear, which exceeded our expectations as this is only her second event at this level. I always knew she had a win in her, as she is very uncomplicated, willing and wanting to please. Having bought her as an unbroken 3 year old to sell, I think she may be a keeper. Our plan is to stay at BE100 level this season, and get to some 5 year old BYEH competitions. I’m very excited about this horse’’
Sarah Bartlett took the runner up spot in Section H on Lizzie B, with Samantha Jimmison finishing 3rd.
Six BE 90 sections ran over the two days at Northallerton; Bradley Allsopp topped BE 90 Section K on 31.70, Emma Savage on Mummy’s Dream took section I on an impressive score of 25.90. Eventing Worldwide caught up with BE 90 Section A winner Katie Brickman who has had ‘’Quite a journey’’ with Black Jack V, to get back Eventing ‘’All 3 phases were well stewarded and they were very accommodating. I was absolutely over the moon with Flash (Black Jack V) we both suffered quite serious injuries in 2017. I severed all the tendons in my left hand after an accident, and they were unsure if I would get full function back. One month after my injury, Flash had an accident in the field and split one of his Patella ligaments. It is extremely rare, and I was told he would never be sound or event again. We spent a year rehabilitating, Northallerton was only his third BE90 since injury and exactly a year since I was cleared to jump him again; so very emotional. We are aiming for Badminton Grassroots this season, and hopefully a BE100 by the end of the year. We have had quite a journey!’’
2nd was Stephen Rankin on Cooley Empire who finished on 25.80, an impressive start to their season, with Wendy Hoggard and Barton Blount 3rd.
Jodie Burnley and Smooth Lady caught up with Eventing Worldwide after winning BE 80 Section F
‘’I thought the event ran very well, it was my second time competing here and it is such a well-run, professional event with a very inviting course for people wanting to give it a go. I am delighted with Smooth Lady, as it was her first event this season. My aim is to build her confidence XC, as this is where she tends to show her greenness. We aim to progress to BE90 this season. Having been through many medical challenges personally, every event we compete at, is a huge achievement. So getting placed with either horse, means the world to me’’
Jodie also finished 2nd on Crownhill Smoke in BE100 Section G.
Other section results; BE100 Section G James Rushbrooke, Castlesize Go Easy; BE 100 Section L Jordan Kavanagh, Miss Offaly Skippy; BE 100Plus Louise Oldroyd, Full Throttle II; BE 80 (T) Section D Kay Traves, Amadeus XI; BE80 (T) Section E Helen Morson, Bay Chap; BE 90 Section B Stephanie Lynch, Cool Sunrise; BE 90 Section C Baren Major, Emlyn; BE 90 Section J Katie Stephens-Grandy, Mr Music;
Images courtesy of RJC Photography