Bryony Skinner reports ..
After a wet end to the 2019 season with numerous events called off, competitors were delighted that Bede Events Oasby Horse Trials in Lincolnshire provided a final run for many. Over 390 combinations competed over the (mostly) sunny and dry weekend in classes ranging from BE90-Intermediate.
It was a busy weekend for Alex Postowolsky who competed on 4 horses and won two sections in the BE100. Alex won the BE100 section J with her own 6 year old gelding Indigo Blue II, completing on their dressage score of 27.3; a full 3 points clear of the 2nd placed combination. Alex had another win in the BE100 section M again completing on her dressage score of 30.3 with the 6 year old mare Iden van de Rosweide. Alex commented on her facebook page:
“Nearly at hat trick at Oasby this weekend!! Francis and Eden both won their 100 sections and they gave me awesome rounds. So pleased with them both. Particularly nice to have Francis my special boy back on track after missing most of the season. Dobby was in the lead in his first Novice as he set off on xc but sadly a green glance off near home dropped us to 10th place. He was doing well on the time too, but he’ll have his day another time as he’s turning into a super horse. Jolie was HC in the 90 and did a really confident and fun clear so that was a nice prep before her first 100 next week.”
The BE100 section K was won by Tinky Morris and Krystal Rayne who completed on their dressage score of 29.5. Tinky has been riding the 12yo New Forest x Fresian mare for a couple of years and was delighted to have their first BE win at Oasby. Tinky said. “The course was fantastic and hats off to the BEDE team as the ground was amazing to say we’ve had all this rain, so they definitely deserve a shout out! This year we were 0.1 away from qualifying for the 100 grassroots final at Badminton next year, so next season we plan to try and qualify for 2021!”
Grace Lumley was another rider with multiple horses to compete, she rode 3 horses and had two wins in the BE100 section L with Kilnamona Henry and the the BE90 section S with Test Pilot. Grace commented:
“Kilnamona Henry is a 6yr old who’s taken a long time to get fit and learn the job, he’s very consistent on the flat and has a very good trainable attitude and enjoys his work which makes it a lot easier. He’s got a lot of scope, we just have to not rush him as he’s still young and we will look forward to stepping him up a level next year after a couple of days hunting this season! Test Pilot who won his section on a 19 dressage is a lovely smart horse who has no self belief or confidence in himself. Prior to coming to Oasby he went autumn hunting as many Saturdays and Wednesdays as I could take him; he’s come on from it and it’s really opened up his stride. He’s got a good technique over a fence and can really gallop. He will continue his hunting this season and come out next season hopefully stronger and more confident, there’s no pressure on him. The course was great it rode very well and we were lucky with the weather and ground; it was perfect going! We’ll look forward to being back at Oasby in March.”
Georgie Frow who rides for Ros Canter had a very successful weekend with 3 horses placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the BE100 and Novice classes. Georgie won the BE100open on DHI Jura, completing on a very good dressage score of 24, winning the section by 6.3 points. Georgie said; “I was delighted to be able to do so well on all three rides from Ros Canter’s yard. I am really pleased that all the owners managed to come along to see their horses go so well. The win came on DHI Jura who only has one eye which can make the left hand turns to fences on the sj and xc more difficult and something extra for me to think about, but his dressage is very consistent. The second place came on Max E Million, a horse who has only been evented a couple of seasons after coming from a hunting background. He has surprised everybody by his consistency and the way in which he has moved up to Novice. The 3rd place, Chas Smash, has been a real project this season who I have learnt so much on. After a tricky start he’s really starting settle into his work and turning into a great prospect for next season. I hope to continue riding all 3 next year and continue to improve under Ros Canter’s invaluable guidance who I cannot thank enough.”
The ONu18 was won convincingly by Max Kettlewell and his own 15.1hh gelding, Lickeen Rua. The pair just added 6 x country time penalties to their dressage score of 26.5 in a section where the x country time proved very influential. Max commented:
“I’m still so happy about Oasby! I can’t believe what a legend Rua is. I’ve had Rua for exactly a year. We hunted with the Cottesmore over the winter before starting our training for the season. I did my first affiliated event at Great Witchingham doing the 90 and then have had the most incredible year. Oasby was my first affiliated Novice; I had a practice at Aston a few weeks ago and went to Oasby just for the experience. The course was absolutely perfect for Rua; the going was fantastic with some longer galloping stretches and some big, bold fences. He got in a little deep to the Voltaire Design logs at 13 but is so agile and able to get us out of trouble. The Kent and Masters double at 17 was causing a few problems but I got a good line to them and Rua flew over. He had so much left in him as we galloped for home. I’m devastated to say that my legs are growing and Rua’s aren’t so I’m starting to look for my next horse for next season. It’s going to be very hard to find anything as fantastic as Rua.”
The x country time again proved influential in the OIu21 where Saffron Cresswell added 13 time penalties to her very good dressage score of 25.9 to take the win with her own 9 year old gelding Renkum Corsair. Saffron said of the horse, “I have owned Cas for 2 years now. He was previously a showjumper. He jumped upto 1.40m and in the Hickstead speed derby as a 6yo. He has so much ability and made the course at Oasby feel easy. I did however kick on to go faster as I knew the time was tight and really wanted the win. My plans for next season are to contest him in the YR trials as well as step him up to Advanced level.”
Tina Canton and Bannagh Romeo were the only combination to complete on their dressage score in the Novice section C, jumping double clear inside the time. Tina said of the horse, “I bought him from Tommy Considine in the west of Ireland as an unbroken 3yo. He was my broken leg pressie as I was on crutches at the time!! He has always been talented but precocious (on the flat – jumping = amazing)!!! He did the 4yo & 6yo champs, several 2*S & Blair 2*L too this year. We are aiming to step up to Int next year and hoping that less dressage influence is good!!! The time seemed really tight xc at Oasby – I did joke – did Usain Bolt wheel this course?? I tried to ride in a good rhythm and dare myself not to check too much. It worked!”
Topping off a successful weekend, James Somerville won the Intermediate section I adding 8.4 time penalties to his dressage score on 33, riding 10 year old gelding Altaskin Jack. James commented on Facebook:
“Another fab day for Team Sommerville at Oasby.
Miss Pandora did a good double clear to come 6th in the Novice. Edison NJ was such a good boy doing a nice test with a double clear to finish up 2nd in the Intermediate Super star of the day was Altaskin Jack picking up another WIN in the OI, that is his second win in a row!
All now tucked up in bed…rolling towards the final event of the season at Norton Disney!”
Other winners: BE100 section N – Olivia Henson, Frayer; BE100Open section P – Grace Donnor, Laegaun Wild Boy; BE90 section Q – Lucy Robinson, Grennanstown Future Cruise; BE90 section R – Kate Dodd, Concordia Liberty; BE90 section T – Jasmine Watson, Dysart Dunn; BE90 section U – Jasmine Watson, Kiali Van Der Waterhoeve; I section G – Yasmin Ingham, Banzai Du Loir; I section H – Edie Campbell, Fireball F; Novice section A – Teri Rudkin, Wish List; Novice section B – Edie Campbell, Glendew; ON section D – Katie Corteen, Forgeland Tiger Tot
Images courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography