Millie Wain reports ..
There were two days of competition held at Northallerton Equestrian Centre in North Yorkshire from BE80(T) level to BE105. With over 400 entries, it was fantastic to see combinations competing since the resumption of eventing following lockdown.
BE90 section A was won by Charlie Donaldson riding the 7-year-old Cappa Abbey. They had a convincing win, having led from the start by 5 penalties and completing on their dressage score of 21.3. Their win at Northallerton was their second consecutive win, having taken the top spot at Skipton 3 weeks prior. Second place in section A was Clare Chappelhow and Crackenthorpe Seduction and Laura Hanson completed the top 3 with the consistent Bonnie Release The Stars.
Anna Harris won section B of the BE90 with City of Angels. They finished on an excellent score of 24 penalties, having added nothing to their dressage score. Wendy Hoggard was 1.8 penalties behind with Barton Blount. Deirdre Johnston was in the lead going into the cross country phase with Kingsleypark Patch but added 3.2 time penalties over Paul Ellis’ course; this was still enough to give them 3rd place. We caught up with Anna after her win:
“I have had Angel (City of Angels) for just over a year and bought her out of the field as a hunter on her summer holiday. She was very stressy to start with but we soon formed a bond and she is now very protective of me, biting anyone who tries to come in the stable if I am in there! She will do, or at least have a good go at, anything I ask her to do. I was very happy to win at the weekend because it was only her second BE90 and only her 6th BE event. She had won the BE80RF at Skipton a few weeks before so I was very happy to win 2 events in a row and she jumped amazingly round courses that were causing a few problems.
I have the BE80 Championships at Norton Disney In October as well as a few more BE90s so I hope to do well at the last few events of the season. I hope to qualify her for the BE100 at Badminton in 2022 and also be jumping round novices in the near future. Of course, the dream goal is to jump round the big tracks and she has all the scope to do so.”
Sara Bowe had a busy weekend at Northallerton with 4 horses in a range of classes; she completed with 3 top 10 placings, including a win in the BE90open section with the 15.1hh mare Rathnagrew Arabella, who is owned by Kelly Norman.
BE100 section E was won by Rachael Slinger riding Shannondale Holley. The combination added nothing to their dressage score of 28.3 penalties. Eventing Worldwide spoke to Rachael following her victory:
“Shannondale Holley I have had from the start. She came from the Shannondale stud in Ireland. I broke her in at 4yrs old and started Eventing her last season. She was placed at 90 and 100 level but finished the season without a win; 2nd was her best placing. I then field mastered on her a few times in the winter with the Bedale. This season was a late start due to Covid.
She has been a bit fussy with bits so a few disappointing runs when bits didn’t work. Then at Northallerton the bit seemed to click with her so I’m hoping I have found the bit now. She is in the 100 at Richmond and the Novice at Frickley.
She will be sold at some point as she is a pony and deserves to go win a medal with a child on.
I have another lovely Shannondale horse, Shannondale Shagosha who is at Novice/Intermediate level… they are like little and large of each other!”
There were some excellent finishing scores in the BE100open section, which was won by Brazilian rider Carlos Parro with Watsui on a score of 20.5 penalties. There were only two combinations in the section to complete on their dressage scores; cross country time penalties proved to be influential in determining final placings. Carlos Parro Eventing posted following a weekend of several top placings: “Nice weekend at Northallerton with the young horses! WATUSI won her section on a score of 20.5. TAMARA II was 7th. COOL STRIKER was 10th in her section and 5yo WADACRE ARAMIS did his 1st event to start his Eventing career!” Second place in the BE100open went to Lucy Barker riding River View Calvin Candy on a score of 22.8 and Lexie Topping was just 0.5 penalties behind them with Westwood Joker.
Sunday saw three BE80(T) sections take place. Section J was won by Chloe Hagan riding the 19-year-old Burgundy Sunshine. They are an experienced combination with several wins and placings at grassroots level and competed at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in 2018. Here’s what Chloe had to say after her successful day at Northallerton:
“I have owned Sunny (Burgundy Sunshine) for 5 years since I was 13 years old. She is my first event pony and has taken me to Badminton Grassroots at BE90 in 2018. After competing at Badminton, we loaned Sunny out to give me more time to put towards my young warmblood that I am producing to event. In this time, Sunny had a well-deserved break and has not evented for two years. We brought Sunny home in July so we’ve had her back for only a month. We’ve decided to give her a couple of runs out at BE80 to get her back into competing. She’s shown how much she’s missed competing by performing her best and taking a 2nd at Warwick Hall after only being with us for two weeks and a 1st at Northallerton. These results really show how great our partnership is and she is a top event pony who always wants to please. She really is one in a million.
I was so pleased to have squeezed in a couple of events with her before starting university as it has been a shame the circumstances caused this season to be shortened. Northallerton is one of our local events that we aim to do each season so it was lovely for her to take the win there. Sunny will be having a rest of the season whilst I get organised for university. We aim to do some dressage and jumping over the winter with her and my other horse who has just came back into work. Next year she will be out eventing alongside my other horse as she really loves her work.”
Katie Brickman was another rider to take the top spot in the BE80(T). Katie was riding her 5-year-old homebred mare Greenkeld’s Moondance and led section K from the dressage phase. They were the only combination in the section to secure a sub-30 dressage score and added nothing to that in the jumping phases to complete on 29 penalties. Second place went to Bella Thurston Hydes aboard Gilby Boy and in third was Hannah Ward-Nichol riding Splash. Katie was very happy with her win, and told us:
“Greenkeld’s Moondance, or Millie as she as known as at home, is homebred and was out of my old eventing mare Moonlight Matilda whom I evented up to novice level whilst having little idea what I was doing. My mum and I have done everything with Millie right from day one. We were there when she was born and I broke her in myself with assistance from my friend Kim Richards. We have grown as a partnership and started eventing this year with a 7th placing and then a win at Northallerton.
Winning at Northallerton meant everything to me. Before he passed away, my grandad helped make Millie possible and spent lots of time with her as a foal. He would have been so proud of her and that made the day more emotional for mum and I.
We are having a gap through September with Millie; I am running my other horses in the BE90 and BE100 at Kelsall Hill and then Millie is running at Askham Bryan and Norton Disney to finish the season. We will be hoping to step up to BE90 next year.”